Alfred W. Tatum, PhD | Dean of the College
Alfred W. Tatum, UIC College of Education’s 9th dean, is a leading authority and one of the nation’s prominent educational scholars of African American boys’ literacy development. He became the dean of the College of Education June, 2014 after serving one year as the interim dean.
During his time as dean, Tatum has advocated for an exceptional educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students. He has also placed emphasis on growing the College of Education’s research infrastructure and supporting departments to develop geographically responsive programs and courses as part of the college’s growth orientation he instigated with the aim to build powerhouse departments and become a more comprehensive College of Education. Dean Tatum has focused on increasing faculty, staff, and student diversity, improving facilities, and nurturing community engagement. He also serves as a key leader at the University of Illinois at Chicago, having led the university efforts to secure the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement designation. Tatum also co-chaired the education committee for the bid for the Obama Presidential Library.
Gena Brooks Flynn, EdD | Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Flynn leads the Office of Student Services and oversees academic advising, data management, marketing and media, recruitment and admissions, commencement, and student success initiatives. Her research has focused on student success, retention, and graduation.
Loretta Foote Casey | Associate Dean for Administration
Casey, MPP, oversees fiscal affairs, personnel and space/facilities management; she has served the college for more than nine years. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at UIC and her Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Chicago. She serves on several campus committees and has worked at UIC for twenty years; Casey spent several years in the Office of Budgeting and Program Analysis in the Provost’s Office and also worked in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.
Marc VanOverbeke, PhD | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Marc A. VanOverbeke is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In his administrative role, he focuses on curriculum, program development, faculty affairs, and assessment, among other responsibilities. His research, supported by the Spencer Foundation and the National Academy of Education, explores the history of education and education policy, and specifically examines the history of educational access and opportunity. His first book—The Standardization of American Schooling—considered the interconnectedness of secondary and higher education at the turn of the 20th century and the ways in which those connections influenced access to college. This book received the Linda Eisenmann Prize for Distinguished Scholarship from the History of Education Society. His current research continues this focus, and explores the history of state colleges, athletics, and the expansion of educational opportunity in the 1950s and 1960s. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dan Maggin, PhD | Interim Associate Dean for Research
Daniel Maggin‘s research and teaching addresses three areas related to the education of students with disabilities with a particular emphasis on supporting those students with and at risk for developing emotional and behavioral disorders. These areas include the use of various research synthesis methods to help with the identification of effective, school-based instructional and management practices; the training of school personnel to use a continuum of empirically supported assessment and intervention methods to develop individualized educational programs for students with disabilities; and the development and application of methods for promoting the use of research and evidence in schools to assist school personnel better support the individualized needs of students with disabilities.