Alfred W. Tatum, PhD | Dean of the College

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Tatum’s research focuses on the literacy development of Black males, particularly the roles of texts and writing to advance their literacy development and preserve humanity. He is the author of Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, Reading For Their Life: (Re) building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males, and Fearless Voices: Engaging the Next Generation of African American Male Writers.  Tatum is also the director of the UIC Reading Clinic.

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Gena Brooks Flynn, EdD | Associate Dean for Student Affairs

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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.

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Loretta Foote Casey | Associate Dean for Administration

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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.

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Kimberly Lawless, PhD | Associate Dean for Research

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Lawless leads the Office of Research at the College.  Her scholarly work researches the effectiveness of technology in classrooms toward improving reading comprehension skills of K-12 students. She writes and publishes widely on educational technology, instructional science, and reading. Lawless serves on the editorial review boards for several professional journals, including the International Journal of Instructional Media and the Journal of Research on Computers in Education, among others.

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Marc VanOverbeke, PhD | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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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.

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