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Marc VanOverbeke, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor

Educational Policy Studies


Building & Room:

3022 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (MC 147), Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:



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.