About Us

College at a Glance

By the Numbers

1000 Hours

Hours in CPS classrooms logged by our undergraduate students.

$68 million

$68 million Funding of ongoing grant projects at the College.

1 in 11 CPS Schools

1 in 11 CPS schools led by a UIC-trained principal.

124,301 Chicagoans

Number of Chicagoans impacted by the UIC Center for Literacy over the last decade.

1 Program

The number of principal education programs--the College's Urban Education Leadership program--used by the state of Illinois to rewrite state standards for principal education.

10,200 Alumni

10,200 Alumni building stronger communities, improving schools and changing the lives of children.

47,490 CPS students

47,490 CPS students the College is advocating for as their lives are changed by school closures.

1 in 7 CPS students

1 in 7 CPS students taught by a College of Education-trained teacher.


Alfred Tatum, Dean

Alfred W. Tatum, PhD is the Dean of the College of Education and director of the UIC Reading Clinic. Tatum's research focuses on the literacy development of African American males, particularly the roles of texts and writing to advance their literacy development. He is interested in how texts can be used as tools to preserve one's humanity. He is the author ofTeaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement GapReading 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.  

Loretta Foote Casey, Associate Dean for Administration

Loretta Foote Casey, M.P.P., is Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Education and oversees fiscal affairs, personnel and space/facilities management; she has served the college for more than nine years. Ms. Casey 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; Ms. 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.

Kimberly Lawless, Associate Dean for Research

Kimberly Lawless, PhD 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. 

Marc Van Overbeke, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Aginah Muhammad, Director of the Council on Teacher Education

Mission, Values & History

We are a community of scholars committed to educational equity as it contributes to social, political and economic parity. We develop new knowledge about education that improves teaching, learning and assessment; informs policy and practice; and is valued by the communities we serve. We direct our teaching, research and public service to all learners, but particularly those in urban environments.

The UIC College of Education strives to prepare the next generation of educators, educational leaders, and educational researchers to establish equity in Chicago public schools. As outlined in our Conceptual Framework and Strategic Plan, all aspects of our work are guided by a vision that ensures the highest quality education for all children. Admittedly, challenges to realizing this vision are formidable, as barriers to equal educational opportunity have existed  throughout the history of schooling, and are intensified in urban contexts where economic disparities linked to racial diversity are stark.

Here in Chicago where African American and Latino students are the vast majority of the public-school population, the Chicago community as a whole, including the public education system and our role in it, too often fail to provide high quality education. Making good on the promise of public education requires acknowledging and addressing the problems of inequality explicitly and courageously, so that the public education system can work effectively for the full flourishing of the life of every individual child.

Read more about our approach to educating African-American and Latino students.

Job Openings

Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks applications for the position of Department Chair. This is a 9-month 100% faculty position at the associate or full professor rank. The starting date is negotiable but no later than August 15, 2018, and the salary is commensurate to rank and experience.

UIC’s College of Education is ranked in the top 50 Colleges of Education in the nation and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is home to 22 faculty members and about 400 students (undergraduate and graduate) who engage in research, teaching, and serving communities, addressing the most pressing issues in education. The department has a long and celebrated history of producing scholars, educators, and leaders whose work has shaped the educational research community, nationally and internationally, and the practices and contexts of schooling in Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district. Through its three doctoral programs (Curriculum Studies; Literacy, Language, and Culture; Mathematics and Science Education) three master’s programs (Educational Studies; Language, Literacies, and Learning; Science Education), and one undergraduate program (Urban Elementary Education), the Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares educators, researchers, and advocates to work effectively in urban schools, institutions of higher education, and other educational and community contexts. Our scholarship is grounded in a commitment to social, racial, and economic justice.

The Department Chair is expected to work with faculty in collectively building upon and renewing our existing strengths, including nurturing the Department’s research productivity, supporting an optimal educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students, continuing to strengthen our highly-regarded programs, intensifying our efforts to engage with communities, and advocating for the Department inside and outside UIC. Consistent with the responsibilities of a faculty line, the Chair also teaches, mentors students, and supervises doctoral dissertations, conducts research, pursues funding, and provides service at the university, college, and department levels, the field of expertise, and/or the community.

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Associate Dean for Student Affairs

The University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  The Associate Dean for Student Affairs is responsible for the administration and operation of the Office of Student Services in the College of Education and for providing leadership in matters related to the life cycle and development of students in the college.  The office includes a highly experienced staff of advisors, a data/technology associate, marketing and communications staff, and student employees.  The office is responsible for all aspects of student services, including enrollment management, recruitment and retention, admissions, registration, undergraduate and graduate student advising (in collaboration with faculty and departments), financial aid, orientation programs, first-year courses for freshman and transfer students, degree certification, and college commencement ceremonies. This is an exciting time in the College of Education.  We are expanding programs and increasing enrollments and we are looking for a dynamic and visionary associate dean to become part of the college.

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