Bette L. Bottoms
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the Honors College
Professor Bottoms has been at UIC since 1992, after receiving her Ph.D. in social psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research on child abuse, children's eyewitness testimony, and the influence of factors such as racial and anti-gay bias on jurors' perceptions of child victims and of juvenile offenders has been funded by the National Institute on Mental Health and published numerous times in scholarly journals. She has co-edited five books and has served on the editorial boards of Law and Human Behavior; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; Child Maltreatment, and the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Professor Bottoms has received an unprecedented number of awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring, including the UIC Honors College Fellow of the Year Award, Flames Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, Silver Circle Award, the Teaching Recognition Program Award (twice), the Teaching Excellence Award, and national awards including the American Psychology-Law Society Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring and the APA Society for the Teaching of Psychology Robert S. Daniel Award.
Professor Bottoms has served UIC through membership on the UIC 2010 Strategic Thinking Committee and the campus Promotion and Tenure committee, and through prior appointments as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nationally, she served as president of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37) and its Section on Child Maltreatment.