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Emanuel D. (Mannie) Pollack, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

(Effective September 1, 2014, pending Board of Trustees approval) 

An inveterate promoter of the student interest, Professor Pollack has made it his mission to eliminate institutional barriers to student progress and success. Professor Pollack recently retired from the position of Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was responsible for all aspects of the college’s undergraduate academic life, including admissions, academic advising, curricula, educational policy and degree completion. A significant component of his Associate Dean portfolio was to assure the delivery of high-quality academic advising services to nearly 10,000 undergraduates, which culminated in the development of a student-focused Academic Advising Center. During Professor Pollack’s tenure as Associate Dean, the graduation rate of the college nearly doubled. Professor Pollack has brought unique recognition to the University as its only representative to serve on a governing body of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, to which he has made several presentations on academic advising and student success. As a member of the statewide steering panel for the Illinois Articulation Initiative, acting on behalf of the University of Illinois system, he influenced the relationships among Illinois universities and community colleges.

Professor Pollack received his undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Iowa. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he joined the Illinois Institute for Developmental Disabilities, where he was director of the developmental and behavioral science program with concurrent faculty appointments in the UIC Department of Biological Sciences and in the College of Medicine. He has published numerous scientific papers in the field of developmental neurobiology while teaching popular biology courses, and was instrumental in founding neuroscience as an independently recognized discipline at UIC. His honors received from UIC include the INSPIRE award, Honors Fellow of the Year, the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award, and the LAS Lifetime Service award. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Flames Sportsmanship Award, and in October will receive the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award.