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Chancellor and Provost Announcement: Dr. Alfred W. Tatum Named Dean of the UIC College of Education

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alfred W. Tatum has accepted the position of dean of the UIC College of Education, effective May 15, 2014, pending Board of Trustees approval.   Dr. Tatum has served as interim dean of the college since last August, and prior to that was chair of the college’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. This appointment follows a national search that brought three finalists to campus earlier this year. 
As interim dean, Dr. Tatum has already started to act on his ambitious vision for the college. He has upgraded the college’s research infrastructure by working collaboratively to establish an Office for Research, by appointing the college’s first associate dean for research, and by awarding two IMPACT faculty research clusters. Recognizing the fundamental role of engagement to the college’s mission he has nurtured a culture of engaged scholarship and he awarded thirteen community engagement grants to faculty and staff. To assure the college’s future success he has also enhanced recruitment and retention efforts; worked to increase development efforts and improve alumni relations; strengthened the fiscal vitality of the college and promoted greater fiscal equity among the four existing departments; and advocated for the development of online courses.

Dr. Tatum is a foremost expert on the literacy development of African American boys. He has authored more than 50 publications on the topic, including three books, and he recently authored policy reports and solution briefs for Jobs for the Future and the Council of Great City Schools. Dr. Tatum is also the author on four major reading and writing programs used with millions of students throughout the country. For more than 10 years, Dr. Tatum has served on the national reading committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He also served on the Board of Directors of the two major literacy organizations – The International Reading Association and the Literacy Research Association.  

Dr. Tatum has been invited to guest lecture at many top universities and was invited to participate in the National Summit on Educational Excellence and Opportunity for African American Males held last August in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Department of Education. The summit was part of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which aims to ensure that all African-American students receive an education that fully prepares them for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers. 

At UIC, Dr. Tatum has previously served as director of the UIC Reading Clinic and coordinator of the Literacy, Language, and Culture Ph.D. program. Prior to arriving at UIC in 2007, he served on the faculties of Buffalo State College, the University of Maryland and Northern Illinois University and he was a senior research associate for North Central Regional Education Lab.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tatum on his appointment.     

Paula Allen-Meares
Lon S. Kaufman

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