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Bette L. Bottoms, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago


Dr. Bette L. Bottoms is Professor of Psychology, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research on child abuse, children's eyewitness testimony, and jurors’ perceptions of child victims and of juvenile offenders has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institute on Mental Health, and widely published. She has co-edited five books and served on the editorial boards of Law and Human Behavior; Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and Child Maltreatment.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a Past President of APA Division 37: Society for Child and Family Policy, as well as of its Section on Child Maltreatment. She is currently Chair of the Division 37 Fellows Committee. Dr. Bottoms received the APA Division 41: American Psychology-Law Society’s (APLS) Saleem Shaw Early Career Award, the Today’s Chicago Woman Foundation Rising Star Award for career and community contributions, and nine university and national awards for excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring, including the APLS Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, and the APA Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology) Robert S. Daniel Teaching Award.

As Dean and Vice Provost, Dr. Bottoms spearheads UIC’s unprecedented efforts to improve undergraduate success via the use of predictive data modeling, empirical research, and the development of and implementation of high-impact educational policies and practices. With generous foundation funding, she is expanding the conversation about student success beyond UIC by founding of the Chicago Collaborative for Undergraduate Success, a coalition of all Chicago universities with the goal of sharing best practices and data to increase undergraduate success throughout the city of Chicago. Because of this, she was invited by the Mayor Emmanuel’s Office to co-convene the College Success and Completion Milestone of the Thrive Chicago initiative, a collective impact model aimed at creating a cradle-to-career continuum of services for young people.