Victoria Chou has served as Dean of the College of Education at UIC at Chicago since 1996. Prior to her deanship, she was a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and a teacher educator and reading researcher. With her colleagues at UIC, she seeks to develop a model “Great Cities” school of education that is relevant and responsive to the third largest school district in the country. She has secured numerous grants to support the preparation and professional development of excellent teachers for students in Chicago’s neighborhood schools that have been historically under-served. She chairs UIC's Council on Teacher Education, is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Consortium on Chicago School Research, and chairs the governing board of the National Teachers Academy-Professional Development School.