The Faculty Fellows program, now in its sixth year, provides a way of recognizing educators who have been especially active and supportive of our Residence Life program. These faculty have provided assistance related to programs in the residence halls, informal dinners, and discussions with residents, among other contributions.
Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration
714 School of Public Health Psychiatric Institute
Professor Andes has taught medical sociology and social psychology. He has been at UIC for several years. His teaching experience includes working for the U.S. Air Force Office of Personnel Management, tutoring remedial reading at a juvenile detention center, and teaching finance and administration at DePaul University.
He advises first-year students to enjoy what Chicago has to offer but stay out of trouble. Make time for all the opportunities UIC provides. Decide what you want to do in life and start doing it here. Find a professor you enjoy working with and get involved with a project. Do everything possible to make your own opportunities. Do something to make yourself exceptional before you graduate. Realize that this is a large school and you can fall away and few people will notice. Budget time for work and budget time for fun.
Professor Andes' interests and hobbies include bicycling, downhill skiing, gardening, photography, Scottish country dancing, and baroque and Renaissance music.
Professor of Education
3404 Education Performing Arts Social Work
Professor Ayers teaches Urban School Change, Youth and the Modern Predicament, Teaching for Justice and Democracy, Interpretive Research, and the Cultural Contexts of Teaching. He has been at UIC for a number of years. He has written extensively about the importance of creating progressive educational opportunities in urban public schools. His book, To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, was named Book of the Year by Kappa Delta Pi and won the Written Award for Distinguished Work in Biography and Autobiography.
His interests focus on the political and social contexts of schooling and the meaning and ethical purposes of teachers, students, and families.
Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
417 Science and Engineering Offices
Professor Baldwin teaches Logic, Precalculus, Mathematics Education, and various mathematics courses. He has been with UIC for 33 years. His past teaching experience includes spending fall 2000 at the Mittag-Leffler in Stockholm, working with high school students and teachers, as well as all levels of students at UIC.
His best advice for first-year students is to take advantage of faculty office hours - go and see them. Faculty will help with courses, but they are not as active as high school teachers in seeking out what your difficulties may be.
His interests and hobbies include travel, reading, and cooking.
J. Chimene Bateman
Assistant Professor of French
1613 University Hall
Professor Bateman is in her seventh year at UIC. In that time she has taught courses on French literature and culture, medieval and early modern French, literary theory, and gender studies. Before receiving her appointment at UIC, she taught an undergraduate course in world literature at Yale University. She also previously taught a French autobiography course at UIC.
She offers students this advice, "Make an effort to visit your professors during their office hours at least once a semester. They will appreciate the opportunity to get to know you better and to answer any questions you may have about the course you are taking." She also encourages students to read a good newspaper every day as a way of quickly becoming informed about what’s happening in the world.
When she is not shaping tomorrow’s intellectuals, Professor Bateman enjoys cats, bike riding, and watching films, especially those by directors Hitchcock and Truffaut.
Bette L. Bottoms
Associate Professor of Psychology
1046B Behavioral Sciences Building
Since 1992, Professor Bottoms has taught Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Laboratory in Social Psychology and Psychology and Law to students at UIC. She has published books and journal articles describing her research on children, psychology and law. She has won six teaching awards, including the American Psychology-Law Society Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, Amoco Silver Circle Teaching Award, UIC Honors College Fellow of the Year Award, UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award, UIC Excellence in Teaching Award, and UIC Flame Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence. She also received the Today’s Chicago Woman Foundation’s Rising Star Award for career and community contributions.
She tells her students to pursue all the opportunities UIC offers, especially getting to know faculty members on an individual level. Developing professional relationships with faculty means acquiring trusted mentors who can provide support throughout the university experience. And no matter what, study hard and get the best grades you can possibly get.
Mary R. Brown
Lecturer of Finance
2422 University Hall
Professor Brown teaches Principles of Finance and Money and Banking. She has been at UIC since the summer of 1994. Professor Brown has won the Silver Circle Award for Teaching Excellence three times and won a Teaching Recognition Program Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002-03!
He advises first year students that the key to success in college is organization. You must learn early on how to organize your time so that you not only have ample time for your classes and their demands, but budget some time for yourself and some fun. If you have to work to stay in school, take four courses or even two or three. Take your time and take the time to learn.
Her interests and hobbies include Egyptology as a primary interest. "I love old movies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. I also collect Kung Fu and Ninja movies as well as the Japanese 'horror' movies from the 60s… you know the ones where you can actually see the zipper in the costume for the monsters! I'm running out of room for my books in my apartment but just joined another book club anyway. On my 50th birthday I got my first tattoo - an Egyptian symbol… the eye of Horus!"
Marsha F. Cassidy
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English
1926 University Hall
Professor Cassidy has been in the English Department at UIC for ten years. She teaches film and media studies, television history and criticism, Honors core courses, literature and writing. Her advice to first-year students is to manage your time well; take advantage of interesting events on campus; visit your teachers during their office hours; attend class regularly and ask questions. Her interests and hobbies include swimming, water aerobics, NIA, movies, reading for pleasure, gardening, sewing (yes, sewing), news (both real and satiric), theater, travel and baseball.
Associate Professor of Public Health
659 School of Public Health Psychiatric Institute
Professor Chávez teaches public health planning and evaluation and public health nutrition. Her advice to first-year students is to take advantage of the richness of the UIC community and what its students bring to the university experience. Use this time as one to explore your options. Her interests include Scottish dance and music and enjoying Chicago’s broad culture.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
4050A Behavioral Sciences Building
Professor Frohmann teaches theory, organizations, methods, race, class, gender, and the law. She has been at UIC for fifteen years. Her advice to first-year students is to let your curiosity guide you. Explore all possibilities. Her interests and hobbies include architecture, cycling, swimming, and sailing.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
1416 University Hall
Professor Grossman teaches Philosophy of Death and Dying, Philosophy of Religion, Mysticism and Eastern Philosophy, Plato, and Spinoza. He has been at the university for 37 years.
His advice to incoming students is: "Don't cut any classes until mid-terms; by then you'll know which lectures you can afford to miss; get to know personally at least one professor per semester (you'll need letters of recommendation later); don't be afraid to ask questions in class (there’s no such thing as a stupid question); take courses in subjects you love; and use the many resources that UIC makes available for students."
Professor Grossman is interested in classical music and opera, fast walking along the lake, baking gourmet chocolate chip cookies, massage and deep tissue body work, "new age" spirituality and meditation, and the Three Stooges.
Associate Professor of Public Health, Mental Health, and Administrative Nursing
956 College of Nursing
Professor Hughes teaches various courses related to mental health, women’s health, lesbian health, and substance abuse. She is also the Director of Research for the UIC National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has been at UIC for twenty years. Her past teaching experience includes incorporating substance abuse content into the undergraduate nursing curriculum through a grant. She has received the Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
Her advice to first-year students is to find a faculty member who is willing to mentor you, develop a peer support/study group, and use campus resources to help you with developing writing and test-taking skills. Her interests include photography, gardening, and travel.
Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
270 Medical Sciences Building
Professor Hutchinson serves as the director of Sports Medicine Services at UIC and is head team physician for the UIC Flames. He has been at UIC for over twelve years. His past experience includes a fellowship in sports medicine in Kentucky, orthopaedic training at Michigan State University, and medical school here at UIC. While in medical school, he served as both a resident advisor and community advisor in Campus Housing.
In addition to serving as the UIC Flames Team Physician or Orthopaedic Consultant, Dr. Hutchinson has served with the United States Olympic Committee, the 2006 Paralympic Games in Torino, USA Gymnastics National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, USA basketball, USA Field Hockey, the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and the WNBA Chicago Sky.
Professor of Communication
1140A Behavioral Sciences Building
Professor Jones teaches Introduction to Communication, Communication Technology, Mass Communication, and Society and Media Studies. He has been with UIC for nine years. His past teaching experience includes the University of Tulsa and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
His advice to first-year students is to do stuff. No matter what it is, if you’re interested in it, try it. His interests and hobbies include tennis and music.
A. Lewis Licht
Emeritus Professor of Physics
2154 Science and Engineering South
Professor Licht teaches undergraduate and graduate physics courses. He has been at UIC for 36 years. Past teaching experiences of note include bringing his dog to demonstrate velocity. He was very bashful with the whole class watching him, and it took him ten seconds to cover two meters. One freezing February, he took some students up to Alberta, Canada, to see a total eclipse of the sun, and it was warmer in Canada.
His advice for first-year students is to do your homework, ask questions, and think. His interests and hobbies include backpacking and swimming.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Movement Sciences
3146 Science and Engineering South
Dr. Marone teaches Human Physiological Anatomy I and II and Cadaver Dissection. She previously taught biology and pharmacology at Oakton Community College. She has been at UIC for sixteen years. Her first few years at UIC were working with Dr. Hickson on a project involving the effects of exercise and glucocorticoids on thecytochrome c oxidase enzyme from 1990 to 1993. She left on maternity leave for 1993-1994, then taught at Oakton in 1994-95. Professor Marone returned to UIC in January 1995 to teach part-time in the Department of Kinesiology.
Dr. Marone worked with the department to modify and develop the undergraduate curriculum to better meet the needs of students entering fields in health care. In her teaching, she has incorporated some educational research with her classes. This is in an attempt to address how people learn and assist students in developing tools which will assist them in better grasping concepts taught in physiology and anatomy. She is doing research now with Dr. Grabiner in the Biomechanics Lab on standing balance. She also gives numerous guest lectures within the department and college.
Professor Marone’s advice to first-year students is not to get behind in course work. Don't be intimidated by the professors. (We are human, believe it or not.) Look for opportunities to develop leadership skills in the areas of your interest and, most of all, take time to enjoy the city of Chicago and the many activities that UIC has to offer.
Professor Marone’s interests are athletic: triathlons, and outdoor recreation, such as hiking and canoeing, as well as exploring museums and historic sites when possible. She is very family oriented, so much of her spare time is spent with her two daughters, Abigail, 14, and Jessica, 12, and her husband. Her activities generally include the after-school sport and community programs her children are involved in.
Professor of Spanish
1721 University Hall
Professor Nuñez-Cedeño teaches Phonology, Phonetics, Morphology, and Dialectology. He has been at UIC for 22 years. His advice for first-year students is to find a faculty advisor if you don’t have one. Get to know that person, even if you he or she is not in your (future) academic area of interest. His interests and hobbies include volunteering for community work and playing racquetball and volleyball.
Associate Professor of Physics
2354 Science and Engineering South
Professor Ogut teaches Introductory Physics I and II (Phys 105-106-107-108), Algebra based physics course (mainly for pre-health professions students), Quantum Mechanics I and II (Phys 411 and 412) which are physics majors/minors required courses. He has been with UIC for five years. Professor Ogut started tutoring when he was about 14 years old. He taught at all levels from high school science and math to training the Physics Olymp9ad team of Turkey. 1988-89 he taught Introductory Physics and Complex Calculus to Physics majors. 1991-94, he was one of the 12 Math and Science Tutors at one of the residential Colleges at Yale University (while he was working on his PhD). He spent 10 hours a week answering questions about all areas of science (mainly physics) and math. It was a lot of fun!
His advice to first-year students is to learn to take responsibility for your actions, no matter what they are. This is much harder to do than you think! Talent and genius are usually overrated, working hard (while not forgetting to have fun, or even making work as part of your fun) is almost always the key to success.
His hobbies and interests include playing contract bridge (currently a Silver Life Master) and opera.
Phyllis Powell Pelt
Clinical Instructor of Public Health, Mental Health and Administrative Nursing
Professor Pelt is the Director of the School Nurse Certification Program and Clinical Instructor in the department of Public Health, Mental Health and Administrative Nursing. She is a product of the Chicago Public School System (Wadworth Elementary School and Hyde Park Career Academy) and a UIC alumni “times two”. She completed her undergraduate (BSN 1967) and graduate education (MS, 1995) at the University of Illinois College of Nursing. Her nursing career has been diverse and includes her passions for health promotion and disease prevention for children and families. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions as a community nurse specialist and public speaker.
Her work includes the recruitment and retention of gifted and talented minorities into nursing and other health careers.
Professor Pelt’s advice to students is:
- Make a balanced plan that you can stay focused on until graduation
- Identify mentors who will listen to and encourage you throughout this journey
- Develop a healthy sense of humor
- Utilize the multiple UIC resources available
- Let someone know your concerns early, before they develop into complicated situations.
Professor Pelt loves smiling, bargain shopping, reading, power walking and grandchildren.
Associate Dean of Education
3016 Education Performing Arts Social Work
Dean Sima has taught History of Higher Education, Student Development Theory, Research Designs for Policy Analysis, and Organization and Administration of Higher Education. She has been at UIC for 25 years. Her past experience includes various administrative posts in student services and residence life at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Dominican University in River Forest. She has held numerous positions at UIC involving planning and resource administration. Her research interests include higher education policy as well as public sector strategic planning.
Her advice to first-year students is to recognize that you may need some formal assistance with time management. Take advantage of resources that can help you improve your use of time.
If things (assignments, activities) begin to get away from you, address the challenges as soon as possible. Don't wait until you have a mountain of concerns and obligations. Faculty, friends, or employers may be more understanding than you think, but you have to ask for their advice and assistance. Finally, when you are choosing classes as you move through your academic career, try to find out who some of the award-winning faculty are, and take courses from them as often as you can.
Dean Sima’s interests and hobbies include reading, writing, weight training, and aerobic exercise.
Mary Anne Walke
Clinical Instructor of Medical-Surgical Nursing
608 College of Nursing
Professor Walke teaches first-level clinical nursing courses. She has been at UIC for 27 years. Her advice for first-year students is not to put anything off - keep ahead of yourself. Stay focused on studies and everything else will fall into place. Her interests and hobbies include the theater, reading, and bicycling.
Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
325 Applied Health Sciences Building
Elizabeth Peterson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she teaches graduate courses. Her clinical experience is in the area of adult physical disabilities, in both the hospital and the community. She has been at UIC for fourteen years. Her research interests are focused on fear of falling among community-dwelling older adults: epidemiology, measurement, and interventions for frail and well elderly. She is currently co-investigator of a study undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention designed to reduce fall risk factors among older adults who have multiple sclerosis.
She advises first-year students to create a weekly schedule that includes time to study and time for leisure. While studying, give at least some attention to each class daily.
Her interests and hobbies include swimming; visiting museums and traveling.
Associate Professor of Education
1216 Education Performing Arts Social Work
Over the course of his 37 years at UIC, Professor Weldon has taught courses in school finance, collective bargaining in education, administrative practice in education, foundations of education, educational supervision, philosophy of education, and urban school policy. He has enjoyed much success throughout his career and has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including the UIC Excellence in Teaching Award.
He advises first-year students to take full advantage of university education, calling it a "great opportunity." When he’s not teaching, Professor Weldon sets his sights abroad and enjoys international travel and international education.