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Candidate Statements Executive, Awards, and Diversity Awards Committees 2017

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Executive Committee Awards Committee Diversity Awards Committee
Hormoz BassiriRad Maria Barbolina Jeremiah Abiade
Eileen Collins Claire Decoteau Ronak K. Kapadia
Dolly Mehta Linda S. Forst Hyunwoo Lee
Christopher G. Mitchell Chang-ming Hsieh Anna C. Roosevelt
Roy Plotnick Sudip K. Mazumder  
Miljan Simonovic Michelle Parker-Katz  
Blake Stimson    
Elizabeth Talbott    

Executive Committee Candidates

Arts and Humanities

Blake Stimson
Professor, Art History

Blake Stimson is Professor of Art History and a specialist in modern and contemporary art and the history of photography. He came to UIC in 2012 from UCDavis where he taught for 13 years and the University of Oregon for two years before that. At UCDavis he served for eight years on Graduate Council, the Senate body charged with oversight of graduate education, for four years (one as Chair) on the Faculty Personnel Committee for the College of Letters and Sciences, the Senate body charged with reviewing and making recommendations for all promotions and merit raises within the College, and for three years as the Director of the Graduate Program in Critical Theory.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Christopher G. Mitchell
Associate Professor, Social Work

Christopher Mitchell is Associate Professor and Director of Academic Program Development and Assessment in the Jane Addams College of Social Work.  He served as Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) from 2005 through 2016 and has previously served on the Graduate College Executive Committee.  He is currently appointed to the Graduate College Awards Committee.  In 2015 he was appointed to the Commission on Educational Policy at the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body for social work programs.   He teaches PHD and MSW courses on social work practice with a focus on behavioral health and integrated care and is the social work representative on the UIC Interprofessional Education Steering Committee.  His research has centered on the behavioral health aspects of HIV. 

Elizabeth Talbott
Associate Professor, Special Education

Elizabeth Talbott is an Associate Professor of Special Education. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses to students in education, social work, and liberal arts and sciences, and has mentored doctoral students and part-time faculty in teaching at UIC. She has three primary lines of research: one in the delivery of effective mental health interventions for urban youth; a second on multiple informant assessments of youth mental health problems; and a third on the effective delivery of special education through school leaders and their instructional teams. Dr. Talbott was chair of the department of special education at UIC for 10 years, and now serves as chair of public policy for the Council for Exceptional Children-Division for Research.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Roy Plotnick
Professor, Earth & Environmental Studies

Roy E. Plotnick is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has been at UIC since 1982 and has long served as his department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies and has been the Director of Graduate Studies.  He has twice received Council of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards and served one term as a member of the Executive Committee of LAS. He has also previously served on the Graduate College Awards Committee.

A paleontologist, his research interests are wide-ranging and eclectic, including arthropod paleontology, functional morphology, fossil preservation, trace fossils, landscape ecology and statistical methods He is also involved in funded projects designed to promote new approaches to science education at the K-12 and college levels. He is a Fellow of the Paleontological Society and of the Geological Society of America and is an Edward P Bass Distinguished Environmental Visiting Scholar at Yale.

Life Sciences

Hormoz BassiriRad
Professor, Biological Sciences

Hormoz BassiriRad is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research focuses on various components of global change, and how native and managed plant communities respond to them. BassiriRad’s research awards, totaling nearly 2.5 million dollars, have largely been funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has served on numerous NSF panels and is currently an academic editor for the journals PLOS ONE and Oecologia. He is a recipient of a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard University. He was also awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Program, Guelph, Canada which he turned down due to other priorities. BassiriRad’s service at UIC has been recognized twice with an Award of Excellence in Teaching. He is currently the Director of the Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of UIC’s Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, and has served on an Advisory Council to the Provost on Urban Resilience & Global Environment. 

Eileen Collins
Professor, Nursing Sciences

I am a Professor in the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department in the College of Nursing. I served on the Graduate Executive Committee for the past two years and would consider it a privilege to serve for two more years. My research focuses on improving quality of life in people with chronic illness through physical activity and exercise interventions.  Specifically, I focus on the symptoms of dyspnea in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and claudication pain in patients with peripheral arterial disease. My work has been continuously funded through VA and NIH mechanisms for over 20 years and I have received several awards for my work. I currently serve as the Chair of the College of Nursing Promotion and Tenure committee and am a member of our College Research Committee.

Dolly Mehta
Professor, Pharmacology

I am a Full Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Medicine. I have mentored four graduate students in completing their requirements for the PhD.  Some of these fellows successfully established their own lab or attained high level position in Industry while recently graduated students are beginning their Postdoctoral career at High tier institutions. Additionally, I serve as mentor on NIH-Training Programs and on Research and Thesis committee of several current students in Pharmacology. I also contribute in teaching graduate students in Pharmacology and GEMS program. I have served as a reviewer on several NIH and AHA study sections and currently hold Associate Editor Ship of American Journal of Lung and Cellular physiology. I have served on various committee within the College of Medicine and also University P&T Committee and Senate.

My research program, funded through multimillion dollar grants form National Institute of Heart lung and Blood Institute, assesses intercellular interaction within the lung following infection. We also have recently develop projects related with tumor angiogenesis based on the findings that normal endothelial cell function is required for limiting cancer pathogenesis.  I believe, based on my mentorship and scholarly activities, I can further help in enhancing excellence in graduate education across the university.

Miljan Simonovic
Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. I received B.Sci. and M.Sci. from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and PhD from UIC. I joined UIC faculty in 2008 and since then I have trained four doctoral students and have served in 14 PhD thesis committees. Also, I have served in the Graduate Studies Committee, the College of Medicine Committee on Students Awards and Scholarships, and I have been involved in recruitment of PhD and MD/PhD students. I am deeply motivated to help the UIC Graduate College improve and I am particularly interested in promoting participation of women and minorities in academic research. I have willingness and desire to serve, and I am looking forward to use my skills and talent for the betterment of UIC graduate programs.

My research program studies basic principles governing accurate translation of genetic information into functional proteins. The goal is to harness such knowledge to improve current and design novel therapeutic approaches, and to provide a framework for innovative approaches in synthetic biology. Our work received funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and American Cancer Society.


Awards Committee Candidates

Arts and Humanities

[No Elected Positions for This Election]

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Claire Decoteau
Associate Professor, Sociology

Claire Decoteau is Associate Professor of Sociology. Broadly, her research focuses on the social construction of health and disease, the politics of knowledge production, and peoples’ grounded experiences with healing and health care systems.  She is currently writing a book on autism in the Somali diaspora.

Claire has served on the Graduate College Awards Committee for three years, and is pleased to run for a second term.  She has served as the Sociology department’s Director of Graduate Studies for three years, and has ushered the program through a curriculum reform process.  She chairs three dissertation committees, is primary advisor to 6 other graduate students and sits on a number of dissertation committees both inside and outside of sociology.  In addition to her service to graduate education at UIC, she sits on the National Science Foundation dissertation panel, and has served on a number of graduate paper awards committees at the American Sociological Association.  

Chang-ming Hsieh
Associate Professor, Social Work

Chang-ming Hsieh is an Associate Professor in the Jane Addams College of Social Work where he also serves as Director of Graduate Studies. He received his M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from The University of Pennsylvania. His research areas include quality of life and quality of care issues among older adults. Specifically, he is interested in the measurement of subjective well-being and the use of client satisfaction surveys to improve social services for older adults. He teaches Social Work Research, Program Evaluation and Social Welfare Policy and Services in the College of Social Work.

Michelle Parker-Katz
Clinical Professor, Special Education

Dr. Michelle Parker-Katz is Clinical Professor in College of Education and joined the UIC faculty in 1992. She has taught doctoral, master’s and undergraduate courses, and also does field instruction for internships in in Chicago Public Schools. She has served as program coordinator of Elementary Education (for 11 years) and currently for Special Education since 2008.  She is currently a UIC Master Teacher Scholar and has been recognized for her teaching and program work (INSPIRE, UIC Teacher Recognition Award). She has done a wide array of service related to community, university and her department. Dr. Parker-Katz has been a co-investigator on several federal grants pertaining to personnel preparation and related research. Her research focuses on language and literacy learning for all students; building authentic collaborative engagement amongst educators, families and a range of community members; and building collaborative teacher leadership aimed at enhancing educational experiences for urban youth. She presents and publishes widely about teacher learning across the career continuum, and is active in educational policy work.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Sudip K. Mazumder
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sudip K. Mazumder is the Director of Laboratory for Energy and Switching-Electronics Systems and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIC. He has over 25 years of professional experience and has held R&D and design positions in leading industrial organizations and has served as Technical Consultant for leading industries. His current areas of interests are a) Interactive power networks, smart/micro grid, and energy storage; b) Renewable energy based power electronics systems; and c) Optically-triggered wide-bandgap power-electronics device and control technologies and SiC/GaN based high-frequency power electronics.

Since joining UIC in 2001, Dr. Mazumder has been awarded over 40 sponsored projects by leading federal agencies and industries in above-referenced areas. He has published about 200 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences and 1 book and 10 book chapters; in addition, he has 10 issued patents and delivered 80 keynote/ plenary/ invited lectures and presentations at leading international conferences, organizations, and institutions.

Dr. Mazumder is an IEEE Fellow (2016) and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2016) for the Power Electronics Society. He was the recipient of University of Illinois' University Scholar Award (2013) and UIC's Inventor of the Year Award (2014). He received 4 IEEE Awards including the Transaction Prize Paper Award (2002). He was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2003) and the ONR Young Investigator Award (2005).

Life Sciences

Maria Barbolina
Associate Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences

I am an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy. My research focus is on understanding biological mechanisms of ovarian carcinoma metastasis. My research has been funded by the federal and private agencies and resulted in numerous publications. I currently advise students in the PhD program in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, and I have mentored several students in completing their PhD theses in the past. I contribute to teaching in several courses in both PhD and PharmD curricula in the College of Pharmacy. I am currently serving on several committees at the University, College, and Department levels. I have served on the Awards Committee (Life Sciences Division) in the past. This opportunity was very rewarding, as serving on this committee allowed me to be more engaged in student-related activities and be able to support deserving students in their research endeavors.

Linda S. Forst
Professor, Public Health-EOHS

Linda Forst is currently a faculty member in the School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on “work” as a determinant of health, surveillance methods for work-related illnesses and injuries, evaluation of impairment rating schemes, cost shifting of workers’ compensation costs to general health insurance, and community based interventions related to occupational health for underserved working populations.  Her funding comes from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  She is PI on the Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program, which includes lead poisoning reporting and prevention in adults; PI on a contract to evaluate pesticide poisoning in the State of Illinois; Co-I on a community based participatory research project to identify and plan interventions to reduce work impacts on health. She is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Diversity Awards Committee Candidates

Arts and Humanities

Ronak K. Kapadia
Assistant Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies (English)

Ronak K. Kapadia is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and affiliated faculty in Global Asian Studies and Museum & Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A cultural theorist of race, security, and empire in the late 20th and early 21st century United States, Kapadia is completing a book about the interface between contemporary visual art and aesthetics and US global counterinsurgency warfare in South Asia and the Middle East titled Insurgent Aesthetics: Race, Security, and the Sensorial Life of Empire (under contract, Duke University Press). He is co-editor of the special issue of Surveillance and Society on race, communities, and informers (2017). His writing also appears or is forthcoming in Asian American Literary Review, South Asian Diaspora, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Feminist Formations, Women & Performance, and edited volumes including: Shifting Borders: America and the Middle East/North Africa (American University of Beirut Press, 2014), Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press, 2016), and With Stones in Our Hands: Reflections on Racism, Muslims and US Empire (University of Minnesota Press, Forthcoming 2018). With funding from the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Great Cities Institute, Kapadia has begun research toward his second book project, which develops a critical theory of healing/justice in the time of of imperial decline. Kapadia is currently on the Critical Ethnic Studies committee for the American Studies Association and a former board member of the Association for Asian American Studies. Outside of academe, he is a former board member of FIERCE, a member-led community organizing working to build the leadership and power of queer and trans youth of color in New York City and Sage Community Health Collective, a worker-owned health and healing justice collective in Chicago.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Anna C. Roosevelt
Professor, Anthropology

Anna C. Roosevelt is a four-field anthropologist interested in human ecology and evolution, especially the role of women, the peopling of the Americas from northeast Asia, tropical forest peoples and civilizations, ancient and modern hunter-gatherers, human self-organization, iconography in ritual and propaganda, Subsaharan African kingdoms, and social Darwinism in European colonialism, western scholarship, and early museums.  She strongly supports UIC's commitment to diversity, community, and excellence.

Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

Jeremiah Abiade
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering . Generally, my interests are in various areas of thin film deposition, processing, and characterization along with outreach and mentoring of the next generation of scientists and engineers, particularly those underrepresented in STEM fields. I teach courses on engineering design, principles of manufacturing and nanomaterials.

I have also been active in the UIC Faculty Senate, chairing the committee on Undergraduate Recruitment, Admissions and Retention. As chair my committee successfully petitioned the Faculty Senate to endorse the holistic review of freshman undergraduate applications via the ACCESS program.

I am seeking this opportunity because I am passionate about increasing the diversity in the UIC Graduate College.  

Life Sciences

Hyunwoo Lee
Assistant Professor, Biopharmaceutical Science

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences (BPS). I came to UIC in 1998 for PhD study in the graduate program of medicinal chemistry at the College of Pharmacy. After receiving PhD training at UIC and postdoctoral training in bacterial pathogenesis at Washington University in St. Louis, I joined the Department of BPS as a faculty in 2013. I contribute to teaching professional and graduate students in the College of Pharmacy. I have served as a senate in UIC for the last three years, have been on the committee of a number of graduate students, and have served as a judge of MBRB Research Day, College of Pharmacy Research Day, Cancer Center Cancer Research Forum, and UIC Student Research Forum.

My laboratory studies the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and pathogenesis in bacteria. We are particularly interested in the roles of small proteins, for most of which their cellular functions in bacterial antibiotic resistance and pathogenesis are not well defined. My research has been funded by NIH.