Search Committee

James W. Pellegrino
Committee Chair
Professor and Co-Director
Learning Sciences Research Institute
Liberal Arts and Sciences

James W. Pellegrino is Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Co-director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research and development interests focus on children’s and adult’s thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice. He has published over 300 books, chapters and articles in the areas of cognition, instruction and assessment. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and private foundations. He has served on several National Academy of Sciences study committees, including chair of the Study Committee for the Evaluation of the National and State Assessments of Educational Progress, co-chair of the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice, and co-chair of the Committee on the Foundations of Assessment which issued the report Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment. Most recently he served as a member of the Committee on Science Learning: Games, Simulations and Education, as a member of the Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, as chair of the Committee on Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills, and co-chair of the Committee on Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12. He is a past member of the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council, a lifetime Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, a lifetime member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Alison Doubleday
Associate Professor
Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences


Alison Doubleday is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, where she teaches human gross anatomy and embryology to dental students. Dr. Doubleday received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Indiana University. Dr. Doubleday is involved in curriculum design and development within the UIC College of Dentistry. Her current research focuses on collaborative learning and the role that technology plays in shaping classroom interactions and collaboration.

Marisha L. Humphries
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology

Marisha L. Humphries is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University, and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research is an integrated approach to studying African-American children’s normative and prosocial development, and utilizing this research to create culturally and developmentally appropriate school-based behavior promotion programs. Her work examines children’s emotional and social competence, and the ways in which schools can support this development. Dr. Humphries’ work in social and emotional competence extends to higher education. She engages with faculty across campus to facilitate their learning about teaching; with a specific focus on the connection between social emotional competence, diversity, and learning Due to her interest and experience in applied research, Dr. Humphries’ work considers the contextual and cultural factors associated with students, families, and schools.

Anthony Laden
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Associate Director
Center for Ethics and Education

Anthony Laden is Professor of Philosophy, and was, from 20128-2018, Chair of the department. He is also the Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Education, a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He received his Ph.D in philosophy from Harvard University in 1996. He works in moral and political philosophy, where his research focuses on reasoning, democratic theory, feminism, the politics of identity, and the philosophy of education. He is the author of Reasoning: A Social Picture (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Reasonably Radical: Deliberative Liberalism and the Politics of Identity (Cornell, 2001), as well as the co-editor, with David Owen, of Multiculturalism and Political Theory (Cambridge, 2007). He has published numerous essays on the work of John Rawls, including “The House that Jack Built” (2003), and most recently, “Constructivism as Rhetoric” (2014).

Danielle Liubicich
Math and Science Learning Center
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Danielle joined the UIC LAS team this summer as the Director of the new Math and Science Learning Center.  Danielle has 10 years of experience in higher education serving in diverse roles including biology faculty member, grant director, and most recently, Dean of the STEM Center for Teaching and Learning at Olive-Harvey College.  She led initiatives to incorporate independent research into introductory STEM curriculum and has dedicated much of her career to supporting educational approaches and programs that increase access, persistence, and success for all STEM students.  Her academic training is in evolutionary developmental biology, and she earned a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley and a M.Sc. in Developmental Biology from the University of Chicago.  The more she learned about biology, the more she wanted to share her knowledge with others and provide them the same exceptional learning experiences she was so grateful to have.  Her work now focuses on leading a Center that provides academic support for UIC students and developing mechanisms to support both teaching and learning through this new incredible resource on campus.

Arjun Mitra
Pre-Doc. Fellow
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant
Ph.D. Student
Managerial Studies

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Janet Riddle
Director of Faculty Development
Director, Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship
Medical Education

Janet Riddle joined the Department of Medical Education in 2004 to work in the area of faculty development.  Currently, Dr. Riddle is Director of Faculty Development for the Department of Medical Education.  She graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center.  While at Rush as a chief resident and attending in Internal Medicine, Dr. Riddle was co-director of a HRSA-funded faculty development program for clinician-teachers at Cook County Hospital.  She also developed workshops on improving teaching skills for outpatient clinical preceptors, pathophysiology small-group facilitators, and residents as teachers.

Dr. Riddle directs the Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship.  The Faculty Fellowship is a longitudinal program for faculty interested in supporting ongoing curricular and instructional improvement and in developing themselves as educational leaders. She also directs the UICMC Teaching Skills Program for Residents.  In this program, residents participate in workshop on topics that include “Using Questions and Feedback to Enhance Clinical Reasoning”, “Teaching Professionalism”, “Teaching in Small Groups”, “Teaching through Lectures”, “Teaching and Leading Rounds”, “Teaching in the Patient’s Presence” and “Teaching Procedural Skills”.

Dr. Riddle has presented papers, workshops and posters at the regional and national meetings of the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Generalists in Medical Education, and the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine.  She has just been elected Member-at-large for the Central Group on Educational Affairs.

Dr. Riddle has twice been honored with a Clinical Teaching Award by the UIC chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Elizabeth Romero

Learning Technologies and Client Service Solutions
Academic Computing and Communications Center

Dr. Elizabeth Romero Fuerte is the Director of Learning Technologies and Client Service Solutions in the Academic Computing and Communications Center, a unit under the Provost Office in UIC. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, an MS in Computer Science, and an MA in Education. She has over 15 years of experience in the integration of learning technologies and leading initiatives to develop comprehensive programs for applying technology in teaching and learning. Elizabeth’s experience expands to higher education, K-12, and the private sectors. She has worked with Subject Matter Experts (SME) and researchers to identify, develop and implement appropriate technology solutions for teaching and learning for online, blended, and face to face delivery modes. Elizabeth also has served as technical expert in the implementation of learning solutions and has comprehensive knowledge of adult learning theories.

Michael J. Scott
Associate Professor and Director
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
UIC Innovation Center

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Yeow Siow
Clinical Associate Professor
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Dr. Yeow Siow has over fifteen years of combined experience as an engineering educator and practitioner. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University where he began his teaching career. He then joined Navistar’s thermal-fluids system group as a senior engineer, and later brought his real-world expertise back into the classroom at Purdue University Calumet. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he enjoys success in teaching and education research.