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Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence Search Committee

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

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.

Aliemah Iman Bradley
President, Undergraduate Student Government
Student, Public Policy
Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Aliemah Bradley is a Junior studying Public Policy with a minor in Education here at the University and Illinois at Chicago. Aliemah was born and raised in Portland, OR were she has interned for city commissioners and the Oregon Department of Education. She has come to make Chicago her second home by working and living on campus. Working for both the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs’s Public Policy Department and under student affairs for the department of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. Aliemah is deeply honored to be serving UIC students as the President of the Undergraduate Student Government for the 2019-20 school year. Aliemah is committed to making this University an instructive, accessible and inclusive campus for all students.

Alison Doubleday
Associate Professor
Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Biology

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, Ph.D. 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.

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.

Paul Malchow
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Liberal Arts and Sciences

I am currently Director of the Laboratory of Integrative Neurosciences, an amalgam of faculty from Biological Sciences, Psychology, Chemistry, and Philosophy with a keen interest in Neuroscience.  In this capacity I oversee the undergraduate Neuroscience Major at UIC and the many seminars and symposia sponsored by LIN throughout the year.  I was also Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at UIC for three years with a portfolio focusing on teaching and learning, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biological Sciences, Coordinator of the Neurobiology group, and served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation within the Directorate of Biological Sciences, handling grant applications in the area of sensory physiology, computational neuroscience, and the science of learning.

I consider my teaching as important as my research.  I teach Bios 100: Introductory Biology to 350-500 students every semester and also teach Bios 240:  Introductory Animal Physiology to ~ 200 students each semester.  In the later course, I have pioneered the use of a “flipped” model of instruction, using active learning methodologies in place of the more typical university lecture.  I have also been an Honors College Fellow for approximately 25 years and developed two Honors College seminar courses, one entitled “The Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine”, which I teach in the fall, and “Mind, Body & Spirit:  The Neuroscience of Religious Experience”, which I teach in the spring semesters.

For more than 30 years, my scientific efforts have focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms used by cells to process neuronal signals within the nervous system.  Much of my work has used the vertebrate retina as a model system to elucidate the processes that shape and sculpt visual signals and receptive field properties of retinal neurons.  Electrophysiological and imaging tools have been the bulwark of most of my studies.  I have had six students earn PhD degrees and two earn Master’s Degrees.  I currently supervise the work of one post-doctoral associate and one graduate student.

Janet Riddle
Clinical Assistant Professor and Research Assistant Professor
Medical Education and Academic Internal Medicine

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 Fuerte
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.

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.

John Sparks
Clinical Assistant Professor
Information and Decision Sciences
Business Administration

John J. Sparks, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Information & Decision Sciences at The University of Illinois, Chicago.  Dr. Sparks earned his Doctorate from that same department in the area of Business Statistics.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from Oakland University and his MBA & undergraduate degrees from The University of Michigan.  Dr. Sparks has had a 30-year career in statistics, quantitative analysis, and database marketing working as a manager at Discover Card, part of Young & Rubicam and as an independent consultant.  He teaches Business Statistics I & II, Statistical Software for Business Applications, and Business Analysis Using Spreadsheets.