We are pleased to announce the official opening of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities (TLC). Through this center, we look forward to engaging you in a culture of action and reflection related to the improvement of teaching at UIC.
TLC’s mission is to help faculty create and participate in various learning communities where teaching is the focus. Faculty will have the opportunity to extend their engagement in curricular, instructional, and/or assessment-focused innovations to improve student learning. The opportunity to learn about and incorporate technological advancements in teaching will also be available through the TLC and its partners. Particular attention will be paid to faculty teaching undergraduate courses, and promoting student success.
A core structure that TLC will use to facilitate faculty engagement is the building of partnerships between highly experienced and recognized faculty (“Master Teaching Scholars”) and faculty who wish to advance in one or more areas of their teaching (“Teaching Scholars”).
Master Teaching Scholars will be compensated and affiliated with the Center for one year (with the possibility of continuation for another year). Teaching Scholars will engage with the Center for one semester. The Center anticipates selecting approximately 12 Master Teaching Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year, and approximately 45 Teaching Scholars for Spring 2016.
The application process for selecting Master Teaching Scholars may be found on TLC’s website by clicking on the following link: http://tlc.uic.edu/master-teaching-scholars/. The application deadline is September 21, 2015. Inquiries about this role may be directed to the Center’s Director, Professor Maria Varelas (email@example.com), and the Center’s Associate Director, Kate Franck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The application for Teaching Scholars will be available by mid-November 2015.
Eric A. Gislason, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
Renée Taylor, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor, Occupational Therapy
Maria Varelas, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning
Communities and Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
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U I C Office of the Chancellor
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I write to introduce the search committee for the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The committee will be instrumental in developing a broad, diverse and dynamic pool of candidates. UIC’s commitment to diversity will be our driving force during this process.
The successful candidate will be an experienced, resourceful administrator who will advise the Chancellor on matters of academic policy, strategic direction, enrollment management and resource planning. This individual will have the responsibility to advance UIC’s scholarly excellence; its mission of access to excellence for one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation; collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavors; creative activity; and engagement with the community, the city of Chicago, and the state of Illinois. Together with the Chancellor, the Provost will lead UIC in attaining even greater national and international prominence for its programs, innovations, and discoveries.
I extend my gratitude on behalf of the campus to everyone who has agreed to serve on this important committee.
Michael D. Amiridis
Members of the Search Committee
Astrida Tantillo (Chair), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tonia Nikopoulos (Staff Search), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rosa Cabrera, Latino Cultural Center
Karen Colley, Graduate College
Benét DeBerry-Spence, College of Business Administration
Mitra Dutta, Vice Chancellor for Research
Marty Gutierrez, Public & Government Affairs
Barbara Henley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Andrea Herrera, Graduate Student Council
Brian Kay, Senate Executive Committee
Glenn Martin, Staff Advisory Council
Robin Mermelstein, Institute for Health Research and Policy
Michael Mikhail, College of Business Administration
Colleen Pierson, Academic Professional Advisory Committee
Manny Pollack, Vice Provost for Undergrad Affairs
Steve Rivkin, Department of Economics
Damiano Rondelli, Senate Executive Committee
Jacob Schultz, Undergraduate Student Government
Michael Scott, College of Engineering
Peter Skosey, Metropolitan Planning Council
Robert Winn, Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs
© Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
March 16, 2015
Dear students, faculty and staff:
I am honored and humbled to join the UIC community. The reputation of this campus as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse public universities in the country is one of the reasons I was drawn to UIC. As many of you know, I am a first generation Greek immigrant – as is my wife, Dr. Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis. We appreciate and understand, first-hand, the importance of a post-secondary education; an experience that can inspire, provide opportunity and foster excellence. I look forward to ensuring that generations of UIC students are afforded the same educational opportunities provided to us.
I start my tenure as Chancellor with the benefit of steady stewardship from Interim Chancellor Eric Gislason. Dr. Gislason has been immensely helpful during this transition and I greatly appreciate his time and dedication to this institution. I will continue to rely on him as he returns to the role of Interim Provost.
In the coming days and weeks I will be sitting down with many of you, and meeting many more, as I attend a variety of campus events and meetings. Our institution is defined by the quality of our faculty and the members of our academic community, our programs and our research. I look forward to learning about every aspect of UIC and I hope my UIC listening tour will help me lead our institution through its next chapter of evolution and continued upward trajectory. Together, we will continue to transform lives throughout Chicago, the state and the world.
I want to hear your ideas and learn all I can about UIC and the people we serve. I’m anxious to explore our campuses; attend your social, cultural and sporting events; and – if any free time is left – even take advantage of all that our city and state have to offer.
I look forward to working with you and to celebrating your accomplishments. I know I can count on your individual skills and your common devotion to the unique mission of UIC that drives us all.
Michael D. Amiridis, Ph.D.