Current Teaching Scholars

The 2017 TLC Teaching Scholars are comprised of 37 UIC faculty from 8 colleges and the UIC library.

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 Teaching Scholar
Jeremiah Abiade PhotoJeremiah Abiade is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Generally, his interests are in various areas of thin film deposition, processing, and characterization along with outreach and mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers. He teaches courses on engineering design, principles of manufacturing and nanomaterials.
Armstrong_Annie.jpgAnnie Armstrong is an Associate Professor, reference librarian and the Coordinator of Teaching and Learning Services at the Richard J. Daley Library. She is the library's liaison to the College of Education and the Psychology Department and provides research and information literacy instruction to undergraduates and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, with particular focus on the First-Year Writing Program, education and psychology.
Mariam BabikerMariam Babiker has a Ph.D. in Education (Curricula & methodology of teaching), Master in Teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. Lecturer of Arabic Language in the department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies since fall 2012. She teaches Arabic courses 101 – 104. She previously taught at DePaul University and Elmhurst College. Research interest in teaching Arabic for specific purposes.
DG15_10_10_033.jpgTarini Bedi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology who conducts her research in South and Southeast Asia. Her research interests are in urban and political anthropology, gender and labor studies, and contemporary social and cultural theory. Her current research is support by a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses on anthropological theory, ethnographic methods, politics, gender, and critical geography.
Betul BilginBetul Bilgin
is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering Department. She has MS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Minnesota and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. Her research interests include engineering education and active learning
Kee ChanKee Chan
is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health, and is the Program Co-Director for the online Master of Public Health program. Her teaching interest includes the intersection between science and strategic planning, financial analysis, public health management, and medical decision-making analysis. She earned her BS and MS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Public Health from Yale University. To extend her interest in creating sustainable public health programs in the era of genomic information, Dr. Chan earned her Master’s degree in Finance and Management at Harvard University. She is interested in fostering design thinking in public health education.
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Deborah Davey UpdatedDeborah Davey is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Applied Health Science. Deborah is part of the Clinical Faculty and is actively seeing patients at the Physical Therapy Faculty Practice and teaching in the Post-professional Orthopedic Residency Program and within the Entry-level DPT program. Her research interests include: youth and adolescent orthopedic and sports injury prevention, musculoskeletal and gait dysfunction, and health disparity outcomes in orthopedic conditions.
Hananeh EsmailbeigiHananeh Esmailbeigi is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Bioengineering and the Associate Director of undergraduate Studies. She teaches multiple graduate and undergraduate courses and laboratory sections. Her areas of interest are Neural Engineering, Wearable technology, Bioinstrumentation, and Global-Health Device Development.
Alan FeinermanAlan Feinerman received his PhD in physics from Northwestern University and is an Associate Professor
in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are the development of ultra-low thermal conductivity insulation, enhanced heat transfer, and microfluidics for laboratory on a chip and medical devices. Dr. Feinerman was the 2011 UIC Inventor of the year and the 2013 UIC Innovator of the year. He tries to encourage student entrepreneurship and to visualize problems and
look for alternative solutions.
Laura HostetlerLaura Hostetler is Professor of History and Global Asian Studies. She teaches courses in Chinese history, Sino-European relations during the early modern period, and the history of cartography.
Gregory JursichGregory Jursich received his PhD from University of Wisconsin Madison in physical chemistry and has been teaching primarily large lecture classes of General Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at UIC since 2007 along with smaller classes of General, Analytical, or Inorganic Chemistry in summer. Prior to UIC, he has been in industrial research of trace analysis and thin film deposition related to semiconductor fabrication processes. He continues these research interests collaboratively in the Department of Bioengineering where he has co-directed two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs and oversees a small research program on printed electronics.
Olympia_KalagidisOlympia Kalagidis received her Master’s in Health Informatics from UIC in 2011 and joined the Biomedical Health Information Sciences faculty as clinical assistant professor in the health informatics program in 2012. She teaches courses in patient safety and vendor management and coordinates all the graduate admissions for the Health Informatics program. Her prior experience was in the corporate world with two Fortune 500 companies, Merck and Abbott
Tiana KiesoTiana Kieso, MD, MPH, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Applied Health Sciences at UIC. Currently, she teaches “Introduction to Integrated Health Sciences” Course sharing her knowledge and experience working with diverse populations and settings globally and nationally in medicine and public health. She is familiarizing students with the holistic approach and helping them envision realistic, practical, comprehensive and integrated healthcare strategies and concepts.
Julia Kim-CohenJulia Kim-Cohen, a clinical psychologist, brings over 15 years of experience in teaching, research, and clinical work to share with undergraduates in the classroom. She is passionate about innovative teaching methods that engage a diversity of students and make learning a "live event." More than ever, she is committed to helping students develop critical thinking skills so that they can better evaluate the validity of information they encounter. Dr. Kim-Cohen is a former National Academies Education Fellow in the Sciences and taught at Yale University before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychology at UIC in 2014.
Jon KomperdaJon Komperda is a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He teaches the Senior Design sequence in MIE, where he brings real world design problems into the classroom and helps students develop the skills necessary to advance designs from concepts on paper, all the way to finished engineering products and prototypes. He focuses on ensuring that students can take the material learned in the classroom and apply it in industry.
Gregory LarnellGregory Larnell PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Larnell studies and teaches courses on education and mathematics education with specialized attention to curriculum, learning, identity, and inequity.
Saria LoftonSaria Lofton, PhD, RN teaches in the Advanced Population Health Program in the College of Nursing. Dr. Lofton has utilized community engaged methodology to explore cultural factors that influence food choice with African-American youth. Her current research focuses on examining and improving food access through urban farming in low-income neighborhoods as well as continuing to engage community residents in research through photo-elicitation.
Kara Morgan-ShortKara Morgan-Short is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and the Department of Psychology. Her research through the Cognition of Second Language Acquisition (CogSLA) laboratory examines the linguistic and cognitive processes underlying late-learned second language acquisition using a set of complementary behavioral (e.g., accuracy on spoken language tasks) and electrophysiological (event-related potentials, ERPs) approaches. She enjoys teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Hispanic linguistics and cognitive psychology as well as working one-on-one with students in research endeavors. As a Teaching Scholar, she is focused on creating active learning environments that engage students in research-based projects that are relevant to students' learning goals.
Natacha PierreNatacha Pierre, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Health System Sciences (HSS) Department at the University of Illinois (UIC) College of Nursing. Dr. Pierre teaches health management and health policy to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Pierre currently practices as a family nurse practitioner with Advocate Medical Group and manages the care of patients with acute and chronic conditions. In addition to her teaching and clinical practice, Dr. Pierre’s community work focuses on building capacity in marginalized immigrant communities.
Tanya Prewitt-WhiteTanya Prewitt-White is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include the intersectionality of health, race, gender, socioeconomic class and family dynamics as it pertains to exercise and sport performance. Dr. Prewitt-White is certified as a Sport Psychology Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She teaches Health Coaching, Sport Psychology for Individual and Team Performance, Stress Management and Foundations of College Teaching.
Arthi_RaoArthi Rao
is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Prior to working at UIC, she was a classroom teacher and induction coach in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). She currently teaches courses in the B.A. in Urban Elementary Education program and also supervises student teachers in K-8 CPS classrooms. Her research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, specifically in relation to language program models and their impact on emergent bilingual students, as well as effective urban teacher preparation.
Eric RiedlEric Riedl is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science. His research area is in Algebraic Geometry, focusing on moduli spaces of rational curves on varieties. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Math 215: Introduction to Advanced Mathematics this semester.
Barbara RismanBarbara Risman is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Risman has developed a theory of gender not as only identity but rather as social structure that has consequences for the individual, for interactional expectations, for cultural logics and the organization of all social institutions. Her forthcoming book is titled Where Will Millennials Take us: Transforming the Gender Structure? (Oxford University Press, 2017). Other recent work includes a new edition of her textbook, Families As They Really Are (Norton 2015 co-edited with Virginia Rutter).
AppleMarkRobert Ryder has been the Director of the Basic Language Program in the Germanic Studies department in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistic Studies (LCSL) since Fall 2014. He teaches courses at all levels of German, including Business German, and is also active in the Honors College. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in Comparative Literature and German, and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. He was an MTS last year with the TLC.
Joseph SchulenbergJoseph Schulenberg is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering. He serves as an instructor in statics, water resources engineering, fluid mechanics and hydraulics, foundation design and analysis, and senior design. His research interests include geotechnical failure modes in levees, dams, and navigation structures, STEM education, optimization in civil engineering, water resources engineering, foundation design, and soil liquefaction.
View More: Siciliano is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration. His research interests are in the areas of human and organizational networks; particularly in how these social structures form and their implications for the delivery of government services. He teaches courses on policy analysis, data analysis, and performance management.
Rebecca_SingerRebecca Singer is a teaching associate in the Health Systems Science department at the College of Nursing. Rebecca teaches community and population health courses in the undergraduate, graduate entry and doctorate of nursing practice programs. She brings over a decade of practice in global health to UIC and works to ensure that our graduates are engaged with their local and global community.
Ranjit SouriRanjit Souri is a Lecturer at UIC's College of Business Administration, where he teaches improv for business. In addition to a business background, Ranjit has extensive experience as a comedian, improvisor, musician, public speaker, storyteller, and writer. He has a B.S. in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Jamie SzwalekJamison Szwalek is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and has been at UIC since 2014. She teaches a broad range of undergraduate courses focused on dynamics and design. She looks forward to working with TLC to reflect on and improve her teaching.
Laura ThorpLaura Thorp is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Applied Health Sciences. She received her PhD in Anatomical Sciences from Rush University in 2006, and has been active in teaching, curricular design, and innovation in medical education since that time. Currently she teaches Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy for the doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.
Ann TrampasAnn Trampas, CSAP, is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC). At UIC she teaches graduate and undergraduate Marketing and Strategy classes and advises the American Marketing Association Chapter. She has a long corporate career in sales and marketing for technology and consulting companies. She is a UIC graduate.
Daniela TuninettiDaniela Tuninetti is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is known for her work in the area of multi-user information theory—a highly mathematical branch of electrical engineering that seeks to understand the fundamental limits of data communication and compression in networks in a technology independent way. For her research, she was named UIC University Scholar in 2015. She enjoys teaching courses in her research areas, such as, wireless communications, information theory, and probability and stochastic processes. She is currently the curriculum coordinator for her department.
Kelly Vaez Updated__300dpiKelly Vaez, DNP, FNP-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Vaez completed her Doctoral Synthesis Project on evaluating diabetes care for patients with serious mental illness using the Chronic Care Model in 2016, and is involved in implementing the Chronic Care Model at a primary care clinic. She teaches primary care management for the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She also coordinates clinical placements and monitors students in clinical sites for the Family Nurse Practitioner program.
Paolo VinellaPaolo Vinella is a Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UIC since 2015, after receiving his Master of Science in ECE both from UIC and Politecnico di Torino. He teaches courses and researches around the topics of digital electronic design, computer architecture and VLSI. Paolo also manages labs development and upgrades within the Department, as well as students advising. As Teaching Scholar, he looks forward to further improving and enhancing his teaching skills and tools.
Federico WaitollerFederico Waitoller is an assistant professor at the department of special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on urban inclusive education. In particular, his work examines and addressees policies and practices that generates or reproduces inequities for students of color with disabilities. Dr. Waitoller is also interested in examining how these inequities are affected by the production of space in urban economies and the role of teacher learning and school/university partnerships in developing capacity for inclusive education.
Zhenyu Ye UpdatedZhenyu Ye is an Assistant Professor of Physics at UIC. His research area is
in the high energy particle and nuclear physics. He teaches undergraduate
courses on Electromagnetism and Modern Experimental Physics.