Anna Guevarra (PhD, University of California, San Francisco), associate professor of Asian American Studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program, is a sociologist specializing in immigrant and transnational labor, the Filipino diaspora, community engagement, and transnational feminist politics and movement building. Professor Guevarra has served UIC in multiple capacities at the department, college, and university level. Since 2007, she has played a crucial role in building the Asian American Studies program, establishing the Asian American Studies minor, and developing new courses that foster collaborations across different campus units. As Co-PI of the AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions) grant awarded in 2010, Professor Guevarra is responsible for managing the curricular and co-curricular initiatives funded by the grant, such as the ASAM Expo Grants, ASAM Lecture Series, ASAM Community Engagement Project, and the Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs in India and Japan. She has also served as the Director of Graduate Studies, a member of the Graduate Program Admissions Committee, and Co-coordinator of the department colloquium in Sociology. At the college and university levels, she is Co-PI of the Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster and a core member of the Diaspora cluster, initiatives designed to diversify the faculty body and support the interdisciplinary culture of UIC. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, Co-Chair of the Task Force on Best Strategies to Help Dream Act Students Succeed, and a member of the Provost Diversity Advisory Committee. Additionally, Professor Guevarra is active within the Filipino immigrant communities in Chicago, serving as Advisory Board member of CIRCA-Pintig (a community arts group) and Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE).
Roy Plotnick (PhD, University of Chicago) is a professor of earth and environmental sciences and a paleontologist. At UIC, he has served both as Director of Undergraduate Studies and as Director of Graduate Studies in EaEs, overseeing a complete overhaul of the undergraduate program to better align the curriculum with student interests and faculty research. Recently, he has focused on helping undergraduates to find internships and jobs, for example by creating the newly-established EaES alumni listserv. Professor Plotnick has also continuously worked to update and improve introductory labs and courses, notably creating an exercise on the Earth's Heat Budget that was selected as an example of "exemplary teaching materials related to Climate and Energy" by the NSF-funded Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN). He has frequently collaborated with colleagues in UIC's College of Education on NSF-funded projects in the areas of elementary science education and teacher training, including a project that involved EaES graduate students in the Chicago Public Schools. Professor Plotnick is an in-demand speaker within the community and has given numerous presentations at Chicagoland public schools, local amateur paleontology societies, and the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois. His service to the profession includes recently chairing the ad hoc Committee on Publications for the Paleontological Society, where he spearheaded the Society's transition from publishing its own journals to hiring a commercial or academic publisher while also adopting an Open Access policy. His work as a researcher is highly regarded and frequently cited. He was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer of The Paleontological Society in 2005-2008 and was elected a Fellow of that Society in 2012. Recently, he was invited to speak at the prestigious 2012 William Smith Meeting of the Geological Society of London. He received a UIC Chancellor's Discovery Fund Award in 2014.