New Executive Officers 2017

Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs

Associate Professor Rosilie Hernandez will begin her new role as Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in August 2017. A faculty member from the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, she holds a research interest in the literatures and visual cultures of early modern Spain. She is the author of Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral (University of North Carolina Press, 2006), as well as articles focusing on Cervantes, women writers, and political, economic, and religious treatises. She has co-edited several volumes, including Women's Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World  (2011), winner of the Collaborative Project Award for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her present research focuses on the intersections between political, theological, philosophical, and aesthetic discourses in early modern Spain, presently being developed in a book manuscript titled, Immaculate Conceptions: The Power of the Religious Imagination in Counter-Reformation Spain.

During her time at UIC, Associate Professor Hernandez has served in various administrative roles within the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics where she gained extensive experience with curricular development and educational policy. Her appointments include serving as department head of Hispanic and Italian Studies and subsequently as Associate and then Acting Director of the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics. Rosie has been an advocate for student academic matters, having further served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Hispanic and Italian Studies.


Associate Professor Sloan Williams received her PhD from Northwestern University and has been a faculty member since 1996. Her research uses genetic techniques to identify population substructure and differentiation in both modern and archaeological populations in order to study biological and cultural evolution. She is the recipient of numerous grants and has also been very active in terms of administrative service, having held key roles in the Department, the College, and most recently as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Honors College. Professor Williams will serve as head of the Anthropology Department.


LAS Distinguished Professor and LAS Science Endowed Chair Wonhwa Cho received his PhD from the University of Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He joined UIC in 1990. His discoveries in how membrane lipids control and modulate protein networks has the potential to transform how we think about drug development as well as basic cellular biology. His research group is working to develop chemical strategies to modulate dysfunctional or dysregulated membrane-related processes leading to diverse human diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and inflammatory diseases. In addition to groundbreaking discoveries about the nature of lipid-protein relationships, Dr. Cho’s group has actively worked on developing and improving laboratories techniques. His technical innovations have already had a broad impact across biology and biomedical fields. LAS Distinguished Professor Cho will serve as head of the Chemistry department, pending Board of Trustee approval.


Associate Professor Jennifer Tobin received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the faculty at UIC in1999. Her research focuses on Greek and Roman art and architecture, and Ancient Anatolia. Her recent work is entitled “The Domestic Architecture and Stratigraphy from Zeugma” an essay published in a collection The 2000 Rescue Excavations at Zeugma, edited by W. Aylaward (Packard Humanities Institute, Los Altos). Professor Tobin will serve as the interim head of the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies while the head of the department, Professor Nanno Marinatos, is on leave.

Criminology, Law, and Justice (January 2018)

Professor Beth Richie received her PhD from City University of New York and has been with UIC since 1998. Her award-winning, interdisciplinary work focuses on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. She has previously served in various administrative positions including as Head of African American Studies, Associate Dean of LAS, and Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. Professor Richie will serve as the Head of the Criminology, Law, and Justice Department starting January 1, pending Board of Trustee approval.

Institute for the Humanities

Professor Mark Canuel received his PhD from John Hopkins University and has been with UIC since 1996. He is a member of the English Department with research interests focusing primarily on British Romanticism and Critical Theory. His many publications weave together literature, politics, history, and philosophy, and he has established a longstanding interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, which reflects his deep interest in the ways in which the humanities matter in our public life. He is the recipient of the Silver Circle Teaching Award, has served in numerous administrative roles on campus, including as Head of the English Department, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the British Romantic Period for the Modern Language Association. Professor Canuel will be the new Director of the Institute for the Humanities.


Professor Richard Cameron received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and has been at UIC since 1994. His work focuses on sociolinguistics and discourse analysis/pragmatics with interests in TESL and second language acquisition. He an editor of The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics (Oxford, 2013), and Language, Variation and Change: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (Routledge 2015), among many other publications. Professor Cameron will serve as the Head of the Department of Linguistics in the Schools of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics.

LAS Office of Advancement

Wendy Irvine has joined the LAS Dean’s office as the new Assistant Dean and Director of Advancement. Wendy comes to LAS with over twenty years of experience in advancement, working with institutions such as Sinai Health System in Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, WTTW -11, and 98.7 WFMT. For seven years, Wendy served as Director of Development at DePaul University. Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePauw University and anticipates receiving a Master’s Degree in Non-profit Management from DePaul University in the near future.