Alfred Tatum

Interim Dean, Associate Professor and Director of UIC Reading Clinic

Biography

Alfred Tatum — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Alfred Tatum, interim dean of the College of Education, is an activist in the literacy of African American males in grades K-12.

He has been credited with coining the term “bookprint” to refer to one’s memory of personally influential books, and he notes that most young black males need to acquire a bookprint outside their school-assigned reading.

To that end, Tatum directs the UIC Reading Clinic and teaches an intensive summer writing institute for 15 adolescent black males.

He has developed literacy curricula that are distributed nationally by Scholastic Inc.

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atatum1@uic.edu

312-413-3883

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