UIC people: awards & honors

Alfred Tatum teaches at the African American Adolescent Male Summer Institute

Alfred Tatum, interim dean of the College of Education, which won an award from the University Council for Educational Administration.


V. Kay McCrimon was named assistant director of the African-American Cultural Center.

She joins UIC from the DuSable Museum of African-American History, where she managed adult public programs, membership and volunteers.

McCrimon will research and develop content for the center’s gallery exhibitions and curricular materials.

She received a bachelor’s in radio/television and a master’s in mass communication and media arts from Southern Illinois University, and a master’s in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University.


David Merriman, professor of public administration in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and an economist in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, was invited to join the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

The council, which includes economists, business leaders and public policy advisers, provides input into the state’s budget process with an emphasis on economic and revenue forecasting.

Merriman is co-director of the institute’s Fiscal Futures Project, which studies the long-term effects of fiscal policy decisions on the state’s economy.



The College of Education’s doctoral program in Urban Education Leadership received the Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award from the University Council for Educational Administration.

Alfred Tatum, interim dean of the college, said the award recognizes the program’s school district partnerships, recruitment and selection, support structures, faculty capacity, field programs and evidence of outcomes.

An award and cash prize will be presented to the program’s representatives at an awards luncheon during the council’s annual convention in Indianapolis in November. Steve Tozer, professor of educational policy studies, heads the program.

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