FACULTY

Dr. Alfred Tatum, Ph.D.

Shawndra Allen

Alfred W. Tatum is the Dean of the College of Education and director of the UIC Reading Clinic. Tatum's research focuses on the literacy development of African American males, particularly the roles of texts and writing to advance their literacy development. He is interested in how texts can be used as tools to preserve one's humanity.

Shawndra Allen is a doctoral student studying Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sakeena Everett, Ph.D.

Mellissa Gyimah

Sakeena Everett is the Research and Outreach Director of the Early Literacy Impact Project that focuses on nurturing the next generation of literacy leaders and scholars while simultaneously advancing the literacy development of Black boys in grades 3, 4, and 5 in the Chicago Public Schools. She earned her undergraduate from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Mellissa Gyimah is a doctoral student studying Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include race and reader response, textual lineages of Black students, Black texts within the literary canon, and positioning theory. She is interested in fostering dialogic literacy experiences with Black students to build their relationships with texts and reading. She believes these experiences can help students build agendas for their lives and consciousness raising. She previously taught secondary school English and PE in Dover, UK before completing her master’s in writing and publishing at DePaul University.

Tamara Moten

Tamara Moten is a graduate student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on how academic performance shapes identity of Black student athletes. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.