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Ilesanmi Adesida (ENGR)

Professor Adesida received his university education at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. 1979). He has been at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1987 where he is now the Donald Biggar Willet Professor of Engineering, Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and the Director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He has also served as an Associate Director for a number of Centers on campus. Prior to Illinois, he worked at Cornell University and served as a Head of Department at the Tafawa Balewa University in Nigeria. His research interests are nanofabrication and high optoelectronic circuits. He is the President Elect of the IEEE Electron Device Society. At the University of Illinois, he has served as a member of Graduate College Fellowship Board, as the Chair of the Graduate College Minority Students Programs and as a member of various search committees including that of a Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research (two), and the Dean of Engineering.

Abbas Aminmansour (FAA)

Abbas Aminmansour is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Structures Program in the School of Architecture. Currently, he is the vice-chair of the Senate Educational Policy (EP) Committee. He will be the chair of EP and a member of the Senate Executive Committee in 2004-05. He has served on a number of other Senate Committees including IT and Student Discipline committees. Aminmansour has also served on a number of campus committees such as Chancellor's Campus Web Policy as well as Cybersecurity and Faculty committees. His additional responsibilities include membership or chairing college and school committees as well as several search committees. As a former student leader at Penn State, Aminmansour served on and chaired a number of high level committees at Penn State as well as in the local government there. His teaching has earned him several awards including Honorable Mention for UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Faculty in 2004. Aminmansour's research results are the basis for a new chapter in the Manual of Steel Construction published by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). AISC manual is considered by many as the "bible" for the steel industry. He has been a technical consultant for the Discovery Channel and served on the advisory board of an international conference and an international research center.

Warwick Arden (VMED)

Dr. Warwick Arden is a native of Australia, where he completed his degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Sydney in 1981. Dr. Arden completed post graduate training in large animal surgery at the University of Sydney (1982) and Michigan State University (1986). From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Arden was Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University. From 1993 to 2000, he was on the faculty of the Departments of Surgery and Physiology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, most recently as Associate Professor and Director of the Surgical Research Program for the Division of General Surgery. Since 2000, he has been Professor and Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, and Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

In the past four years at the University of Illinois, Dr. Arden has been successful in recruiting over 20 new faculty. Dr. Arden currently sits on the College of Veterinary Medicine Heads Committee, Dean's Advisory Committee and College Planning Committee. At the University level he sits on the University Farms Relocation Committee, the Interdisciplinary Program on Aging Steering Committee, the Vice-Chancellor's Committee for Evaluation of Veterinary Care for Agricultural Animals, the Provost's Committee on Evaluation of Public Service for Promotion and Tenure and the Chancellor's Steering Committee on Cross-Campus Interdisciplinary Initiatives. He also sits of the Steering Committee of the Conservation Medicine Center of Chicago, a partnership between the University of Illinois, the Chicago Zoological Society and The University of Loyola Medical School.

May Berenbaum (LAS)

May Berenbaum graduated summa cum laude, with a B.S. degree and honors in biology, from Yale University in 1975; she received a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University in 1980. Since 1980, she has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served as head of the department since 1992. She is internationally known for her contributions to the field of chemical ecology. In particular, she is interested in the chemical interactions between phytophagous insects and their hostplants and the function of these interactions in the organization and structure of natural communities. In addition, she is concerned with the practical application of ecological principles to insect-plant interactions in an agricultural context and has examined impacts of global climate change, genetic engineering, and invasive species on natural and agricultural ecosystems. In recognition of this work, she has received a Presidential Young Investigator's Award from the National Science Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the George Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America and the Founder's Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. In addition to her research, she is devoted to teaching and to fostering scientific literacy and has authored numerous magazine articles, as well as four books, about insects for the general public. Recent campus service includes LAS Executive Committee, Center for Advanced Study advisory board, Provost's Committee on Gender Equity, Chair Committee on Natural Areas, Steering Committee/Environmental Toxicology Program, Environmental Council, University Scholars Selection Committee, Provost's Committee on Public Service, Chair Honorary Degree Committee,

Renee Clift (EDUC)

Renee T. Clift, Professor in Curriculum and Instruction, received her doctorate from Stanford University in 1984, and moved to the University of Illinois from the University of Houston in 1990. Her research focuses on teacher education and the contexts that promote teachers' professional learning and development. Her work has twice been recognized by the Conference on English Education's Richard A. Meade Award for Outstanding Research in English Education. She has served as the Executive Director of the Council on Teacher Education and is currently the Associate Head for Graduate Programs in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Clift is co-founder and co-director of the Novice Teacher Support Project, a nationally recognized, cross-institutional partnership to provide resources and support for first, second, and third year teachers in East Central Illinois.

Faye M. Dong (ACES)

Faye M. Dong, PhD, is Head of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She started this position in August 2002 after serving as a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington for 18 years. Faye Dong received a PhD in nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and has been involved in teaching large and small classes in nutrition, food science, fish nutrition, and graduate student professional development. Her laboratory at the University of Washington was involved with research in the areas of fish nutrition (aquaculture) and aquatic food safety.

Robert Fossum (LAS)

Robert Fossum obtained his B.A. at St. Olaf College in 1959 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1965. He came to the Department of Mathematics in the University of Illinois in 1964 as an Instructor and was promoted through the ranks, becoming a Professor in 1972. Fossum has been a Fulbright Grantee at the University of Oslo, and a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris. Fossum was elected to The Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in 1994. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2000. He has been editor of several journals for the American Mathematical Society (AMS). He served as Associate Secretary and then ten years as Secretary of the Society. He was instrumental in beginning joint mathematics meetings co-hosted by the AMS and other national mathematical societies. At Illinois he has served on many departmental, college, campus, and university committees, most recently as chair of the Senate Executive Committee and as a member of the University Senates Conference. He is acting president of the Gamma of Illinois chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He is co-chair of the Campus Charitable Fund Drive. Fossum is a Professor of Mathematics, Beckman Institute, and affiliate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He conducts research in algebraic geometry and within the Image Formation and Processing Group at Beckman Institute.

Mary Mallory (LIBR)

Mary Mallory is Associate Professor of Library Administration and Head, Government Documents Library, which houses the University Library's United States, Canada and United Kingdom, Illinois and United Nations collections of official publications. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at UIUC's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches LIS 424, Government Publications. Her initial UIUC faculty appointment began in 1980. Her research focuses on scholarly use of government information, federal information policy and the public's "right to know," and the history of library development in the South. A Senate member since 1999, she has served on its Continuing Education and Public Service committee since 2000, and is currently chair. She has been an elected member of the Senate Executive Committee since 2002. She chaired the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement selection committee in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Within the Library, she is chair of its Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She is active in national and state library associations, and has been a member of the Illinois Government Depository Coordinating Council since 1998. In 2002 and 2003, she received federal Library Services and Technology Act awards to promote and increase access to electronic government information to Illinois citizens and the campus. She is presently serving as a member of the Newsbank/Readex National Advisory Board to create the US Congressional Serial Set Digital Edition. She has also held professional positions in the corporate sector and at private academic institutions, including Columbia University and Harvard University.

Alan Nathan (ENGR)

Alan Nathan, currently Professor and Associate Head for Graduate Programs in the Department of Physics, has been a UIUC faculty member since 1977. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson Laboratory Users' Group and has served on the Program Advisory Committee for several national accelerator facilities. He is currently an at-large trustee of the Southeast Universities Research Associaton, the organization that manages the operation of Jefferson Laboratory. He has served as an associate editor of Physical Review Letters and is currently on the editorial board of Sports Engineering. He has served as an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering. For over a decade, he was director of the campus Nuclear Physics Laboratory. He has twice served in the Senate, once as a member of the Committee on Faculty Benefits. In the late 1980's, he served on the campus Council on Undergraduate Education, out of which came recommendations for major changes in the general education part of the undergraduate curriculum. He currently is a member of the Chancellor's ad hoc committee on Cybersecurity and the Faculty and the campus Research Policy Committee.

Rolando Romero (LAS)

Prof. Romero is Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies. He teaches U.S. Latina/Latino literature through the Latina/Latino Studies Program and teaches Mexican literature and culture through the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Department. He received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his Master's from the University of Texas, and his Bachelor's degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been both a Ford Foundation Fellow, and a Fulbright Senior Teaching Scholar at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. He has held teaching positions at the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, and has also taught in Mexico. Prof. Romero has been the recipient of funding of from both the Rockefeller foundation, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. He has also been heavily involved in course development on this campus. Prof. Romero's research integrates Mexican culture to critical discussions in US Latino Studies.

Richard Schacht (LAS)

Richard Schacht is Professor of Philosophy and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1967, and has taught at UIUC since 1967. His campus service includes serving as Chair of the Philosophy Department (twice, 1979-91 and 2001-present); as Chair of the Council on Undergraduate Education (1987-91); on the Research Policy Committee, NCSA Advisory Board, and University of Illinois Press Board; and as Interim Dean of the College of LAS. His Senate service includes the General University Policy Committee (of which he is now Chair); Senate Council (of which he was Chair and Vice Chair) and Executive Committee; and the University Senates Conference. He has been a member of one Chancellor search committee and chair of another. He chaired the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Status and Future of the Profession for six years and served on its national Board of Officers (1990-97). He is Executive Director of the North American Nietzsche Society. In 2002 he received an "Award of Merit" from the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, "For Outstanding Leadership and Achievements in the Teaching of Philosophy." He is the author or editor of eleven books, most recently Making Sense of Nietzsche and Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner's RING.

Ira Solomon (BUS)

Ira Solomon is the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business and Head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has been a member of the UIUC faculty since 1983. Ira has been a member of the UIUC Teaching Advancement Board and has served in the UIUC Faculty Senate. He is an acclaimed accountancy scholar who has written (or co-written) several books and over thirty articles that have appeared in a variety of leading journals. He has been an Associate Editor of two accountancy journals and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He also has been recognized as a "Finalist" Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor by the UIUC Graduate College. On three occasions the American Accounting Association Auditing Section has recognized Ira for Outstanding Dissertation Supervision, in 1997, 2000 and again in 2003. And, Ira has been recognized on several occasions for outstanding teaching, including by the American Accounting Association as the 1997 Outstanding Auditing Educator. Lastly, Ira served the American Accounting Association Auditing Section as Research Director, Vice-President (Academic), President (1994-95), and Past- President (1995-96).

Nina Tarr (LAW)

Nina W. Tarr is Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Education at the University of Illinois College of Law. Her primary responsibilities include supervising students in a model law office within the College of Law that provides free civil legal services to low income clients, and teaching non-clinic courses in evidence and professional ethics. She has taught courses in pretrial and trial skills and seminars on domestic violence in the law school. For several years, she has taught an introduction to civil litigation to UIUC Freshman as part of the Discovery program. Professor Tarr has been trained as a mediator for both complex civil litigation and community disputes. Her research has focused on clinical education, lawyering, research ethics, and domestic violence. In addition to serving on the usual array of committees at the College of Law (including the Executive Committee), she has worked informally with faculty from across campus who are interested in action research projects. She has served on many national committees on clinical education and been President of the Clinical Legal Education Association. As part of her service to the profession, Prof. Tarr has worked on American Bar Association accreditation teams which have provided her an opportunity to examine the workings of various law schools and universities. She has held permanent faculty of four law schools and visited at Washington University in St. Louis.

Bruce Wicks (ALS)

Dr. Wicks has been at the University of Illinois since 1989 having served previously on the Extension faculty of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University where he earned a Ph.D. degree. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Leisure Studies (67%) as an Associate Professor and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as advising graduate student research Dr. Wicks also serves as the Director, Office of Recreation and Tourism Development, which is an Extension appointment in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (33%). In this capacity he provides leadership to the Department's outreach activities among constituencies in parks, recreation and tourism. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Clemson University. Areas of specialization for Dr. Wicks include; community tourism development and festivals and special event management. In the latter role he actively promoted scholarship and professional development for the event industry. Bruce has served as the Co-founding Editor of Festival Management and Event Tourism, written numerous articles and reports about events, spoken to groups about events from the local to international levels, created research symposia for scholars in North America and Europe and serves on the President's Council and Foundation Board for the International Festivals and Events Association. In addition to these pursuits Dr. Wicks has recently launched agritourism projects to help farm families direct-market their products to tourists. He is also actively studying the use and implementation of educational technologies in the university environment and serves on the Educational Technology Board for the Urbana campus.


Hassen Al-Shawaf
Junior, BUS Accounting

I am an active member of the Senate and Muslim Students Association. I served on the Senate Committee on the Budget. One of my initiatives on the Senate was the budget campaign. As a result of the campaign's success, I was given the opportunity to testify before the House Higher Education Appropriations Committee.

Within the Muslim Students Association I was nominated to the Executive Board. I declined the nomination to serve on the Senate. However, I remain active and continue to support MSA initiatives whenever possible.

Amara C. Enyia
Junior, COMM/LAS Broadcast Journalism & Political Science

I am interested in the Chancellor search position because of the magnitude such a search has for the campus and community. The Chancellor holds one of the most integral positions at the University, thus choosing the most qualified candidates with the genuine interests of the students at heart is critical. I hope to bring to the committee the perspective of a student who has been deeply involved in several aspects of both the campus and community such as campus media, community outreach groups, and several registered student organizations. I hope to bring to the committee the perspective of both a student who has had close ties to key administrative personnel and one who has developed linkages with several student leaders on campus. I hope to bring to the committee my work ethic and commitment to a cause. I hope that my genuine interest in becoming part of this search committee and my vision will aid the committee in choosing the best Chancellor for this University.

Adam Jadhav
Senior, COMM Journalism

As a student journalist who has covered the previous two chancellors, as well as the entire University administration (from the department level to the Board of Trustees), I believe I have an understanding of how the University does and should operate beyond that of most students. The search for the new Chancellor will require intense deliberation couple with an acute and intimate comprehension of both University activities as well, quite frankly, as politics. I believe I can fit that bill.

Morgan Polikoff
Junior, LAS Mathematics

I participate in two extracurricular activities. The first is PRIDE, an organization for LBGT students. As PRIDE Co-President, I lead weekly and executive board meetings. PRIDE participates in social, educational, and political activities that raise awareness of LBGT issues. I am also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity, serving on the philanthropy committee, as well as planning for community service events.

Andrew H Erskine
Masters, Taxation

I am interested in a position on the Chancellor's search committee because I want to ensure that UIUC's next Chancellor will be the best fit for our campus and our students, and that he or she will also have a strong vision for the future of both the institution and its constituents.

Having been involved in student governance for three 1/2 years, I will bring the experience of working with the Chancellor and the Chancellor's office from the perspective of both student and student leader. I will be able to advocate for issues that are important to students and address the qualities students are most concerned with in a Chancellor.

As a student involved in diverse areas of campus--including volunteer organizations, programming boards, residence hall boards, greek life, and governing organizations--I will be able to express concerns that students have about the Chancellor and his or her interaction with, and advocacy for, student life.

Josh Rohrscheib

I'm a member of the American Constitution Society, ACLU, and the Law School Democrats. My undergraduate positions included President of UI Student ACLU, President of Students Against the Death Penalty, Director of Advocacy for ISG, as well as a member of the Chancellor's Licensing Advisory Committee, UI Mock Trial Team, Amnesty International #124, and the Champaign County ACLU Steering Committee.


David Daniel (ENGR)

David E. Daniel is Gutgsell Professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 and served on the faculty there until 1996, when he moved to the University of Illinois.

His research has focused on engineered containment systems for waste disposal, and on the cleanup of contaminated waste disposal sites. He is editor of the book Geotechnical Practice for Waste Disposal and is co-author of the books Waste Containment Facilities and Engineered Covers for Solid Waste Landfills and Abandoned Dumps. He has won the American Society of Civil Engineers' highest award for papers published in its journals (the Normal Medal) and on two occasions has been awarded its second highest award for papers (J. James Croes Medal). He has also received ASCE's highest award for geotechnical papers published in its journals (Middlebrooks Award). He served for three years as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. He has served as a member of the National Research Council's Board on Energy and Environment and on its Geotechnical Board. He has taught more than 125 continuing education and training courses on waste containment, which have been attended by more than 15,000 engineers and scientists. Between his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, he worked for three years as an engineer for Woodward-Clyde Consultants in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2000 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Paula Kaufman (LIBR)

Paula Kaufman has been University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since September 7, 1999. Prior to taking this position, she was dean of the libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for 11 years. Prior to which she served at the Columbia University Libraries as Acting Vice President, Director of Academic Information Services, Director of Library Services, Acting Head of the East Asian Libraries, and Business and Economics Librarian. Ms. Kaufman also has considerable experience in the private sector at McKinsey and Company and as partner and co-founder of Information for Business.

Ms. Kaufman has written and spoken widely on a number of issues pertaining to scholarly information, privacy, and leadership. Among her recent publications is "Whose Good Old Days Are These? A Dozen Predictions for the Digital Age." Journal of Library Administration (forthcoming); "Biblioteka I Bibliotechnoye: Kuda ohn idyut?' ("Libraries and Librarianship: Where Are They Heading?") Peterburgskaya Bibliotechnaya Shkola, No. 2, 2001, p. 64-70; "The Tennessee Imperative: Case Study of a Library Fundraising Campaign." In Butler, Meredith, editor. Successful Fundraising: Case Studies of Academic Libraries. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 2001, pp. 28-37; "Panel on the Future of Scholarly Publishing." Educause Review, January/February 2000; "Recommended Reading: Innovative Use of Information Technology by Colleges." CAUSE/EFFECT, vol. 22, no. 4, 1999.

Ms. Kaufman has served the profession as chair of the Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors, board membership in the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group, and Solinet. She also served on numerous committees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she chaired several search committees and a Task Force on Distance Education and Outreach. The University honored her by inviting her to deliver the May 1996 Commencement Address.


Pamela Hohn

Pam has a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed. In Administration, Higher and Continuing Education (current name of department is Educational Organization and Leadership) at UIUC. As a thirty-year employee of the campus, Pam has worked as a secretary in the Associate Dean of Education office and a graduate assistant in the School of Life Sciences. As an Academic Professional, Pam worked in the Research Services Offices where she assisted in providing information on sources of external funding for faculty and over-all assistance with proposals; she also provided administrative and research support for a large scale, multi-university research project on emigrants from the Soviet Union. Her most significant work, however, has been as Assistant to the Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs in which she provided budgetary, financial, administrative and public relations support for a ten year term. Pam worked for five years as Assistant to the Chancellor providing financial and administrative support to the Chancellor's office while working on several campus-wide committees and special projects for Michael Aiken. In the last three years, Pam has provided invaluable service to the College of Fine and Applied Arts as Executive Assistant Dean as over-all administrator with particular assignments for Banner implementation, EEO oversight, search committees, and faculty employment issues.

David Robson

David Robson has been a University of Illinois employee, providing outreach for the University of Illinois Extension, since 1980. David is an Extension educator specializing in Horticulture. He provides ornamental horticulture outreach to commercial establishments (nurseries, garden centers, lawn care companies, landscape maintenance firms, arborists) and homeowners.

David's involvement with Extension allows him to come in contact with the "average" person in the state...the homeowner, the producer, the grower, the local politicians, and provide a direct one-on-one contact with them and the University of Illinois. His view of the University is not set in the mortar and bricks of Urbana-Champaign, but the practical application of its research in an outreach (or Extension) mode to the people of the state. As such, he understands and can easily relate to the general public's perception of campus and its mission...and the strong interactive relationship between teaching, research and outreach to everyone of all ages and all walks of life.

David has been a CAP/PAC member since 2000, and is currently CAP Chair. David is also a member of UPPAC, the University level AP committee. As a member of PAC, David served on several key committees that ushered in the changes resulting in CAP, including the Bylaws committee and the Election committee.


Franci Miller

Franci Miller, Staff Secretary, Office of the Senate. I have been employed by the University of Illinois since 1995. I've been a staff member in the Urbana-Champaign Senate Office for the past eight years, serving as administrative support for the following Senate committees: Equal Opportunity, Faculty Benefits, General University Policy, Information Technology, University Student Life, and University Statutes and Senate Procedures. As a staff employee, my position has provided a unique opportunity to become familiar with matters concerning University governance, campus administration, and faculty/staff and student affairs. My current position and Senate Office operations involve extensive interaction with campus and unit administrators, faculty and students, and staff at all levels.

Cindi Norton-Williams

Cindi is an Account Technician II in the Foreign Languages Business Office and has been in that unit since November 1999. She has been with the University since 1989 and previously held an Account Technician position in the Illini Union. Cindi has served as Secretary and President of the UIUC Staff Advisory Council and as the representative to the Faculty/Staff Assistance Program. Cindi represents staff employees in the Clerical/Secretarial job category.