Alfred Tatum, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
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One of the nation’s preeminent scholars of African American boys’ literacy development, Alfred Tatum began his career as an eighth-grade teacher in Chicago after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He later earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was dean of the university’s College of Education from 2013-20. He also served as a department chair, reading-clinic director, Ph.D. program coordinator, director of graduate studies and professor. During his time in academia, Tatum has authored or co-authored three books, four major reading-and-writing programs and 77 academic papers and publications.
Tatum has used his positions to advocate for an exceptional educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students, placing an emphasis on growing his institutions’ research infrastructure and supporting departments to develop geographically responsive programs and courses. As a leader, he also has focused on increasing faculty, staff and student diversity, improving facilities, nurturing community engagement and supporting professional and research development to move faculty through the academic ranks.