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Roman Ivashkiv

In Class: Slavic Speaker

Like most Ukrainians, I am bilingual. I teach both Ukrainian and Russian. Slavic languages are probably not as difficult to learn as languages like Chinese and Arabic, but they are still difficult. The major...

Sonia Lasher-Trapp

In Class: Cloud Rider

A lot of us in atmospheric sciences had early experiences that got us thinking about the weather. I grew up in southern Indiana in an agrarian environment. I was terrified of thunderstorms, especially nocturnal...

In Class: Faith Watcher

I research, write and teach about violence and war and how they intersect with religion in American history. My courses are generally on the religious history of the U.S. from the Colonial Era to...

Denice Ward Hood

In Class: Student Counselor

I teach master’s and doctoral students in our graduate programs in higher education and diversity and equity. Many of the master’s students in higher education are interested in being student affairs practitioners. They may...

Also Manfroi

In Class: Math Master

I teach a class on differential equations. This semester I’m teaching close to 600 students. They are mostly sophomore and junior engineering majors. It’s the course they take after Calculus 3. Most of them...

In Class: Veterans’ Advocate

The Veterans Legal Clinic is one of four legal clinics in the U of I College of Law. We also have an Immigration Law Clinic, Family Advocacy Clinic and Federal Civil Rights Clinic (it...

Angel Chatterton

In Class: Vision Quest

I teach taxation, which is a required class for accounting students at Illinois. They find it, frankly, kind of boring. We cover the core concept of depreciation. Everybody in the U.S. who has their...

Jim Hansen

In Class: Horror Buff

I’ve been teaching film since I was a graduate student in English, back in the mid-90s. I’ve always loved it. I used to use film to make points in classes about prose fiction. Eventually...

Jaya Yodh

In Class: Facilitator

I am one of four core medical education facilitators at U of I’s Carle Illinois College of Medicine. We come from different backgrounds—engineering, neuroscience, physiology, biochemistry. I’m the biochemist. We started with the College’s inaugural...