Careers in Community Colleges

Jason Evans (PhD'12, University of Illinois-Chicago), Moderator, Associate Professor of Developmental Writing and English and Chair of the English Department at Prairie State University

Jason Evans is Professor of Developmental Writing and English at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois, where he has taught since 2003. He also teaches a course, “Teaching in the Community College,” for UChicago’s MA Program in the Humanities. Jason was recently an online faculty coach in the national teaching-research project Global Skills for College Completion.

Rosie Banks (PhD'12, UChicago), Associate Dean of Instruction, City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Rosie Banks began teaching as an adjunct in 2002. A year later, she joined Harold Washington College as a full-time instructor. While working full-time, she completed her doctorate in 2012.  She currently serves as Associate Dean of Instruction with a focus on developmental education and learning communities.

Tom Carter (PhD'90, Duke University), Professor of Physics, College of DuPage

Tom Carter came to teach physics at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn after careers in the military, research and telecommunications.  He gained his PhD in particle physics from Duke University and was a post-doc and staff member at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab.  Throughout his entire career, he has always been passionate about science education for the general public and is currently active in physics education research.

Joseph Hinton (MA'11, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Instructor of Geography, City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

Joe Hinton has been a geography instructor with Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, since August 2011.  He completed his Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with an emphasis in urban and historical geography. During his tenure at Harold Washington College, Joe has been involved in efforts to reconsider the use of physical academic space at his college, has been instrumental in establishing articulation agreements for geography courses district-wide, has led efforts to establish transfer pathways for students interested in majoring in geography, and has developed and delivered an LGBT Allies Training program for faculty and staff at Harold Washington College. Outside the college, Joe has maintained an active role in the Community College Affinity Group of the American Association of Geographers and with the Young Professionals' Board at the Howard Area Community Center.

B. Kamran Swanson (AM'06, UChicago), Assistant Professor, City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

B. Kamran Swanson has been both a part-time and full-time instructor of philosophy at Harold Washington City College and Oakton Community College since 2007, after attending the University of Chicago’s MAPH program.