Roosevelt University Faculty Experts

Coping with Teacher Shortages: Roosevelt expert can discuss policies and solutions

Recent state and national studies show that teacher shortages are a growing issue, particularly in schools serving diverse student populations.

Tom Philion

Tom Philion, a veteran English educator and dean of the College of Education at Roosevelt University, is an expert on developing new policies and programs for addressing workforce shortages in schools in Chicago and beyond.

Areas of expertise include:

  • State policy. Tom is a member of the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, which sets parameters for teacher preparation program approval and evaluation
  • Job-embedded teacher preparation programs. Roosevelt is partnering with the Chicago Public Schools, the City of Chicago, and School District 149 (Dolton/Calumet City) to prepare teaching assistants and paraprofessionals to become licensed early childhood, elementary, and special education teachers
  • Online education. Through the innovative use of online course delivery, Roosevelt is making a teaching license more accessible and affordable for teaching assistants and paraprofessionals.
  • Collaboration. Roosevelt is a founding member of the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network, an innovative consortium of universities and school districts that is developing and implementing action plans for improving the instructional effectiveness of teacher candidates working in diverse classrooms and communities.
  • Partnerships with Chicago and suburban K-12 schools and community colleges. Roosevelt has created innovative pathways for community college students to become teachers and for licensed teachers to add on valuable skills in leadership and instruction.
  • Continuous improvement. As a member of Illinois’ Partnership for Educator Preparation (PEP) and a national non-profit called Deans for Impact, Tom is involved in state and national efforts to use assessment data to improve teacher preparation and to develop better policies for the recruitment and development of teachers and leaders.

For more information or to reach this expert, contact Laura Janota,, 312-341-3511 or cell 312-617-7843 or Nicole Barron,, 312.341.2114

kcesarotti • May 30, 2019

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