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Distinguished Employees


​​​​​​​​​​​Uthman O. Erogbogbo 
Harold Washington College

Dr. Uthman Erogbogbo, Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Biology at Harold Washington College, retired in July 2013 after more than 30 years of teaching service. He guided his students as both a professor and a mentor, and served as Department Chair and on City Colleges’ Faculty Council. Over his career, he spent more than a decade as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Institute of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Erogbogbo served as a faculty sponsor to the Muslim Students Association and the African Student Organization.

Erick Fuoco
Daley College

Professor Fuoco teaches Chemistry and Physical Science at Daley College and has served as the Department Chair of the Physical Sciences Department since 2008. His teaching style aims to alleviate students' fear of the subject matter while demonstrating the importance of chemistry in our lives. He is dedicated to improving students' experience with the goal of increasing their success in higher education.

Helen Rarick
Wright College

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Helen Rarick, Associate Professor of Biology at Wright College, teaches human anatomy and physiology. Her more than 35 publications in prestigious journals such as Science and Nature, have been recognized nationally with the Pharmacia/Upjohn Award for Young Investigators for Excellence in Cardiovascular Research and worldwide with the Richard J. Bing International Young Investigator Award. She has served on more than 17 different committees at Wright College and six District-wide committees, including as a Reinvention task force member. Rarick remains active outside the classroom by organizing numerous conferences for her church and community walks in her neighborhood to fight gang violence.

Rochelle Robinson-Dukes
Olive-Harvey College

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Professor Robinson-Dukes has taught all levels of English during the last 16 years. During her career, her work has been published in a number of journals. She is the editor of the Brownstone Barrio Bards, a collection of works from South Side Chicago poets. She has also received the Chester Sipple Poetry Award from the American Association of Poets. Robinson-Dukes says teaching is a joy because she views it as an exchange of ideas. “Teaching students is like forming your own learning community, your own village, and seeing it extended when you meet students again out in the world.” 

Lewis Rule
Malcolm X College

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College Advisor Lewis Rule has a wide range of experience in the field of education. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree  in journalism from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a master’s in project management from Keller Graduate School of Management. “I love the challenges of working with low-income and first-generation college students at City Colleges,” he says. “Being able to witness the development and achievements of my students who often face a deficit is very rewarding. In addition, I love the diversity and the family atmosphere at City Colleges.”

Joy Walker
Truman College

Joy Walker is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and the Department Chair of Physical Science and Engineering at Truman College. In addition to chemistry, she has taught courses in web development, chemistry and food, urban gardening, and physical sciences. She maintains the website, which features a blog that shares student successes, examples of studio classroom pedagogy and resources for students.

Lawrence M. Buonaguidi 
Wright College

Larry Buonaguidi serves as the Quality Assurance Coordinator in the Office of Instruction at Wright College. He has been a substantial contributor to the Office of Instruction's day-to-day operations and new programs established to enhance student success. Mr. Buonaguidi assists with the college’s evaluation of adjunct faculty and is at the forefront of supporting the college’s efforts of implementing new instructional programs, such as Learning Communities and Math On Demand. He is also on the steering committee for the college’s Academic Quality Improvement Program accreditation pathway and is a staff adviser for Wright’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He is known for his friendliness and resourcefulness, and ability to help all faculty, staff, and students he comes into contact with. 
Jacqueline Graham-Sylvesta
Kennedy-King College
Jane F. Reynolds
Malcolm X College
Jane Reynolds, Director of the Respiratory Care Program at Malcolm X College, is both a registered nurse and a registered respiratory therapist. She has a master’s degree in adult education and management from National Louis University and works with both the American Lung Association and the Respiratory Health Association to promote lung wellness and to involve her students in service to the community and service learning opportunities. She has worked at Malcolm X College as both an adjunct and full-time instructor for 25 years.


Professor Terry Clark
Kennedy-King College 
Terry Clark serves as Department Chair of Kennedy-King College’s Communications Department, where he teaches composition, literature, and reading.  Professor Clark has worked closely with the College’s chapter of t​he Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a coach for the All-Illinois Academic Team participants for the past three years. Terry Clark holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree from Wartburg College where he majored in English and a Masters of Arts in English from Chicago State University. 

Essien Hope
Malcolm X College
Essien Hope is Chair of the Mathematics Department at Malcolm X College, teaches mathematics and also serves as the President of the Malcolm X Faculty Council and Vice President of the City Colleges Faculty Council. 

Polly Hoover

Wright College

Polly Hoover, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities at Wright College, teaches a number of fine arts classes. She also serves as a faculty liaison with DePaul University and she is a member of the steering committee for the DePaul Adult Bridge Program.


David Richardson

Harold Washington College

David Richardson, Assistant Professor of Humanities at Harold Washington College, teaches humanities and philosophy and created The Harold Lounge, a faculty blog site that he contributes to and administers on a regular basis. 


Riaz Siddiqi
Truman College

Riaz Siddiqi, Professor of Biology at Truman College teaches biology. He also is an active volunteer for American Educare, a community educational service that provides childcare and tutoring for residents of the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

Horace Simon
Daley College

Horace Simon, Chair of Business and Applied Sciences at Daley College, teaches a number of business and mathematics classes. Simon also has served as a mentor for the Stanford English Group Home.

Professor James Carey
Richard J. Daley College 

Professor Carey instructs upper‐level biology courses. Seventy percent of his students have student success rates ranging from 81 to 90 percent. Student preparation and the observance of quality standards have been hallmarks of his career.



Professor Janet A. Berardo
Kennedy‐King College

Professor Bernardo serves as an instructor in Humanities and Philosophy and also serves as the Department Chair. She was selected based on her excellence in teaching, her service to students, her service to the community and her professionalism.




Professor Reginah Walton
Malcolm X College 

Professor Walton successfully manages the Speech and Fine Arts while teaching a full load of classes in addition to many other activities such as tutoring student athletes, volunteering with community organizations, and spearheading the annual Kwanzaa celebration.





Professor​ Joseph Scully

Professor Scully is an instructor of music and served as Chair of theHumanities Department until 2008. His classroom is rich with interactive exchanges with his students and state‐of‐the-art technology which he incorporates. He helped increase enrollment in Music by 240 percent.



Professor William J. Settles

Harry S. Truman College

Professor Settles, a Humanities instructor, has long been recognized as one of the best classroom teachers at Truman College. He places a great deal of emphasis on student engagement and critical thinking, involving students and encouraging discussion.

Professor Tom Higgins
Harold Washington College

Professor Higgins has inspired hundreds of students to further their chemistry and science education. He has been a tireless leader in bringing research opportunities to Harold Washington College students through the Undergraduate Research Collaborative (URC).



Professor Edward Mogul
Wilbur Wright College

Professor Mogul was an instructor in criminal justice. He also earned a second master’s degree in humanities and philosophy and quickly lent his considerable talents to Wright College’s Humanities department. Professor Mogul retired at the end of the Spring semester.