Eric A. “Rick” Gislason Biography

Eric A. “Rick” Gislason, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

Eric Gislason, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and a veteran administrator who has spent his entire 40-year academic career at UIC, was named Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost in August 2014.

Dr. Gislason, a leading researcher in chemical thermodynamics, is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his doctorate in Chemical Physics from Harvard University.

Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley, he joined the Chemistry faculty at UIC, where he received numerous teaching awards and authored 130 scholarly publications on theoretical studies of energy transfer and reaction in collisions of small molecules. He has served on four national committees.

At UIC he has served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as Interim Chancellor in 2008-2009.

He was Professor and Head of Chemistry in 1997 when he was asked to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC’s largest college, a post he held for two years. He was named Interim Vice Chancellor for Research to lead an overhaul of UIC’s system for protection of participants in research trials in 1999, after the University, like many other leading research institutions, was sanctioned by federal regulators. Under his guidance, UIC’s institutional review boards re-evaluated nearly 2,000 research protocols, and less than a year after being sanctioned, UIC’s system of research oversight was lauded by the federal authorities.

As permanent Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Gislason assured academic integrity and compliance with research regulations relating to human subjects, animals, recombinant DNA, and infectious agents. He helped UIC’s research faculty achieve a dramatic increase in funding that made the University’s growth in research activity among the fastest in the nation.