Assistant Professor Emeritus of Asian Art History
Ross Edman taught at UIC for thirty years from 1965-1995, after which time he became a valuable Emeritus faculty member. Edman was also an Honors College fellow from 1995-1998. Although he was especially valued for his expertise in Asian Art, he taught courses across the curriculum, including Introduction to Art and Art History and the survey of world art. During his time at UIC, Edman was a much beloved teacher and mentor to our undergraduate students, winning the coveted Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1988. The award is given by students for the best faculty member in the College. In his will, Ross Edman bequeathed nearly $1 million to the Department of Art History at UIC to establish a merit-based award for art history students. The award comes from the estate of Edman, who died at 80 in 2017, and his lifetime partner, Jon Waltz, who preceded him in death in 2004.