Meet Our Staff

FAA Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The FAA Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs is dedicated to promoting student success by providing support to students, faculty, and staff in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Our staff is available to offer guidance on any questions you may have regarding academic policies, personal concerns, campus resources, and professional development opportunities.

The office is now open to meet with students in person, by phone, or via Zoom. Please note that students are expected to adhere to campus safety policies. Our regular business hours are 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. If you have questions, you may contact our office at 217.333.6061 or

Mary Edwards
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs—Student Affairs

Provides leadership for the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Serves as the primary contact for FAA 101 and Academic Integrity Reporting

Zelda Gardner
Senior Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Provides support and leadership in advising, records, and student concerns

Oversees the James Scholar Honors Program, FAA Strong StArt, and student academic support initiatives

Nicole Turner
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and International Education

Provides support and leadership in curriculum development and e-learning

Oversees international education initiatives

Associate Director for International Programs

Coordinates and provides support for international education opportunities for students and faculty

Kristi Martin-Hoss
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment

Coordinates events and programs for recruitment and admissions

Julie Rundell
Assistant Director of Career Services

Coordinates and leads all efforts surrounding career advising, professional development, and employer outreach

Admissions and Records Officer

Provides support for academic records, form processing, and degree progress/completion

Office Manager

Provides support for recruitment and admissions