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.

Effective Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the the FAA Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs will be will be closed to foot traffic until further notice to allow for social distancing and safety, but we will remain open online and via phone to serve students, faculty, and staff during our regular business hours: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday. In-person appointments will be moved to phone appointments or Skype/Zoom appointments. If you have questions, you may contact our office at 217.333.6061 or

Mary Edwards
Associate Dean for 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 Affairs

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

Oversees the James Scholar Program, FAA Strong StArts, 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

Chevonne Totten-Garner
Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Admissions

Provides support and leadership for recruitment and admissions

Oversees scholarships awarded to incoming students

Kristi Martin-Hoss
Associate Director of Recruitment

Coordinates events and programs for recruitment and admissions

Office Support Associate for Recruitment and Admissions

Provides support for recruitment and admissions

Julie Rundell
Assistant Director of Career Services

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

Ellen Marr
Admissions and Records Officer

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

Estela Matthews
Office Manager for Academic Affairs

Provides administrative support for academic affairs