Directory – Revised

College Leadership

Office of the Dean
100 Architecture Building
608 E Lorado Taft Dr, MC-622
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-1661 | faa@illinois.edu
Academic questions: faa-uaa@illinois.edu


Kevin Hamilton

Kevin Hamilton

Dean
217-333-1661 | kham@illinois.edu

Kevin Hamilton was appointed dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts in 2018. He is also a professor of new media in the School of Art and Design and previously served as senior associate dean in the college.

A member of the Illinois faculty since 2002, he holds appointments in the Media and Cinema Studies program in the College of Media and has held campus fellowships at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Center for Advanced Study. Hamilton’s scholarship and artwork have earned support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois Arts Council.

Kevin Hamilton

Kevin Hamilton

As the chief academic and executive officer of the college, the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts has the primary responsibility for providing a unified vision, in alignment with the university strategy, strategic direction, faculty and staff development, the promotion and tenure process, budgetary oversight and planning, academic and curricular issues, fundraising, and facilities development.  The Dean of FAA reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a senior administrative position with a seat on the Council of Deans.  The Dean supports and empowers faculty, students, and staff; promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across the college; enhances and builds interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations across the campus, Illinois, and the world; and is a strong advocate and spokesperson for the college both on campus and with external partners and stakeholders.


Misty Houston

Misty Houston

Assistant to the Dean
217-300-2410 | mjhousto@illinois.edu

Misty Houston joined the Dean’s Office in 2023, bringing 25 years of administrative experience to this role, most recently after almost nine years of service as Assistant to the Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). From this and prior work on campus at the Information Trust Institute and elsewhere in healthcare and creative industry settings, Houston brings experience in project management, establishment and maintenance of communication systems and protocols, and most importantly – the work of ensuring that people feel human in their navigation of our often confusing and imposing institutional processes.

Misty Houston

Misty Houston

The assistant to the dean provides support for the Office of the Dean and …


Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson

Assistant Dean of Budget and Resource Administration
217-265-0930 | gnanders@illinois.edu

Greg Anderson is the Assistant Dean of Budget and Resource Administration for the college. He has been at the university for over 20 years working in business and administrative operations in a number of different roles with units including Materials Research Laboratory, Grants & Contracts (now known as Sponsored Programs Administration), Engineering Administration, and Fine and Applied Arts, where he has been for the last nine years. He also serves as chair of the Business Affairs Committee within the Business Managers Group.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University.

Greg Anderson

Greg

The Assistant Dean of Budget and Resource Administration serves as the Chief Budget Officer for the college and oversees administrative functions including business operations and financial reporting, information technology, human resources, and facilities operations.


Andy Blacker

Andy Blacker

Director of Communications and Marketing
217-244-8692 | blacker@illinois.edu

Andy Blacker joined the college as the director of communications and marketing in 2017. Blacker has an extensive career of serving the University of Illinois in many units including the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Facilities and Services, and Allerton Park and Conference Center. He serves as FAA’s Chief Communications Officer and on several campus and college committees and councils.

Andy Blacker

Comms Director

The Director of Communications and Marketing guides and oversees all functions of the college’s communications office and serves as the Chief Communications Officer. The office works closely with our academic units and college offices including Recruitment, Academic Affairs, and Advancement. The services offered through this work includes social media, media relations, crisis communications, graphic design, website design and implementation, writing, editing, photography, videography, and strategic communication planning.


Terri Ciofalo

Terri Ciofalo

Dean’s Fellow
Assistant Professor and Director of Production

tciofalo@illinois.edu

Terri Ciofalo serves as the Dean’s Fellow for the Live Arts Audience Engagement initiative. She is also the Director of Production at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and assistant professor in the Department of Theatre. Originally from New York City, Terri was the production manager and production stage manager for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet where she premiered nearly a dozen new works and site-specific installation pieces for the company. She earned her MFA in Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama.

Terri Ciofalo

Dean's Fellow

The Dean’s Fellow leads the Live Arts Audience Engagement initiative with the purpose of providing thought leadership to explore the intersections between audience, engagement, and community. The initiative will lead college-wide conversations around live arts audience engagement and assist in making work visible.


Ollie Watts Davis

Ollie Watts Davis

Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Suzanne and William Allen Distinguished Professor of Music
Professor of Voice and Director, Black Chorus

217-333-6061 | owdavis@illinois.edu

Dr. Ollie Watts Davis joined college administration as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the fall 2023. She is the Suzanne and William Allen Distinguished Professor of Music, Professor of Voice, Provost’s Fellow, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Black Chorus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2018, Davis was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award; her second Campus Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014; the Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award in 2012; and was named a University Scholar in 2008, one of the highest honors bestowed upon a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois.

Ollie Watts Davis

Ollie Watts Davis

The Associate Dean for Academic Programs provides college-level leadership, strategic planning, programmatic development and oversight for all areas related to curriculum, international education, graduate education and strategic academic partnerships. This role will focus on helping cultivate sound teaching in the college in the context of the rapidly changing demands of our educational moment.


Zelda Gardner

Zelda Gardner

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
217-333-9198 | zgardner@illinois.edu

Zelda Gardner is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Since joining the college in 2015, Gardner has applied her expertise to continuous improvement of academic advising across the college, ensuring common goals of service to our students in support of their success. She brought ten years of service in advising and career services on campus, and another six prior as an advisor at Eastern Illinois University, where she also earned her Masters of Science in Education in 2002. Recognition of her work has included designation as Co-Chair of the campus Academic Support Committee within the Provost’s Student Success Initiative, invitation to participation in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access’ Emerging Women Leaders Series in 2016, and Ebony Excellence Award for Academic Professional of the Year in 2012.

Zelda Gardner

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs leads admissions, recruitment, advising, retention, and student engagement initiatives in support of the college’s undergraduate programs. The Associate Dean supports this work through both supervision of the staff and operations of the FAA Office of Academic Affairs and collaboration with faculty, staff, and leaders across the college’s departments and schools. Other responsibilities include supervision of the James Scholars Program as the college’s Honors Dean, oversight of the Strong StArt program, and representing FAA on campus-level student success initiatives.


Jorge Lucero

Jorge Lucero

Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Art Education
217-333-1661 | jlucero@illinois.edu

Artist Jorge Lucero is a professor of Art Education in the School of Art and Design. For eight years, he was the Chair of the Art Education Program. Now he serves as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Lucero studied at the Pennsylvania State University and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to being at the University of Illinois, he happily taught art and art history at the Chicago Public School Northside College Prep. He has performed, published, lectured, exhibited, and taught widely in the States and abroad. In 2023, Lucero was named the National Art Education Association’s (NAEA) Higher Ed Educator of the Year.

Jorge Lucero

Lucero

The broad charge of the Associate Dean for Research is the development and maintenance of a culture and structure of support for college faculty, from routine matters of mentoring and promotion review through the direction of strategic support to areas of distinctive strength. The Associate Dean brings experience navigating both traditional structures of academic publishing and doctoral study as well as experimental spaces of performance and collective authorship stand to help us apply policy, processes, and resources toward support of our college’s full range of research.


Mary Pat McGuire

Mary Pat McGuire

Dean’s Fellow for Research
Associate Professor and MLA Program Co-Chair
mpm1@illinois.edu

Mary Pat McGuire is a licensed landscape architect and an associate professor of landscape architecture. McGuire is also chair the Master of Landscape Architecture program and has affiliate appointments in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Previous to her academic work, she practiced landscape architecture for ten years including for Peter Walker & Partners and Conservation Design Forum. McGuire leads a design research studio called Water Lab located in Chicago that investigates the infrastructural condition of urban ground and identifies opportunities to reconnect communities with soil, water, and tools of climate adaptation. Currently Water Lab (with involvement by graduate research assistants) is leading the start-up of an initiative called Depave Chicago — a collaborative, community-based program to renature unused and underutilized parking lots where there could be parks and public space with tree canopy, rain gardens, living earth, and community programming.

Mary Pat McGuire

Dean's Fellow for Research

The Dean’s Fellow for Research will initially lead the college’s adoption of the Provost’s new criteria for evaluating publicly-partnered research as part of promotion and tenure review. With recent faculty hires across the college producing scholars whose long and hard-won community relationships are core to their commitments, the Dean’s Fellow work to ensure that we can support these scholar-creators in their plans, and take up our rightful response to the Chancellor’s call for more meaningful and lasting investments in our region.


Kemal Nance

C. Kemal Nance

Dean’s Fellow for Curricular Transformation
Dance Associate Professor and Undergraduate Recruitment Director
cknance@illinois.edu

Dr. Kemal Nance was named Dean’s Fellow in 2023. He is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, a performer, choreographer, and scholar of African Diasporic Dance. Nance is a master teacher of the Umfundalai technique of African dance. His work with the National Association of American African Dance Teachers has resulted in teachers’ training programs for budding African dance artists to be certified in the technique. He currently directs the Nance Dance Collective, an all-male dance initiative that produces dance works about Black manhood. His choreographies have appeared on national and international stages. In recent years, many in the college have learned about the process Dr. Nance designed and co-facilitated for the Department of Dance’s ambitious reform; this new appointment will invite him to develop that process further as part of his own creative and scholarly practice, and to the benefit of more students and faculty far beyond his home discipline.

Kemal Nance

Dean's Fellow for Curricular Transformation

The Dean’s Fellow for Curricular Transformation will work with one area of the college at a time, for at least a year at a time, as a facilitator and process designer for ambitious faculty-led curricular reform efforts. This new role in the college will work to further develop processes for curricular review, reflection, and reform through creative and scholarly practices. In our aspirations for more ethical, anti-racist, and liberatory curricula, the processes by which we achieve such change are as important as the changes themselves.


Carolyn Randolph-Kato

Carolyn Randolph-Kato

Visiting Associate Director of Arts Impact Initiative
(217) 300-7643 | crandol2@illinois.edu

 

Carolyn Randolph-Kato

Visiting Associate Director of Arts Impact Initiative

The Visiting Associate Director of Arts Impact Initiative


Mike Ross

Mike Ross

Associate Dean and Director of Krannert Center
217-333-2700 | mikeross@illinois.edu

Mike Ross became the sixth director of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in 1997. He came to the Center from the Miller Theatre at Columbia University in New York City where he received his doctorate with distinction in music composition and where, under his direction, the Miller Theatre was recognized by The New Yorker as “the city’s hottest hotbed of innovative programming.” He has served as board chair for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and as board president of Arts Alliance Illinois and is a founding member of 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. He is a recipient of the North American Performing Arts Agent and Managers Association’s Award for Excellence in Presenting the Arts and was selected by National Arts Strategies to participate alongside 100 national and international cultural leaders in its inaugural Chief Executive Leadership Initiative.

Mike Ross

Associate Dean

The Associate Dean and Krannert Center Director serves on numerous campus committees. This role provides insight and advises the dean on various topics related to the performing arts, community and audience engagement, and programs to support our artistic community.


Jon Salvani

Jon Salvani

Associate Dean for Advancement
217-300-2869 | jsalvani@illinois.eu

Jon Salvani

Associate Dean for Advancement

The Associate Dean for Advancement


Rochelle Sennet

Rochelle Sennet

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Piano and International Yamaha Artist

In 2021, Dr. Rochelle Sennet, having established herself as a well-known performer, teacher, and scholar, began her tenure as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her recital programs showcase her versatility at the keyboard, with frequent performances of works by J.S. Bach and Black composers such as H. Leslie Adams, Jeffrey Mumford, James Lee III, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker. She was co-winner for the Krannert Center Debut Artist Competition, national finalist at the MTNA Steinway & Sons Young Artist piano competition, and a prize winner in numerous competitions. She is also a 2023-2024 Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project, and she has published in articles in Newsweek and The Fulcrum. Sennet is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy and a Yamaha Artist.

Rochelle Sennet

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leads the college’s pursuit of excellence, engagement, and service through the centering of all programs and operations within a framework of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This position formed in our college after years of preparation and research by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and fulfills a campus expectation set out in the Chancellor’s campus-wide diversity review. In addition to advising the dean, the Associate Dean regularly meets with individual units, serves as chair of the FAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and joins the rest of the Dean’s Executive Leadership Team in their regular operational and strategic work.


Jeffrey Sposato

Jeffrey Sposato

Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Musicology
jsposato@illinois.edu

Jeffrey S. Sposato is Professor of Musicology in the School of Music and Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. He is President of the Association of Illinois Music Schools and served as Director of the School of Music from 2019 to 2023. His teaching and research interests include music of the baroque, classical, and romantic periods; sacred music; choral music; concert traditions; and opera. Before joining the faculty at Illinois, Sposato served as Associate Director and Director of Graduate Studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, where he taught in the musicology division for twelve years.

Jeffrey Sposato

Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs is a college-level role designed to provide essential service through work on policies related to the mentoring and promotion of specialized faculty. The Associate Dean will also return to some needed examination of workload policies across service and teaching for FAA faculty.


kinz Trotter

Research Assistant Professor

ptrotte2@illinois.edu

Research Assistant Professor

The Research Assistant Professor


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