Senior Associate Director, Student Success
Summary of Experience
I joined the OMSA in October 2018. In the OMSA, my primary responsibilities are to promote student success and supervise multiple educational outreach, academic support, retention, and yield initiatives while working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. Prior to joining the OMSA family, I worked in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I joined LAS in 1996 as a staff associate for the Access and Achievement Program (AAP). In 2002, I was promoted to Associate Director and in 2003 I was promoted to Assistant Dean and Director for the program. I have twenty-two years of experience centered on access, retention and graduation services targeted towards primarily undergraduate underrepresented students of color. During these years, some of my accomplishments include: coordinating the development and implementation of the Program’s online student assessment early-alert report system; coordinating the integration of two academic support services programs into one comprehensive academic service program, coordinating the LAS AAP Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) advising initiative; an initiative where the goal is to increase the retention and graduation rate for underrepresented students in STEM areas through appropriate course placement, reduced course pairing and supplemental support as well as serving as a co-architect and co-direct of the Access and Achievement/Animal Biology Summer Research Fellowship Program, working with LAS Advancement to develop and coordinate the AAP annual fund and several programmatic scholarships, working with the LAS Communication and Marketing team to develop and coordinate the AAP Alumni newsletter and to develop the AAP communication plan. From 2006-2018, I have either served on or serves on several Urbana campus committees; namely as Chair for the Sub-working Group for Office of the Provost’s Committee on Undergraduate Retention and Graduation. College Programs Encouraging and Promoting Undergraduate Retention; as a Committee Member, for the Office of the Provost’s Committee on Expanding Academic Support Programs in Other Colleges; as a Committee Member for the Office of Student Financial Aid’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Committee; as the Council of Academic Professionals’ Liaison for the Senate Committee on University Student Life; and as an Ex-Officio Member on the Senate Committee on Admission to name a few. I also served as the Chair for the LAS’ Committee on Academic Standards. I am an inducted member of two honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Phi, the International Legal Honor Society. I also hold honorary memberships in the National Honor Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS), National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society. In 2011, I was one of the recipients of the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award. In 2015, I was also honored to receive the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) award.
- Graduated in 1992, cum laude, from Western Illinois University with a BA in Political Science.
- Graduated in 1995 with a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What OMSA Means to Me …
OMSA is a place that cultivates a student-centered culture that allows students to participate in self-advocacy, transformative personal and professional design, engagement and academic success and a unit that works to collaborate with College units to assist with developing responsive and individualized pathways for degree attainment using the most holistic, effective and systematic advising, counseling and academic monitoring strategies as well as data-driven approaches. It is a place that promotes student success through fostering a supportive environment by harnessing the passionate involvement of faculty, staff and alumni. It is the place that celebrates the agility of Illinois’ academic programs while assisting to develop our student talent. It is the place that utilizes measured student learning outcomes based on anticipating and responding to trends. It is a place that celebrates our diversity and inclusivity. A place that collaborates with stakeholders to deliver innovative and enriching community engagement opportunities to promote leadership and service-oriented citizenship and assists with cultivating a first-rate labor force. It is a place that values living a life of impact and values the characteristics of being a life-long leaner. OMSA is a hallmark of Illinois.
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