Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

As Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Feng Sheng Hu is responsible for providing leadership for the academic mission of the college.

Hu, a professor of plant biology and the Ralph E. Grim Professor in Geology, joined the University of Illinois in 1998. His research integrates biological, geological, and atmospheric sciences, with the overall objective to understand long-term ecosystem dynamics under changing climatic conditions. Hu served as head of the Department of Plant Biology from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed associate dean for life and physical sciences in 2014 and was named dean in 2016.

For outstanding research and teaching, Hu has been recognized as a Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering, University Scholar of the University of Illinois, Fulbright Scholar, and Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Assistant to the Dean

Angie Graham assists in the day-to-day operations of the college and guiding the implementation of policies and procedures. She also manages the office and provides oversight for civil service employment issues college-wide. She has served in various administrative roles at the University of Illinois for more than 18 years. Angie has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, a master’s degree in journalism, and a doctoral degree in education organization and leadership.

Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs

Barbara Hancin-Bhatt provides leadership for the college’s undergraduate academic affairs and Life + Career Design initiative. Academic affairs activities include advising and academic progress monitoring, international programs, career development, Access and Achievement Program, honors and scholarships, and the first-year experience. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Linguistics and LAS Global Studies, and her research-teaching specializations are in second language acquisition and global studies

Assistant Dean for Finance and Resource Planning

Robert Kessler serves as Assistant Dean for Finance and Resource Planning. Robert joined the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in April of 2019. He previously worked in the College of ACES within the Office of Administration and Finance and as the Assistant to the Head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics since 2005. In 1998, Robert started with the University of Illinois in the Office of Facilities and Services as the Associate Director for Project Financial Management. Before joining the University, Robert performed various accounting and financial analysis work for large organizations in the St Louis area while also obtaining a Masters of Business Administration.

Associate Dean for Curricula and Academic Policy

Kelly Ritter is responsible for oversight and coordination of LAS courses and degree programs. She received her bachelor's degree in English and Communication from the University of Iowa in 1991 and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1994 before earning her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. Prior to joining the Illinois faculty in 2013, she was faculty and writing program director at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. At Illinois, she has served as a member of the LAS Executive Committee, director of Undergraduate Rhetoric, and Provost Fellow for Undergraduate Education. Her research focuses on archival histories of composition pedagogy and writing programs, in particular how these histories reveal patterns of social stratification in literacy education.

Executive Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Area Centers

Dave Tewksbury supports the research, teaching, and service activities of the social and behavioral sciences in the college. He also supports the college's area research centers. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from Occidental College in 1985 and a master's degree in communication management from University of Southern California in 1992. He received a PhD in communication from the University of Michigan in 1996, and he joined Illinois as faculty that year. He has served as head of the Department of Communication and two years as interim associate dean.

Associate Dean for Life and Physical Sciences

Matt Ando is a mathematician specializing in algebraic topology. His research involves interactions between algebraic topology, algebraic geometry, and mathematical physics. He joined the University of Illinois in 1999, and he was chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2011 to 2016. A devoted teacher, he received the LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007.

Associate Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs

Martin Camargo provides support for all matters concerning faculty recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, third-year reviews, and sabbaticals in the humanities and interdisciplinary programs. He also assists with questions concerning administrative structure, departmental planning, and organization. Camargo, who holds a PhD from the University of Illinois, joined the Department of English in 2003. Prior to that he was professor and department chair of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His scholarly work is primarily in medieval rhetoric and poetics and Middle English literature.

Associate Dean for Advancement

Joan Volkmann oversees the college’s alumni relations, development, and special events programs. She earned her BS in music therapy from Illinois State University and an MA in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been a member of the college’s advancement team since 1995. She received the LAS Academic Professional Award in 2010.

Faculty Director for Diversity and Inclusion

Isabel Molina-Guzmán works to ensure policies and practices across LAS enhance opportunities for excellence through achieving equal access, diversity, and inclusivity. She is a professor in Latina/Latino Studies, Media & Cinema Studies, and a faculty affiliate of Gender & Women's Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. She graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a master of arts in communication in 1994 and a doctorate in 2000. She previously served as chair of the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and as associate dean of assessment and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Graduate College.

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing

Brad Petersen oversees communications and marketing initiatives for the college. He earned a BA in English and MA in communication, both from Illinois. Petersen previously led communications for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on campus. He joined the College of LAS in 2015.

Director of Facilities

Derek Fultz oversees all facilities operations for the college, serving as a liaison with F&S, capital planning, space planning, and general oversight of safety. He earned a BA in biology from Blackburn College, which led to an early career in industrial laboratories and safety operations. He then served various roles in the Department of Chemistry prior to joining LAS in 2014.

Faculty Director of ATLAS

Randy McCarthy coordinates the college's centralized IT and online activities. He received his PhD in mathematics from Cornell University and joined the college in 1994. He has previously served as both the undergraduate and graduate director for the Department of Mathematics and is also the director for the department's self-supporting online program, NetMath.