College leadership

Interim Dean and Swanlund Chair in Entomology

Gene E. Robinson obtained his PhD from Cornell University and joined the U of I faculty in 1989. He holds a University Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professorship, is director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Bee Research Facility, and is former director of the Neuroscience Program. Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior and led the effort to sequence the honeybee genome. He has authored or co-authored almost 325 publications, and has trained 35 postdoctoral associates and 25 doctoral students. He has served on the NIH National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council, provided congressional testimony, and has appointments on scientific advisory boards for companies and foundations with significant interests in genomics. His honors include Fellow and Founders Memorial Award, Entomological Society of America; Fellow and Distinguished Behaviorist, Animal Behavior Society; Distinguished Scientist Award, International Behavioral Genetics Society; Guggenheim Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; NIH Pioneer Award; Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew University; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Wolf Prize in Agriculture. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. Click here to read a letter from Dean Robinson.

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 is the associate dean for student academic affairs, providing leadership for the Student Academic Affairs Office and Life + Career Design initiative. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in Spanish applied linguistics, and a PhD in linguistics. Barbara was on faculty at the University of Utah, Penn State, and University of South Carolina. She has appointments in linguistics and global studies and is former director of the Global Studies program at Illinois and has taught courses abroad in Singapore and Ecuador.

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. 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 master's 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, director of the Center for Writing Studies, and Provost Fellow for Undergraduate Education. She is the author of four books, numerous articles and essays, and is editor or co-editor of four collections. Her research focuses on archival histories of composition pedagogy, writing programs, and literacy, in particular how these histories reveal ongoing 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.

Units in portfolio: Anthropology; Cline Center for Advanced Social Research; Communication; Economics; Global Studies; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Spurlock Museum; and Illinois Global Institute, including Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; and Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program

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.

Units in portfolio: Astronomy; Atmospheric Sciences; Biochemistry; Cell & Developmental Biology; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Entomology; Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior; Geography & Geographic Information Science; Geology; Mathematics; Microbiology; Molecular & Cellular Biology; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Neuroscience; School of Chemical Sciences; School of Earth, Society, & Environment; School of Integrative Biology; and Statistics

Associate Dean for Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs

Clare Haru Crowston serves units in the humanities and ethnic and women’s and gender studies. After receiving a BA from McGill University and a PhD from Cornell University, she joined the University of Illinois in 1996, where she was chair of the Department of History from 2015 to 2019. She is the author of "Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France" (Duke University Press) and "Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791" (Duke University Press), as well as some two dozen book chapters and articles. She is also co-author of the textbooks "A History of Western Society" (13th edition, Bedford/St. Martin's) and "A History of World Societies" (11th edition, Bedford/St. Martin's).

Units in portfolio: African American Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Classics; Comparative & World Literature; Criticism & Interpretive Theory; East Asian Languages & Cultures; English; French & Italian; Gender & Women Studies; Germanic Languages & Literatures; History; Jewish Culture & Society; Latina/Latino Studies; Linguistics; Medieval Studies; Philosophy; Religion; Slavic Languages & Literatures; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Spanish & Portuguese; Translation and Interpreting Studies; and Writing Studies

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.

Associate Dean 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.