Vice Provost for International Affairs Search Committee

Bo Fernhall
Committee Chair, Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences

Bo Fernhall, PhD is dean of the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences and an internationally recognized scholar in exercise physiology, especially for people with disabilities. Dean Fernhall came to UIC from the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus, where he served for seven years as professor of kinesiology and community health. For four of those years, he was also associate dean for research and academic affairs. Dean Fernhall has nearly three decades of experience teaching, administering academic programs, directing cardiac rehabilitation programs, and conducting research on cardiovascular function and lifetime health. He is associate editor of the journals of Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise and Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He is also author or co-author of over 270 refereed manuscripts, more than 225 research presentation abstracts, and 10 books or book chapters. Prior to his years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Fernhall held academic and professional positions at Syracuse University, where he was professor and chair of exercise science; the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington; University of Rhode Island; and Northern Illinois University.


Kevin Browne
Vice Provost for Enrollment Services

Kevin Browne is the Vice Provost for Academic and Enrollment Services at UIC. Kevin works with campus leaders to develop and guide initiatives to enroll students who will thrive in UIC’s rich academic environment and diverse community of scholars. Kevin’s extensive domestic and international enrollment management experience has helped to shepherd the creation of UIC’s first strategic enrollment management plan as well as a comprehensive recruitment strategy. Kevin provides leadership and direction to a team of professionals with a focus on outreach, recruitment, admissions and retention.


Linda Deanna
Dean of Students, Student Affairs

Nilda Flores Gonzalez
Sociology, LAS

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on race and ethnicity, children and youth, identity, Latino sociology and education. Her current research explores the effects of racialization on the ways in which Latino youth understand citizenship and belonging and struggle with their paradoxical status as marginalized citizens and as racial minorities. She is currently writing a book on this topic. She is co-director of two on-going research projects: Immigrant Mobilization Project and the New Destinations in an Old Gateway: The Interplay between Public and Private Actors in Shaping Local Immigration Policy. She is also the incoming co-editor of the leading sociology journal Social Problems. Professor Flores-Gonzalez is the author of School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students, co-editor of Marcha:  Latino Chicago in the Immigrant Rights Movement and co-editor of Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Era. Additionally, she has published articles and book chapters on various topics. Professor Flores-Gonzalez has received funding from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation.


Tyrone Forman
Vice Provost/Associate Chancellor for Diversity

Tyrone Forman is Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity. He provides intellectual leadership, guidance, and oversight of enterprise-wide strategies to create a diverse and inclusive environment at UIC. As the campus’ chief diversity officer, Forman is responsible for ensuring that efforts to expand access, promote equity, and enhance inclusion are key considerations in all major budgetary, administrative, and governance decisions. 

A widely respected thought leader on diversity and inclusion, Forman serves on the Advisory Board of the Phillips Academy’s Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) – a national program that addresses the lack of diversity in our nation’s teaching faculties. He is also chaired the Recruitment and Admissions Committee of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) and Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Biomedical Research Workforce Action Group – a national effort focused on improving scientific evidence for university interventions that increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce.  As a sociologist, he is a nationally recognized voice on intergroup prejudice, discrimination, comparative race and ethnic relations, and survey research methods. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.


Jim Hammerschmidt
Executive Director, Office of International Services

James Hammerschmidt is the Executive Director of the Office of International Services in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. As Executive Director, Dr. Hammerschmidt and his staff provide immigration-related services to over 4,700 international students, scholars, physicians, and staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as international students and staff at the University of Illinois Peoria and Rockford campuses.

Dr. Hammerschmidt is also an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In his membership role, Dr. Hammerschmidt served as past chair of the NAFSA International Education Leadership Knowledge Community. In addition, he also served as Chair of the NAFSA Regulatory Ombudspersons Subcommittee for 2 years and on the Committee on Immigration Policy and Practice as regional representative for scholars in the Midwest. Most recently, he serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SEVIS Modernization Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) Oversight Board. Dr. Hammerschmidt holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education focusing on international education from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

Steve Kragon
Executive Assistant Dean, Graduate College

Steven Kragon is an Academic Professional and has worked in the Graduate College over thirty-five years, the last fifteen as Assistant and Executive Assistant Dean. He holds an MBA and BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Music. Current duties include advising the Dean on areas ranging from HR and budget to academic program and student issues.  He oversees the day-to-day operations related to student admissions, records, petitions, academic standing, dismissals, graduation, theses, student faculty committees, funding (external and internal), student outreach and career development, and Graduate College faculty membership. He serves on various student-related committees, including SCEP, has served on many committees in the past, and is a liaison to numerous offices on campus.

Janet Lin
Director, Health Systems Development, Center for Global Health

Janet Lin is Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago and is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. She is Director of Health Systems Development in the Center for Global Health.  She recently stepped down as the director of the International Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowship program after 11 years. She has earned certificates in tropical medicine and has consulted on global health issues.

Dr. Lin has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her service and education. She is also a recipient of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, a merit-based award for tenured faculty recognizing academic distinction. In addition, she served as the Chair of the International Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the College of Emergency Physicians.


Tom Moss
Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs

Tom Moss is the Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at UIC. Moss helps coordinate such initiatives as UIC Summer College, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of Project Management for Student Success Initiatives, the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center, and the Office of First-Year Initiatives, which oversees UIC’s new transition coaching program. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Moss was associate director of the First-Year Writing Program at UIC. Previously he was the assistant director of composition at Columbia College in Chicago. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Ohio State University, where he also taught composition and tutored in the OSU Writing Center. In 2010, he received an MA in Communication from UIC.

Renee Taylor
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

As an ardent supporter of faculty governance and work-life quality, Dr. Taylor has served as vice provost for faculty affairs since 2012. While serving in this role, she facilitated the implementation of the campus Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities, and also ensured the development of college-based faculty mentoring programs. Taylor works collaboratively with faculty senate subcommittees and other faculty and administrators. Currently she plays an active role supporting UIC’s student success initiative.

A clinical-community psychologist, Dr. Taylor joined the UIC faculty in 2001. In 2010, she became the Director of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) Clearinghouse at UIC. Dr. Taylor has received substantial research grant funding and has served on a range of federal and international grant review panels focusing on issues related to chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein-Barr virus, and rehabilitation. She has published extensively on topics involving chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, research methodologies, and patient-provider relationships. She has initiated a second line of research on the role of patient-provider relationships in rehabilitation and healthcare. This work led to the development of a conceptual practice model for the field of Occupational Therapy


Sandy J. Wayne
Associate Dean College of Business

Sandy J. Wayne is Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration (CBA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has been a faculty member in the CBA for 25 years.  Sandy received her Ph.D. in management in 1987 from Texas A&M University.

Professor Wayne holds several leadership positions within the CBA.  She is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Director of the CBA’s Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development (iLEAD), and Faculty Director of the CBA’s Business Scholars program, which was launched in 2013.  Professor Wayne’s research focuses on relationships in the workplace including employee-leader relationships and employee-organization relationships, and the antecedents and consequences of these relationships for organizations and their members.  She has published over 75 articles in the leading journals in management on these topics, which have been cited over 15,000 times according to Google Scholar. She is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists and is a member of the Society of Organizational Behavior.  She serves on the editorial boards for seven journals.  She is Past Chair of the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and served as member of the Academy of Management Board of Governors.


Xuehua Xiang
Associate Professor, Director of Chinese Basic Language Program

As a discourse analyst (Mandarin, English, Cantonese, Shishan of Lingao), Dr. Xiang’s research focuses on the role of language in the formation of communicative patterns and macro social structures. Dr. Xiang has published in first-tier journals in her field such as Journal of Pragmatics, Text and Talk, Lingua and Language Sciences. Her current work draws on ethnolinguistic fieldwork in China examining marketplace interactions across time and space.”