Academic Affairs Office

Meet the Academic Leadership

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Angela Durante
Interim Provost

Angela Durante, Ph.D., serves as Interim Provost, returning to this position having served between 2008 and 2013. In the intervening years, she has been a university professor of sociology and education. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she also was Interim President. Before joining Saint Xavier, she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and academic associate to the provost for nine years at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Her scholarly interests include the sociological impacts in higher education and its processes and systems. Her current projects are focused on the place of small private institutions in higher education and on influence of liberal learning on the workplace.

Dr. Durante earned her doctoral degree in sociology and her master's degree in public communications at Fordham University, and she earned her bachelor's degree in art at New Jersey City University. She was the recipient of a Dow Jones Fellowship at Indiana University and she completed the Certificate in Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University. In 2010, Dr. Durante was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women in Illinois."

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Office: WAC A-209
Phone: 773-298-3780

Kelly Fox Reidy
Director of the Center for International Education

Kelly Fox Reidy is the director for the Center for International Education. As director, Reidy is responsible for administrative leadership in international programming within the University and for the oversight of both faculty-led international coursework and individualized, international study abroad opportunities for students. Reidy also works as the international specialist for undergraduate and graduate international students, advising students on international affairs and maintaining student information to achieve compliance with Department of Homeland Security standards.

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Office: WAC E-208
Phone: 773-298-3730

Gwendolyn George, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Gwendolyn George, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, was appointed dean and professor of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS) in 2020. Dr. George is a certified family nurse practitioner who initially began her academic career at Loyola University New Orleans as an instructor and then progressed to assistant professor and program coordinator of the master's Nurse Practitioner program. As program coordinator, Dr. George led the development, implementation and accreditation of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in the state of Louisiana. After an early retirement, she accepted the position as director of Graduate Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M International University. Most recently, she returned to Loyola University New Orleans in an administrative and faculty role.

Dr. George's scholarship interest has been in the area of health policy, curriculum and graduate education. She has worked at the state and national levels on policy issues for nurse practitioners and health care access and is intensely service-oriented. She has sustained clinical practice, strongly influenced by homeless and indigent populations.

Dr. George earned a diploma in nursing from Charity Hospital School of Nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing from Loyola University New Orleans. Her master of science in nursing with a family nurse practitioner concentration was completed at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The focus of her scholarly project was the "Evaluation of Primary Care Services in Post Katrina New Orleans."

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Office: WAC L-135
Phone: 773-298-5166

Yue Ma
Director of the Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology (CIDAT)

Yue Ma joined Saint Xavier University in 2012. As the interim director at the Center for Instructional Design and Academic Technology (CIDAT), she is responsible for administrative leadership for CIDAT staff members and student workers. Ma has a deep passion for online education. She works closely with SXU faculty to develop on-campus and online courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Ma is also working on her online Ed.D. degree in Instructional System Technology (IST) and minoring in Adult Education at Indiana University Bloomington. She completed her M.S. in IST from Indiana University Bloomington. She also holds a B.A. in Management and in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai.

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Office: GSM 116
Phone: 773-298-3601

Mark Rosenbaum
Dean of the Graham School of Management, Associate Professor

Dr. Mark S. Rosenbaum, dean of the Graham School of Management, arrived at Saint Xavier University in 2019 from the University of South Carolina where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Retailing. Prior, he was Kohl's Corporation professor of retailing at Northern Illinois University and assistant professor of marketing at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Rosenbaum is a three-time Fulbright recipient: a 2009 Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia, a 2015 Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nepal and a 2019 Fulbright Specialist in Uzbekistan. He is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Services Marketing and an associate editor at the Journal of Business Research. Serving as research faculty fellow at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Dr. Rosenbaum has also been a visiting professor at the American Hotel Academy in Brasov, Romania and at Externado University in Bogota, Colombia.

Prior to academia, Dr. Rosenbaum worked in the fine jewelry industry and in luxury retailing. He received his B.S. from Indiana University, MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, M.A. from New York University, M.S. from San Diego State University and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. To learn more about Dr. Rosenbaum, please see his LinkedIn page.

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Office: WAC N-207
Phone: 773-298-3091

Robin Pals Rylaarsdam, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Robin Pals Rylaarsdam, Ph.D., is a biologist with nearly 20 years of experience in higher education teaching and research with undergraduates. She earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago and at Northwestern. Her mentored research students have delivered dozens of presentations at regional and national meetings and also published several articles with Dr. Rylaarsdam describing their work in her NIH-funded laboratory.

Dr. Rylaarsdam is an education fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, an organization that seeks to foster rigorous and gracious dialogue at the interface of science and religion.

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Phone: 773-298-3350

David Stern
Library Director

David Stern is responsible for the administration and operation of the library, supervising librarians, support staff and student workers. Stern also serves as the business and science liaison librarian and maintains the institutional repository.

He is a member of the Deans' Council for campus-wide strategic planning, the Graduate Council, Advisory Board for the Learning Center/Writing Studio and the Center for Accessibility Resources and the IT Strategic Planning Council.

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Phone: 773-298-3946

Richard Venneri, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
Director of Graduate Programs

As associate provost, Richard Venneri's primary responsibility is stewardship of the University's interactions with two regulatory bodies: the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission, the University's regional accrediting agency. Dr. Venneri serves as the designated liaison -- a role that includes documenting the University's compliance with Federal regulations. He also serves as administrative representative to the University's Institutional Review Board and is the institutional representative to both the West Suburban Dean Council and to the Associated Colleges of Chicago Area. Most recently he has been designated the director of graduate programs and convenes the Graduate Advisory Council, whose membership includes all graduate degree program directors.

Dr. Venneri has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Washington. He has been at the University for twenty-five years; for the past decade in the Office of Academic Affairs and prior, he served as dean of Continuing and Adult Education.