Office of the Provost

Meet the Office of the Provost Staff

Muhammad Chishty's Headshot

Office: GSM 116
Phone: 773-298-3618
Email: chishty@sxu.edu

Muhammad Chishty, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the Graham School of Management, Associate Professor

Dr. Muhammad Chishty joined the Graham School of Management in 1992 after teaching for four years at Western Illinois University and Georgia State University. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Finance from Georgia State University. His research and teaching areas include Corporate Finance and Investments.

Yue Ma's Headshot

Office: WAC L-135
Phone: 773-298-5166
Email: ma@sxu.edu

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.

Michele Poradzisz's Headshot

Office: WAC E-208
Phone: 773-298-3730
Email: poradzisz@sxu.edu

Michele Poradzisz, RN, CNL, CNE, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor

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Office: WAC A-209
Phone: 773-298-3780
Email: reidy@sxu.edu

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.

Robin Pals Rylaarsdam's Headshot

Office: WAC N-207
Phone: 773-298-3091
Email: rylaarsdam@sxu.edu

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.

David Stern's Headshot

Phone: 773-298-3350
Email: stern@sxu.edu

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.

Rick Venerri Headshot

Office: WAC A219-A
Phone: 773-298-3946
Email: venneri@sxu.edu

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.