Illinois International Advisory Committee

The Illinois International Advisory Committee (IIAC) plays a critical role in the development of the campus strategy for globalization. This committee advises the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies on a range of international issues.

The committee meets twice per semester to provide updates and to confer on critical developments as the process unfolds. Sub-committees meet more often to deliberate on assignments specific their respective teams. The committee provides periodic updates as the strategic planning process unfolds, which will be available on this page.

2019/2020 Committee

Committee Members
  • Meredith Blumthal, Granger College of Engineering
  • Stephen Downie, iSchool, Chair
  • Larry Firkins, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Christine Gozdziak, College of Business
  • Nicole Lamers, College of LAS
  • Ryan Lamare, School of Labor & Employment Relations
  • Benjamin Lough, School of Social Work
  • Erik McDuffie, College of LAS, Member-at-Large
  • Andy Orta, Illinois Global Institute, Director of CLACS
  • James Pait, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  • Suzana Palaska-Nicholson, College of ACES
  • Ken Salo, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Member-at-Large
  • Elizabeth Spark, Graduate College
  • Beth Scheid, Technology Services
  • Anna Tsai, Student Affairs
  • M. Allison Witt, College of Education
  • Mike Yao, College of Media
  • Sammer Jones, Illinois International, Ex-Officio

2018/19 Committee

The 2018/19 academic year Illinois International Advisory Committee charge was as follows: develop 5-year strategic documents that align with broader campus priorities and address the following issues.

  • Recruitment and diversification of our international student body
  • Clarifying strategic campus partnerships and agreements

Committee Members
  • Narayanna Aluru, Professor, Mechanical Science & Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Elvira de Mejia, Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition, College of ACES
  • Laura Li, Associate Professor of Accountancy, Gies College of Business
  • Xiuling Li, Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Erik McDuffie, Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, College of LAS
  • Christine Renshaw, Director of Graduate & International Programs, College of Law
  • Assata Zerai, Associate Provost for Faculty Excellence & Professor of Sociology, College of LAS

2016/17 Committee

The 2016/17 academic year Illinois International Advisory Committee charge was as follows:

  • Develop and implement an inclusive and consultative process to engage and garner input from key campus stakeholders regarding the campus globalization strategy.
  • Collaborate actively with the VPIAGS to identify institutional priorities that will inform the development of the campus globalization strategy.
  • Draft the globalization strategy and provide a copy to the VPIAGS by mid-Spring 2017 semester, which will be vetted by appropriate campus stakeholders during the remainder of the Spring 2017 term.
  • Provide a final draft of the globalization strategy to the VPIAGS by early Summer 2017, which will be submitted to the Provost and Chancellor.
  • Advise the VPIAGS on a range of international issues across campus.

Committee Members
  • Rakesh Bhatt, Professor of Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Andi Cailles, Assistant Director for Residential Life
  • Clara Chu, Professor & Director of Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
  • David Cooper, Associate Professor & Director of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Peter Constable, Professor and Dean, Veterinary Medicine & member of the Council of Deans
  • Jerry D├ívila, Professor & Director of the Lemann Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Melissa Edwards, Director of Research Communications, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Margereth Etienne, Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs, College of Law
  • Boyi Guo, Graduate Student
  • Prasanta Kalita, Professor, College of ACES & member of the Council of Undergraduate Deans
  • Maryam Khademian, Graduate Student
  • Kenneth Long, Graduate Student
  • Ben Lough, Associate Professor & Master of Social Work Program Director, School of Social Work
  • Osamu Miyawaki, Undergraduate Student
  • Robert Pahre, Professor & Department Head, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Beth Scheid, Assistant Chief Information Officer, Technology Services
  • Molly Tracy, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
  • Erol Tutumluer, Professor & Director of International Programs, College of Engineering
  • Madhu Viswanathan, Professor, College of Business
  • Alex Winter-Nelson, Professor & Director of the Office of International Programs, College of ACES
  • Allison Witt, Director of the Office of International Programs, College of Education
  • Angharad Valdivia, Professor, College of Media
  • Deanna McDonagh, Professor, College of Fine and Applied Arts

Sub-Committee Topics
  • Four Strategic Pillars
  • Curriculum Development
  • International Student Integration
  • Integration of International Experience into Curriculum
  • Intentional Fundraising
  • Revenue Generation to Support International Initiatives
  • Alumni Relations Beyond Development and Fundraising (Recruitment, Research)
  • Define and Clarify Joint and Dual Degrees with Partners Abroad
  • Elevate our International Presence on Campus and Abroad (Campus International Building/Center)
  • Global Offices


The meetings undertaken by the 2016/17 Illinois International Advisory Committee and its associated sub-committees yielded a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve Illinois' globalization strategy. View the recommendations.

The recommendations were submitted to the University's senior administration to be used in the development of the strategic plan: "The Next 150." The strategic plan is available online at


Questions about the committee may be directed to Illinois International's Assistant Director of Administration.