Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs & Global Strategies

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs & Global Strategies houses several core functions of Illinois International.

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Professor Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela

Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies


(217) 333-6104
mabokela@illinois.edu

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Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela is the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies (VPIAGS) and Professor of Comparative and International Higher Education. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she served as the Assistant Dean for International Studies in the College of Education and Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Originally from South Africa, she received her BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She pursued and graduated with a Master’s in Labor & Industrial Relations and Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former Fulbright New Century Scholar (2006), Professor Mabokela’s research examines experiences of marginalized populations and aims to inform institutional policies that affect these groups within institutions of higher education. She has devoted a significant part of her career studying higher education issues in developing and transitional countries. She is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of seven books and has published extensively in national and international journals.


Administration
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Julie Misa

Associate Provost for Illinois International


(217) 333-6104
jmisa@illinois.edu

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Julie joined Illinois International in July 2015 and currently serves as Associate Provost for Illinois International. She provides leadership, direction, and oversight to the administrative services within the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies as well as its reporting units, including: Global Education and Training, Global Relations, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, International Safety and Security, and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Prior to joining Illinois International, Julie was director of ISSS, where she was responsible for the leadership and overall management of the office. Julie earned her B.A. in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies and M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development with an emphasis on bilingual counseling, both from the University of Iowa.


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Amy Hubbard

Assistant Director of Administration


(217) 333-6104
hubbrd@illinois.edu

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Amy serves as the Assistant to the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies (VPIAGS) with a primary role to provide excellent and high-level administrative support to the VPIAGS. In conjunction, she manages the overall operations and services administered by Illinois International by providing analysis and planning for the Office of the Vice Provost in matters of space management, gift/protocol management, event planning and training programs, and coordinates related business functions that contribute toward achieving University and Office of the Vice Provost’s long term objectives and goals. Amy also provides technical, functional, and project management support and works to maintain positive working relationships with University senior administrators, University units, international business partners, and private sector partners. As the Assistant Director for Administration, Amy directs all aspects of general operations and administration of the office, and serves as a member of the leadership team.


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Hannah McClellan

Office Support Associate


(217) 333-6104
hlm@illinois.edu

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Hannah McClellan joined the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies in March of 2019. She is the first point of contact by phone, email or in person. Hannah is responsible for front desk management, building maintenance oversight, and provides general support to VPIAGS senior team members.


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Jill Ouellette

Office Support Specialist


(217) 333-6104
ouellett@illinois.edu

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Jill joined Illinois International as an Office Support Associate in May 2014. Before joining Illinois International, Jill was an H&R Block Office Manager for 10 years. Jill received her B.A. in Business Administrations from DeVry University of Tinley Park in 2007. She is the main contact for room reservations within several Illinois International buildings, assists human resources with new hire and termination processing, and supports the Illinois International Office Manager.


Global Communication
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Marta R. Schneider

Assistant Director for Global Communication


(217) 333-6104
martasch@illinois.edu

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Marta serves as the Assistant Director for Global Communication where she is responsible for strategizing, planning, and executing all marketing and communication in support of Illinois International’s objectives and goals. She works closely with communication staff in each of the Illinois International units, the leadership team, and Public Affairs to ensure adherence to all University best practices for marketing and communication as well as cohesion amongst all Illinois International communication. Marta has been with Illinois International since 2015, first as a Digital Communications Specialist and later as the Coordinator for Global Communication.

Prior to joining Illinois International, Marta worked in communications and outreach for several non-profit organizations in Japan, India, and the United States. Marta brings with her a strong background and enthusiasm for all things international. Although a native of Illinois, she spent many years living and studying in Japan. Marta earned her B.A. in Asian Studies and Economics from Knox College and holds a one-year international studies degree from Waseda University.


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Shelby Blacker

Global Communication Specialist


(217) 333-6104
sblacke2@illinois.edu

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Shelby joined Illinois International in 2019 as the Global Communication Specialist. She oversees Illinois International's social media presence, writes for the Illinois International website, and creates content for the newsletter. Prior to working with Illinois International, Shelby was the Communications and Outreach Assistant with Illinois Nutrition Education Programs for Illinois Extension. Shelby earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


International Business Operations
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Cheryl Heck

Director, International Business Operations


(217) 333-6104
chaheck@illinois.edu

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Cheryl joined Illinois International in March 2015. Cheryl leads International Business Operations (IBOPS), a shared service center that provides financial, human resources, and administrative support to all Illinois International units. Cheryl provides oversight of fiscal and human resource activities within the Office of the Vice Provost, and serves as a member of the leadership team. Cheryl received her B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from Illinois State University.


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Denise Esworthy

Assistant Director for Human Resources


(217) 333-6104
desworth@illinois.edu

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Denise joined Illinois International in September 2014. She serves as primary HR contact to Illinois International units and LAS Centers with dual reporting relationships with Illinois International, Diversity Advocate, Intake Specialist, Department Classifier, and back-up to the Associate Director of HR. Before joining Illinois International, she worked one year for FAA Shared Services and 14 years with University Payroll and Benefits, bringing with her experience in foreign national payment processing to support the campus internationalization goals.


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Vicki McGinness

Accounting Associate


(217) 333-6104
vmcginne@illinois.edu

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Kelly Sellers

Human Resources Specialist


(217) 333-6104
kmeeks@illinois.edu

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Kelly joined International Business Operations (IBOPS) in December 2017. Before joining IBOPS she worked for University Payroll and Benefits for 12 years, most recently as an Assistant Manager of their Foreign National Service Center. She serves as one of the HR contacts for the Illinois International units and as back-up to the Assistant Director of HR.


Contact

Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies
507 East Green Street, Suite 401
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-6104
Email: international@illinois.edu