The mission of the Office for Faculty Affairs is to create a supportive, respectful and inclusive environment for the diverse faculty of Rush University. Our focus is on institutional integration, specifically but not limited to faculty satisfaction and engagement, implementation of the strategic plan, pursuit of diversity goals, support for accreditations and faculty management including onboarding, appointments and promotions.

As part of faculty development, we provide resources to ensure faculty academic success through education, mentoring, professional and leadership development, advocacy, communication and recognition. The Office of Faculty Affairs oversees the Office of Mentoring Programs, the Office of Global Health and the Center for Innovative and Lifelong Learning.

Latest News & Upcoming Events


  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Susan Chubinskaya, PhD to its College of Fellows. Dr. Chubinskaya was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for developing fundamental knowledge regarding cartilage pathobiology and therapeutic approaches to tissue regeneration and for excellent professional leadership and service.
  • 10 Year Accomplishment Report- view the work of the Office of Faculty Affairs over the last ten years.
  • 2020 Faculty Satisfaction Infographic
  • Faculty Affairs Annual Report


Date Event

November 9, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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Integrin Activation as a Novel Therapeutic Mechanism in Cancer: A Bench to Bedside Journey
Vineet Gupta, PhD

The Charles Arthur Weaver Chair of Cancer Research

Vice Chair for Innovation, Department of Internal Medicine

Director of the Drug Discovery Center

November 16, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Finding your Faculty Voice at Rush University
Melinda Earle, DNP, MSN, BSN

Assistant Professor, Women, Children, and Family Nursing, CON

Amber S. Kujath, PhD

Associate Professor, Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, CON

Amanda L. Persons, PhD

Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, CHS

Robert DeCresce, MD

Professor, Pathology, RMC

Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award
Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award
The Offices of Faculty Affairs and Mentoring Programs have been honored with the Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award for an organization. The national award recognizes organizations for their successful commitment to advancing women faculty in academic medicine and science.

Contact Us

The Office of Faculty Affairs is located in the Armour Academic Center, 600 S. Paulina Street, in Suite 1044.

Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs
Klaus Kuettner Professor of Osteoarthritis Research

Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Orthopaedic Surgery & Medicine (Section of Rheumatology)

(312) 942-6306

Melita Isic, MBA, MHA

Director, University Affairs
(312) 563-1506

Dina Rubahka, MEd

Academic Program Manager
(312) 942-8873

Lori Davis

Database Manager
(312) 942-6827

Nabela Ashraf, MSW

Project Coordinator