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


  • The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) has announced the selection of Susan Chubinskaya, PhD as a Fellow in the class of 2022. ORS Fellows are the longstanding members of the ORS who have demonstrated leadership, expert knowledge, achievement, and contributions to the ORS, its Governance, and the field of musculoskeletal research
  • FY22 Annual Report
  • 2020 Faculty Satisfaction Infographic


Date Event

May 9

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


Women the Mentor

Mentorship: In for the Long Haul


Olimpia Paun, PhD, PMHCNS-BC


Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing

College of Nursing

Nurses Alumni Association Chair of Health and the Aging

May 12

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


Women Mentoring Program
Leveraging Influence and Connections to Advance Careers


Annabelle Santos Volgman, MD, FACC, FAHA

McMullan-Eybel Endowed Chair for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology

Professor of Medicine, RMC

Medical Director, Rush Heart Center for Women

Vice Chief for Academic Affairs, Division of Cardiology

Governor, American College of Cardiology of Illinois

Immediate Past Chair of the American Heart Association Women in Cardiology

2020 Recipient of the Women’s Day Red Dress Award

May 16

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


Teaching Academy:

Cybersecurity in Healthcare

Carrie Ryan, MA.TD

Manager, Cybersecurity Education & Awareness


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 Rubakha, MEd

Academic Program Manager
(312) 942-8873

Imani Lindsey-Graham

Administrative Assistant II
(312) 947-4298

Lonhak Orch, BS

Faculty Management System Manager
(312) 563-3125