As Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Designate, Lisa Monda-Amaya provides campus-wide leadership in the area of undergraduate education, including setting strategic directions for the undergraduate experience at Illinois, supporting innovation in classroom and in online instruction, and encouraging interdisciplinary initiatives in curriculum and pedagogy. Collaborating with colleges, schools, and other stakeholders, she works to ensure that the undergraduate experience at Illinois continues to be one of the best in the nation.
Lisa Monda-Amaya is a Professor in Special Education. A member of the Illinois faculty for more than 30 years, she was most recently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Director of Teacher Education in the College of Education. As Associate Dean, she led the College of Education in setting strategic direction for undergraduate education, supporting innovation in the classroom, and supporting student success. Prior to that role, Dr. Monda-Amaya was the Acting Associate Dean for Academics Programs, and for six years was the Director of Research Collaboration for The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities, a research and outreach unit within the College focused on enhancing teaching and learning in K-12 schools.
Dr. Monda-Amaya holds three degrees from Florida State University – a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. in Special Education. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, the Campus Award for Undergraduate Teaching, and at the college level, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Distinguished Teaching Career Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Award for Service.