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Clara Awé, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP)
Director of the Urban Pharmacy (UPHARM) Services Program
Director of the Urban Health Program (UHP) 

Dr. Awé heads the College of Pharmacy Office Diversity and Inclusion by providing strategic leadership and directions. By working with faculty members, administrators/staff and professional and graduate students, she spearheads initiatives in providing opportunities to define, assess and promote diversity and inclusion excellence, community engagement and cultural proficiency as essential elements of the College’s values and mission. Dr. Awé also chairs the College’s Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee. As Director of UHP, she has increased awareness of the pharmacy profession among underrepresented minority (URM) students and oversees the recruitment and retention of URM students. She developed an ongoing high school Urban Pipeline Program model for attracting URM students into pharmacy, and this successful model has been emulated across the nation.

She developed, teaches and coordinates the UPHARM seminar series, the Critical Dialogue course (PSOP 387), and Online Contemporary Issues in Pharmacy Student Development (PSOP 389). Since 2012, she has served as a faculty mentor in the UIC Minority Graduate College Summer Research Opportunities Program SROP) and mentored over seven minority undergraduate students to pursuing graduate degrees. Dr. Awé maintains an active research agenda. Her research focuses on pharmacy student stress and stressors, cultural competency in teaching and learning, health disparities, access to higher education in a global context, holistic admissions process in the health professions, and the socialization of junior tenure-track faculty members in urban research universities.

Dr. Awé earned a B.S. in Business Administration and M.Sc. in Marketing Communication from Roosevelt University, a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and a Masters in Online Teaching from Illinois Online Network in Urbana Champaign. She has a certificate from the Harvard Management Development Institute, sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has served as a faculty fellow in the UIC Honors College since 2000.

Her many honors include UIC Woman of the Year in 2001, Outstanding Leadership in Higher Education for Excellence in Leadership and Mentoring from the Association of Black Women in Higher Education in 2008, and 2012 recognition in “Who’s is Who” in Black America Higher Education. In 2015, Dr. Awé was appointed co-chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks (CCSB) at UIC.


Joanna Burdette, PhD

Associated Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

Dr. Burdette earned her B.S. from Emory University in Biology and her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern under the direction of Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff. Dr. Burdette joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy in 2007.  In 2013, she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. In 2014, she was promoted to Associate Dean for Research. Her research has helped to develop three-dimensional models of normal ovarian surface cells and oviductal epithelium to determine the source and early events responsible for ovarian cancer formation.  She serves on the Trainee and Career Development Core Committee for the Endocrine Society, the Awards Committee for the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and on the Committee for Experimental Medicine for the Gynecologic Oncology Group.  She also serves on the Department Advisory Committee, on the Advisory Committee for the Building Interdisciplinary Research Career’s in Women’s Health K12 program at UIC, and as a Pharmacy Student and Honor’s College student advisor.  She has been the recipient of the Liz Tilberis Scholar Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and was named the UIC Rising Star in the basic life sciences in 2013.

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Andrew J. Donnelly, PharmD, MBA, FASHP

Director of Pharmacy Services, UI Hospital and Health Sciences System
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs

Dr. Donnelly received his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Illinois.  He is currently Director of Pharmacy Services at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System as well as Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.  In his current position, Dr. Donnelly is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the pharmacy department and ensuring the rational, safe, and cost-effective use of drugs in patients.  He oversees a staff of approximately 180 pharmacists, technicians and ancillary personnel.  The majority of Dr. Donnelly’s clinical practice has been concentrated in the areas of operating room (OR) pharmacy and anesthesiology.  His areas of interest include pharmacy administration, technology and automation as it relates to the medication use process, and anesthesiology/OR pharmacy.  He has published and lectured extensively in these areas.  Dr. Donnelly is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a past president of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.

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Janet P. Engle, Pharm. D., Ph.D. (Hon), FAPhA, FNAP

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Education 
Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice

Janet P. Engle is Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.  She is past president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the national professional society of pharmacists with over 60,000 members. She served on the APhA Board of Trustees for 10 years and served as the President of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management as well as on numerous APhA committees.  She serves as a voting member of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nonprescription Drug Advisory Committee which advises FDA on OTC medication issues.  Dr. Engle was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice in Pharmacy which only includes 150 pharmacists world-wide.

Dr. Engle received her BS in Pharmacy from Rutgers University and a Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois.  She completed a specialized residency in ambulatory care and emergency medicine at University of Illinois and served as Chief Resident.  She received an honorary Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Khon Kaen University in Thailand.   Dr. Engle has also been named a Fellow of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management and has received the APhA Distinguished Achievement Award for Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice.

Dr. Engle is very active in international pharmacy. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the International Commission for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and serves on the Commission.  Dr. Engle is also serving a second 3 year term as overseas expert and member of the Post Graduate Allied Health Institute Board at Singapore General Hospital.   Dr. Engle worked with National Taiwan University and was a guest professor at Harbin Medical University in China where she has taught topics in ambulatory pharmacy practice and pharmacy education. She worked with the Pharmacy Council of Thailand and many faculties of pharmacy in Thailand and served as a consultant to the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization in Manila.

Dr. Engle is an internationally recognized expert on the topics of nonprescription medicines, pharmacy education, ambulatory care pharmacy practice and leadership. She has given over 100 presentations and published more than 60 papers on these topics both in the US and abroad. Dr. Engle has received several teaching awards including the Teaching Recognition Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago for excellence in teaching. 

Dr. Engle has served as a medical expert on a number of pharmacy and medical issues, appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “ Dr. Oz”, “World News Tonight”, and many other TV newscasts and has participated in interviews with the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today,  LA Times, Cosmopolitan, Readers Digest and Prevention Magazine among many others.

Besides her current practice in academia, Dr. Engle has also practiced in community, hospital, pharmacy directed ambulatory clinic and long term care settings.


Dr. Kevin Rynn, FCCP, DABAT

Vice Dean, Rockford
Clinical Professor, Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Kevin Rynn currently serves as Vice Dean for the UIC Rockford Campus and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.  He graduated from Rutgers University with his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy.  Dr. Rynn went on to receive his PharmD from Duquesne University and completed his hospital pharmacy residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Subsequently he graduated from the UIC College of Pharmacy Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology Residency and Fellowship program.  He has held clinical faculty appointments at UIC, Rutgers University, and Rosalind Franklin University where he served as the Vice Dean.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and a Diplomat of the American Board of Applied Toxicology.    


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Nick Popovich, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Professional Development

Nicholas G. Popovich, Ph.D. is a Professor and Associate Dean for Professional Development, the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Pharmacy (UIC COP).  Previously, Popovich was on the faculty of the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for almost 28 years.  In March 2003, Popovich was named Professor Emeritus, Purdue University School of Pharmacy.  He earned his baccalaureate degree in pharmacy, and his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy graduate degrees from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  In 1991-1992, Popovich served as President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and has been honored to receive five, Rufus A. Lyman Awards presented annually for the outstanding research article which appears in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.  In 1997, he received the AACP Distinguished Educator Award.  While at Purdue University, Popovich was also honored to receive five Professor Robert Heine undergraduate teaching awards within the School of Pharmacy, was a recipient of the University-wide Amoco Award for teaching excellence, and was inducted as a Founding Fellow in the Teaching Academy in September 1997. His scholarship and research have focused on the development and evaluation of instructional methods to optimize student, graduate student, and pharmacist learning.  In 2014, Popovich was named the Golden Apple Award recipient by the graduating Class of 2014.

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Dale Rush, CGFM

Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs

Dale E. Rush serves as the Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs.  As the chief financial officer of the college, the Associate Dean provides leadership and oversight of business and administrative matters for the entire college which has an all-funds budget of approximately $150M.  The Associate Dean is responsible for financial planning and management; human resource planning and management; space, capital, and strategic planning; and facilities management.  The Associate Dean serves as an advisor to the Dean, department heads, center directors, and unit business managers on all administrative affairs and works with college leadership to monitor and assess college-wide strategic plans.

Rush earned his M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He spent about 5 years working in the federal government for both General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security with time spent in Chicago and Washington D.C.  In 2007, he accepted an offer to work in the UIC Office of Budgeting and Program Analysis and was promoted to Assistant Director.  Dale also worked for the University of Illinois College of Medicine for a couple of years focusing on a variety of financial and clinical projects.  Much of his time was dedicated to clinical data management with significant impacts on compliance and performance reporting.  In February, 2015, Dale accepted the position of Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs for the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy.

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Marieke Schoen, PharmD

Vice Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Dr. Schoen then completed a residency and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Illinois and practiced for several years in cardiology. In 2002 she was appointed as the Assistant Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Experiential Education. She served 8 years as a curriculum Team Leader and the Chair of the College Educational Policy Committee. She remained active in the classroom and won several teaching awards including the Golden Apple and the UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award. In 2007 she completed the Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship in the College of Medicine. Dr. Schoen became the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2008 and participated in the CIC Academic Leadership Program. In her role as Associate Dean she oversaw the implementation of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy distance campus in Rockford, and managed multiple ACPE accreditation cycles including a full self-study and ACPE accreditation process that resulted in an 8-year accreditation. She established a college wide Curriculum Assessment Committee and programmatic assessment plan and was a founding member of the UIC Collaborative for Excellence in Interprofessional Education. Currently Dr. Schoen is leading the college through a major curriculum revision, which aims to leverage the college’s education technology and new opportunities for interprofessional education. Dr. Schoen is also actively involved in global pharmacy education and has spearheaded the college’s international efforts to improve clinical pharmacy education and practice through partnerships in Asia, Malta and the Middle East. In 2015 she established a teaching and learning center (the TALK Center) for faculty development in the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Schoen served for 2 and half years as the managing Dean of the College of Pharmacy while Dean Bauman served the University as the Vice President for Health Affairs.

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Thomas TenHoeve, III, PhD,

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Dr. Ten Hoeve came to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy in June of 2000 after seventeen years in various positions at Iowa State University.  At Iowa State University he was the Coordinator of Classification, served as an Administrative Adviser in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office and Student Academic Services Office, and was a faculty member in the Economics Department.  To complement his administrative responsibilities at Iowa State, Dr. TenHoeve always maintained classroom interaction with students by teaching one or two courses a year for the Economics Department and teaching in the Executive MBA Program for the College of Business.

As Associate Dean at UIC, Dr. TenHoeve oversees the operation of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).  He and his staff are responsible for student recruitment, admissions, advising, counseling, implementation of academic standing policy, and other student academic services.  One of his areas of interest is the admissions process.  Over the last 17 years he has guided the Admissions Committee in the development of a more objective and consistent review of applications.

In addition to his academic positions, Dr. TenHoeve did a short stint as a Tax Analyst for the State of Michigan, Department of Management and Budget, Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis.

Dr. TenHoeve has been a big advocate of central application services for health professions programs and pushed for in the implementation of PharmCAS, the Pharmacy College Application Service in the early 2000s.  He has served on the PharmCAS Advisory Board since its inception and enjoys making presentations about PharmCAS and admissions processes to schools of pharmacy and those considering the move to a central application service. 

Dr. TenHoeve holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Hope College.  His fields of interest include public finance, healthcare economics, industrial organization, history of economic thought, managerial economics, and the economics of education.  His faculty appointment at UIC is in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes, and Policy.