Our Team

Graham Hammill

Graham Hammill is the vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School. A strong advocate for student success, Hammill provides dynamic academic leadership and a vision for undergraduate, graduate and professional education that advances the University at Buffalo as a premier public research university.

Hammill joined UB in 2008 as a faculty member and served as chair of the English department. He became vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School in 2015. In these roles, Hammill oversaw the development of innovative, interdisciplinary degree and professional development programs; streamlined and improved the university’s program review process; and led a comprehensive evaluation of UB’s doctoral education programs that provided key data used in departmental strategic planning efforts.

In 2017, Hammill assumed the role of vice provost for educational affairs. Under his leadership, the divisional units align program development and approval, assessment and program review, and academic support services across undergraduate and graduate education to enhance student access, support and success at all levels.

Hammill holds a PhD from Duke University and is an expert in early modern British literature. He has served as president of the International Spenser Society, chair of the MLA Executive Committee for the Division on Renaissance Literature and chair of the MLA Executive Committee for the Division on Psychological Approaches to Literature.

Ann Bisantz

Ann Bisantz is the dean of undergraduate education. Through oversight of academic policies and curriculum management, Bisantz’s leadership enables all UB undergraduate students to achieve academic excellence. As dean, Bisantz stewards the strategic vision for the governance and management of UB’s general education program, the UB Curriculum; the Office Experiential Learning and Research, the Center for Excellence in Writing and the University Honors College.

Bisantz was appointed dean of undergraduate education in 2018 and has overseen the full-scale implementation of the UB Curriculum; streamlined the process of connecting freshmen students with majors, and has led UGE units in updating and transforming programming to meet the needs of today’s students. Bisantz is a professor and past chair of UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, where she led successful undergraduate accreditation efforts, developed new undergraduate and graduate programs, and expanded and diversified the ISE faculty.

Bisantz earned a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS and BS degree from UB. Her research areas are in cognitive engineering, human decision-making, human-computer interface design and complex work systems analysis. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Activity in 2015; the Paul M. Fitts Educator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2017 (where she was also named Fellow in 2013) and has served on the executive boards of two professional societies. Bisantz joined UB in 1997.

Sandra Flash

Sandra Flash is the associate vice provost for academic affairs. Serving in this role since 2018, she has provided leadership for university-wide academic policies and procedures encompassing academic integrity, admissions integrity, academic withdrawal, and grievance policies and procedures for UB’s undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. In addition, Sandra oversees graduate student services, graduate professional development, and fellowships and scholarships. She earned her PhD and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UB and has been with the university since 1993. Her professional background includes higher education leadership roles in international education and academic and student affairs.

Christine Kroll

Christine Kroll is the assistant vice provost and director of the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI). In this role, Christine leads a team dedicated to impacting student success through high-quality faculty development programming and support that integrates today’s evidence-based learning science with emerging and innovative pedagogy, design and research. The CEI’s efforts support UB’s delivery of an exceptional academic experience across labs, clinics, active learning classrooms and in the remote learning environment.

Before joining CEI, Kroll served as the assistant dean for online education in the Graduate School of Education, where she oversaw online strategic planning and policy, accreditation, program and design operations. During her tenure in GSE, Kroll developed the university’s first blended and fully online programs, oversaw the development, offering and continuous improvement of 25 fully online programs and led GSE to rank in the top 10 online programs nationally (U.S. News and World Report rankings). A higher education professional with nearly 25 years of experience in distance and online education, Kroll holds a PhD in Communication from UB and a master’s and bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College.

Kara Saunders

Kara Saunders is the university registrar and director of HUB & Student Systems Support for the Office of the Registrar, which supports the multifaceted academic needs of the university and the maintenance and optimization of UB’s information systems. In these roles, Kara oversees the Office of the Registrar’s stewardship of programs and systems that support students, faculty and staff in reaching their academic pursuits. Kara holds a PhD from UB and a master’s degree from Harvard University. She has served as the university registrar since 2010 and has been at UB since 2000.

Cheryl Taplin

Cheryl Taplin is the senior associate vice provost and director of student success, overseeing the Office of Academic Success Initiatives, Finish in 4, Student Success Portal, Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center, Success Summer Bridge Program, Tutoring Services, and the Cora P. Maloney Center (CPMC) and its associated offices. In her current role, she collaborates with partners across campus to implement the strategies and services that create UB’s student-centered culture. Cheryl earned her PhD and master’s degrees from UB and has been with the university since 1987.

Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

Carol Van Zile-Tamsen is the assistant vice provost for educational effectiveness. In this role, Carol leads the newly launched Office of Educational Effectiveness, where she oversees student learning assessment across UB, promoting continuous improvement of the university’s academic offerings and fostering its students’ achievement and success. Carol earned her PhD and master’s degree at UB and has been with the university for 17 years. Now in her fourth year with educational affairs, she has been in her current role since 2018.