Meet Our Staff

Rob Kerr, Associate Director, Continuing and Professional Education (External and Global Programs)

Rob Kerr serves as the Associate Director for External and Global Programs with the UIS Office of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE). His background includes over 20 years in higher education and economic development. His previous positions include Deputy Director for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; Dean of Enrollment and Career Programs and Registrar at Richland Community College; and Director of Career and Technical Education at the Illinois Community College Board. In addition, Rob served as an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University Springfield for 18 years.


Melissa Andrews, Associate Director, Continuing and Professional Education (Process Operations)

Melissa Andrews has worked in many aspects of education as an instructional designer, corporate facilitator, speaker, learning management administrator and grant work. She has developed and coordinated many women’s leadership events/webinars and company training opportunities to help promote personal/professional growth and development for managers and the author for a company developmental diversity blog site. She is an online author of articles related to human resources and performance management, former project manager for the women’s diversity resource council and received the recognition “Racial Harmony Phenomenal Women of Metropolitan St. Louis Area” for her work with diversity in the community.

Recent projects include articles, “What Do College Faculty and Businesses Think about Online Education” (Elearn magazine), “What do Teachers and Students think of Online Learning after 2020?” (Ezine Magazine) and “A Descriptive Profile of Online Faculty Training Practices in the Illinois Community College System” (Journal of Online Educators).  She has worked and consulted in education in many industries: government, healthcare, retail, pharmaceuticals, K-12, ION, community education and universities. Melissa Andrews has a B.A. in Political Science, B.S. in Elementary Education, Master of Arts in Organizational Training and Development, and Ed.D. in Higher Education/Community College Leadership. She has coaching, six sigma, and online instructional certificates.