Institute Committees

The Academic Senate elects faculty and chair members of Institute committees (Bylaw II). Recent election results are listed below. The Senate routinely invites reports from these representatives at regular Senate meetings.

Committee MembersMost Recent Election
Academic Integrity Standing Committee
  • Basem Aly (Associate Degree Programs)
  • Kelly Oh (Art & Design Education)
  • Audrey Schultz (Construction/Facilities Management)
  • Rhonda Schaller (Continuing & Professional Studies)
  • Linda Siegel (Creative Arts Therapy)
  • Eve Leonard (Digital Arts)
  • Gabriela Galván (Fashion)
  • Harry Nadal (Film/Video)
  • Ross Knight (Fine Arts)
  • Carol Diamond (Foundation)
  • Maria Sieira (Graduate Architecture & Urban Planning)
  • Jean Brennan (Graduate Communications/Package Design)
  • Frima Hofrichter (History of Art & Design)
  • Kathryn Cullen-DuPont (Humanities & Media Studies)
  • Monica Maceli (Information)
  • Diane Cohen Fisher (Intensive English Program)
  • Olivia Knott (Interior Design)
  • Cheryl Costello (Library)
  • Chris Jensen (Math & Science)
  • Darini Nicholas (Social Science & Cultural Studies)
  • Jason Lee (Undergraduate Architecture)
  • Sebastian Kaupert (UG Communications Design)
  • Sean Cleary (Writing and Tutorial Center)
  • Gabriel Cohen (Writing)

April 24, 2018; Sept 18, 2018; April 23, 2019 Senate meetings; April 20, 2020 (uncontested seats)
Campus Master Planning Committee (2019–2020)
Led by a steering committee and five working groups.
Administrative Working Group
  • Regina Ford Cahill

Student Experience Working Group
  • Ane Gonzalez Lara

Access, Mobility & Orientation Working Group
  • Yutaka Takiura

Infrastructure and Sustainability Working Group
  • Todd Ayoung
Sept 17, 2019 Senate meeting
Campus Security Advisory Committee
In compliance with requirements of Article 129-A of NYS Education Law §6431, this committee regularly reviews security and safety procedures, as well as emergency response plans, with the goal of minimizing the risks and consequences of violence in the Pratt community
  • Gabriela Galvan
  • Audrey Schultz
  • Alexander Schweder
  • Kumru Toktamis
Sept 22, 2020 Senate meeting
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (2 year terms ending June 2022)Creating a Welcoming Environment
  • Elise Kaufman
  • Ágnes Mócsy

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students
  • Nida Abdullah
  • Mónica Ramón Ríos

Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Faculty and Staff
  • Chris Alen Sula
  • Farzam Yazdanseta

Expanding “Beyond the Gates”
  • Ane Gonzalez Lara
  • Yutaka Takiura
Nominations Mar 30–Apr 10, 2020

Elections (Senate online vote) April 20–24, 2020
Strategic Planning Committee (2018–2019)Academic Excellence
  • John Decker (co-chair)
  • Amy Ballmer
  • Carolyn Shafer
  • Jason Vigneri-Beane

Student Success
  • Kathryn Cullen-DuPont (co-chair)
  • Robert Brackett III
  • Gabby Galvan

Civic Engagement
  • Alex Liebergesell
  • Darini Nicholas
  • Audrey Schultz

Global Education
  • David Frisco (co-chair)
  • Jessie Braden
  • Tracie Morris
Feb 20, 2018 Senate meeting
Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (2 faculty, 2 chairs) with responsibilities for:
  • guiding implementation of Pratt’s 2019–24 Strategic Plan
  • tracking progress toward completion of the various goals and objectives of the Plan
  • reporting to Senior Staff, the Board of Trustees, and the campus community on achievements and milestones of Plan implementation
  • Robert Brackett III
  • Maria Sieira
  • Jessica Wexler
  • Susan Young
Sept 17, 2019 Senate meeting
Middle States Accreditation Subcommittees (2022-24)

  • Standard I - Mission and Goals: The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.
  • Standard II - Ethics and Integrity: Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. in all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.
  • Standard III - Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience: An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.
  • Standard IV - Support of the Student Experience: Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.
  • Standard V - Educational Effectiveness Assessment: Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.
  • Standard VI - Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement: The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.
  • Standard VII - Governance, Leadership, and Administration - The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.
TBD; Each of these subcommittees will include faculty/chairs and staff, and each subcommittee will be co-chaired by a faculty/chair and staff.Oct 19, 2021 Senate Meeting

Nominations for these positions are solicited from relevant constituent groups as need arises. Calls for nominations are announced to constituents three business days in advance and remain open for a period of at least two weeks. See Nominations for details on open positions, deadlines, and procedures.

Search Committees

The Academic Senate nominates faculty and chair members of search committees for deans, vice-presidents, the provost, and the president, in addition to assisting with the formulation of the structure and procedures of those search committees and interviewing finalists for those positions.

Recent SearchesCommittee Members (nominated by Senate)Semester
  • Eve Baron (Chairperson, Grad Center for Planning)
  • Gaia Hwang (Acting Assistant Dean, School of Design)
  • Monica Maceli (Associate Professor, School of Information)
  • Uzma Rizvi (Associate Professor, Social Science & Cultural Studies)
  • Jane South (Chairperson, Fine Arts)
Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Dean of School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Sincere Brooks (Assistant to the Dean & Visiting Assistant Professor, Writing)
  • Lisabeth During (Associate Professor, Social Science & Cultural Studies)
  • Beth Loffreda (Chairperson, Writing)
  • Mark Rosin (Associate Professor, Math & Science)
  • Suzanne Verderber (Professor, Humanities & Media Studies)
  • Karyn Zieve (Adjunct Assistant Professor, History of Art & Design)
  • Jessica Wexler (Chairperson, UG Communications Design)
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 (deferred to 21-22)

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Vice-President of Enrollment
  • Rose Kampert (Adjunct Associate Professor, Fashion Design)
  • Erica Morwaski (Assistant Professor, History of Art & Design)
  • Mary McBride (Chairperson, Arts and Cultural Management / Design Management)
  • Susan Young (Chairperson, Associate Degree Programs)
Spring 2021
Vice-President of Student Affairs
  • Amy Ballmer (Chairperson, Library)
  • Deb Caponera (Visiting Instructor, Associate Degree Programs)
  • Adrienne Jones (Professor, Fashion Design)
  • Farzam Yazdanseta (Assistant Chairperson, Undergraduate Architecture)
Spring 2021
Dean of School of Art
  • John Lehr (Assistant Professor, Photography)
  • Donna Moran (Professor, Fine Arts)
  • Mark O'Grady (Professor, Associate Degree Programs)
  • Christopher Shrum (Associate Professor, Arts & Cultural / Design Management)
  • Lauren Smith (Visiting Instructor, Creative Arts Therapy)
  • Aileen Wilson (Professor, Art & Design Education)
  • Jane South (Chairperson, Fine Arts)
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020
Dean of School of Architecture
  • David Burney (Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment)
  • Deborah Gans (Director of Research & Professor, Undergraduate Architecture)
  • Catherine Ingraham (Professor, Graduate Architecture & Urban Design)
  • Audrey Schultz (Associate Professor, Construction/Facilities Management)
  • Jason Vigneri-Beane (Part-Time Faculty, Undergraduate Architecture)
  • Erika Hinrichs (Chairperson, Undergraduate Architecture)
  • John Decker (Chairperson, History of Art & Design, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Dean of School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Eva Diaz (Associate Professor, History of Art & Design)
  • Suzanne Verderber (Professor, Humanities & Media Studies)
  • Eleonora del Federico (Professor, Math & Science)
  • Uzma Rizvi (Associate Professor, Social Science & Cultural Studies)
  • Rachel Levitsky (Professor, Writing)
  • Arlene Keizer (Chairperson, Humanities & Media Studies)
  • Heather Lewis (Chairperson, Art & Design Education, School of Art)
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Alex Barker (Asst. Chair & Part-Time Faculty, Grad Architecture)
  • Regina Ford Cahill (Chairperson, Construction/Facilities Management)
  • Enrique Limon (Part-Time Faculty, Undergraduate Architecture)
  • Jennifer Minniti (Chairperson, Fashion Design)
Fall 2018
Dean of School of Information
  • Irene Lopatovska (Full-Time Faculty)
  • Monica Maceli (Full-Time Faculty)
  • Debbie Rabina (Full-Time Faculty)
  • Barbara Genco (Part-Time Faculty)
  • John Decker (Chairperson, History of Art & Design, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Chief Diversity Officer
  • Tracie Morris
  • Uzma Rizvi (committee co-chair)
  • Macarena Gómez-Barris
Fall 2017

Nominations for these positions are solicited from relevant constituent groups as searches arise. Calls for nominations are announced to constituents three business days in advance and typically remain open for a period of at least two weeks. See Nominations for details on open positions, deadlines, and procedures.