Elections

Regular elections for senators and officers take place every three years and are conducted according to Senate Bylaws and Standing Rules. Senate constituents—faculty; chairs, assistant chairs, and academic coordinators; and staff who hold faculty titles or teach credit-bearing courses—are eligible to participate in their respective categories. Your participation in elections helps build a strong, inclusive, and representative Senate. Please contact the Senate (senate@pratt.edu) with questions.

The Academic Senate also elects members of Senate and Institute committees and nominates candidates for honorary degrees, faculty trustees, and Board committees. For details on these positions, see Nominations.

Regular Elections, 2018–19

Senators and alternates will be elected for the next three-year Senate term (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022) during the 2018–19 academic year:

  • Nominations: Oct 22 – Dec 7, 2018
  • Elections: Mar 4 – April 4, 2019 Mar 5 – April 8, 2019 (revised due to snow day). Ballots will be send to your Pratt email address using Election Runner
  • Officers will be elected at the April 23, 1pm meeting of the Senate-elect
  • Key information

Candidates & Ballot Information

Confirmed nominees for each position are listed below along with links to candidate statements, where available. For a combined list of all statements, please see the voter guide. In cases of uncontested elections in which the number of candidates is less than or equal to the number of seats, candidates are deemed the winners of an uncontested election and no ballots are distributed.

Department Senators

Each department has at least one senator and one alternate, elected by and from its faculty and teaching staff. Large departments (in this election, those with more than 75 faculty) have one additional senator and alternate. Constituents belonging to more than one department are allowed to participate in the election of each department in which they hold teaching appointments.

Art & Design Education

Theodora Skipitares

Arts/Design & Cultural Management

Richard Green

Associate Degree Programs

Deborah Caponera

Construction Management /Facilities Management

Audrey L. Schultz

Continuing & Professional Studies

Rhonda Schaller

Creative Arts Therapy

Ted Ehrhardt

Digital Arts

Ballots will be distributed to all faculty and teaching staff in Digital Arts on March 5, 2019, with voting to remain open through April 8, 2019.

Everett Kane
Genevieve Leonard

Fashion

Gabriela Galvan

Film & Video

Jim Finn

Fine Arts

This large department has up to 2 senators.

Joseph Fyfe
Jenny Lee

Foundation

Sean Sullivan

Graduate Architecture & Urban Design

Dylan Baker-Rice

Grad Center for Planning

Courtney Knapp

Graduate Communications & Package Design

Alex Liebergesell

History of Art & Design

Mary Edwards

Humanities & Media Studies

Karin Shankar

Industrial Design

Ballots will be distributed to all faculty and teaching staff in Industrial Design on March 5, 2019, with voting to remain open through April 8, 2019.

Kathryn Filla
Ignacio Urbina Polo

Information

Monica Maceli
Debbie Rabina (alternate)

Interior Design

This large department has up to 2 senators.

Olivia Knott
Alex Schweder

Library

Maggie Portis
Missy Brown (alternate)

Math & Science

Charles Rubenstein

Photography

Sara Greenberger Rafferty

Social Science & Cultural Studies

This large department has up to 2 senators.

Sameetah Agha
May Joseph

Undergraduate Architecture

This large department has up to 2 senators.

Robert Lee Brackett III
Federica Vannucchi

Undergraduate Communications Design

This large department has up to 2 senators.

Sebastian Kaupert
Anthony Williams

Writing

There are no candidates for this department. For more information, see the Vacancies section of Senate Bylaws.

At-Large Senators

All Senate constituents are represented by one or more at-large senators elected by and from members of their employment category.

Full-Time Faculty

This category has up to 5 senators and 5 alternates.

Uzma Z. Rizvi
Chris Alen Sula
Sarah van Ouwerkerk
Meredith TenHoor (alternate)

Part-Time Faculty

This category has up to 5 senators and 5 alternates.

Robert Cervellione
Genevieve Leonard (pending outcome of department election)
Joyce C. Polistena

Chairs Category

This category has up to 5 senators and 5 alternates. Includes chairs, assistant chairs, and academic coordinators.

David Burney
David Erdman
Mary McBride
Helio Takai
Susan G. Young
Eve Baron (alternate)

Staff Who Teach

This category has up to 1 senator and 1 alternate.

Carolyn Shafer

Past Elections

2016
2013
2010