Current Roster



Chris Alen Sula


Audrey L. Schultz

Financial Officer

Monica Maceli

Information Officer

Uzma Rizvi

Outreach Officer


The Senate represents faculty, chairs and assistant chairs, and teaching staff at the Institute. Each constituent is represented by one departmental senator and one or more at-large senators for their category (full-time faculty, part-time faculty, chairs category, or staff who teach). Large departments have one additional departmental senator. In addition to voting senators, there are non-voting members of the Senate selected by the President, Provost’s Council, and student government.

Senators and alternates are elected every three years according to procedures described in Bylaws III.B.i and VI.A. Vacancies are filled according to procedures in Bylaw VI.B.i.

Senators are responsible for:

  • soliciting the opinions of their constituents on matters affecting education and governance;
  • informing their constituents of significant events, dates, and deadlines announced by the Senate, and of its actions;
  • attending Senate meetings at which they have a vote or, if unable to attend, request that their alternate(s) attend; and
  • serving routinely on Senate committees.

Printable roster

Departmental Senators

Art & Design EducationTheodora Skipitares (Full-Time Faculty)Kelly Oh (Part-Time Faculty)
Associate Degree ProgramsDeborah Caponera (Part-Time Faculty)Stewart (Charles) Parker (Part-Time Faculty)
Construction/Facilities ManagementAudrey Schultz (Full-Time Faculty)
Continuing & Professional StudiesRhonda Schaller (Staff Who Teach)Joelle Danant (Staff Who Teach)
Creative Arts TherapyTed Ehrhardt (Part-Time Faculty)
Design/Arts & Cultural ManagementChris Shrum (Full-Time Faculty)Richard Green (Full-Time Faculty)
Digital ArtsGenevieve Leonard (Part-Time Faculty)Everett Kane (Full-Time Faculty)
Fashion DesignGabby (Gabriela) Galvan (Part-Time Faculty)
Film & VideoJim Finn (Full-Time Faculty)
Fine ArtsRoss Knight (Part-Time Faculty)
Jenny Lee (Part-Time Faculty)
Foundation Art & DesignSean Sullivan (Part-Time Faculty)
Graduate Architecture & Urban DesignDylan Baker-Rice (Part-Time Faculty)
Maria Sieira (Part-Time Faculty)
Graduate Center for PlanningCourtney Knapp (Full-Time Faculty)John Shapiro (Full-Time Faculty)
Graduate Communications/Package DesignAlex Liebergesell (Full-Time Faculty)
History of Art & DesignMary Edwards (Part-Time Faculty)Worth Bracken (Part-Time Faculty)
Humanities & Media StudiesKarin Shankar (Full-Time Faculty)Shayla Lawz (Part-Time Faculty)
Industrial DesignIgnacio Urbina Polo (Full-Time Faculty)Amanda Huynh (Full-Time Faculty)
Interior DesignOlivia Knott (Part-Time Faculty)
Alex Schweder (Part-Time Faculty)
Seth Embry (Part-Time Faculty)
LibraryMaggie Portis (Full-Time Faculty)Missy Brown (Full-Time Faculty)
Mathematics & ScienceCharles Rubenstein (Full-Time Faculty)Dan Wright (Full-Time Faculty)
PhotographySara Greenberger Rafferty (Full-Time Faculty)Stephen Hilger (Full-Time Faculty)
School of InformationMonica Maceli (Full-Time Faculty)Debbie Rabina (Full-Time Faculty)
Social Science & Cultural StudiesSameetah Agha (Interim Chair)
Kumru Toktamis (Full-Time Faculty)
Luka Lucic (Full-Time Faculty)
Undergraduate ArchitectureRobert Brackett III (Part-Time Faculty)
Federica Vannucchi (Part-Time Faculty)
Undergraduate Communications DesignSebastian Kaupert (Part-Time Faculty)
Anthony Williams (Part-Time Faculty)
WritingPareesa Pourian (Part-Time Faculty)

At-Large Senators

Full-Time Faculty 
  • Nida Abdullah (Undergraduate Communications Design, School of Design)
  • Uzma Z. Rizvi (Social Science & Cultural Studies, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Jonathan Scelsa (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
  • Sarah van Ouwerkerk (Photography, School of Art)
  • Jason Vigneri-Beane (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)

  • Meredith TenHoor (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
  • Zhivka Valiavicharska (Social Science & Cultural Studies, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Part-Time Faculty
  • Robert Cervellione (Graduate Architecture & Urban Design, School of Architecture)
  • Kathryn Filla (Industrial Design, School of Design)
  • Gonzalo Lopez Garrido (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
  • Heather Horton (History of Art and Design, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
  • Jonathan Peck (Foundation Art)
  • Tessa Maffucci (Fashion Design, School of Design)
Chairs Category
  • David Burney (Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, School of Architecture)
  • David Erdman (Graduate Architecture & Urban Design, School of Architecture)
  • Mary McBride (Design Management, School of Art)
  • Helio Takai (Math & Science, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences) [absent while serving as interim dean]
  • Suzanne Verderber (Humanities & Media Studies, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences) [alternate replacing Helio Takai]
  • Susan G. Young (Associate Degree Programs, School of Art)
  • Eve Baron (Graduate Center for Planning, School of Architecture)
  • Amy Ballmer (Library)
  • Farzam Yazdanseta (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
Staff Who Teach
  • Carolyn Shafer (Grad Center for Planning, School of Architecture)
Senate President
  • Chris Alen Sula (Full-Time Faculty, School of Information)

Non-Voting Members

Bylaw II.B.ii provides for non-voting members who serve one-year terms.

Office of the PresidentNicole Haas, Chief of Staff
Office of the ProvostRuss Abell, Director of Libraries
Student GovernmentWalker Meyn, Chair of Academics on SGA
Committee chairs who are not voting members of the SenateDamon Chaky, ICC Chair
Irene Lopatovska, FDF Chair
Carlos Motta, RRA Chair
Staff CouncilChris Ruggieri, President of Staff Council and Assistant Director of Residential Life


For updated committee rosters, please see the following pages: