Current Roster



Uzma Z. Rizvi


Deb Caponera

Financial Officer

Nancy Smith

Information Officer


Farzam Yazdanseta

Outreach Officer

Amy Ballmer



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 EducationKatherine Huala (Full-Time Faculty)
Associate Degree ProgramsDeborah Caponera (Part-Time Faculty)
Construction/Facilities Management
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)
Digital ArtsMichael Enright (Full-Time Faculty)
Fashion DesignGabby (Gabriela) Galvan (Part-Time Faculty)
Film & VideoJim Finn (Full-Time Faculty)
Fine Arts
Foundation Art & DesignTodd Ayoung (Part-Time Faculty)
Sean Sullivan (Part-Time Faculty)
Andrea Merkx (Part-Time Faculty)
Graduate Architecture & Urban DesignOlivia Vien (Part-Time Faculty)
Graduate Center for PlanningBeth Bingham (Part-Time Faculty)
Graduate Communications/Package DesignJoseph Burwell(Part-Time Faculty)Anton Ginzburg (Part-Time Faculty)
History of Art & DesignWilliam Bracken (Part-Time Faculty)Mary Edwards (Part-Time Faculty)
Humanities & Media StudiesSaul Anton (Part-Time Faculty)
Dominica Giglio (Part-Time Faculty)
Industrial Design
Interior DesignCaleb Crawford (Part-Time Faculty)
Alexandra Goldberg (Part-Time Faculty)
LibraryMissy 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 InformationNancy Smith (Full-Time Faculty)
Social Science & Cultural StudiesKumru Toktamis (Full-Time Faculty)Martin Dege (Full-Time Faculty)
Undergraduate ArchitectureAne Gonzalez Lara(Full-Time Faculty)
Jason Vigneri-Beane (Full-Time Faculty)
Tulay Atak (Part-Time Faculty)
Undergraduate Communications DesignSebastian Kaupert (Part-Time Faculty)
WritingPareesa Pourian (Part-Time Faculty)

At-Large Senators

Full-Time Faculty 
  • Erika Hinrichs (Undergraduate Architecture Design, School of Architecture)
  • Debera Johnson (Industrial Design, School of Design)
  • Juan Jofre Lora (Foundation Art & Design)
  • Erica Morawski (History of Art & Design, School of Design)
  • Uzma Z. Rizvi (Social Science & Cultural Studies, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • Jonathan Scelsa (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
Part-Time Faculty
  • Scott Santoro (Undergraduate Communications Design, School of Design)
  • Maria Sieira (Graduate Architecture & Urban Design, School of Architecture)
Chairs Category
  • Amy Ballmer (Library)
  • Farzam Yazdanseta (Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
Staff Who Teach
  • Carolyn Shafer (Grad Center for Planning, School of Architecture)
Senate President
  • Uzma Z. Rizvi (Full-Time Faculty, Social Science & Cultural Studies)

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 SenateNicholas Dease, ICC Chair
Irene Lopatovska, FDF Chair
Saul Anton, RRA Chair
Staff CouncilChris Ruggieri, President of Staff Council and Assistant Director of Residential Life


For updated committee rosters, please see the following pages: