paul jackson Paul Jackson
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising
Paul Jackson has been in Academic Advising since 2009 after working for SAIC's Residence Life. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Writing from SAIC in 2008. Jackson writes primarily about baseball and exclusively in nonfiction; his work has appeared on espn.com.
Natalie Stepanov Natalie Stepanov
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
Natalie Stepanov taught art history and museum studies at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar before joining the advising team in fall 2010. She has also worked in museums and curated exhibitions internationally.
Hank Leftwich Hank Leftwich
Director of Student Support
Hank Leftwich received his master’s degree in Community Counseling from Radford University and has worked in higher education and community mental health settings. Lefwich helped to coordinate the Dual Diagnosis and HIV/AIDS Case Management Program at the Hartford Dispensary in Connecticut.

Academic Advisors

Rabekah Champ Rebekah Champ
Academic Advisor
Rebekah Champ is an artist, graphic designer, and educator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in printmaking and drawing. She shows her fiber, drawing, and installation work nationally, and before working at SAIC as an advisor, she taught foundation and printmaking classes at the collegiate level for six years.
Meghan Fritz Meghan Fritz
Academic Advisor
Meghan Fritz (MA 2009) is an art maker, educator, and administrator. Before joining the Academic Advising team, she managed youth and family programs in art museums, taught art to elementary school students, and assisted with SAIC graduate admissions.
Michelle Harris Michelle Harris
Academic Advisor
Michelle Harris is a multimedia artist with a background in photography and foreground in sculpture. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from the SAIC. Harris has taught students from a variety of educational and economic backgrounds working as an educator in the Chicago Public School system, for the Chicago Park District, as well as teaching at various colleges including DePaul University, SAIC, and the City Colleges of Chicago.
David Kaiser David Kaiser
Academic Advisor
David Kaiser is an artist and teacher. He exhibits his work nationally and has taught at SAIC and Maryland Institute College of Art. David has both his BFA and MFA from SAIC. He grew up in Austin, Texas, and lives with his family in Irving Park.
Liz Medoff Liz Medoff
Academic Advisor
Liz Medoff received her BA and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from SAIC. Her academic and studio research practices focus on representations of trauma; specifically monuments and memorials. She has presented work across the country.
Rachel Niffenegger Rachel Niffeneggar
Academic Advisor
Rachel Niffeneggar (BFA 2008) received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. Rachel has also worked for Residence Life and attended De Ateliers in the Netherlands. She has exhibited her work in Chicago, New York, and Europe.
  Esther Warren
Academic Advisor
Esther received her BA in Sociology and Africana Studies from Haverford College and her MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She has advised student at multiple colleges in the Chicago area.

Faculty Advisors

Richard Deutsch Richard Deutsch
Faculty Advisor
Richard Deutsch has shown his work throughout the United States. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing.
Peter Fagundo

Peter Fagundo
Faculty Advisor
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Peter Fagundo is an instructor in Contemporary Practices, Continuing Studies, and the Department of Painting and Drawing at SAIC, where he received his MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2003. He lives and works in Evanston, Illinois.

Beth Hetland Beth Hetland
Faculty Advisor
Beth Hetland is an SAIC alumna and teaches comics in the Writing department. She earned her MFA in Comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. She spends most of her time putting words and pictures inside little boxes.
Steven Heyman Steve Heyman
Faculty Advisor
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Steve Heyman is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, among many other honors. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Contemporary Practices program and in the Department of Painting and Drawing.
Eric Leonardson

Eric Leonardson
Faculty Advisor
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Eric Leonardson is a composer, radio artist, sound designer, instrument inventor, and improviser. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound.

Laura Lode
Faculty Advisor
Lora Lode received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches in Contemporary Practices and has also taught professional practices, alternative curatorial practices, and English seminar courses.
Clemenstein Love Clemenstien Love
Faculty Advisor
Clemenstien Love is the principal architect for CL Design Studio, a design/build studio that specializes in ownership and the renovation and preservation of vintage residential buildings. She currently teaches in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects department.
Heidi Norton

Heidi Norton
Faculty Advisor
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Heidi Norton has done freelance work as a digital specialist for various magazines. She has exhibited her work in Chicago, New York, and Europe. She teaches in the Department of Photography.

Patricia Rieger Patricia Rieger
Faculty Advisor
Patricia Rieger is a ceramic sculptor and painter, showing her work frequently in the United States and Europe. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching in the Department of Ceramics since 1999.
Oli Rodriguez Oli Rodriguez
Faculty Advisor
Oli Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, video, and performance, and currently teaches in the Photography department. He received his MFA at SAIC in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, childhood, and sexuality.
Anita Welbon Anita Welbon
Faculty Advisor
Born and bred in Chicago, but a citizen of the world, Anita Welbon has taught literature and essay writing in the Department of Liberal Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Writing program since 1993.