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
Director of Student Conflict Resolution
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.
Rabekah Champ Rebekah Champ
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
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.

Academic Advisors

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.
Kathleen Hart Kathleen Hart
Academic Advisor
Kathleen received her B.A. from Quinnipiac University in Public Relations and her M.Ed from University of South Carolina in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Prior to SAIC, Kathleen worked at Stony Brook University, in New York, as Residence Hall Director.
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.
David Norris David Norris
Academic Advisor
David completed his Master of Education from Loyola University Chicago in May 2013. He has worked as a residential counselor for a local agency working with at-risk children and families.
Noelle Rose Noelle Rose
Academic Advisor
Noelle (MFAW 2013) has worked exclusively with SAIC students as an instructor in the Academic Access Program and Learning Specialist at the DLRC. Her own written work explores the dynamic forms of the personal lyric essay, from installation to sound.
Esther Warren 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

Gabe Akagawa Gabe Akagawa
Faculty Advisor
Gabe (MFA 2004) is a sculptor and mixed media artist who situates his art and curatorial practices as medicinal activities to investigate humanity's complex relationship with nature. He has been an invited resident artist and lecturer in the United States and internationally. Gabe teach in the Department of Sculpture.
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.
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.