Rabekah Champ Rebekah Champ
Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Rebekah Champ is an artist, designer, and educator with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota. Her work considers landscape, both natural and constructed, through fiber-based materials and drawing.

Academic Advisors

Javaria Afghani Javaria Afghani
Academic Advisor

Javaria Afghani received her M.A. in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she also taught in the First-Year Writing Program. Prior to SAIC, Javaria worked in social media marketing and the technology sector, and as result, she has a particular interest in how digital media have disrupted traditional composition and rhetoric studies.
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.
Matthew Schlagbaum Matthew Schlagbaum
Academic Advisor

Matthew Schlagbaum is a multi-disciplinary artist who received his MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at SAIC, as well as a BFA in Sculpture and Extended Media and a BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida. He has also worked as an Instructor and Administrative Assistant for the Contemporary Practices Department.
Jessica Stanfill
Academic Advisor

Jessica Stanfill received a BA in Studio Art from UC Davis in 2006, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing from SAIC in 2014, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from SAIC in 2016. Jessica has worked in administration in both nonprofit and academic institutions for over 10 years, and spends the rest of her time trying to be outside or paint things that are outside.
Esther Warren Esther Warren
Academic Advisor

Esther received her B.A. in Sociology and Africana Studies from Haverford College and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She has advised students at multiple higher education institutions in the city. Esther's liberal arts background has fostered her interest in social identities and issues in art and beyond.
  Turnip Van Dyke
Academic Advisor

Turnip Van Dyke received their Master in Higher Education from Merrimack College.  Prior to joining SAIC, Turnip has worked at Loyola University Chicago, taught English language courses in Korea, and worked as a peer writing tutor. 

Joshua Becker
Retention Specialist

Joshua Becker received his BA in Liberal Arts from DePaul University in 2013.  Before he joined SAIC, he worked as a manager for various retail companies throughout 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

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.
Jess Giffin Jess Giffin
Faculty Advisor

Jess Giffin is an interdisciplinary studio practitioner working in the areas of Designed Objects, Artist's Multiples and Printmedia. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching in the AIADO Designed Objects Program and the Department of Printmedia.
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

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.
Kevin Kaempf Kevin Kaempf
Faculty Advisor

Kevin Kaempf works in diverse collaborative combinations creating projects, events, and publications. His creative practice values conversation, social spaces, and participatory processes. Curatorial projects include Detroit, USA: Material, Site, Narrative (2012) and Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns (2013) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries. Kaempf's projects have included jointly running the experimental community space Mess Hall in Chicago; creating environmental pilot programs in locations throughout the US; and most recently working with the Chicago-based performance group Lucky Pierre. Kaempf is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Sculpture Department at the SAIC.
Sterling Lawrence Sterling Lawrence
Faculty Advisor

Sterling Lawrence earned his BFA and MFA from SAIC and is an instructor in the Print Media department. He is represented by Document Gallery and Volume Gallery in Chicago.
Eric Leonardson Eric Leonardson
Faculty Advisor

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

Rachel Niffenegger (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.
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.
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. 
  Jeremy Bolen
Faculty Advisor

Jeremy received his MFA from the University of Illinois in 2012 and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Photography department.  He is an artist, researcher, and educator interested in experimental modes of documentation.
  Toufic El Rassi
Faculty Advisor

Toufic El Rassi is a painter, graphic novelist, and historian.  He is a Lecturer in the Painting and Drawing department and currently teaches comics. He is the author of Arab in America and the forthcoming Baghdad Burning.