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. 
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.
Bianca Gay Bianca Gay
Academic Advisor
Bianca received her BA in Creative Writing at the University of Illinois and her MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. She is a power yoga instructor and is experimenting with both book-making and music.
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.
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.

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.

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
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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.
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
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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.
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.
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.