Faculty Leaders

At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, faculty participation in shared governance is exercised through the Faculty Business Senate, an elected body, and by elected faculty representatives.

Faculty Business Senate

The Faculty Senate represents the entire faculty in all matters of appropriate faculty concern for the purpose of continuing contact and communication with the administration. It assumes broad responsibilities for fostering high academic standards and for participating in decisions and concerns involving the quality of education at the School and the morale and well-being of its staff, students, and faculty. The Faculty Senate also elicits active student and faculty participation in most aspects of policy determination and fosters an atmosphere in the School which encourages maximum involvement of students and faculty. 

Chair, Faculty Business Senate

Anne T. Sullivan
Associate Professor, Historic Preservation

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The committees convened and overseen by the Faculty Senate are the key consultative bodies within the School’s system of shared governance.

Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies
Fiscal Affairs
Remunerations and Benefits
Instructional Resources & Technology
Library & Special Collections
Part-Time Faculty Concerns
School Climate
Visiting Artists Program

Faculty Business Senate Roster
Meeting Minutes

Chair of Faculty

Shaurya Kumar
Professor, Printmedia

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The chair of faculty establishes and oversees programs for faculty development as teachers, practitioners, and researchers and works with the deans to develop systems and processes for mentoring all faculty.

Faculty Liaison

Adam Mack
Associate Professor, Liberal Arts

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The faculty liaison works with the chair of faculty to facilitate relations between the faculty and the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Office of the Provost, and Office of the President, providing information and support for faculty issues and questions. 

Academic Department Heads

Academic Department

Department Head

Academic Spine

Rachel Niffenegger

Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects: Architecture

Doug Pancoast

Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects: Designed Objects

Jim TerMeer

Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects: Interior Architecture

Doug Pancoast

Art and Technology Studies

Judd Morrissey

Art Education

Sarah Ross

Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Daniel Quiles

Art Therapy and Counseling

Leah Gipson

Arts Administration and Policy

Adelheid Mers


William O’Brien

Contemporary Practices

Lindsey White

Fashion Design

Katrin Schnabl

Fiber and Material Studies

L Vinebaum

Film, Video, New Media, and Animation

Bruce Jenkins

Historic Preservation

Nicholas Lowe

Liberal Arts

Beth Wright

Low-Residency MFA

Dushko Petrovich

Painting and Drawing

Michelle Grabner


Mark Jeffery


Alan Labb


Oli Watt


Sara Black


Lou Mallozzi

Visual and Critical Studies

Romi Crawford

Visual Communication Design

Piotr Michura


Mark Booth

Faculty Dashboard

Find the Faculty Handbook, guides, and resources on the Faculty Dashboard.