New Faculty

SAIC Welcomes New Full-Time Faculty Members and Visiting Artists

Please join me in welcoming new full-time faculty members to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Our faculty are diverse in their background and practice and make significant, groundbreaking contributions to our society through contemporary art, design, and scholarship. This latest cohort is no different.

The new faculty members, who will teach in five departments across the School, include Sarah Rosengard (Liberal Arts), Anna Martine Whitehead (Contemporary Practices), and Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi (Art Therapy). We will also be welcoming Andrew Schachman, William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor (Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects); Melissa Weiss, full-time visiting designer (Visual Communication Design); and Scientist-in-Residence Baudouin Saintyves (Liberal Arts).

Of the new full-time faculty members and visiting artists, Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi and Anna Martine Whitehead previously taught at SAIC as part-time faculty members. Information about each new full-time faculty member can be found below. Though the others will join us beginning this spring, Andrew Schachman and Melissa Weiss began their work with us this past fall.

We are thrilled to welcome and celebrate each of these new faculty members. We can’t wait to see how they will help our students realize their full creative potential.


Shawn Michelle Smith
Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Sarah Zhou Rosengard

Sarah Zhou Rosengard is an assistant professor in the Liberal Arts department. She holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied carbon in the Southern Ocean and Amazon River. Since completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, she continues to partner with the Arctic Eider Society on, the Indigenous Knowledge Social Network. She is thrilled to explore the joint roles of science and art in making research, education, and sustainability more equitable and just.

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Baudouin Saintyves

Baudouin Saintyves joins SAIC as the spring 2021 scientist-in-residence. A physicist and multimedia artist at the University of Chicago, Saintyves will teach a physicist’s outlook on the shapes in our visual world. He received his PhD from Sorbonne University, postdoctoral degrees from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a recipient of the Council for the Art at MIT (CAMIT) grant and a High Concept Labs residency at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

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Andrew Schachman

Andrew Schachman, SAIC’s 2020–21 William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor, is a designer, artist, critic, and educator whose work addresses the sociopolitical consequences of infrastructures, environments, and networks. A lecturer in urban design in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, he co-founded and co-directs three experimental practices for art and design: Studio Andrew Schachman, Floating Museum, and Fieldwork Collaborative Projects. Schachman holds an AB in Cultural Anthropology from University of Chicago and an MArch from University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Melissa Weiss

Melissa Weiss is a visiting designer in the Department of Visual Communication Design and an art director for Verso Books. She received an MFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in English from Pomona College, and joins SAIC from Northeastern University’s Department of Art and Design. Her research interests include feminist theory, ecology, critical optimism, and the archive.

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Anna Martine Whitehead

Anna Martine Whitehead is an assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Practices. Her performance work has been presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, San José Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Jessica Silverman Gallery, and she has written for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical, and Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, along with authoring TREASURE | My Black Rupture. A recipient of awards from the Graham Foundation, MAP Fund, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Creative Exchange Lab, 3Arts, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Whitehead holds a BA from University of Maryland and an MFA from California College of the Arts.

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Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi

Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi (MA 2005) is an assistant professor in the Department of Art Therapy and Counseling and a board-certified art therapist. Her research interests include disability studies, arts, and culture; arts-based research; accessibility programming for arts and cultural venues; and social justice–informed art therapy. She holds an MA in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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