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Steering Committee and Working Groups

Steering Committee  

FIT’s self-study process is led by two co-chairs and a Steering Committee that coordinates the Middle States Working Groups.  Faculty, staff, administrators and students have been brought together into Working Groups to gather evidence related to Middle States accreditation standards, to reflect upon our last ten years, and to make suggestions for improvements.  The process includes collecting information and gathering feedback from the FIT community to develop the final self-study report.

While the Working Groups include representation from all areas of the institution, we hope for broader participation in the process through town halls and meetings, feedback on documents, and more.  Please send any questions or concerns to [email protected]

  Steering Committee Membership
Self-Study Co-Chairs

Rebecca Bauman, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures

Carolyn Comiskey, Executive Director of Assessment

WG1: Standards I/VII

Patrick Knisley, Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Jennifer LoTurco, Deputy to the President 

Robin Sackin, Professor and Chair, FBM, and current President, Fac. Senate

WG2: Standard II

Daniel Benkendorf, Associate Professor, Social Sciences, and chair of IRB 

Eric Odin, Associate General Counsel

 WG 3: Standard III Todd Blumenthal, Assistant Professor, Fashion Business Management

Deborah Klesenski-Rispoli, Assistant Dean of Curriculum

WG4: Standard IV

Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students

Devon Vidal, Assistant Professor, and Director, Academic Advisement

WG5: Standard V

Shannon Maher, Assistant Professor and Chair, Home Products

Brad Paris, Associate Professor and Chair

WG 6: Standard VI

Joanne Arbuckle, Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships & Collaborative Programs  

Sherry Brabham, Treasurer, and VP for Finance & Administration

Brooke Carlson, Associate Professor, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management

Consultants

Darrell Glenn, Assistant Dean of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Yasemin Jones, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and FIT’s Accreditation Liaison Officer

Working Group Membership

Working Group I/ VII: Mission and Goals / Governance, Leadership, and Administration 

Co-chairs 
Patrick Knisley, Dean, School of Liberal Arts
Jennifer LoTurco, Deputy to the President
Robin Sackin, Professor and Chair, Fashion Business Management, and current President, Faculty Senate 

Members
Mary Davis, Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Amy Garawitz, Director of Alumni Engagement
Tardis Johnson, Associate Dean, Student Support Services
Loretta Keane, VP for Communication & External Relations
Anne Kong, Associate Professor, Communication Design Pathways
Giacomo Oliva, VP of Academic Affairs
Deirdre Sato, Dean for International Education
Daniel Levinson Wilk, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
Student representative

Working Group II: Ethics and Integrity  

Co-chairs 
Daniel Benkendorf, Associate Professor, Psychology, and chair of IRB
Eric Odin, Associate General Counsel 

Members
Mark-Evan Blackman, Assistant Professor, Menswear 
Anna Blume, Professor, History of Art
Shawn Carter, Associate Professor, Fashion Business Management
Erika Coble, Senior HR Generalist
Bonnie Duke, Special Assistant to the VP of Enrollment Management and Student Success 
Griselda Gonzalez, Director of Policy & Compliance
Ron Milon, Chief Diversity Officer
Lucy Collins Payne, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences 
Terrence Peavy, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management
Gwendolyn Ferguson Pugh, Executive Director for Academic Affairs Personnel Administration
Jonathan Vatner, Staff Writer, Communications and External Relations

Working Group III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience 

Co-chairs 
Todd Blumenthal, Assistant Professor, Fashion Business Management
Deborah Klesenski-Rispoli, Assistant Dean, Curriculum 

Members:
Mary Capozzi, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fashion Design 
Brenda Cowan, Associate Professor, Exhibition and Experience Design
Tamara Cupples, Executive Director, Online Learning and Academic Technologies
Brian Fallon, Associate Professor-Director, Writing Studio
Helen Gaudette, Assistant Dean for International Education
Jacqui Jenkins, Acting Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Nomi Kleinman, Associate Professor, Textile/Surface Design
Elaine Maldonado, Professor-Director, Faculty Development and the Center for Excellence in Teaching
Michele Nagel, Center for Continuing and Professional Studies
James Pearce, Manager Emerging Technologies
Troy Richards, Dean, School of Art and Design
Carli Spina, Head of Research and Instructional Studies, Gladys Marcus Library
Melissa Tombro, Professor, English and Communication Studies
Student representative

Working Group IV: Support of the Student Experience. 

Co-chairs 
Suzanne McGillicuddy, Assistant Dean of Students 
Devon Vidal, Assistant Professor, and Director, Academic Advisement 

Members
Frantz Alcindor, Director, Career and Internship Services
Amber Carpenter-Lagattuta, Assistant Director, Registration & Records
Christie Graziano, Counselor, Student Life
Deborah Levine, Coordinator, Academic Skills 
Yasemin Levine, Professor, Political Science and Executive Director, Presidential Scholars Program
Jeffrey Manning, Associate Director, Residential Life
Taur Orange, Director, Educational Opportunity Programs 
Erika Rohrbach, Professor-Director International Student Services
Ajoy Sarkar, Professor, Textile Development and Management
Student representative

Working Group V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Co-chairs
Shannon Maher, Assistant Professor and Chair, Home Products Development 
Brad Paris, Associate Professor and Chair, Photography 

Members
Sarah Blazer, Assistant Professor, Writing Center
Eric Daniels, Associate Professor, Interior Design
Christina Diggs, Director of Residential Life
Naomi Gross, Professor and Assistant Chair of Fashion Business Management
Meg Joseph, Associate Professor, Global Fashion Management 
Su Ku, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design
Maria Rothenberg, Associate Professor and Instructional Services & Assessment Librarian
Nadean Wilson, Counselor Associate, Academic Advising
Liberal Arts faculty member, TBD 

Working Group VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement 

Co-chairs 
Joanne Arbuckle, Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships & Collaborative Programs
Sherry Brabham, Treasurer, and VP for Finance & Administration
Brooke Carlson, Associate Professor, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management

Members
Laurence Baach, Acting Vice President, Information Technology & CIO
Roberta Elins, Professor, Advertising and Market Communications, President of UCE
Steven Frumkin, Dean at Jay & Patty Baker School of Business and Technology
Darrell Glenn, Assistant Dean, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Sidney Grimes, Associate Vice President of Academic Operations 
Cynthia Glass, Vice President of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
Bayard King, Acting Associate Vice President for Finance 
June Ng, Director, Space Management & Planning
Esther Oliveras, Coordinator of Faculty Services
Emre Ozsoz, Associate Professor, Social Sciences

Verification of Compliance Task Force

Chair:
Griselda Gonzalez, Director of Policy & Compliance

Members:
Rita Cammarata, Director of Records and Registration 
Tamara Cupples, Executive Director for Online Learning and Academic Technologies 
Gwen Ferguson-Pugh, Executive Director for Academic Affairs
Harold Lederman, Internal Auditor
Terence Peavy, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services 
Shadia Sachedina, Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students  

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