Faculty Showcase

As a way of highlighting the creative and scholarly work of faculty who have been supported by the college through sabbatical awards and faculty development grants, the Office of the Provost hosts a Faculty Showcase on the last Wednesday of September, October, November, March, and April of each school year.

Please mark your calendars and come out to support your colleagues and engage in conversation about their work. 

Faculty Showcase 3.3
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:00- 6:30 p.m., Reception to follow
101 Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan 

"Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order - A Docu-series Work-in-Progress"


Associate Professor of Cinema and Television Arts Ruth Leitman will screen a trailer and selected scenes from her upcoming reproductive rights documentary series. The series follows The Daily Show’s co-creator Lizz Winstead and her renegade organization Lady Parts Justice League as they barnstorm the country with a boots-on-the-ground strategy to support reproductive rights, and bodily autonomy for all, using comedy as the ultimate weapon. Leitman will discuss the process of creating the series with several Columbia College Chicago students, alum and women faculty. Reproductive access and rights have been severely under reported in our media. Today women (and all people with uteruses) face the greatest risk of abortion being eradicated at both the state and federal level since 1973’s Supreme Court passing of Roe v. Wade.

"Playing Matchmaker: Facial Symmetry and Female Mate Choice in the Endangered Black-Footed Ferret" 

What if the current human population was started by only 8 individuals? This is the case for the breeding population of the highly-endangered black-footed ferret. Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics Michelle Rafacz will share details of her research investigating the role of facial symmetry in mate choice in the black-footed ferret, which was completed with support from a faculty development grant. Dr. Rafacz will discuss how more symmetrical males may make better partners and how understanding female mate choice could potentially improve breeding success and the overall conservation of this species.

Faculty Showcase 3.4
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
5:00- 6:30 p.m., Reception to follow
101 Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan 

Susan Kerns, Assistant Professor (Cinema and Television Arts)

Aviya Kushner, Associate Professor (English and Creative Writing) 


View past Faculty Showcase Presentations