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2023 Best Practices Forum Presentations

Opening Remarks

hagerty-kathleen.jpgKathleen Hagerty
Northwestern University Provost and Professor

Kathleen Hagerty assumed the role of Provost on Sept. 1, 2020, after serving as Associate Provost for Faculty during the 2019-20 academic year and previously as Interim Dean of the Kellogg School of Management. Hagerty joined Kellogg more than 30 years ago and holds the First Chicago Professorship in Finance. She has earned a reputation as an accomplished scholar and respected faculty leader, with vast experience attracting and retaining top faculty in an increasingly competitive market for academic talent.

Hagerty has held numerous leadership positions within Kellogg, including serving two terms as Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, two terms as Chair of the Finance Department and two years as Faculty Director of Kellogg’s Ph.D. programs. She also is responsible for the development of several successful academic programs that foster partnerships across the University.

Hagerty has studied the micro-structure of securities markets, disclosure regulation, insider trading regulation and the effectiveness of self-regulatory organizations. Her research has appeared in journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy and The Journal of Finance. She received a Bradley Foundation Research Fellowship and received the D.P. Jacobs Prize for the Most Significant Paper in the Journal of Financial Intermediation. She also has been a member of the editorial board of the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Markets.

Keynote Remarks

robin-means-coleman.jpgDr. Robin R. Means Coleman
Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor of Communication Studies

Don’t Go Into the Basement: What Horror Movies Can Teach Us About Leadership

Horror movies are an unlikely source of inspiration for lessons in leadership. In this lively talk, Dr. Means Coleman draws on her horror film scholarship to help us reflect on the ways in which we can find courage, selflessness, and kindness within ourselves. She will provide guidance on how to reach your professional potential as a leader while, too, supporting others’ success. (Note: No scary clips will be shown)

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Dr. Coleman is charged with implementing diversity accountability processes, thereby coordinating efforts to counter bigotry and exclusion while promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity. She works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across Northwestern’s 12 schools and colleges on three campuses.

Before coming to Northwestern University, Dr. Coleman was on the faculty at Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. At Texas A&M University, she was the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. At the University of Michigan, she served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the Rackham Graduate School, as well as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.


Strategic Hiring: Partnering with Talent Acquisition

Chris Fyfe, Director Talent Acquisition, Talent Acquisition, Office of Human Resources

Program Description
Learn how to partner with Talent Acquisition to meet ongoing recruitment needs, maintain a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and build appropriate attraction strategies aimed at filling open positions as quickly as possible. This session will also cover tools and resources that hiring managers can use to target passive applicants in the market.

Recruitment challenges drastically impacted Northwestern University throughout the past year resulting in record high openings, reduced candidate applications, and an increase in time to fill for vacancies. Talent Acquisition met these challenges with a top-to-bottom overview of our staffing processes and explored what new technologies could be added to combat recruitment challenges. This session will take a deep dive into how Talent Acquisition effectively restructured to meet ongoing recruitment needs, implemented a university LinkedIn enterprise account, maintained focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and continues to evolve in an ever-changing recruiting landscape.

The goal is to walk away with a better understand of all the ways Talent Acquisition can effectively partner with hiring managers to successfully build appropriate attraction strategies aimed at filling open positions as quickly as possible. These include targeted advertisement spend with a focus on diversifying outreach, increasing brand awareness, maximizing position exposure in the market, and developing strategies for reaching passive jobseekers in the market.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand the appropriate resources provided by Talent Acquisition to best partner on building effective attraction strategies.
  • Know the tools and resources that hiring managers can use to target passive applicants in the market.
  • Develop best practices for recruiting both entry level and mid- to senior-level positions.
Presenter Biography
Chris Fyfe has been with Northwestern University for the past five years. Prior to that, he spent six years in Agency recruitment specializing in administrative and technical staffing, working for Robert Half and Judge Group, respectively. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Drake University.

Empowering Computer Science Undergraduates to Lead

Amy Guo, Computer Science student, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Samir Khuller, Barris Professor and Chair, Computer Science Department, McCormick School of Engineering
Jiayan Luo, Computer Science student, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Sara Sood, Professor of Instruction and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, Computer Science Department, McCormick School of Engineering

Program Description
The exponential growth of the Computer Science undergraduate program has inspired faculty and staff to develop initiatives that enable undergraduates to lead themselves and each other in the quickly changing field of computing.

With the massive growth of the Computer Science undergraduate program, projected to surpass 1000 CS majors this year and 10,000 students enrolled in our courses, we have quickly discovered that faculty time cannot possibly scale with student growth. Further, there are some areas where peer students carry more expertise in the quickly changing field of computing, especially where skills with certain technologies are concerned. For the past few years, we have been driving initiatives aimed to enable undergraduates to lead in both their own and their peers’ educations. Major initiatives include:
  • a peer mentorship program to support our large enrollment courses with paid undergraduate TAs,
  • a student advisory group in which students advise faculty on relevant issues,
  • a research track, career pathways events and tech talks in which students and recent alums present their work/story/path to other students,
  • quarterly peer advising with senior CS students giving course selection/registration advice,
  • a student-led ethics fellows program, developing ethics related materials for our introductory courses,
  • a fully student-run Hackathon called WildHacks,
  • and the student-led CS career development program (CDP). In addition to these initiatives, clubs like Women in Computing have created a culture of student leadership.

These initiatives have had an incredible impact on our student experience. Broadly speaking, enabling students to mentor each other boosts their confidence, creates positive connections between students and the institution, creates lasting mentors/mentee relationships, and promotes positive community and culture within our department.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Enable audience members to find ways to create similar leadership opportunities for students within their own programs.
  • Connect with Computer Science student leaders for advice on starting up new initiatives.
  • Develop connections across departments to enable future conversations and innovation.

Presenter Biographies
Sara Owsley Sood is a Professor of Instruction and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education in Computer Science at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern in 2014, she was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Pomona College. Sara received her Bachelors in Mathematics and Computer Science from DePauw University (2002) and her PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Northwestern University (2007). Her research in Machine Learning is focused on understanding the expression and impact of emotion in online communication. She has built systems to detect and analyze insults and personal attacks in online forums. She is especially dedicated to increasing the participation of women and other under-represented groups in computer science. Sood is the Chookaszian Family Teaching Professor and the Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction.

Samir Khuller received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1989 and 1990, respectively, under the supervision of Vijay Vazirani. He spent two years as a Research Associate at the University of Maryland, before joining the Computer Science Department in 1992, where he was a Professor for 27 years. From 2003 to 2008, he was the Associate Chair for Graduate Education and was the first Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair for CS. As chair, he led the development of the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, a project completed in March 2019. In March 2019, Khuller joined Northwestern University as the Peter and Adrienne Barris Chair for CS.

His research interests are in graph algorithms, discrete optimization, and computational geometry. He has published about 200 journal and conference papers, and several book chapters on these topics. He served on the ESA Steering Committee from 2012–2016 and chaired the 2019 MAPSP Scheduling Workshop. From 2018–2021, he served as the Chair of SIGACT. In 2020, he received the CRA-E Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. He is a Fellow of the ACM and EATCS.

Jiayan Luo is a junior at Northwestern studying Computer Science with a minor in History. On campus, Jiayan spearheads special projects for the CS Student Advisory Board, such as the CS innovation lab renovation. He was co-director of the CS Mentorship Program, which enrolled 40% of Northwestern’s CS freshmen. He is also the president of NU Blockchain and a resident of The Garage with Inbound, an enterprise HR startup with signups from companies like Mastercard and Blackstone. During his time at Northwestern, Jiayan has worked on research concerning social security legislation for veterans and the application of NLP on civic data. Professionally, Jiayan has interned at FindOurView, Cisco Meraki, Battery Ventures, and is a Kleiner Perkins Semi-Finalist.

Amy Guo is a senior at Northwestern with majors in Computer Science and Communication Studies. On campus, she is the director of WildHacks, Northwestern’s largest overnight hackathon with over 300 annual participants from 10+ universities, a peer mentor for classes like CS 321 Programming Languages and CS 111 Fundamentals of Computer Programming I, and a researcher for the Ka Moamoa Lab. Her research interests are in sustainable and accessible computing, with a published paper in the ACM Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies Journal on battery-free computing. After graduation she is working as a front-end engineer for Amazon in New York.

Smartsheet: A New Hope (virtual session)

Noel Davis, Director of Foundational Infrastructure and Capital Planning, Facilities Management
Chris Neary, Instructional Design and Technology Consultant, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program
Jessica Thurk, Director of Faculty Affairs, Feinberg School of Medicine
Lois Calian Trautvetter, Program Director, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy Program; Professor, School of Education and Social Policy

Program Description
Three units across different organizational levels independently identified and addressed work process issues involving graduate-level enrollment management and internship placement, payroll corrections, and facilities-related capital planning. They will demonstrate how they harnessed Smartsheet to improve operational efficiency and data integrity and will share opportunities to integrate work solutions into unit-level and institutional strategic priorities.

Overcome the dark side of work—inefficiency, inaccurate data, unknown task ownership, lack of transparency, missed deadlines, miscommunication—with Smartsheet, a web-based platform for collaborative work and project management. At its most basic, Smartsheet is an online spreadsheet, making it easy to understand and interact with, but the force awakens when its built-in features are harnessed to (1) simplify, standardize, and streamline data collection and information intake, (2) manage, automate, and scale up workflow processes, (3) and deliver accessible, real-time updates through reports and dashboards. Structured as an epic trilogy, this session features presenters from three units each demonstrating how Smartsheet empowered them to create custom IT solutions that address specific business challenges (e.g., event and student admissions management, payroll management and scalability, capital planning and approval processes) and improve the quality and efficiency of work. The story unfolds across three organizational levels, beginning in an academic program (Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy), moving to a school (Feinberg School of Medicine), and ending in central administration (Facilities Management), a journey arc that highlights the scalability of the platform and how we learned from each other’s use cases. At the conclusion, the force will be with you.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore how three units across different organizational levels independently identified and addressed work process issues involving graduate-level enrollment management and internship placement, payroll corrections, and facilities-related capital planning.
  • Demonstrate how Smartsheet solutions improve operational efficiency and data integrity.
  • Through ongoing collaboration, share opportunities to integrate work solutions, like Smartsheet, into unit-level and institutional strategic priorities.

Presenter Biographies
Noel Davis is Director of Foundational Infrastructure and Capital Planning for Facilities at Northwestern University. Noel has an educational and professional background in architectural design and planning, and with it comes a desire to organize complex information in a systematic way. In addition to overseeing campus and capital project planning, since 2021 Noel’s team also administers the initiation and budget management of capital facilities projects through the Capital Facilities Workgroup (CFW). When tasked with organizing and improving the CFW request and approval process, Smartsheet was a logical choice. Facilities teams also use the platform for project management and contract workflows, which provides an organic community of users, developers, and ad-hoc teachers from which to draw inspiration and practical guidance.

Chris Neary is the instructional design and technology consultant for the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy (MSHE) program at Northwestern University. Since January 2019, he has worked closely with program faculty, staff, and students to support course design, technology integrations, and program assessment efforts. Chris has been immersed in higher education his entire career thus far, working in roles pertaining to marketing communications, admissions, academic advising, and instruction at various types of post-secondary education institutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Michigan State University as well as his master’s in political science and his doctorate in higher education at Iowa State University.

Jessica Thurk is Director of Faculty Affairs in the Feinberg School of Medicine. A chance encounter with a Smartsheet piqued her curiosity, so she embarked on a period of self-study (with the aid of the Smartsheet Learning Center) and experimentation to learn the platform and recognized its potential to transform work processes. In 2020, preparation met opportunity when the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated rapid implementation of remote work solutions, which Jessica quickly implemented for her office using Smartsheet. Since then, she has been spreading the gospel of Smartsheet and is an advocate for incorporating it into organizational IT strategy; she uses Smartsheet for rapid prototyping, offers consultations to colleagues, and builds solutions disseminated across Feinberg. In 2022, the vendor recognized Jessica as a Smartsheet Automagician for automating workflows.

Lois Trautvetter is Program Director of the Higher Education Administration and Policy Program (MSHE) and a Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Northwestern University’s MSHE program prepares dynamic, reflective leaders for colleges and universities, governmental agencies, and consulting firms in postsecondary education. Over the past twenty years, Lois has been an administrator, faculty member, and researcher. Her research interests focus on undergraduate and graduate students, post-doc fellows, and faculty in STEM, especially for engineering, astrophysics, and other data science disciplines. Studies include factors and best practices supporting recruitment and retention of women and BIPOC students and faculty, mentoring, collegiality, work expectations, professional and personal stressors, career development, and professional development issues such as productivity, enhancing teaching and research, interdisciplinary collaboration, motivation, and faculty-student interaction. She has received multiple grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), John Templeton Foundation, and the Lilly Endowment Inc. She has written Putting Students First: How Colleges Develop Students Purposefully, and many book chapters and journal articles on faculty, students, and improving undergraduate and graduate education. Trautvetter received her M.S. in Colloids, Polymers, and Surfaces at Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at University of Michigan. Before Northwestern, Trautvetter is a former chemical engineer holding patents in the coating and resins industry.

Aligning New Employee Training with Principal Accountabilities

Ericka Carroll-Mason, Director of HR, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Shericka Pringle, Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Program Description
Aligning principal accountabilities to best training practices ensures employees receive the appropriate training to perform their job effectively and efficiently, and it also leads to job satisfaction and employee retention.

Aligning principal accountabilities to best training practices means identifying key responsibilities and tasks associated with their job. Customizing the training to model an experience rather than an information session will aid in building a positive outcome.

We have prepared a three-step process:

  1. Prepare for the new hire by creating an agenda that allows the manager to formulate a plan of execution. This includes mapping out a timetable to address relevant tasks based on unit needs, allowing for adequate training, and covering the objectives the employee was hired to perform.
  2. Adapt to the learning style of the new hire. It is important to ask them about their specific learning style, whether they are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners, and present information in the mode in which they can receive it best.
  3. Begin with the end in mind—position the new hire for success. This involves going over goals and expectations for the unit, the team, and the individual, showing the connection, why the work is important, and illustrating why they are valued. It is important to understand the new hire's skillset and meet them where they are to establish a solid foundation.

Aligning principal accountabilities to best training practices ensures employees receive the appropriate training to perform their job effectively and efficiently. This leads to job satisfaction and employee retention, which are essential for success. Tailored training based on best practices shows an investment in the employee, increases productivity, enhances performance, and assists with achieving strategic goals for department.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Understand importance of aligning new employee training with job description's principal accountabilities to ensure effective job performance.
  • Analyze job descriptions to identify the key skills and knowledge required.
  • Identify the specific training needs of new employees, including any knowledge or skills gaps that need to be addressed.

Presenter Biographies
Ericka Carroll-Mason is a Chicago native who has over 15 years of Human Resources experience in public and private Higher Ed., Non for Profit and Corporate HR. She has an extensive background in Human Capital Management. She started at Northwestern in July 2022 as the Director of Human Resources for Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a certificate in HR management, and Master of Public Administration.

As the Law School’s Director of HR, Ericka is responsible for human capital strategy and implementation for the Law School’s staff population. She provides operational HR support to the Law School and provide leadership and oversight in all aspects of staff human resources and talent management. She performs a wide range of HR duties from recruitment, employee relations, organization development/effectiveness, change management, leadership coaching and alignment to communication planning/implementation. She also functions as a business partner to Law School managers to ensure a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to the management of human resources, and to ensure that the Law School’s strategic vision is supported through the deployment of best practices in human capital management.

Ericka is skilled in Human Resources policies and procedures. She is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential and strives to create a positive work environment for employees. She believes that human resources should be focused on the human element of the organization. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring new places and restaurants, dancing, and volunteering. Her motto is “People First!” and her approach to human resources is focused on creating a positive work environment that encourages collaboration and success for all employees. Ericka looks forward to helping foster an inclusive culture of excellence where team members are respected for their contributions and can grow professionally. 

Shericka Pringle is the recently appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She leads the day-to-day operations of the Law School, driving strategy and coordinating the response to HR, Finance and Faculty Affairs. She provides thought leadership to develop strategic plans and optimize resource utilization in support of the Law School’s teaching and research mission. Prior to assuming the COO role, Shericka served as the Executive Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law for 16 years. In that capacity, Shericka developed and implemented best practices, policies and systems to support the business infrastructure of the Clinic. Shericka has advised peer institutions, locally and internationally, on best practices in the legal industry.

Prior to working at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Shericka worked for 6 years in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, first in the department of Surgery, then as the Business Manager for the Department of Preventive Medicine.

Shericka received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997. She attended graduate school at Keller Graduate School of Management where she earned her Master of Business Administration degree with distinction in 2004, and a Master of Human Resources Management degree with distinction in 2006. In 2021, she received her Master of Science in Communication (Leadership Cohort) from Northwestern University.

Reimagining How We Do Business: Contract Management

Michelle Beall, Project Manager, Facilities
Scott Reiter, Assistant Director of Facilities Digital Products, Facilities
Amy Zaman, Contract Administrator, Facilities

Program Description
Through a cross-unit collaboration, Facilities used a data-driven approach to reimagine contracting processes and integrate Smartsheet, DocuSign, Power Automate and Tableau to improve efficiency, reduce administrative burden, and support NU’s Procurement Policies. This session will cover a methodology to assess and redefine any major business process and utilize existing tools to create solutions without major technology investment.

Facilities executes 2,000+ supplier contracts worth $175+ million annually. Imagine a world where the flow of a contract is both quick and seamless. Where all parties involved in creating, reviewing, and approving contracts can access the data they need from any device. Where lost contracts and cumbersome delays cease to exist.

The pandemic accelerated the shift of contract management from paper to digital, but many of the same challenges simply moved from offline to online. With an anticipated increase in the size and number of capital construction projects looming, this process was clearly not sustainable.

Facilities used this opportunity to challenge existing conventions and reimagine the entire contracting process. Through a cross-unit collaboration, Facilities used a data-driven approach to change processes and integrate Smartsheet, DocuSign, Power Automate and Tableau to improve efficiency, reduce administrative burden and support NU’s Procurement Policies.

The results were impressive: three months to deliver, a 60% reduction in contract processing time and the elimination of almost all data entry errors. A real-time dashboard helped ensure fiscal transparency, visual management, and control.

By the end of this session, you will be able to apply the methodology used in this case to assess and redefine any major business process and use existing tools to create solutions without major technology investment.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Challenge existing ways of doing business; learn techniques for developing new and improved solutions that improve administrative efficiency, drive results, and increase overall work capacity.
  • Utilize tools and techniques that are already available to build new solutions; look around, leverage, and extend.
  • Build data hooks into your processes so you can measure and analyze success; you can only improve what you can measure.

Presenter Biographies
Michelle Beall is a Project Manager in Facilities Capital Programs and has focused on major renovation projects on the downtown campus for Feinberg School of Medicine, Pritzker School of Law, and Kellogg School of Management. Michelle has been in this role for the past 10 years and has participated in several committees to improve business and project management processes. Prior to joining Facilities, Michelle was a Project Architect at a national architecture firm, consulting on projects all over the country, including Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University, is a licensed Architect, and holds several sustainable design and evidence based design accreditations.

Scott Reiter is a Product Manager on the Facilities Business Infrastructure team with responsibility for modernizing and optimizing business processes. He designs solutions, oversees the product roadmap for NU enterprise systems such as Facilities Connect, and leads a data and analytics team. Scott received a B.S. degree in Speech from Northwestern’s School of Communication. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2018, Scott worked as a consultant for Aon and Accenture in customer experience transformation. In his spare time, Scott is a passionate fan of the Cats football and basketball teams.


Amy Zaman oversees all contracts and contract processes for Facilities which spans Capital Programs (Design & Construction), Operations and Maintenance, Sustainability, Planning and Real Estate Development. Amy has been in this role for 3 years. Prior to Northwestern University, Amy worked as a consultant for Facilities as a project engineer assisting with contract management, cash flow, accounting, closeout, and process improvement. Amy has over 15 years of experience in Project Management and process improvement utilizing LEAN strategies. Amy holds a B.A. (Hons) in Social Studies from Newcastle University (U.K.).

The Opportunity of Uncertainty: Interdisciplinary Innovation and Open-ended Process (virtual session)

Lisa Corrin, Executive Director, The Block Museum of Art
Kyle Delaney, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing, McCormick School of Engineering
Dario Robleto, Artist-at-Large (2018–2023)

Program Description
The McCormick School of Engineering and The Block Museum of Art collaborated on an Artist-at-Large Program in which an artist joined the community of faculty and students with no specific outcome in mind. This case study offers a framework for open-ended, generative cross-institutional partnerships to enhance education and research.

In the academic world, many of us often fear leaping into the abyss of an uncertain outcome. This fear can restrain curiosity, questioning, and the divergent thinking that leads to true innovation. How can we as staff and administrators build space in rigid processes to cultivate uncertain outcomes in order to achieve our greatest work?

In 2018, the McCormick School of Engineering and The Block Museum of Art formulated a radically simple idea: an Artist-at-Large Program in which an artist recommended by the Block would join the community of faculty and students of the McCormick with no specific outcome in mind. We had faith that meaningful outcomes would emerge organically if we provided structures, resources, and space for informal interaction. The artist—Dario Robleto—was the unanimous choice for the new initiative as his research-based practice operates in the interstices of art and science, eliding conventional boundaries between the two. Coming to campus for intervals of a week or more during three academic terms over three years, the artist participated in public and informal conversations, gave lectures, and made class visits. He probed the assumptions underlying engineering research, including the values that shape it, transforming teaching and learning along the way.

For Northwestern staff seeking best practices – we offer key takeaways around how to form long-term, substantive collaborations across schools and units. We also offer our project as a productive case study in how we all might push the rigid boundaries and definitions we might have around what forms our collaborations can take and expectations for what results they might produce.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Create a framework for open-ended, generative cross-institutional collaboration.
  • Develop an assessment for evaluating external partners that might serve as a successful catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Build buy-in and support from faculty and students around the value and research benefits of cross-disciplinary partnership.

Presenter Biographies
Lisa Graziose Corrin is the Executive Director of the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, a dynamic, interdisciplinary center of research and learning and a vital part of campus and community life in Chicagoland. Her previous appointments include Director, Williams College Museum of Art; Deputy Director of Art, Seattle Art Museum and artistic lead for SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, an 8.5-acre downtown waterfront park for art; Chief Curator, Serpentine Gallery in London, and founding Curator/Educator at Baltimore’s nomadic The Contemporary. Lisa has curated or co-curated over 60 exhibitions and has published widely on contemporary art and museology including serving as editor of The Contemporary’s landmark publication, Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson(The New Press, awarded the Wittenborn Prize), and a monograph on artist Mark Dion for Phaidon Press. She holds an affinity appointment in Northwestern’s Department of Art History.

Kyle Delaney is executive director of strategic initiatives and marketing for the McCormick School of Engineering, serving as the chief marketing and communications officer and as chief of staff to the dean. His responsibilities include oversight over brand strategy and creative, enrollment marketing, executive communications, media relations, event management, and internal communications. As chief of staff to the dean, he oversees strategic initiatives to implement the overall strategy of the school, including support for new program and degree development, planning activities, and integration between units. He has served as the program lead/sponsor for the Art+Engineering Initiative since its launch. Kyle has been part of the McCormick School of Engineering team since 2005, working in a variety of roles in marketing and communications prior to his current position. He is an alumnus of Butler University, where he began his career in higher education.


Dario Robleto has served at the McCormick School of Engineering Artist-at-Large since 2018 and his ten-year retrospective exhibition The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto is currently on view at The Block Museum of Art. Robleto lives and works in Houston, TX and has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently at the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS (2021); the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2019); the McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX (2018); Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2014); the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014); the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012. His work has been profiled in numerous publications and media including Radiolab, Krista Tippet's On Being, and the New York Times. Robleto has been a visiting artist and lecturer at many universities and institutions including Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD. More at