Departmental Administration


Department Chair
     Prof. Mari Castañeda

Director of Engaged Research and Learning
     Prof. Martha Fuentes-Bautista


Department Personnel Committee
     Prof. Donal Carbaugh, Chair
     Prof. Gonen Dori-Hacohen
     Prof. Seth Goldman
     Prof. Lisa Henderson
     Prof. Marty Norden

Departmental Representative, College Personnel Committee
     Prof. Anne Ciecko

Search Committee, Global Digital Media faculty opening
     Prof. Sut Jhally, Chair
     Prof. Martha Fuentes-Bautista
     Prof. Shawn Shimpach
     Siyuan Yin, Grad Rep.

Undergraduate Studies Committee
     Prof. Benjamin Bailey, Undergraduate Program Director
     Prof. Soo Young Bae
     Prof. Stephen Gencarella, Honors Coordinator
     Prof. Lynn Phillips, Chief Undergraduate Advisor
     Prof. Alena Vasilyeva

Graduate Studies/Admissions Committee
     Prof. Leda Cooks, Graduate Program Director
     Prof. Marty Norden, Graduate Admissions Chair
     Prof. Anne Ciecko
     Prof. Emily West
     Liz Nielsen, Grad Rep.

Community, Climate, and Social Justice Committee
     Prof. Bruce Geisler
     Prof. Lisa Henderson
     Prof. Kimberlee Pérez
     Grad Rep. TBA

Research and Intellectual Life Committee
     Prof. Martha Fuentes-Bautista
     Prof. Briankle Chang
     Prof. Gonen Dori-Hacohen
     Prof. Shawn Shimpach

Programming and Events Committee
     Prof. Allison Butler
     Prof. Henry Geddes (spring only)
     Prof. Sut Jhally (spring only)
     Prof. Claudio Moreira
     Prof. Erica Scharrer (fall only)

Course Directors

Comm 226
     Prof. Emily West

Comm 250
     Prof. Donal Carbaugh

Comm 260
     Prof. Erica Scharrer

Comm 375
     Prof. Leda Cooks

Forms and Administrative Services

Click on links below to download forms

Travel reimbursements/Corporate cards

For complete details:
Travel Services website
Travel office, Joan White: 413-545-1405
Comptroller’s Office: 413-545-0806
Denise Storm, reimbursement supervisor: 413-545-0809

Vendor File Manager: 413-545-1433
Corporate card program: 407 Goodell, 413-545-0361 or

Reimbursements overview

Typical travel expenses include airfare, hotel, taxis, car rental, tolls, mileage, meals per diem, transportation, and other business expenses incurred while on travel status.

Preapproval: All travel for professional purposes must be preapproved by the department chair, no matter where funds are coming from.

Pretravel authorization form: Reimbursements will not be made unless you fill out a pretravel authorization form. Actual travel dates must conform to the authorized dates. If travel involves missed duties, coverage must be specified on this form. Please include the funding source on this form as well. For further guidance, refer to the department travel policy in Appendix 2 of the Memorandum of Faculty Governance.

Receipts: All receipts must be turned in as soon as possible, no later than 30 days after the travel. All receipts must be original, match transaction amounts, be in the traveling faculty’s name, and show proof of payment (an example would be the XXXX-4196 credit card).

Reimbursement is post-travel: Travel can be reimbursed only after the fact, unless a corporate travel card is used (see below).

Corporate travel cards overview

Corporate travel cards are available to faculty members so that travel expenses can be paid from faculty accounts, rather than out-of-pocket.

  • Apply: To apply for a card, please visit the Travel Services website to fill out an application.
  • For your travel only: The travel card is an individual liability, not the department’s. It is for the card member’s travel only; you cannot book travel for other people. In rare circumstances, nonfaculty travel expenses may be charged to your card, but you are responsible for those charges and they cannot be paid from university accounts.
  • Prepayment: Payments are made directly to the corporate card and can be made before the travel occurs (airfare, hotel, and other expenses).
  • Allowable charges: airfare, hotels, Amtrak, car rentals, conference fees, membership fees, ground transportation, fuel for vehicles, restaurants (while on travel status).
  • Prohibited charges: equipment, catalog orders, alcohol, personal expenses, supplies and commodities, entertainment.