Careful academic advising is essential for students wanting to get the most out of CLST, especially to devise a truly complementary relationship between the broader interests of the program and the more focused ones of the home discipline. Moreover, students can hardly be expected to know who among the 100 CLST faculty members can most benefit them or what types of the fifty courses the program can be useful.

On the front lines of advising is the CLST Liaison elected annually in each affiliated department. The Liaison’s primary advisory role is to help certificate students coordinate their program’s specific departmental course requirements with the CLST ones, especially involving crosslisted departmental courses. Each Liaison serves a one-year term that begins on each October 15, just before the Spring Semester enrollment period begins.

The current departmental liaisons are:

  1. Anthropology, Laura Brown
  2. Bioethics, Lisa Parkerelected Chair of Liaisons
  3. Classics, Christina Hoenig
  4. Communication, Olga Kuchinskaya
  5. English, Jinying Li
  6. French and Italian, Todd Reeser
  7. German, Amy-Diana Colin
  8. History of Art and Architecture, Karen Gerhart
  9. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Gonzalo Lamana
  10. History, Reid Andrews
  11. History and Philosophy of Science, Paolo Palmieri
  12. Linguistics, Shelome Gooden
  13. Music, Adriana Helbig
  14. Philosophy, Japa Pallikkathayil
  15. Political Science, Burcu Savun
  16. Public Health, Nina Marcovic
  17. Public and International Affairs, Lisa Alfredson
  18. Religious Studies, Linda Penkower
  19. School of Information Science, Richard Cox
  20. School of Education, Ashley Woodson
  21. School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Jonothan Erlen
  22. School of Social Work, Sara Goodkind
  23. Slavic Languages and Literatures, Kathleen Manukyan
  24. Sociology, Lisa Brush
  25. Theatre, Lisa Jackson-Schebetta

For further information about specific CLST requirements, both students and Liaisons can contact the CLST program administrator, Karen Lillis ( or at 412.624.7232) or visit her during regular office hours in 401 Cathedral of Learning.

For broader guidance about CLST faculty expertise, course selection outside home departments, and career development, students can contact CLST Director Ron Zboray ( or 412-624-6969, either to communicate long distance or to schedule an advising appointment). The Director is also the final decision-maker in administering CLST program policies affecting students.