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Experimental College

Board

People - The Board

In addition to the four ExCollege staff members, the Experimental College Board is comprised of six faculty, six undergraduate students, and one graduate student. The Board selects new courses each semester, plans campus events, and develops new initiatives.

2019-2020 ExCollege Board

Renata Celichowska is the Director of Dance in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. She has guest taught, performed and choreographed for universities and studios across the U.S. and Europe, including in Italy, Greece, Germany, England, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Julie Chotivatanapong is a senior studing Biopsychology. This is her second year on the ExCollege Board.

James Intriligator is a Professor of the Practice - Human Factors Engineering and Design, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering. Fun fact: "Intriligator" means bookbinder! 

Khary Saeed Jones is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. His film projects explore the tensions between fiction, memory, and everyday life. He teaches storytelling for the screen and advises students developing both scripted and documentary shorts.

Stelio Louka is a senior studying Economics. This is his second year on the ExCollege Board.

Madeline Oliff is a senior studying American Studies, Sociology, and Urban Studies. She started her ExCollege experience in a First-Year Explorations Seminar, where she connected to the mission of experiential learning. This prompted her to join the board her sophomore year and is now teaching her own Explorations class this fall titled, Reflections on Your Schooling: What is School Really Teaching Us?

Sean Ong is a senior studying History and Computer Science. His favorite Tufts classes have been peer-taught ExCollege courses. He hopes to continue maintaining a space for interdisciplinary exploration and learning as a member of the ExCollege Board.

Christopher Panella is a junior double-majoring in Film and Media Studies and English. Besides being on the ExCollege board, he is teaching an Explorations course this fall titled, “The Force is Female: Star Wars and Female Characters.”

Ashley Peterson is a research and instruction librarian at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Her specialty? "Bring us your crazy ideas, your vague ideas, your lack of ideas – we'll listen, we'll talk, we'll overwhelm you with resources that will deepen your research and help you make your best work."

Kelly Potts is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. 

Phil Starks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. He is a behavioral ecologist who focuses primarily on the adaptive significance of social behavior. Ask him about honey bees! 

Erin Yilmaz is a sophomore Economics major from Seattle, Washington. She enjoys playing piano, backpacking, and reading.