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Guiding the work of the RIT-GCV&M partnership is the Genesee Country Village & Museum Partnership Project Committee which is made up of representatives from across the institute and leadership from the museum. The committee serves as a point of connection between the institutional partners. Chief among the committee’s charge is to help facilitate development of collaborations of varying size and scale—from single connections to long-term projects.

Consider all of us on the committee as points of contact for proposing projects and facilitating contact with museum staff.

College of Liberal Arts, Museum Studies Program

Juilee Decker

Co-Chair GCVM Partnership Committee
Juilee Decker, Ph.D. is an associate professor of museum studies at RIT where she teaches courses focusing on technology and engagement relative to museums and historic sites. Her research and scholarship are at the intersection of museum studies, public history, and public art. Since 2008, Decker has served as editor of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, a peer-reviewed journal published by Rowman and Littlefield. Decker serves on the Board of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House and is a juror for the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums. She earned her Ph.D. in 2003 from the joint program in Art History and Museum Studies at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She joined the faculty in 2014 and has enjoyed learning about her new city through collaborations such as the GCVM Partnership.
College of Art and Design, Gallery Director

John Aäsp

John Aäsp is an artist, writer, and curator who joined RIT in 2015 as the first-ever gallery director for the College of Art and Design He oversees two on-campus spaces—William Harris Gallery and Bevier Gallery—along with City Art Space, RIT’s metro art space in downtown Rochester. John spent the previous eight years as Visual Arts Director and Curator for Rockport Center for the Arts on the Gulf Coast of Texas, where he also served as Managing Director for the Rockport Film Festival. He regularly contributes to Afterimage: the Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism and Glasstire, a contemporary art publication based in Houston. A native Texan, John received his MFA from RIT’s Photography and Related Media program (2006), along with degrees in art from the University of Iowa and communication from Angelo State University.
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Dennis A. Andrejko

Dennis A. Andrejko, FAIA is Head of the Department of Architecture in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. His work centers on architecture and high performance buildings, renewable energy, and regional design and ecological literacy. He co-authored Passive Solar Architecture: Logic and Beauty; contributed to several editions of Architectural Graphic Standards; worked on the development of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC); and has served as a team expert and team leader for numerous Sustainable Design Assessment Teams, assisting regions and communities throughout the U.S. on sustainable future planning efforts. He has been a contributor to several AIA publications including - The AIA Guide to the IgCC; Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process; and 50 to 50 – AIA’s Sustainability Resource for Carbon Neutral Design. He received a Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, at Arizona State University and a Master of Architecture in Advanced Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of AIA’s Richard Upjohn Medal. In fall 2014 was honored with the AIA New York State Kideney Gold Medal for lifetime contribution to the profession.
The Construct

Mike Buffalin

The Construct
An alum of RIT, Mike is the director of the Student Makerspace at RIT, fondly known as The Construct. His areas of interest include additive manufacturing, product development and entrepreneurship. Mike’s roles include organizing and managing the Construct and helping students build and create prototypes and other needs for their business ideas and concepts. As a member of the partnership committee, Mike offers extensive experience in prototyping and knowledge of the resources available on campus.
College of Science

Sandi Connelly

College of Science
Sandi Connelly, Ph.D. is a principal lecturer of life sciences at RIT where she teaches courses for majors and non-majors in biology, evolution, and molecular ecology, both traditional and fully online. Her research and scholarship focus on anthropogenic effects on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, with specific projects assessing the ecotoxicology of man-made materials (nanomaterials and crumb rubber turf fields) and tracking changes in ecosystem biodiversity over time. Further, Sandi has many collaborations inside and outside of RIT that promote informal STEM learning through student and public engagement in several areas, such as the preservation of foods, using both historical and modern methods.
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Beth DeBartolo

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Beth DeBartolo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) Program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. She has been at RIT since 2000, and has taught courses from freshman design through graduate fracture mechanics. Her scholarship efforts have included materials characterization, design of assistive technology, and engineering education. In her role with the MSD program, she is responsible for finding capstone projects for KGCOE seniors, including projects that would benefit from non-engineering collaborators. Some of the most interesting MSD projects she has seen have involved cross-college collaborations, and she looks forward to seeing more of these in the future.
Golisano College of Computing & Information Science

Joe Geigel

Golisano College of Computing & Information Science
Joe Geigel, D.Sc. is a Professor of Computer Science and co-director of the CS Graphics and Applied Perception Lab at RIT. For the past decade, his main research efforts have focused on interdisciplinary multimedia projects that that combine computer science, real-time graphics, mobile devices, art, music, and theatre to create interactive live experiences, collaborating with artists, designers, musicians, and photographers from both within RIT and externally. He uses these projects as a springboard for interdisciplinary education promoting collaboration and teamwork between artists and technologists. In addition to his work on these experiences, Joe has published in the areas of tone reproduction, virtual reality, facial motion capture, sound synthesis, multimedia systems, applied perception, and curricular design for graphics education.
College of Liberal Arts

Andy Head

College of Liberal Arts
Andy Head is a visiting lecturer in theatre arts at RIT, where he teaches courses in theatre history, devised theatre, and museum theatre. While at RIT, Andy has directed Love’s Fire: Seven Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets and collaborated with the RIT Orchestra on an adapted version of Peer Gynt. Andy earned his MFA at Michigan State University and has acted professionally with the Michigan Shakespeare Company, New Harmony Theatre, Summer Circle Theatre, and the Williamston Theatre. Most recently, he has appeared locally in the Rochester Fringe Festival and with the Wallbyrd Theatre Company. Andy also spent two years in Ghana as a Peace Corps Volunteer and created educational theatre pieces with members of his community. Before joining the RIT faculty, Andy taught for the Performing Arts Department at the University of Southern Indiana.
College of Applied Science and Technology

Muhammet Kesgin

College of Applied Science and Technology
Muhammet Kesgin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation at College of Applied Science and Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. from Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He currently teaches Service Management in a Global Economy, Leadership Innovation in Service Industries, and Strategic Hospitality and Tourism Branding. His research interests are in the production and consumption of services and experiences in the hospitality and tourism, tourist/visitor behavior, and business models of world class hospitality and tourism organizations. Dr. Kesgin has destination- and organization-based research background in the fields of hospitality and tourism and recently focused on the determinants of success in multi-stakeholder involved tourism projects.
Saunders College of Business

Raj Murthy

Saunders College of Business
Rajendran (Raj) Murthy, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Digital Business at the Saunders College of Business. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Specialization - Marketing), a Masters in Business Administration (MIS) and a Bachelors in Engineering. An active business consultant, his research is tied strongly to his experience and his teaching interests in the domain of analytics, data and branding. His primary area of interest is in the design and execution of data driven consumer engagement strategies. His recent work is centered in the area of predictive analytics and machine learning. His research has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and MIT's Sloan Management Review as well as published in top academic journals such as the Journal of Management. His expertise includes consulting engagements across various companies including Sprint, The World Bank, Dun & Bradstreet, and Cognizant Technology Solutions among others.
School of Individualized Study

Daniel Worden

School of Individualized Study
Daniel Worden, Ph.D. teaches in the School of Individualized Study at RIT. He teaches and writes about aesthetics and politics in America from the 19th century to the present, with particular focus on comics, documentary, environmentalism, modernism, postmodernism, print culture, cultural studies, and critical theory. Worden is the author of the award-winning book Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism (2011), the editor of The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World (2015), and the coeditor of Oil Culture (2014) and Postmodern/Postwar--and After (2016). Worden has contributed essays and reviews to a number of periodicals and books, including American Literature, Criticism, The Los Angeles Review of Books, nonsite.org, Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and the Environment (2017), and The Last Western: Deadwood and American Empire (2013), and he serves on the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s Research Center Committee. He joined the RIT faculty in 2016 and is eager to contribute to interdisciplinary projects across RIT and through partnerships with institutions such as the GCVM.
President & CEO of Genesee Country Village & Museum

Becky Wehle

President & CEO of Genesee Country Village & Museum
Becky Wehle is President & CEO of Genesee Country Village & Museum, the largest living history museum in New York state, located 25 miles southwest of Rochester. The Museum features 68 historic structures from the 19th century, moved from locations throughout Western New York, a gallery of sporting art, and a nature center and attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year. She manages a staff of 35 year-round staff and over 150 seasonal staff and a budget of over $3.5 million. Prior to joining GCV&M in July 2016, Becky worked in the University of Rochester's advancement office for over 15 years, most recently as the Executive Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship.
Curator of Collections at Genesee Country Village & Museum

Peter Wisbey

Genesee Country Village & Museum
Peter Wisbey is curator of collections at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Wisbey earned an MA in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta/ Cooperstown Graduate Program and an MA in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program. He has held curatorial positions at the Monmouth County [NJ] Historical Association, Worcester [MA] Historical Museum and was the first executive director of the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY. He has been an adjunct instructor in RIT’s Museum Studies Program since 2010.
College of Liberal Arts

Mike Johansson

College of Liberal Arts, School of Communication
Mike Johansson is a Senior Lecturer in the RIT School of Communication where he teaches classes in advertising, public relations and social media. Before joining RIT in 2009 he spent 20+ years in various capacities for media companies in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Among his achievements in the business world: he won two fellowships to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL (for publication design and media ethics studies), was one of 12 UC-Berkeley Digital Journalism Fellows in 2003, and in 2004 founded insider, a free print weekly and website for 20-somethings in Rochester. In addition to teaching, speaking, and writing about social media, public relations, and advertising copywriting he consults and speaks on social media outside of RIT.