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 183 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, Gabriella Lukacs
  2. Bioethics, Lisa Parker
  3. Classics, Christina Hoenig
  4. Communication, Caitlin Bruce
  5. English, Jennifer Waldron
  6. French and Italian, Chloe Hogg
  7. German, John Lyon
  8. Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Julie Beaulieu
  9. History of Art and Architecture, Mina Rajagopalan
  10. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Junyoung Veronic Kim
  11. History, Ruth Mostern
  12. History and Philosophy of Science, James Lennox
  13. Law, Joseph Hornack
  14. Linguistics, Shelome Gooden
  15. Music, Andrew Weintraub
  16. Philosophy, Japa Pallikkathayil
  17. Political Science, Michael Goodhart
  18. Public Health, Nina Marcovic
  19. Public and International Affairs, Lisa Alfredson
  20. Religious Studies, Adam Shear
  21. School of Information Science, Stacy Wood
  22. School of Education, Maureen Porter
  23. School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Jonathon Erlen
  24. School of Social Work, Sara Goodkind
  25. Slavic Languages and Literatures, Robert Crane
  26. Sociology, Mohammed Bamyeh
  27. Theatre, Michelle Granshaw

For further information about specific CLST requirements, both students and Liaisons can contact CLST staff member Briar Somerville  ( or at 412.624.6564) or see her in her office in Cathedral of Learning 454.

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). His office in 401c Cathedral of Learning.  The Director is also the final decision-maker in administering CLST program policies affecting students.