The Master of Arts in Social Design (MASD) program utilizes a diverse network of visiting designers and faculty who serve as advisors to the program. This network includes but is not limited to the following:
Note: The network evolves and changes over time and not all advisors will be available or utilized each semester.
2015-16 Faculty Advisors
George Aye co-founded Greater Good Studio to increase the impact of his user-centered design practice. He started his career as a design consultant at IDEO Chicago working across sectors from consumer electronics to healthcare. He then became the Lead Designer for the Chicago Transit Authority designing a prototype bus for the City of Chicago. He is now a tenure-track professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He remains wildly optimistic that we can solve the most entrenched problems of our time, together for the greater good.
Sarah Brooks is a design strategist and advocate for social change. Her work includes service design, design research, product strategy and large-scale systems thinking about interventions for a better world. She is currently a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow at Veterans Affairs, bringing human-centered design methods to the organization’s transformation efforts toward better serving and improving the lives of Veterans.
For the past 15 years Sarah has worked with the corporate world, non-profits and foundations leading product development and multidisciplinary creative teams through initiatives across sectors including food systems, healthcare, media, education, finance and civic innovation. Sarah has taught at Stanford University d.school’s Change Labs, California College of the Arts, and Centro Diseño. Sarah produced the Compost Modern13Resilience conference that brought together over 500 attendees and 24 international design leaders in the area of design for greater economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Wen Huei Chou is the Director of the Innovative Media Design Lab, and an Associate Professor, at the Digital Media Design School at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. She was awarded a post-doctoral Fulbright Scholarship in order to spend September 2015 - June 2016 as a visiting scholar in MICA’s Center for Social Design, conducting research on social design education and practice in the USA.
Dr. Chou dedicates herself in the field of design research, with an emphasis on innovation and integration in new media design. Her current research focuses on innovative and transdisciplinary design in social practice. She has worked on both academic and industrial orientated projects, and collaborated on several international design and meta-discipline research projects.
Dr. Chou holds a Doctorate of Design from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), a Master of Applied Arts from National Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu, Taiwan) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Department of Arts and Design at National Hsinchu University of Education (Hsinchu, Taiwan)
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson has been writing about architecture, design, and cities for over a decade. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times,The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Architect, Metropolis, Design Observer, and the Atlantic magazine’s CityLab site, among others.
From 2004-2007, Elizabeth was the editor of Urbanite magazine, and today she is a contributing editor with Architect. She has served as an editor for publications, such as Fast Company’s CoDesign site, Next City, andMetropolis.
In 2011, Elizabeth received the Roger D. Redden Award for individual achievement in the field of architectural writing from the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. Her article “Children of the Revolution” was named a Top 10 Public Interest Article for 2013.
She is a co-founder of D Center Baltimore, a nonprofit dedicated to design in Baltimore. Elizabeth also writes fiction, and her short fiction received a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination.
Myra Margolin is a community psychologist specializing in community-based media production. She has worked in a wide range of settings helping people create media about their lives and communities. She recently led photography workshops for women in rural South India and has previously worked in Brazil and Rwanda. In the US, Myra works primarily with young people, including incarcerated youth. At MASD, Myra teaches key community psychology concepts—including theories of empowerment and social change—to enable the students to develop effective, well-conceptualized projects that truly promote social justice. Her films have been shown on PBS and at film festivals throughout the U.S.
Myra is currently completing her doctoral studies, received an MA in Community Psychology from the University of Illinois and holds a BFA in film and video production from New York University.
Henry Posko has been a social entrepreneur for over 30 years as CEO of Humanim. Serving 2000 individuals annually, Humanim’s core mission is creating opportunities for economic independence for those who have encountered obstacles to work. Through several social enterprises, individuals with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and those in poverty comprise Humanim staff and persons served.
Henry has presented Humanim’s work on social impact both nationally and internationally. In 2009 he joined a small group of experts on a poverty and workforce development exchange mission throughout Israel. In 2011 he presented at the Social Enterprise World Summit in Johannesburg on “Social Enterprise as a means of Job Creation” and in Los Angeles on “Social Impact in Disinvested Neighborhoods” at the Non-profit Centers Network National Conference. Henry also serves on the boards of the Horizon Foundation and Revere Bank.
Cecili Thompson Williams is the founder and Founder & Chief Strategist at We Divine Water, where she helps change-making clients maximize their results through strategy, communications, & marketing services for missions that are too important to fail.
Cecili has over a decade and a half of experience leading mission-driven campaigns with organizations including Amnesty International USA, RESULTS Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. A strong believer in continually building power and capacity, Cecili has trained thousands of campaigners on how to maximize their impact within their organizations and in the world at large.
Marek Tuszynski, co-founder of Tactical Tech, is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions that span across various media: radio, television and internet; as well as those that utilise non technical formats, such as workshops, book sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are the major driving forces in his work, as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views.
Previously he co-founded The Second Hand Bank, as well as the International Contemporary Art Network, before Tactical Tech and recently Tactical Studios. He is currently focusing on producing interactive and static visualisations representing complex social and political issues; very recently he produced and directed a series of documentary films for Tactical Tech called Exposing the Invisible. In some spare time he produces a radio program titled Love & Chaos on Reboot FM.
Kalima Young is a doctoral student and instructor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her MA in Mass Communications at Towson University and a BA in Communications and Women Studies at Goucher College in Maryland. A Project Coordinator at the Maryland Institute College of Art and lecturer at Towson University, her research focuses on race and gender-based trauma in Black American identity and cultural production. Additionally, Young owns and operates Kubla Khan Productions, an independent video production company. She has produced two feature length horror films and several short-form documentaries for Equality Maryland and the ACLU of Maryland as well as, "It Gets Better, Baltimore," a collection of LGBT testimonials addressing the topics of teen bullying and suicide prevention. A former Open Society Institute Fellow, Ms. Young has a depth of experience in coalition building, anti-oppression training and project management.