CAS Professor Tamer Başar (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was appointed Director in August 2014. Professor Başar also holds the Swanlund chair. (See CAS Professor entry for more information.)
Masumi Iriye was appointed assistant director of the Center in October 2000 and promoted to associate director in October 2001. In October 2009 she was promoted to Deputy Director. She is responsible for overseeing all Center programs, including the Research Appointments (Associates and Fellows) program, the annual interdisciplinary initiative and the George A. Miller Programs, and also serves as the primary liaison at the Center for the CAS Professors. She received her doctorate in the History of Art in 1994 (University of Michigan), specializing in visual culture from the early modern period in France. Her dissertation research was supported by a Bourse Chateaubriand, Fulbright Travel Fellowship and Rackham Graduate Research awards (University of Michigan). She has presented papers as an invited participant at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.) and the Center for 21st-Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has served as both a panelist and co-chair for meetings of the College Art Association. She is Costume Mistress and former Board Member of Champaign Urbana Ballet.
Office Support Associate
Rita Conerly has been with the Center since March 2015. Since 2010, she has held numerous positions at the University of Illinois, most recently in the School of Music. Rita is primarily responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and articulating the budgets of the various CAS programs. She is also responsible for processing reimbursements, biennial inventories, honoraria, and fund transfers for various professors and program accounts. Additionally, she provides support for CAS’s public events including mailings, set-up/cleanup of events held at the Center, and many other duties as needed.
Office Support Specialist
Destiny has been with the Center since November 2017. Since 2014, she has been heavily involved with the University of Illinois. She has held numerous positions on campus, spanning from the Graduate College to Global LAS, the School of Labor & Employment Relations, and the Interdisciplinary Health Studies Institute. She has also served duel volunteer roles in the Illinois Leadership Program as an Illinois Leadership Coach and Group Facilitator. She is primarily responsible for the coordination and dissemination of information pertaining to scheduled public events and activities, preparing written correspondence, maintaining Center’s database, generating event and activity reports, and coordinating meetings and recurring activities such as the Fall roundtable and other events involving CAS Associates and Fellows. In addition, she assists with website updates, Release Time Program and George A. Miller Programs applications, Professor Election processes, and manages the Center’s online platforms. Furthermore, she supports fundraising for the Center. She holds a two-tier educational background in both Organizational and Professional Development and the Management of Nonprofit Organizations.