Advisory Groups


ITS Advisory Committee (ITSAC)

ITS Advisory Committee (ITSAC)


The ITS Advisory Committee (ITSAC) has overall responsibility for advice on institutional IT policy and service issues. The committee meets periodically to provide advice to the Provost and Yale’s Chief Information Officer on Yale’s information technology policies, strategies, priorities, and services.


ITSAC serves as the foremost faculty-led committee with relationship to ITS. The committee serves to provide feedback to ITS on existing and future services, including both strategic initiatives and the annual project portfolio.

ITSAC consists of a team of faculty and staff to:

  • Provide independent thinking and feedback.

  • Serve as a sounding board for new initiatives.

The membership also provides a functional breadth of knowledge around the following:

  • Faculty research needs

  • Teaching and learning needs and directions

  • Specific disciplinary knowledge

Areas of focus for ITSAC include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic technology directions

  • The strategic role of technology in the teaching and learning mission of the University

  • The critical role of technology in support of research and scholarship

  • Particular issues on which the Provost, VP for Finance and Business Operations, orthe University CIO seeks advise


ITSAC receives regular updates from the University CIO on various existing and future technology needs, ideas, and issues facing the university community. These thoughts and comments are collected and background material is provided to the committee prior to each meeting. ITSAC also identifies areas where ITS attention may be warranted. Finally, ITSAC reviews a final draft of the annual technology portfolio recommendation and endorses the portfolio before it is presented to the IT Executive committee for review and allocation approval.

The role of the Chair:

  • Overall communication to the committee members

  • Prioritization and planning monthly and annual agenda topics

  • Calling and leading meetings as necessary.


The committee membership should be diverse and represent the larger university faculty and administrative community.

ITSAC members represent:

  • Diversity of disciplinary backgrounds including at least one member from Arts & Humanities, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences, the Professional Schools

  • Varied perspectives

  • Willingness to engage 


ITSAC 2020-2021 Committee 

Andrew Szymkowiak, Co-Chair, Physics and Astrophysics

Angela Lee-Smith, East Asian Languages and Literatures

David Simon, Political Science

E. Kevin Hall, Cardiology

Eli Fenichel, Yale School of the Environment

James Dziura, Emergency Medicine

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer, School of the Environment and in Statistics and Data Science

John Hall, Mathematics

Joshua Wallach, Environmental Health Sciences

Julia Titus, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Kaveh Khoshnood, Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Kaylea Nelson, Yale Center for Research Computing 

Kathryn Alexander, Music

Marcia Thomas, Yale School of Nursing

Matuku Ngame, French

Michael Higley, Neuroscience

Mike Bell, Yale University Library

Nathan Roberts, Theater Studies

Paul Forscher, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Phillip Bernstein, School of Architecture

Rene Almeling, Sociology, History of Medicine, American Studies, and Public Health

Ruth Montgomery, Co-Chair, Yale School of Medicine

Sarab Al Ani, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Sean Barrett, Physics

Soumia Koundi, French

Vivian Irish, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Xinxin (Katie) Zhu, Center for Biomedical Data Science

Yoram Alhassid, Physics

Zachary Levine, Pathology