Stan Taft, associate professor of art and former associate dean and acting dean of the College of Art, Architecture and Planning at Cornell, teaches introductory, intermediate, and advanced studio art courses as well as graduate courses at Cornell. He is the coauthor of The Science of Paintings. His paintings have been exhibited in solo and group installations. His collaborative installation projects with architect John Zissovici have been exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is represented by the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the Corners Gallery in Ithaca, New York.
Michael Koch (pronounced "cook"), senior lecturer in the Department of English, is the editor of Epoch, an international literary journal published by Cornell since 1947. Before coming to Cornell, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University. At Cornell, he teaches narrative writing courses, with a special emphasis on the short story, and supervises the MFA graduate students who serve as associate editors of Epoch. He is the recipient of the Robert and Donna Paul Award for Excellence in Advising.
Stephanie Vaughn, professor of English at Cornell, has served three times as director of the Creative Writing Program. She is former chair of the Cornell Council for the Arts and former arts advisor to the provost. She teaches writing courses that range from freshman writing seminars to the graduate fiction workshop as well as literature courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including The American Short Story and Reading Place, Writing Place. She is the recipient of the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship, an award given for teaching, and is the author of Sweet Talk, a short story collection. She also is the author of the introduction to the Penguin editor of Willa Cather's My Ántonia.