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Speakers Bureau

Our experts are here for you.

Speakers Bureau

Your resource for knowledgeable lecturers.

Thank you for your interest in SUNY Niagara and in our Speakers Bureau. The SUNY Niagara Speakers Bureau was developed as a community service for area organizations. As you plan your group’s next meeting, please consider using a distinguished member of the SUNY Niagara faculty or staff as your guest speaker.

SUNY Niagara Faculty

How to schedule a speaker

All requests for SUNY Niagara speakers should be made by contacting the speaker either by phone or by e-mail. Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the speaking engagement. Keep in mind that during class breaks and summer vacation, some speakers will not be available. In addition, speaking engagements must be scheduled around teaching commitments and other activities.

When making arrangements, please supply the following information:

  • Approximate size and type of audience
  • Name and phone number of person making the request
  • Name of organization
  • Time allotted for speaker’s presentation
  • Time, place and date of meeting
  • Topic of program

Available topics

Suzanne BuffamantiProfessorFilm and Literature, The Gothic Mode across the Arts and Culture, Nineteenth-Century
Donald Fisher, Ph.D.ProfessorHistory of
Kathleen Gerbasi, Ph.D.Professor (Retired) and Adjunct (current)Student Success, e.g., growth mindset, cognitive biases, memory, successful study strategies, human / animal relations, animal assisted therapy, furries, furry
Rebekah KeatonProfessorCreative Writing: Poetry, Creative Writing: Fiction, American Literature, 17th Century Metaphysical
Pamela LangeReading CoordinatorAcademic College Vocabulary
Nancy KnechtelProfessorArt History, Art Galleries,
Marc PietrzykowskiAssistant Professor of EnglishPoetry, Small Presses and
Carolyn StankoAssociate Professor/Program CoordinatorHorticulture, Gardening, Plants,
Ian StapleyEnglish Professor/Program CoordinatorShakespeare, British Literature, Chaucer to Defoe, Nature
Gail TylecProfessor (Retired) and Adjunct (current)Nutrition, Dietetics, Dietary Planning, Menu Planning, Portion Control, Macro/Micro Nutrients, Understanding the Food
Bradley WingertAssistant Vice President of Academic AffairsMusic History / Musicology, Choral Conducting, Music Education, Teaching, Measurement & Evaluation in Education (Assessment)

Travel Expense

Normally, there are no charges for programs or speakers provided by SUNY Niagara. If unusual expenses and/or travel of significant distances are incurred, reimbursement should be made to the speaker. Honoraria are not expected as a general policy, but are left to the discretion of the organization.

Campus Tours and Talks

SUNY Niagara’s recruiters are available to conduct campus tours or present information about a particular program. To arrange a tour or to request specific information about SUNY Niagara, please email

Experts List

Our speakers may also be available to speak to the media about today’s prominent news stories.  Contact Barbara DeSimone, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at (716)614-5904 or email to arrange a press interview with our experts.


Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6225
Location: A-201
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Speakers are currently being added. Please check back – new listings will be posted in the fall.