Academic Leadership

Academic Commons

  • Gwen Farrelly | Global Partners and Programs

    Gwen Farrelly | Global Partners and Programs

    Gwen Farrelly has been heading up RISD’s Global Partners and Programs office since 2012, overseeing corporate, government and nonprofit research partnerships with RISD students and faculty on campus and around the world. She holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin. She is currently a PhD student at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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  • Neal Overstrom | Edna Lawrence Nature Lab

    Neal Overstrom | Edna Lawrence Nature Lab

    Biologist, designer and educator Neal Overstrom has been director of the Nature Lab since 2010. He earned a BS in Biology from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Zoology from Connecticut College and an MA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Before coming to RISD, Overstrom held senior positions in exhibit development, zoological management and aquatic animal research at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

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  • Jen Liese | Writing Center

    Jen Liese | Writing Center

    Director of the Writing Center Jen Liese leads a team of approximately 20 undergraduate and graduate student tutors along with three staff members who provide tutoring and workshops in writing for all RISD students. She also co-coordinates a grant-funded pilot program supporting research and practice in integrative teaching and learning at RISD. Before joining the Writing Center, Liese was an editor at Artforum and worked in the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds an MA in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  • Mark Moscone | Campus Exhibitions

    Mark Moscone | Campus Exhibitions

    Mark Moscone 88 PR has directed the Campus Exhibitions office since 2007, overseeing on-campus exhibition spaces, including Woods-Gerry Gallery, Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery and the Gelman Gallery. He and his staff work closely with students to provide them with crucial exhibition experience in a professional gallery setting. Before becoming director, Moscone worked at the RISD Museum and as a coordinator for Campus Exhibitions.

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In a studio called Design Science students explore geometric patterns and relationships, in part by constructing models.