Academic Leadership

RISD Deans

  • Daniel Cavicchi | Dean of Liberal Arts

    Daniel Cavicchi | Dean of Liberal Arts

    Dean Cavicchi oversees the division that provides all RISD students with opportunities for study in the liberal arts and sciences. He works with three staff members and 113 faculty across three departments: Literary Arts and Studies; History of Art and Visual Culture; and History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences. Each department in the division offers a concentration – a program of study for students interested in supplementing their major with focused coursework in one of these areas.

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  • Tracie Costantino | Dean of Faculty

    Tracie Costantino | Dean of Faculty

    Dean Costantino manages recruitment of new faculty, faculty orientation, faculty mentoring and a range of development/enrichment programs and opportunities for faculty across career stages. This includes managing diverse grant funding opportunities for faculty. She also ensures academic advising is effective and integrated across disciplines.

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  • Lareese Hall | Dean of Libraries

    Lareese Hall | Dean of Libraries

    In this newly created role, Dean Hall provides leadership to the Fleet Library, the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, the Writing Center and Campus Exhibitions. She envisions these dynamic units as a network of research, learning and experimentation within the RISD community. Her research focuses on the physical spaces of learning and making, the complexity and need for tangible objects and experiences in contemporary society, online and alternative publishing and book arts and printmaking in academic library environments.  

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  • Nancy Skolos | Dean of Architecture + Design

    Nancy Skolos | Dean of Architecture + Design

    Dean Skolos oversees the seven departments in the Division of Architecture + Design: Apparel Design, Architecture, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture. As dean, she works with the seven department heads, five graduate program directors, 218 faculty and 22 staff members in the division.

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  • Sheri Wills | Dean of Fine Arts

    Sheri Wills | Dean of Fine Arts

    Dean Wills oversees the 10 departments in the Division of Fine Arts: Ceramics, Film/Animation/Video, Glass, Illustration, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles. As dean she works with 188 faculty and 23 staff members in teaching approximately 900 students.

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In the Painting studios students and faculty pause to consider works in progress.