RISD Deans

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