RISD Deans

  • Nancy Skolos | Dean of Architecture + Design (interim)

    Nancy Skolos | Dean of Architecture + Design (interim)

    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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  • Patricia Phillips | Dean of Graduate Studies + Research

    Patricia Phillips | Dean of Graduate Studies + Research

    Dean Phillips coordinates and acts as an advocate for the 440 graduate students in 22 graduate programs across 16 departments. She works with 23 faculty and six staff, including the department heads of two graduate-only departments: Digital + Media and Teaching + Learning in Art + Design. She also chairs the Graduate Studies Committee.

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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 degree program major with focused coursework in one of these areas.

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  • Tracie Costantino | Assistant Dean of Faculty

    Tracie Costantino | Assistant 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 the Painting studios students and faculty pause to consider works in progress.