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Provosts

Kent Kleinman | PROVOST

Before coming to RISD in 2019, Kent Kleinman was the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. Specializing in 20th-century European Modernism, he holds a degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and he has taught at several institutions in the US and internationally. A recipient of many grants and awards, Kleinman is also currently a co-principal investigator on a grant from the Mellon Foundation focused on integrating architecture and the humanities in the study of urbanism.

Daniel Cavicchi | VICE PROVOST

Daniel Cavicchi specializes in the role of the arts in the everyday lives of Americans since the early 19th century. He has taught at RISD since 1996, served as department head in History, Philosophy and the Social Science, dean of Liberal Arts and as RISD's first Associate Provost for Research | Global | Practice. Most recently Cavicchi served as interim provost.

Scheri Fultineer | Associate Provost for Research|Global|Practice and Dean of Architecture & Design

An active design practitioner, Scheri Fultineer brings to her work and teaching knowledge of landscape planning and design at diverse scales, years of research into how cultural practices influence landscape, and a lively interest in the contemporary challenge of incorporating sustainability into cultural and design practices.

Matthew Shenoda | Associate Provost for Social Equity and Inclusion

Now serving in the role of associate provost for Social Equity and Inclusion (SEI), Matthew Shenoda arrived at RISD in 2018 as the college's first-ever vice president of SEI. An expert in the field both in and beyond the classroom, he oversees the Center for SEI and leads efforts to ensure that all elements of the SEI plan are embedded within RISD's academic, institutional and cultural framework. An expert with broad experience in the field, Shenoda is also SEI advisor to the President.

Deans

Charlie Cannon | Assistant Dean of Architecture + Design

Most recently serving as department head of Industrial Design, Charlie Cannon began teaching at RISD in 1997 and became part of the Industrial Design department's full-time faculty in 2009. With additional teaching experience in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments, he has been nominated for RISD’s Frazier Teaching Award three times. Cannon is also a co-principal investigator for Rhode Island’s National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a $20 million investigation of the impact of climate change on marine life.

Robert Brinkerhoff | DEAN OF FINE ARTS

Since arriving at RISD in 1996, Robert Brinkerhoff has focused his teaching on illustration concepts classes and the synthesis of illustration and design. His illustrations have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and have been included in numerous publications. Brinkerhoff has previously served as the head of Illustration and chief critic for RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome and has been awarded artist residencies in the US, Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

Joanne Stryker | DEAN OF EXPERIMENTAL AND FOUNDATION STUDIES

In her work Joanne Stryker explores the nature of artifacts and human perception through paintings depicting other works of art. Her two-dimensional interpretations of three-dimensional form—sculpture, pottery, friezes—exploit the interplay between various modes of perception, creating intricate still lifes outside the confines of time, place or historical context.

Damian White | DEAN OF LIBERAL ARTS

Damian White is a sociologist and political theorist with teaching and research interests in the sociology of design, architecture and adaptive reuse, urban and environmental sociology, critical theory, urban studies, and photography. He has served as head of the History, Philosophy + and the Social Sciences department and is a recipient of the Edna Schaffer Humanist Award and a John R. Frazier Award for excellence in teaching.

Patricia Barbeito | Interim Dean of Faculty

Patricia Felisa Barbeito is Professor of American Literatures in the Department of Literary Arts + Studies. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity in American literature; the African American literary tradition; captivity and prison narratives; magical realism; the Latin American novel; and noir fiction and film. She is also a translator of contemporary Greek fiction and poetry, and in 2013 she was awarded the MGSA Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize for her translation of Elias Maglini's The Interrogation.

Margot Nishimura | Dean of Libraries

Margot Nishimura is an art historian with more than two decades of experience in teaching, curatorial practice and administration in museums and libraries. Providing leadership for The Fleet Library, the Nature Lab, the Center for Arts & Language, and Campus Exhibitions, in past years at RISD she was a lecturer in art history and, from 2010–11, Academic Affairs' director of academic planning and assessment. More recently Nishimura held leadership roles at the Newport Restoration Foundation and Brown University's John Carter Brown Library.

Maggie Balch | DEAN OF STUDENTS

Maggie Balch oversees the offices of Residence Life, Health Services, Counseling Services, Intercultural Student Engagement, the Center for Student Involvement, Disability Services, and Student Conduct and Compliance. Overall, she works closely with the leaders of these areas to ensure that the RISD student experience is as inspiring beyond the studio as it is within it.