General oversight of all academic areas
Now serving as interim provost, Tracie Costantino leads the Academic Affairs division and works closely with the president to articulate RISD’s academic vision and direction. Prior to assuming this position, she served as associate provost and dean of faculty, managing faculty recruitment, orientation and mentoring as well as a diverse range of grant funding opportunities for faculty.
Deans + provosts
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.
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.
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 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.
Art librarian Lareese Hall oversees the staff and collections at the Fleet Library at RISD, while also leading other key resource hubs in Campus Exhibitions, the Nature Lab and the Center for Arts & Language. Prior to coming to RISD in 2016, she served as architecture and art librarian at MIT and also managed the exhibition program at MIT's Rotch Library.
A cultural historian, 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 and as dean of Liberal Arts before, and currently serves as RISD's first Associate Provost for Research | Global | Practice.
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.
Directors in academic commons areas
Gwen Farrelly leads RISD Global, guiding, supporting and overseeing the college’s academic internationalization and global engagements through the development of global programs and partnerships, hub sites, multiyear initiatives and international relations. Farrelly’s PhD research at the Graduate Center, CUNY, focuses on postwar art in a global context, and she teaches courses addressing global art history.
Jennifer Liese oversees the Center for Arts & Language, a college-wide resource offering academic support and advocacy in a range of communication areas through peer tutoring, staff advising, workshops, lectures and other resources. She holds an MA in Modern Art HIstory, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mark Moscone 88 PR directs the Campus Exhibitions office, overseeing RISD’s largest and most widely used exhibition spaces: 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. A RISD graduate himself, Moscone worked at the RISD Museum and as a coordinator for Campus Exhibitions before being promoted to director in 2007.
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.
Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles