Division of Experimental & Foundation Studies

The Division of Experimental & Foundation Studies (EFS) offers a year-long sequence of courses required for all undergraduate students: Drawing, Design, and Spatial Dynamics. Freshman students and some transfer students take two semesters of each Foundation course. Freshman students elect a major during Wintersession. EFS offers a Summer Program as well for transfer students who need to strengthen some skills before entering the major.

Division Link

Joanne Stryker, Dean
Waterman Building, 1st floor
401-454-6177
jstryker@risd.edu

Shawn Greenlee, Experimental & Foundation Studies Programs Head
Concentration Coordinator, Computation, Technology & Culture
401-454-6176
sgreenle@risd.edu

Paula Gaetano-Adi, Advising Coordinator
401-454-6176
pgaetano@risd.edu

Diane Blair, Office Supervisor
401-454-6672
dblair@risd.edu

Karen Zucconi, Department Coordinator
401-454-6176
kzucconi@risd.edu

Elliot Clapp, Digital Education Manager
401-454-6176
eclapp@risd.edu

Paul Virgadamo, Computer Laboratory Technician
401-454-6109
pvirgada@risd.edu

McDonald Wright, Technical Assistant
401-454-6761
mwright@risd.edu

George Dyment, Technical Assistant
401-454-6699
gdymen01@risd.edu

Shane Richards, Technical Assistant
401-277-4840
srichard@risd.edu

Evan Finkle, Digital Fabrication Technician
efinkle@risd.edu

Full-time Faculty
Mitchell (Mickey) Ackerman, Professor
Alejandro Borsani, Assistant Professor
Miriam Cabell, Assistant Professor
Dawn Clements, Assistant Professor
Lee Dejasu, Associate Professor
Kai Franz, Assistant Professor
Paula Gaetano-Adi, Assistant Professor
Shawn Greenlee, Associate Professor
Leslie Hirst, Associate Professor
Elinore Hollinshead, Professor
Kenneth Horii, Professor
Gareth Jones, Professor
Carol Lasch, Associate Professor
Daniel Lefcourt, Associate Professor
Mark Milloff, Professor
Thomas Mills, Professor
Todd Moore, Professor
Bill Newkirk, Professor
Norman Paris, Associate Professor
Masha Ryskin, Assistant Professor
Asli Serbest, Associate Professor
Clement Valla, Assistant Professor
Deborah Zlotsky, Associate Professor

Part-time Faculty
Luis Alonso, Senior Critic
Maralie Armstrong, Critic
Jonathan Bonner, Senior Critic
Deborah Coolidge, Senior Critic
Alba Corrado, Senior Critic
Forrest Curl, Critic
Yizhak Elyashiv, Senior Critic
Nicholas Evans-Cato, Senior Critic
Carl Fasano, Senior Critic
Mark Ganzglass, Critic
Patricia Ginther, Senior Critic
Alfredo Gisholt, Critic
Amy Goodwin, Critic
Luli Heintz, Critic
Emma Hogarth, Critic
Martie Holmer, Senior Critic
Eleanor Lazarek, Senior Critic
Clara Lieu, Senior Critic (sabbatical)
Judith Maloney, Senior Critic
Neal Overstrom, Critic
James (Jim) Peters, Critic
Rachel Rosenkrantz, Critic
David Scanavino, Critic
Travess Smalley, Critic
Gwen Strahle, Senior Critic
Irene Su, Critic
Jonathan Sylvia, Senior Critic
Pamela Unwin-Barkley, Senior Critic