Graduate Program Directors

If an academic department with a graduate program has 30 or more students enrolled the Provost appoints a full-time faculty member, on the recommendation of the department head and dean, to serve as  Graduate Program Director to that department.  In departments with a student population of less than 30, the department head fills that role. If a graduate only department with a three (3) year October average enrollment between 40 and 69 students the Provost appoints a full-time faculty member, on the recommendation of the department head and dean, to serve as Graduate Program Director to that department.

The Graduate Program Director performs administrative duties associated with the graduate students and the graduate curriculum and serves on the Graduate Studies Committee.  Release time and compensation appear in the Collective Bargaining Contract. Their duties include but are not limited to:

Providing leadership and support for the graduate students in your program:
ensuring that students are assigned appropriate assistantships in the department; providing advising and guidance throughout the final thesis process (thesis committee, exhibition, and timely completion of publication for the Fleet Library.)

Bringing leadership and coordination to the recruiting and admissions process for new graduate students: participating in recruitment events; ranking and continued cultivation of accepted students; serving as liaison with Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Graduate Studies Committee.

Fully participating in the Graduate Studies Committee meetings: representing the interests of your department; engaging in issues, ideas, and initiatives of graduate education at RISD.

DEPARTMENT GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTORS 2017/18
Architecture Carl Lostritto
Ceramics Katy Schimert
Digital + Media Mark Milloff (Dept Head)
Furniture Patty Johnson
Glass Rachel Berwick (Dept Head)
Graphic Design Bethany Johns
Industrial Design TBA
Interior Architecture Markus Berger
Jewelry + Metalsmithing Tim Veske-McMahon
Landscape Architecture Suzanne Mathew
Painting Kevin Zucker
Photography Brian Ulrich/Eva Sutton
Printmaking Megan Foster
Sculpture Heather Rowe
Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Paul Sproll (Dept Head)
Textiles Brooks Hagan