Office of the Provost

provost@risd.edu | +1 (401) 454.6400

Kent Kleinman

Provost

Before assuming the role of provost at RISD in 2019, Kent Kleinman was the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University as well as professor in the Department of Architecture from 2008–18. He has taught at institutions internationally including the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin, the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, and ETH Zürich, and was also a faculty member at the University at Michigan, chair of architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and dean at Parsons School of Design, The New School.

Kleinman received his professional degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. His scholarly focus is 20th-century European Modernism and his books include Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos; Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision; The Krefeld Villas: Mies’s Haus Lange and EstersAftertaste; and a translation of Jan Turnovsky’s Poetics of a Wall Projection. He was awarded a Mellon Foundation Senior Public Goods Fellowship in 2002 and was a visiting scholar at the Canadian Center for Architecture in 2005. He has received four Graham Foundation Grants, the national Bruner Prize, two Architect’s Journal 10 Best Books awards, a New York Council for the Arts grant and (with Eric Sutherland) a Progressive Architecture Design Award.

In 2012 Kleinman received the American Institute of Architects New York State Educator Honor Award and was recognized as a Top 25 Most Admired Educator by Design Intelligence in both 2016 and 2018. He is a co-principal investigator on a grant from the Mellon Foundation focused on integrating architecture and the humanities in the study of urbanism. He is a registered architect in California.

Deans Council

The Deans Council at RISD provides the intellectual leadership for and oversight of academic divisions, faculty, and students. They work with all areas of the college to ensure both student success, and academic excellence for each program.

Provost's Office Staff

The staff in the Office of the Provost supports the work of faculty, departments, curriculum, and students across all divisions.

Patricia Barbeito

Dean of Faculty
  • Oversees:
    Department of Teaching & Learning in Art & Design
    Teaching & Learning Lab
    Faculty Recruitment and Development
  • Phone:
    401.454.6575
  • Location:
    293 South Main Street
Patricia Barbeito

Robert Brinkerhoff

Dean of Fine Arts
  • Departments:
    Ceramics | Film / Animation / Video | Glass | Illustration | Jewelry + Metalsmithing | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Textiles
  • Phone:
    401.454.6435
  • Location:
    Market House, Room 104
    27 Market Square
Robert Brinkerhoff

Justine Bubar

Faculty Recruitment and Development Coordinator
  • Coordinates and provides support for all faculty searches. Provides adminstrative support for new faculty seminars, Faculty Meeting, Steering Committee, and Frazier Award Committee. Oversees sabbatical presentations and the Academic Affairs email.
  • Phone:
    401.709.8482
  • Location:
    Center for SEI
    293 South Main Street
Justine Bubar

Deanna Casanovas

Executive Assistant & Academic Communications Manager
  • Provides direct support to the Provost, Vice Provost, and Associate Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships; supports the Instruction Committee, Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, and Deans Council. Manages the Academic Affairs website, faculty newsletter, and communications for the Office of the Provost.
  • Phone:
    401.454.6594
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 406, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
Deanna Casanovas
Deanna Casanovas

Daniel Cavicchi

Vice Provost
Daniel Cavicchi

Janine Connelly

Senior Budget Analyst
  • Works with the Director, Academic Budgets and Resources to develop, monitor, and adjust academic operating and capital budgets; provides support for partnered studios and faculty research, manages RISD-funded faculty grants, works with faculty to develop and monitor travel course budgets.
  • Phone:
    401.454.6596
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 411, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
Janine Connelly

Sarah Cunningham

Associate Provost, Research & Strategic Partnerships
  • Oversees:
    Career Center
    Center for Complexity
    Continuing Education
    Co-Works
    Executive Education
    RISD Research
    Strategic Design Program
  • Office:
    401.454.6298
  • Mobile:
    571.225.4892
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 410, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
Sarah Cunningham

Ned Draper

Director, Academic Budgets & Resources
  • Oversees Academic Affairs budget reporting, management, and communication; develops travel budgets with RISD faculty, RISD global, and RISD academic departments; coordinates with Facilities on academic space planning.
  • Phone:
    401.277.4839
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 412, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
Ned Draper

Scheri Fultineer

Dean of Architecture + Design
  • Departments:

    Apparel Design | Architecture | Furniture Design | Graphic Design | Industrial Design | Interior Architecture | Landscape Architecture

  • Phone:
    401.454.6280
  • Location:
    College Building, Room 342, Floor 3
    2 College Street
Scheri Fultineer

Alice Geoffrey

Coordinator, Center for SEI, and Administrative Assistant
  • Provides administrative support to the Dean of Faculty and Associate Provost for SEI, and the Instruction Committee and its subcommittees; Coordinator for the Center for SEI and the Teaching & Learning Lab.
  • Phone:
    401.277.4946
  • Location:
    Center for SEI
    293 South Main Street
Alice Geoffrey

Margaret (Peggy) Lewis

Director, Academic Administration
  • Coordinates and provides support on course planning, oversees the processes for the Committee on Faculty Appointments, participates in the negotiation of and administers the faculty union contracts, provides immigration support for faculty, and oversees graduate assistantships.
  • Phone:
    401.454.6591
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 422, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
scheri fultineer
Margaret (Peggy) Lewis

Katryn Livingston

Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, Provost's Office
  • Provides support for academic and provost office events; coordinates the faculty newsletter and maintains the AA website; oversees scheduling, logistics, and budget for the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artist Fellowship (SEAF) and the Kirloskar Visiting Artist in Painting Program; point of contact for faculty for Convocation, Commencement, and Graduate Hooding.
  • Phone:
    401.454.6225
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 409, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
scheri fultineer
Katryn Livingston

Margot Nishimura

Dean of Libraries
  • Oversees:
    RISD Fleet Library
    Edna Lawrence Nature Lab
    Center for Arts & Language
    Campus Exhibitions
  • Phone:
    401.709.5909
  • Location:
    RISD Fleet Library, 15 Westminster Street
Margot Nishimura

Tim Sandiford

Division Assistant
  • Provides administrative support for Academic Administration at RISD. Coordinator for faculty and curriculum development grants, independent and collabroative studies, degree program student evaluations, and Constitution Day; content manager for InfoReady academic grants portal.
  • Phone:
    401.709.8689
  • Location:
    ProvWash, Room 452, Floor 4
    20 Washington Place
Tim Sandiford

Matthew Shenoda

Associate Provost, Social Equity & Inclusion
  • Oversees:
    Center for Social Equity & Inclusion
  • Phone:
    401.454.6444
  • Location:
    293 South Main Street
Matthew Shenoda

Joanne Stryker

Dean of Experimental & Foundation Studies
  • Departments:
    Digital + Media
  • Phone:
    401-454-6177
  • Location:
    Waterman Building, 13 Waterman Street
Joanne Stryker

Damian White

Dean of Liberal Arts
  • Departments:
    History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences (HPSS)
    Literary Arts & Studies (LAS)
    Theory + History of Art + Design (THAD)
  • Phone:
    401.454.6572
  • Location:
    College Building, Room 418, 2 College Street
Damian White

Vacant

Integrated Planning
  • Departments:
  • Email:
  • Phone:
  • Location:
Integrated Planning
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