Announcement: New Vice Provost


Dear RISD Community,

I am pleased to share with you that Dr. Carol Strohecker will join RISD’s academic leadership team as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the end of August. With her extensive work in art, design and media, industry, educational technology, and learning environments, she brings distinctive expertise and valuable experience to initiate and advance many significant strategic initiatives at RISD. The Search Committee found Carol to be a dynamic thinker with a long history of fostering and developing creative collaborations and managing complex initiatives. Those who have worked with Carol in prior roles remarked on her energy, her intelligence and her commitment to building an inclusive and cooperative community.

Most recently Carol served as Director of the University of North Carolina’s multi-campus Center for Design Innovation. In this capacity, she worked with students, faculty, advisors and staff to lead collaborative research, education, design and community economic development programs based on technologies for data sensing, capture, analysis, modeling and visualization. Prior to this role, she was the Principal Investigator of the Everyday Learning Group and one of the first researchers at the MIT-affiliated Media Lab Europe, where she advised program development for the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Education and Culture and for Information Society and Media.

After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism Strohecker held positions in publishing and the graphic arts at the National Geographic Society and the Walters Art Museum. She earned her Masters in Visual Studies at MIT and completed her doctorate there in 1991, working with the renowned educational technologist and artificial intelligence theorist, Seymour Papert. Emerging as a learning environment designer specializing in interactive media, she became one of the first researchers at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, where her collaborative work became the basis of four US software patents. Carol is a founding co-Principal investigator of the SEAD network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Media Lab Europe and Learning Lab Denmark.

Our thanks go to Anais Missakian, Dan Cavicchi, Susan Doyle, Jerri Drummond, Bethany Johns, Rebecca King, and Norm Paris for their diligence in reviewing the applications of numerous candidates, and for inviting three highly qualified candidates to campus for presentations and meetings with faculty and staff. I would also like to reiterate our gratitude to Patti Phillips who has shown tireless commitment while serving in this interim role.

Please join me in welcoming Carol to the RISD community. I hope that the summer months are bringing time for rest and for productive creative work.

Best regards,

Rosanne Somerson


Carol Strohecker, Vice Provost

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