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Finalists announced for RIC’s next dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Raymond Baccari


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Editor's note: RIC's provost and vice president for academic affairs announced Monday all four forums will be moved to Zoom due to Tuesday's inclement weather.

The search for the next dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is almost complete. An email sent to students at Rhode Island College Friday announced four finalists for this position.

Dr. Earl Simson, the current dean, is retiring in June.

The search committee announced that the finalists for dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are:

  • Dr. Joseph Zornado.

  • Dr. Quenby Hughes.

  • Dr. Praveena Gullapalli.

  • And Dr. Joan Dagle.

All four of the finalists will partake in one-hour open forums that are open to students and all of RIC’s campus community. There will be one forum dedicated for each finalist. Before students ask their questions during each forum, each of the finalists will give a short presentation.

The first forum of the four is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Alger hall, room 110. Zornado will be the candidate answering questions for this forum. He is currently an English professor at RIC, where he has worked since 1995.

The next forum will be for Hughes, which is set to occur right after Zornado’s in Alger 110 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hughes is currently a history professor at RIC and has worked at the college since 2004. She is also an alumna of RIC, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1995.

The final two forums are scheduled for the next day on Wednesday, March 1. Gullapalli’s open forum is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day. She is currently an anthropology professor at RIC, and has taught at the college since 2007.

Dagle’s forum is scheduled for the same day, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. She is the current associate dean for this department and has worked in several roles, including teaching, since 1976.

Each candidate’s cover letter and curriculum vitae were sent to all students via email on Friday. Information about each candidate, such as their publications, research areas and courses they have taught at RIC are available to view in their curriculum vitae.

Those who are unable to attend in-person, but still want to participate will have an option to tune in via Zoom. Recordings of these forums will be viewable afterward.

After all four forums, attendees will get a link emailed to them asking for their feedback for each finalist. Those are due by Monday, March 13 at 11:59 p.m.


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