Faculty and Staff Emeriti

Jane Williams

 Emeriti — A Distinguished Appointment

When a member of the college faculty or senior administrative staff retires from active service in good standing and that individual has served with exceptional distinction, the president may confer upon them emeritus/emerita status. These appointments are at the complete discretion of the president of the college. Changes or exceptions to this practice may be made at the president’s discretion.

Emeritus appointments are strictly honorific and consequently, very few are conferred. The president may make as many or as few appointments as the president deems appropriate, including making no appointments at all in any given year. These appointments do not confer any employment status or rights.

The emeritus/emerita title shall be the same title held at the time of the individual’s retirement. For faculty holding joint appointments, both departments are generally included in the title. At the discretion of the president, an administrative retiree who has also served as a member of the faculty may be honored by use of their academic title rather than the title held as an administrator. Individuals retiring from an acting or interim position will be recognized with the title of their permanent, full-time position and not their temporary assignment.

Faculty and Staff Emeriti

Stephen Brown
Professor Emeritus of English
32 years of service

The English department’s Advisory Committee has voted unanimously to recommend Dr. Stephen Brown for emeritus status upon his retirement this year after 32 years at RIC. The English department wishes to honor Steve for his many distinguished contributions, which include not only his role as a gifted teacher and critic but, increasingly in recent years, his expansive and unstinting service to the department and the College:

  • Member of DAC for 8 years. Dr. Brown also served as Assistant Chair, Interim Co-Chair, Advising Coordinator, Assessment Coordinator, EEP Coordinator. 
  • Beyond these official leadership and service positions, the department shares that Dr. Brown was key in steering the department through incredibly difficult times and supporting their continued growth and success. 
  • Maintained the highest number of advisees for his department. 
  • Top ratings from students in all areas. Expanded knowledge base to meet needs of students, department and field. 
  • Has remained an active scholar in his field and department hopes to see Dr. Brown’s continued involvement post-retirement. 

Claire Creamer
Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing
16 years of service

Throughout her tenure, Dr. Creamer consistently demonstrated exceptional teaching, scholarship and service; service to the college, to the community and to the profession of nursing. Her accomplishments include:

  • Dedicated educator who attended workshops and development opportunities to improve her service to students.
  • Consistently strong student and peer evaluations.
  • Department chair of Undergraduate Nursing since June 2018, leading the department through the difficulties of COVID-19.
  • Additionally, Dr. Creamer has served on many campuses departmental initiatives, such as Dialogue on Diversity, FCTL Mentor-Mentee program, ATAC (Academic Technology Advisory Committee), College Academic Policy and Procedures and Strategic planning, RIC Council/Executive Council Secretary. 
  • Active in her field as a scholar, with a chapter due for publication next year, and is an active member of a number of Nursing organizations on a local, national and international level.  

Mariam Boyajian
Director Emerita Upward Bound Program (originally awarded October, 2020)
41 years of service

Throughout her 41 year career, Mariam is recognized for her many contributions to Rhode Island College, the Upward Bound Program and its faculty, staff and students. Mariam has brought great distinction to the college and we are happy that she will continue to be an active member of the college community in the years ahead.


E. Belle Evans
Professor Emerita of Social Work
42 years of service

The MSW program nominates E. Belle Evans for emeritus status. Belle began her career in the Master of Social Work program at Rhode Island College 42 years ago (1979). 

  • Dr. Evans was instrumentational in the development of the MSW program at RIC. She served as department chair from 1997-2000, and has served on countless committees and task force.
  • Dr. Evans was instrumental in developing online learning in the SSW and was a leader in offering flexible course offerings to MSW students. 
  • Additionally, Dr. Evans provided leadership to the college in the beginnings of online learning and served on the ATEC and COOL committees since its inception until a few years ago.
  • In addition to being a social worker, Dr. Evans is also a nurse and has played a critical role interdisciplinary work with the School of Nursing (including serving as an adjunct for SON since 2012.) 
  • Dr. Evans maintains a private clinical psychotherapy practice (established in 1969) in addition to teaching. The department shares that this experience with a wide population of clients has been incredibly beneficial to students over the years. 
  • Served as PI on a number of grants for the institution within the Geriatrics field and workforce development.

Randy DeSimone
Associate Professor Emeritus of Management and Marketing
33 years of service

Dr. Randy DeSimone  began his career at Rhode Island College in Fall 1986 as an Assistant Professor. He was awarded tenure in July 1992 and promoted to Associate Professor in July 1994. He retired from RIC last year during height of the pandemic in Summer 2020 after 33 years of service. 

  • Examining Dr. DeSimone’s CV shows his dedicated 34 years of exemplary service to Rhode Island College.  He was a member and chair on numerous RIC committees, a Department Chair, and a mentor to many colleagues.  
  • Dr. DeSimone is a leader in his field, Human Resource Management (HRM).  From 1994 through 2012, he published six editions of Human Resource Management with Cengage.  The 600+ page textbook was used in both undergraduate and graduate HRM classes across the United States and abroad.
  • Valued by students for his knowledge and teaching style, the department reports “He not only taught Human Resource Management (HRM), he prepared and mentored students to pursue their careers.”
  • Even as he prepared for retirement, Dr. DeSimone participated in the Fall 2020 redesign of the HRM concentration to meet certification standards.

Gale Goodwin Gómez
Professor Emerita of Anthropology
26 years of service

Dr. Goodwin Gómez started at Rhode Island College in 1994 (initially with a joint appointment between Anthropology/Geography and Educational Studies) and retired in June 2020 after 26 years of service.

  • The Anthropology department unanimously nominates Dr. Goodwin Gómez, sharing that not only has her scholarship added substantially to our knowledge and understanding of Amazonian languages, but her years at RIC have also left a lasting impact on the college and shaped it in fundamental ways into the institution that we know today.
  • Dr. Goodwin Gómez’s research, fueled by extensive research with the Yanoman and Yanam-speaking people of the Amazon focused on, not only the study, but the revitalization of endangered languages.
  • The department shares that her teaching service was shaped by her belief that students need to understand and explore the diversity of the world. 
  • This is reflected in her service to the college, including serving as a founding member of the Diversity Committee (now known as the Dialogue on Diversity and inclusion) in 1995, amongst “other efforts as varied” as the Gender Equity Statewide Handbook Project; the FSEHD Minority Recruitment and Cultural Diversity Committee; and a Task Force on the Foreign Language Requirement.
  • She was an active member of her department as well, serving on the DAC for 26 years as well as assessment, honors and faculty search committees.
  • An active researcher from 1985-2011, Dr. Goodwin Gómez has upwards of 17 publications in addition to numerous conferences and professional presentations.

Gary Grund
Professor Emeritus of English
47 years of service

The English department’s Advisory Committee has voted unanimously to recommend Dr. Gary Grund for emeritus status upon his retirement this year after 47 years of service. 

  • Over his tenure, Dr. Grund he has taught 24 different courses including ancient Greek and Latin, has served energetically on many committees, directed undergraduate and graduate theses, and has a distinguished publication record.
  • Dr. Grund has published or contributed to nine books, two of which have been published by Harvard University Press, the press of his alma mater. He has further served as a consultant, editor, chapter author and translator – and a voice-over narrator for a short documentary film Blind Date (1995), which was nominated for an Oscar. 
  • Dr. Grund has taught all levels of curriculum, often carrying a heavy teaching load to maintain his commitment to general education and first-year offerings. 
  • Dr. Grund Lists a total of eight languages amongst his skills: Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese

Bonnie Macdonald
Associate Professor Emerita of Communication
23 years of service

The Communication department has voted unanimously to recommend Dr. Bonnie MacDonald for emerita status upon her retirement after 23 years of service. 

  • Dr. MacDonald began her service to RIC almost immediately, serving on the NEASC (now NECHE) 2000 accreditation team only a year after joining the college. Since then, she has held a number of roles including Manager of Operations of the RIC TV Studio, Co-Chair of ATAC, Film Studies and Media Studies program director, FCTL director,  and most recently served on the RIC Website Task Force. She was a member of UCC for 10 years. 
  • Dr. MacDonald has been influential in developing art, film and media studies curriculum over the years and has consistently received excellent evaluations from her students.
  • Further, she participated in the development of the Film Studies program, as well as the Media Communication and Journalism concentrations. 
  • Dr. MacDonald is a prolific scholar, writer and artist, including presentations on higher education pedagogy and tools in recent years. 
  • The Communication department recognizes Dr. MacDonald’s overall dedication to pedagogy, student learning outcomes and teacher effectiveness.

Sue Pearlmutter
Dean Emerita of the School of Social Work
16 years of service

Sue began her career at Rhode Island College as an Associate Professor in the MSW program in 2005. With her expertise in policy practice and administration, she brought remarkable passion and steady commitment to the macro concentration track in the MSW program. Throughout her time as Chair and Dean, Sue played a central role in advancing social work programs at RIC.

  • Some of the changes in the School of Social Work that she led were redesigning the advanced standing program, second-year concentrations in the MSW program, and BSW curriculum, and moving the Case Management certificate program to the Outreach programs (the first and only creditbearing certificate program offered). She also led the successful reaccreditation of both BSW and MSW programs in 2017.
  • Sue played a critical role in initiating online learning and co-chaired the COOL committee (Committee on Online Learning), reformatted the Institutional Review Board, and actively engaged in the NEASC accreditation in 2010 and the follow-up report in 2015.
  • Because of her strong leadership skills, she was appointed the Interim Provost in April 2018. She led RICs administrative team in the RIC AFT negotiations in 2018- 2019.
  • When the School of Education received extensive feedback from RIDE, Sue mentored the two Interim Co-Deans from the School and saw through over 300 course revisions. This involved strategic discussions with COGE, the undergraduate curriculum committee, and RIDE.
  • Sue was RICs chief academic officer in 2020 when the world shut down because of the pandemic. She provided skillful direction and guidance as courses throughout the college were transitioned to an online platform. During these unprecedented times, Sue’s steady leadership allowed faculty to finish the semester, ensured that students graduate, and kept the campus safe.

Richard Weiner
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
32 years of service

The Political Science department has voted unanimously to recommend Dr. Richard Weiner for emeritus status upon his retirement after 32 years of service. 

  • In addition to a Political Science faculty member, Dr. Weiner joined RIC as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He served in this role for nearly 20 years, in which he "had a demonstrated and consistent record of contributions that far exceed the normal expectations of a faculty member or Administrator” – including teaching 2-3 per semester a year during his tenure as dean.
  • The Political Science department recognizes him for his dedication to “cultural understanding,” and points to such projects at the INGOS program and creation of a French film festival.
  • In his time since leaving deanship to be a faculty member, he has published two books (one prior) and continues to contribute to his field with a fourth book upcoming in 2022. He has published dozens of articles, and participated in “over a hundred” conferences and seminars.
  • He is recognized for his commitment to students persistence and retention, including his recruitment of students and support of their post-baccalaureate goals. 
  • Upon announcing his retirement, Dr. Weiner assured his colleagues of his interest “continuing to serve, to support, and to contribute to the institution and to its mission.”

Barbara Anderson
Psychology
1973-2020

Barbara Anderson has been described by her department chair as the “heart and soul” of the Psychology Department. She served the department and the college for 47 years through committees, directing the graduate program, serving as assistant chair, and developing the department’s faculty mentorship program. She was the “holder of information, a truth-teller, and a person who makes one feel like the priority.” She showed great artistry in her teaching and she taught challenging research and stats courses. She has been a fine teacher, deeply appreciated by her students and recognized as a role model and mentor.

She was well known for her work in psychological testing and test-taking. She has published, presented, and consulted widely in these areas; she played a significant role in students’ acceptance into doctoral programs.


Rachel Carpenter
James P. Adams Library
1984-2020

Rachel Carpenter played an instrumental role at Rhode Island College, in particular at the James P. Adams Library, for over three decades, from 1984 until her retirement in 2020. She was appointed Reference Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor in 1984 and tenured in 1990. She became Coordinator of the Government Documents Collection in 2003 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. Over her career, Rachel has been recognized as an exemplary, service-oriented librarian, with superior writing skills and specialized knowledge of literature, government publications, and health sciences. She was a founding member of RIC’s Open Books Open Minds initiative, which developed, in part, from her involvement with the American Democracy Project’s common book program. Throughout her tenure at the college, Rachel demonstrated her commitment to student learning and intellectual growth through mastery of research concepts and skills, particularly in her subject areas, but also in programs such as First Year Writing and First Year Seminar.

Rachel is keen to continue to serve the college and its mission after retirement. At present and with funding from the National Network of Libraries Medicine Grant, Rachel and the Adams Library are embarking on a collaboration with Age Friendly Rhode Island. Their goal is to bring resources and tools from the National Library of Medicine, along with information from local agencies, to the public in order to build an age-friendly community. "She has motivated and inspired students," said her library colleagues in nominating her. "With equal parts collegiality and perseverance, she has served our faculty, state, and profession."


Roger Clark
Sociology
1981-2020

Roger Clark has been the consummate teacher throughout his career. He is enthusiastic, no matter the content. He infuses music and humor into the classroom, engages students in games of “Jeopardy!”, and provides mentorship and guidance to many. His department chair says that in his final semester he helped a student in the new MA in Justice Studies program complete a master’s project. He most recently won a teaching award in 2017. He has taught many courses, but felt most responsible for the research and statistics courses in the department. He conducts research and writes for publication every year, always including students in the process. He has a strong and varied record of service to the department and college.

He has been a journal editor and consultant to nonprofit organizations. He “has had a profound impact on other faculty as a mentor” and role model; others indicate that he was a “champion for his students,” always enthusiastic, creative and inspired in the classroom, generous with his time and energy.

He published a research textbook with a now-retired co-author who indicates that it “was a wonderful collaboration” and that he “was a superb and kind editor.” He will be greatly missed by his Sociology colleagues and members of the College Council, where he never hesitated to ask the difficult and complex questions.


Krisjohn Horvat
Art
1972-2012

Krisjohn Horvat had a distinguished career and he was “dedicated to two passions: being a superlative teacher and artist.” He was an extraordinary teacher who encouraged and “pushed his students both technically and conceptually.” Student reports emphasized “his passion for creating and viewing art.” He influenced the department, provided service on many departmental committees, and was a mentor to new faculty colleagues. 

He traveled extensively to broaden his own views, to bring back material that he could use in his classes, and to assist him in building a body of work. His lectures were filled with slides that introduced students to a “vast array of art works...exhibited in major galleries and a diversity of subjects from around the world.”

He provided service on college committees, and chaired at least 23 of them. He receive a distinguished teaching award and a distinguished sustained scholarship and creativity award.


Macgregor Kniseley
Elementary Education
1990-2019

Macgregor Kniseley’s “record of teaching effectiveness is continuous and positive across his career.” Students noted that he has clear expectations and lets them know exactly what is needed to succeed. He is thoughtful, helpful, and very responsive. His teaching extended to the development, organization, and implementation of a job search conference every semester that demonstrated his “commitment to supporting and modeling professional competence for students.” 

His publications include one book and several articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was highly respected for his efforts in securing grants; he was awarded more than $6 million for science education grants during his career at RIC. He has had significant recognition for his work and efforts to support science education.


Robin Montvilo
Psychology
1977-2020

Robin Montvilo has been a “consistent contributor in the field… as an author, researcher, faculty member, leader within the community and activist in the field of addiction and health care.“ She has brought much passion to her work in psychology, addiction, and the care of others through nursing. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from RIC in 1982, while a full-time faculty member in psychology and practiced as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Women & Infants Hospital. She then “used her skills and knowledge of developmental psychology and nursing to educate and mentor her RIC students.”

Her love for teaching is widely recognized by her colleagues and her students, many of whom rate her as the best teacher at RIC. Her teaching is topical and closely tied to current events and research. During her career, she has published more than 100 articles and forums and chapters in edited volumes. She has provided extensive service to her department, serving since 2002 as program director for the Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies program (CDAS).

She has served on many college committees and has been a commencement marshal for many years. She also has been active in the broader community as an advocate and board member and is a leader in the state in the field of addictions.


Ann Moskol
Mathematical Sciences
1974-2017

Ann Moskol “contributed to a variety of programs: general education, applied math, math education, statistics and statistics education, along with computer science and computer science education.”

She was a leader in promoting math and computer science to girls and women and a role model for staying professionally active, including attendance at summer institutes exploring such important topics as data science and new computer languages. She taught courses in math, math education, and computer science; she also developed and taught new courses.

She worked with colleagues to develop and implement two National Science Foundation grants. She worked to accept one of these grants six months earlier than expected; she prepared and organized the planning and recruitment and was successful in assuring a positive start for the project. She was viewed as an excellent organizer, taking responsibility for Math Awareness Day; she was in charge of student social events and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Rhode Island chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association.


Faculty Emerita Posthumously Awarded

Edythe Anthony
Biology
1984-2017

Edythe Anthony was a skilled and committed faculty member, caring for and mentoring her undergraduate and graduate students. Student comments recognized her skills in helping them to “think like a scientist, read like a scientist, and write as a scientist.” She could “take very complicated processes and make them easy to understand.”

She chaired the department for six years; she was a recipient of the Thorp award; and she served as associate dean of FAS for eight years and was known for “her calm, even temperament and her ability to get things done.” She provided leadership for RIC’s INBRE efforts and was a very active member of the leadership for NSF EPSCoR projects, assuring that faculty and our students had research opportunities and funding support.

She published and was known for her research, examining neuroendocrine control of reproduction and development in vertebrates. She published broadly in highly rated journals and her research was widely cited. She was held in high esteem by colleagues in her department, in FAS and in the college.


Rachel Filinson
Sociology
1988-2020

Rachel Filinson was the gerontology scholar in the Sociology Department, a generous collaborator who worked with faculty across departments, schools and institutions. She was admired and respected in the community as well. She built strong relationships with generations of students, as she taught many different courses across the curriculum. She was one of only a few faculty willing to teach a “distance course,” an early adopter of the learning management system WebCT. A former colleague says, “With her wit and fabulous work ethic, it was a joy to teach with her.” Her research was extensive. She published widely even as her illness deepened; in 2019 alone, she published three articles.

She was involved in grant work, had been an active participant in creating Age Friendly Rhode Island, and had long been involved with a URI/RIC gerontology project that included multiple partners and extensive training. A colleague wrote that “her knowledge and years of research were instrumental in guiding our strategies and providing the team with best practices from around the world.” She contributed significantly to the college’s designation as an Age-Friendly University.

She served the college and the community in many ways: she supported students’ preparation for interviews to dental and medical schools; she organized the annual gerontology conference; and she chaired the department for eight years. She was a manuscript reviewer and editorial board member of a prominent gerontological journal; she served as a subcommittee member of the Long-term Care Coordinating Council, working on expanding volunteer options for older adults in Rhode Island. A former colleague notes that she was struck by the ability Rachel had “to do everything she took on so devotedly and successfully. She juggled it all so seamlessly.”

Name                        Department/Administrative Area

Dr. Emily Stier Adler

Sociology Department

Dr. William R. Aho

Sociology Department

Dr. Louis E. Alfonso

Educational Studies Department

Dr. Peter S. Allen

Anthropology Department

Samuel B. Ames

Art Department

Barbara E. Anderson

Psychology Department

Dr. Paul W. Anghinetti

English Department

Dr. A. Anthony Antosh '75

Special Education Department

Dr. Yael Avissar

Biology Department

Dr. R. Carol Barnes

Anthropology Department

Dr. Mildred Bates

BSW Program

Dr. Pamela J. Benson

English Department

Dr. James J. Betres

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Dorothy M. Bianco

Psychology Department

Dr. James E. Bierden

Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Jeffrey P. Blais

Economics and Finance Department

Dr. Charles W. Bohnsack

Biology Department

Kenneth E. Borst

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Joao P. Botelho

Educational Studies Department

Mariam Z. Boyajian '70

Upward Bound

Harriet E. Brisson

Art Department

Dr. Maryann Bromley

MSW Program

Dr. Jean E. Brown

English Department

Dr. John A. Bucci '68

Feinstein School of Education

Dr. Mary L. Burke '80

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. Cathleen M. Calbert

English Department

Rachel H. Carpenter

Adams Library

Margaret M. Carroll '63

Office of Academic Support

Dr. Anne E. S. Carty

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. Roger D. Clark

Sociology Department

Dr. Nancy L. Cloud

Educational Studies Department

Dr. Thomas L. Cobb '11

English Department

Dr. Dix S. Coons

Modern Languages Department

Dr. Patricia A. Cordeiro

Elementary Education Department

Dr. James R. Cornelison Jr.

Administration and Finance

Joseph L. Costa '71

Student Support Services

Dr. Moyne L. Cubbage

Communication Department

Dr. Robert Cvornyek

History Department

Dr. Lenore A. DeLucia

Administration and Finance

Dr. Stanford E. Demars

Political Science Department

Dr. Richard L. Dickson

Special Education Department

Dr. John F. DiMeo '67

Special Education Department

Dr. Judith H. DiMeo

Special Education Department

Dr. Marilyn G. Eanet

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Robert W. Elam

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. Willard F. Enteman

Philosophy Department

Dr. George M. Epple

Anthropology Department

Dr. Richard Feldstein

English Department

Sharon M. Fennessey '67

Henry Barnard School

Dr. Allan L. Fingeret

Psychology Department

John J. Fitta

Administration and Finance

Dr. Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban

Anthropology Department

Dr. Ghislaine A. Geloin

Modern Languages Department

Dr. Peter K. Glanz

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Joan I. Glazer

Elementary Education Department

Dr. John J. Gleason

Special Education Department

Dr. Neil I. Gonsalves

Biology Department

Dr. Richard A. Green

Elementary Education Department

Dr. David L. Greene

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Mary Alice Grellner

English Department

Dr. Margaret A. Hainsworth

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. Spencer Hall

English Department

H. Samuel Hall

Mathematical Sciences

Dr. George C. Hartmann

Biology Department

Dr. Terence E. Hays

Anthropology Department

Dr. Florence E. Hennen

Psychology Department

Doris J. Hlavsa

Health and Physical Education Department

Dr. Robert E. Hogan

English Department

Dr. William Holland

Educational Studies Department

Krisjohn O. Horvat

Art Department

Dr. Mary Ball Howkins

Art Department

Carol A. Hryciw-Wing

Adams Library

Dr. P William Hutchinson

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. Kay F. Israel

Communication Department

Dr. William M. Jones

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. James J. Kenny

Educational Studies Department

Dr. MacGregor Kniseley

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Maureen T. Lapan '53

Educational Studies Department

Dr. Rebecca G. Lassan

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. J. Stanley Lemons

History Department

Dr. Richard A. Lobban Jr.

Anthropology Department

Dr. Yolande A. Lockett

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. Bennett J. Lombardo

Health and Physical Education Department

Marlene L. Lopes

Adams Library

Dr. Kenneth V. Lundberg

Economics and Finance Department

Dr. Patricia G. Lyons

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Harriet S. Magen

Communication Department

Janis H. Marecsak

Health and Physical Education Department

Dr. Peter A. Marks

Economics and Finance Department

Dr. Edward W. Markward

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. Charles J. Marzzacco

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Lloyd H. Matsumoto

Biology Department

Dr. Philip T. McClintock

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. Joseph J. McCormick '59

Special Education Department

Dr. James G. McCrystal

Educational Studies Department

Dr. Meradith McMunn

English Department

Dr. Thomas Meedel

Biology Department

Dr. Jerry E. Melaragno

Biology Department

Dr. George D. Metrey

School of Social Work

Dr. Robin K. Montvilo '82

Psychology Department

Dr. Peter R. Moore

Economics and Finance Department

Patricia Moore

Health and Physical Education Department

Dr. E. Pierre Morenon

Anthropology Department

Dr. Ann E. Moskol

Mathematical Sciences

S. Scott Mueller

BSW Program

Dr. Christine A. Mulcahey '80

Henry Barnard School

Dr. Angela C. Murphy

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. John Nazarian '54

Office of the President

Dr. Madeline F. Nixon

Elementary Education Department

Dr. William J. Oehlkers

Elementary Education Department

Dr. J. George O'Keefe

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Richard R. Olmsted

Philosophy Department

Dr. Lenore J. Olsen

MSW Program

Richard A. Olsen

Adams Library

Dr. Charles W. Owens

Biology Department

Dr. Cynthia A. Padula

Nursing Graduate

Dr. Carolyn P. Panofsky

Educational Studies Department

John Pellegrino

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. Gary M. Penfield

Student Success

Dr. Eugene H. Perry

Political Science Department

Elaine Foster Perry

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

John E. Peterson '56

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Peter E. Piccillo

History Department

Dr. Dorothy R. Pieniadz

Educational Studies Department

Dr. Victor L. Profughi

Political Science Department

Dr. Thomas W. Ramsbey

Sociology Department

Dr. Tom M. Randall

Psychology Department

Dr. Joyce T. Reisner

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Carey G. Rickabaugh

Political Science Department

Dr. Mariano Rodrigues

Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Marjorie Roemer

English Department

Dr. Joan H. Rollins

Psychology Department

Dr. Elizabeth H. Rowell

Elementary Education Department

Dr. James J. Rubovits

Psychology Department

Dr. Robert T. Rude

Elementary Education Department

Dr. John J. Salesses

Academic Affairs

Dr. Kathryn E. Sanders

Mathematical Sciences

James A. Schaefer

Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Edward A. Scheff

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Barry Schiller

Mathematical Sciences

Dr. James T. Sedlock

Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Carol R. Shelton

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. Amritjit Singh

English Department

Dr. Clyde C. Slicker

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Raymond Smith

Music, Theatre, and Dance Department

Dr. Sheri L. Smith

Philosophy Department

Don Smith

Art Department

Dr. Ellsworth A. Starring

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Albert L. Stecker

Management and Marketing Department

Ronald Steinberg

Art Department

Dr. Earl E. Stevens

English Department

Dr. Ezra L. Stieglitz

Elementary Education Department

Judith E. Stokes '75

Adams Library

Dr. Milburn J. Stone

Political Science Department

Dr. Mary M. Sullivan

Mathematical Sciences

Robert J. Sullivan '53

Anthropology Department

Dr. Patricia A. Thomas

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. Ronald W. Tibbetts

Henry Barnard School

Dr. James D. Turley

English Department

Dr. Daniel Weisman

BSW Program

Ruth B. Whipple

Henry Barnard School

Dr. Jane Williams

School of Nursing

Dr. John C. Williams

Physical Sciences Department

Dr. Carolyn L. Wood

Nursing Undergraduate

Dr. David C. Woolman '72

Adams Library

 

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Emeriti Nominations

Nominations may be made at any time, however, the deadline for submission in order to be considered in any given year is June 15. Customarily, all nominations are considered once per year in early summer. In recent years, the public announcement of emeritus appointments has taken place in August.

The Process

Requirements

The following prerequisites must be present in order to be considered for emerita/emeritus status:

  • Faculty must hold the title of Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor.

  • Senior administrative staff must hold the title of director or higher on the college’s official organizational chart. There is no distinction given to union/non-union status.

  • Individuals must enter retirement in good standing and not for separation from service for any other reason.

  • Individuals who retired in prior years are eligible for consideration.

  • The college does not grant emeritus/emerita status posthumously.

Overview

For faculty, written nominations are normally made by department chairs and forwarded directly to the college president, although nominations may also come directly from deans. Alternately, department chairs may forward nominations to the appropriate dean, who will then forward the nomination to the president.

Administrative emeritus nominations generally originate from the individual to whom the nominee reports. However, this does not preclude a nomination from a higher administrative level.

Self-nominations, or nominations from outside the appropriate supervisory hierarchy, cannot be considered.

The president seeks the confidential advice of the President’s Executive Cabinet (P.E.C.) on all nominations before rendering a decision; this is the opportunity for the vice presidents to add their judgment. However, the president’s decision is final.

Items to include as part of the nomination

Nominations should take the form of a letter to the president. Electronic transmittal is requested.Most successful nominations provide the type of information listed in this section. Not every nominee is expected to have an entry in each area; also, there may be other factors that the nominator wishes to include. Bear in mind that these are guidelines only; other factors may also be considered and the president is free to weigh the criteria in any manner she/he deems appropriate.

  • Significant length of service to the college. Normally, successful candidates will have served for at least twenty years.
  • A demonstrated and consistent record of contributions to the college that far exceed normal expectations of a faculty member or administrator (please cite specific examples).
  • For faculty, a reputation as a good teacher and role model for colleagues as well as students.
  • For administrators, a reputation as a good role model for colleagues and for any students with whom they have interacted.
  • A record of leadership in the individual’s discipline or profession and/or the greater community that has brought distinction to Rhode Island College (please cite specific examples).
  • An interest in continuing to serve, to support, and to contribute to the institution and to its mission

Because most nominees will have a record of service spanning multiple decades, nominators should not assume that those who will deliberate on the nomination possess full knowledge of the candidate’s contributions. That is why the nomination requires some degree of specificity. It is not necessary to include a full vita, but it is important to include pertinent highlights in the nomination.

 

Generally

Each appointee receives a postal letter, personally signed by the president, indicating the individual’s new status. Emailed copies are forwarded to the appropriate vice president, assistant vice president, dean, and department chair. Also copied is the official to whom the individual reported as well as the nominator, if such are not among the aforementioned positions.

For promotion and administrative purposes, an emailed copy is also sent to the Vice President for Advancement and College Relations, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of College Communications and Marketing, and the Web Communications office.

News of the appointment remains strictly confidential and is embargoed until such time as the president makes a public announcement. The appointee, of course, may inform immediate family members, with request of confidentiality.

For nominations that are unsuccessful, the nominator will be notified by email, with request for strict confidentiality. The nominee, who would not be aware of the nomination, is not to be informed under any circumstances.

Generally

Normally, an emeritus/emerita appointment shall be for life; however, because individuals holding the title continue their association with the college in the public domain, the college must reserve the right, under exceptional circumstances, to revoke such status. Violation of any of the following provisions may lead to revocation:

  • Emeriti must behave in a professional, responsible, ethical, and lawful manner, and in accordance with the rules and policies of Rhode Island College, its governing board, and the State of Rhode Island, as well as federal and local laws and regulations. Any behavior, action, or conduct that would otherwise constitute grounds for discipline of a college employee may result in the revocation of emeritus status and/or privileges.
  • Emeriti may not use college resources to campaign or advocate for personal or political interests, to conduct for-profit business activities, or to support any non-profit activity unrelated to the college.
  • Emeriti may only have access to confidential student, personnel, or other official records to the extent required and authorized within the scope of an approved service activity.
  • Emeriti may neither purport to represent the college in any matter nor bind the college to any commitment or obligation, contractual or otherwise, absent written prior approval from the president or president’s designee.

Generally

Individuals holding emeritus/emerita status may be eligible for such benefits and privileges as may be from time-to-time established by the college. Examples of such benefits and privileges may include:

  • An official certificate certifying the appointment, personally signed by the president, and enclosed in a suitable case, cover, or frame

  • Listing in the faculty/staff directory and on the college web with the new title

  • RIC identification card

  • Faculty/staff borrowing privileges at Adams Library

  • Permission to park in lots restricted to faculty and staff (with proper registration of vehicle with the Security and Safety Department)

  • Continued use of their assigned college email account

  • Continued access to RIC computers in the Faculty Development Area of the open computer labs, on a space available basis

  • Discounts on admission to cultural, athletic, or other events normally provided to faculty and staff

  • Invitations to special emeriti events as may be held from time-to-time

  • Access for emeriti faculty, subject to the constraints of Council by-law XVIII A.4., to apply to the Rhode Island College Faculty Research Fund

  • An invitation to march in convocation processions; faculty emeriti are invited to march with the appropriate academic department; administrative emeriti are invited to join the line of march with active administrators of the same rank

  • Posthumous recognition: if the college learns in a timely manner of the passing of an emeritus/emerita, college flags will be lowered to half-staff and a notice circulated to faculty and staff. If news of the passing is delayed to a point where flag lowering would be inappropriate, a notice will still be circulated to faculty and staff providing information of the passing.