Council of Rhode Island College

The Council of Rhode Island College, established in 1963, is the chief legislative and regulatory agency of the faculty. Its function is to examine and evaluate current policies in light of the philosophy, purposes, and assigned function of the college and to recommend such amendments and additions of policy that are deemed necessary or desirable to provide for the most effective operation of the college.

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Advising Resources for Faculty

Faculty advisors play an incredibly important role helping students connect with the college, navigate the maze of academic requirements, and ultimately see the path to graduation. 

Whether faculty advise students face-to-face, by email or phone, each interaction provides an opportunity for providing excellent student service. The connections and interactions between a student and his/her academic advisor are a key ingredient of student success. Helping students stay on track enriches the overall academic community, leads to improved graduation rates, and strengthens the college' achievement of its mission.


Faculty and Staff Emeriti

Emeriti appointments may be conferred by the president 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.

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Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes the professional growth and development of Rhode Island College faculty as teachers and as scholars of teaching and learning. FCTL is by faculty, for faculty. FCTL fosters a dialogue about teaching and learning across disciplinary lines. FCTL partners with faculty and staff members who share their expertise and experiences with their colleagues via several Professional Development formats including workshops, new faculty orientation, seminars, and panel discussions. Individual consultations are also available.

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Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs​ (OSP) is the college's central clearinghouse for all external research and programmatic grants and contracts with government agencies and private foundations. OSP​ supports faculty and student advancement of knowledge and scholarship across the disciplines. RIC faculty research creates student opportunities, positively affects issues that reach far beyond our campus, and generates revenue for the college and State of Rhode Island.

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RIC/AFT-Empowering RIC Faculty Since 1967

RIC/AFT unites members of the Rhode Island College faculty in a federation for mutual assistance in order to promote the interests of the faculty and the teaching profession and to protect an atmosphere and structure of academic freedom for faculty and students in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and in the acquisition and dissemination of skills.


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RIC Adjunct Faculty Union

The RIC Adjunct Faculty Union advocates on behalf of the adjunct faculty community at the college. Learn more.

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Tenure & Promotion

The Tenure and promotion process provides a structure for determining the continuous and permanent term of appointment of the professional faculty of Rhode Island College.  Tenure protects and reinforces the academic freedom of the faculty in carrying out the preservation, extension and dissemination of knowledge, which is of benefit to society at large.

Academic Committees

Mini and Major Grants and Awards

The Committee for Faculty Scholarship and Development (CFS&D) supports faculty research and creative activity, professional development, and training through major grants up to $4,000 and mini-grants under $1,500. CFS&D also awards faculty reassigned time.

Committed to transparency, CFS&D communicates the allocation process and announces the funding awards to the entire campus community.

All proposed activities must take place within the grant cycle: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Mini Grant  

Click here for application
(Deadline is April 15, 2021)

Application Instructions​
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​Major Grant

Click here for application​​​​​
(Deadline is April 15, 2021)

Application Instructions​
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Please note that applications must be completed online. It is possible to save and return to in-progress applications. Although it is possible to download the application pages to look at them offline, your changes will not be saved and your application cannot be submitted in this form.​​​

Submit Final Reports

Major Grant Final Report​

Mini Grant Final Report

To Receive Grant Reimbursements:

To prevent undue burden on grants administration personnel, recipients are requested to submit requests for reimbursement in a timely manner (within one month of expenditure).

Travel reimbursements must be accompanied by a travel report, which you can find on this accounting resource webpage.

Please print your travel report (Excel file) and sign. Attach all original receipts to that form and send to Kieran Ayton in the Adams Library, Room 404. He will forward your request for reimbursement to Mary West in Grants Accounting. Accounting requires originals to process payment. Department Chair signature is not required, but you must include this letter with your request. Your reimbursement request will be reviewed by both Accounting and Grants Accounting. 

​If you have additional questions, please contact Mary West.

Previous Recipients​

Reassigned Time Application and Instructions

All proposed activities must take place within the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters.

Click here for application​ (Deadline is March 15, 2021).

Application Instructions
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​Please note that applications must be completed online. It is possible to save and return to in-progress applications. Although it is possible to download the application pages to look at them offline, your changes will not be saved and your application cannot be submitted in this form.

Submit Final Reports

Submit reports via this form titled Reassigned Time Final Reports.

Previous Recipients​

View the recipients of the Reassigned Time Award for 2020-2021​.

View the recipients of the Reassigned Time Award for 2019-2020​.


Roles and Responsibilities

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is a committee of the Council of Rhode Island College. It is responsible for the approval and oversight of all aspects of the undergraduate curricula, including honors programs and general education. Implementation of Undergraduate Curriculum Committee decisions is subject to action by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President of the College.

The Committee initiates the study of new curricula or changes in curricula, and consider suggestions for curriculum development from the administration, divisions, departments, programs, individual faculty members, and students. 

Announcement from Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair:

The first meeting of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the 2020-2021 academic year is scheduled for Friday, September 18, but if no proposals are submitted in time for this, the committee will be informed ahead of time that this meeting will be cancelled. Full UCC meetings for the remainder of this academic year 2020-2021 will take place online until further notification. The committee will be reminded prior to each meeting, to give them time to look over any proposals or submit reports on time. Voting deadlines will be 4pm on the third Friday in each month: Meeting dates are listed in the right-hand column below. Please use the email for all correspondence concerning UCC matters; it is checked every day.

Electronic copies of proposals that you wish to be considered are due by noon on the last Friday of each month prior to the month in which the proposal will be presented. These need to be submitted to along with catalog copy and an updated copy of your program’s Academic Rhode Map if it needs any revision if your proposal is approved—bear in mind changes you are making to certain courses may affect other programs, and you need to identify these on your proposal so they will know to update their Rhode Maps. The submission date is 21 days prior to each scheduled Undergraduate Curriculum Committee meeting (see dates below). This is necessary to enable the Chair and the Executive Committee to check them through and make any necessary changes, and to allow time for minor revisions before coming to the full committee. Make sure the electronic documents you send are in Word, saved as .docx files — NO .pdfs.

In place of a signed paper copy, for the time being, we are asking proposers to send electronic copies of their proposals and the catalog copy to all those who need to sign, and have them send an e-mail to to show their approval/acknowledgement. These should all be received at that e-mail address before the Executive Committee meet to discuss the proposal (see dates below) on the first Friday of each month. 


Date proposals are due for each monthly meeting. Executive UCC  meeting dates: usually Fridays 2-4pm UCC meeting dates: 2 - 4pm on the following Fridays; except where noted*
27​ August 2020 4 September 2020 18 September 2020
25 September 2020 2 October 2020 16 October 2020
30 October 2020 6 November 2020 20 November 2020
30 November 2020 4 December 2020 18 December 2020
29 January 2021 5 February 2021 17 February 2021*
Wed. 12:30 - 2 p.m.
26 February 2021 5 March 2021 19 March 2021
26 March 2021 2 April 2021 16 April 2021
30 April 2021 TBA 14 May 2021

Please check that you are using the current form (Form revised 5/28/20) available in the sidebar on the right.  All proposals use the same form, which is split into different sections. Only submit the sections that are relevant to your proposal (course creation/revisions only need sections A, B and D; program creation/revisions only need A, C and D--delete from the document any sections that are not being used). Double-check before submitting that you have provided all the correct information, included a proper rationale for every change when making revisions, as well as how this will affect the program or students (as if it does not affect either one—why are you making the proposal?), and please do not forget to provide catalog copy in a single extra file, that reflects any changes you are planning to make, and includes changes that might have to be made to other department sections in the light of your proposal (eg If you change the credit hours of a course used by a program outside your department, you need to include catalog copy of their program that reflects this). Please edit so that you only send in those pages being changed, with clearly marked tracked changes, and not whole section files (just cut and paste the pages you need into a single Word document before you start tracking the changes). You also need to check to see if your proposal might be affecting any of the college’s Academic Rhode Maps, and submit revised versions of those affected along with your proposal. While there are guidelines embedded on the proposal form in a series of smart tips (just hold the cursor over the highlighted phrases), there are also more detailed instructions on the “Forms and Information” page, and in section 4.2 of the UCC Manual, for filling in the form, creating catalog copy, and revising Academic Rhode Maps. The names and affiliations of those whose signatures are required should be typed into the electronic file copy of the approval/acknowledgment page of each proposal before its initial submission. If the paper copy of your proposal with the actual signatures has not been submitted prior to the Executive UCC meeting at which your proposal is to be discussed, the proposal cannot be discussed and will be tabled until the signed copy is received. Email your electronic submission to the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee at as soon as it is ready–do not feel you have to wait until the deadline or for signatures as we can be working on getting it ready in the meantime

If you have questions, please contact the chair, Sue Abbotson, ext. 2803, or email to Please use this curriculum e-mail rather than Dr. Abbotson’s personal RIC account as it helps to keep the Curriculum correspondence all together in one place.​​​

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Membership 2020-2021




Susan Abbotson (2022)

English Department
Craig-Lee 163
(401) 456-2803


David Espinosa (2021)
Executive Committee

History Department
Craig-Lee 468
(401) 456-2807

Giselle Auger (2021)

Communication Department 
Whipple Hall 209
(401) 456-8648


Todd Borgerding (2022)

Music, Theater and Dance
Nazarian Center 254
(401) 456-9883

Seth Dixon (2022)

Political Science Department
Gaige Hall 252
(401) 456-8378

Social Sciences

Traci Weinstein (2021)

Psychology Department
Craig-Lee 372
(401) 456-8585

Dan Hewins (2022)

Biology Department
Fogarty Life Science 236
(401) 456-8471


John Burke (2021​)

Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Craig-Lee 250 
(401) 456-8561

Murat Aydogdu (2021)

Economics and Finance
Alger Hall  237
(401) 456-8432


Charles McLaughlin (2022)

Educational Studies
HBS 222
(401) 456-8793


Jason Sawyer (2021)
Executive Committee

Health and Physical Education
Murray Center 129
(401) 456-9693

Susan Zoll (2021)

Elementary Education 
Horace Mann Hall 067
(401) 456-8418
(401) 456-8016

Annette Griffin (2022)

School of Nursing
NEC-Providence (289)
(401) 456-9581


Joshua Diem (2022)

School of Social Work
Building 9 (SSW) 124
(401) 456-4622

Social Work

Joe Zornado English Department
Craig-Lee 167
(401) 456-8656

Chair of COGE

Earl Simson

Gaige Hall 
(401) 456-8106
(401) 456-8107

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Carolynn Masters

Fogarty Life Science 144
(401) 456-8014

School of Nursing

Helen Tate (non-voting)
Executive Committee 

Roberts Hall 407
(401) 456-8003

Vice President
Academic Affairs/Provost

Briana Stevenson (2020-2021)


Undergraduate Student

​Anthony Diebold (2020-2021)


Undergraduate Student​​​​​​

Roles and Responsibilities

The Graduate Committee is a committee of faculty governance under RIC Council. The mission of the Graduate Committee is to oversee graduate curricula and programs, and to advance the interest of graduate programs and students at Rhode Island College. The Graduate Committee reviews and approvals proposals for new and revised curriculum and for policies related to graduate studies.

The Graduate Committee meets the first Friday of the month. Proposals are due approximately three weeks before the meeting date to allow the committee chair and the executive committee time to review the proposals.

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Proposal due date

Email to

Executive Committee Meeting

Graduate Committee Meeting

Time: 10:00-noon​
Gaige Hall 005


September 4, 2020

September 11, 2020

September 18

October 2, 2020

October 9, 2020

October 16

November 6, 2020

November 13, 2020

November 20

December 4, 2020

January 15, 2021

January 22

February 5, 2021

February ​12, 2021
We recommend that proposals that require approval external to RIC be submitted by this date

February 19

March 5, 2021

March 12, 2021

March 19

April 2, 2021

April 9, 2021

April 16

May 7​, 2021

Committee Membership

Member (expiration) Department Constiuency
Leonardo Pinheiro (2021)
Math and Computer Science Faculty Arts and Sciences
Anita Duneer (2022) English Faculty Arts and Sciences
Deb Britt (2020) Biology Faculty Arts and Sciences
Monica Darcy (2021)
Executive Committee
Counseling, Educational Leadership & School Psychology Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Ying Hui (2022) Special Education Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Gerri August (2022) Educational Studies Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Constance Milbourne (2021) Management and Marketing School of Business
Justin Dilibero (2021)
Executive Committee
Nursing School of Nursing
Jenn Meade (2022)
Executive Committee
Social Work School of Social Work
Michelle Barrus (2021) Graduate Student Appointed by VPAA​​​
Leslie Schuster
Executive Committee
Dean of Graduate Studies  ex officio; non-voting​​​​​

Roles and Responsibilities

The Committee on General Education is responsible for the approval and oversight of all aspects of the  General Education Program, which is designed to provide students in all academic majors and professional programs with the knowledge and skills of a college-educated citizen. General Education approaches eleven learning outcomes through three core courses, seven distribution areas, a second language requirement, and writing in each of the disciplines. In the first year, First Year Writing provides a starting point for writing at all levels throughout the curriculum. Also in the first year, students choose from a large selection of intriguing topics with which to hone their skills in First Year Seminar. Connections courses, taken later in one’s program, again use a topical approach to strengthen academic skills. Writing in each discipline purposefully and explicitly develops student writing appropriate to the style and context of the individual discipline.

Recognizing the vast scope of knowledge available, distribution courses allow students to choose courses in each area to advance professional goals, enhance personal interests, or explore new areas. One of these courses is a more advanced course that builds upon other General Education courses in science and mathematics to develop skills and understanding at a higher level.

Committee on General Education (COGE) Membership 2020-2022





William Martin

Music, Theater, Dance



David Espinosa




Joe Zornado, Chair




Stephanie Costa




Karen Almeida

Physical Science

Natural Science


Mary Baker


Social and Behavioral Science


Dragan Gill


Adams Library


Jiyun Wu


School of Business


Tommy Ender

Educational Studies

Feinstein School


Sylvia Ross




Jesse Capece


Social Work


Michael Michaud


Chair, Writing Board


Becky Caouette 


FYW Coordinator


Maureen Reddy


FYS Coordinator


Helen Tate

Provost—or designee

Academic Affairs


Earl Simson or designee

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Dean of Arts and Sciences


Sue Pearlmutter

Academic Affairs

Provost designee


Kyra Garabedian




Roles and Responsibilities

The Committee on Assessing Student Outcomes (CASO) identifies and evaluates the measures used to assess achievement of college-wide learning goals, which are derived from General Education’s Learning Outcomes statement, the College Mission and Vision, and the College Strategic Plan. CASO, which reports to the Provost, oversees assessment of curricular learning outcomes, while assessment of co-curricular outcomes falls under the purview of the Vice President for Student Success. Each academic program has its own assessment plan, on which it reports annually to the College’s assessment coordinator. Assessment of General Education learning outcomes is a coordinated effort between the Committee on General Education (COGE) and CASO.

Current Members

Administrative Committees

Hiring Faculty at Rhode Island College

Faculty are the most valuable resource of any educational institution, and the development of an outstanding faculty is therefore one of the most important and attention-demanding efforts we engage in. It is our collective responsibility to put in the classroom and departments the very best faculty we can find, faculty who believe in our teaching mission and who sign on to the notion of education as a mechanism of social change.

Search committees do most of the hard work of building our full-time faculty resources at Rhode Island College. The role of a search committee is to attract and identify a strong, diverse pool of highly qualified candidates who have the potential to bring to RIC a set of skills, life experiences, and perspectives that will add to the quality and richness of our academic community. Specifically, search committees should strive to:

  • Hire a highly qualified person who fits the requirements for the position
  • Increase diversity among the faculty
  • Follow all legal guidelines
  • Ensure a fair, objective and collegial process

An important consideration in any search process is to maximize objectivity and minimize implicit bias or other subjective considerations that might hamper opportunities for highly qualified and well-matched candidates to be selected for the short list or be selected as a top candidate following on-site interviewing. It is imperative that the search committee follows appropriate guidelines for what can and cannot be considered in the review and interview process, and also that they recognize both their own potential biases and those of the committee and department.

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