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Office of the Dean



Office: 401-874-2566 | Fax: 401-874-2892


Winifred E. Brownell



Leadership, advocacy and support of the people and programs of the

College of Arts and Sciences

Liaison to the Central Administration and Council of Deans

Nancy Eaton (874-4107)

Associate Dean

  • Administrative Liaison:
    • Art & Art History
    • Chemistry
    • Economics
    • Military Science
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology & Anthropology
    • Theatre
  • Liaison on to Online Learning, Webmaster/Technologist, Graduate School, Behavioral Change Research Center, Hunger Center, and General Education, and Honors

Patricia Morokoff (874-2685)

Associate Dean

  • Administrative Liaison:
    • Africana Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Computer Science & Statistics
    • English
    • Film/Media
    • Gender & Women's Studies
    • Harrington School of Communication & Media
    • History
    • Journalism
    • Library and Information Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
    • Writing & Rhetoric
  • Liaison to University College, Internships & Experiential Learning, Assessment, Global Iniatives, Center for the Humanities, Diversity, Living Learning Communities, and Research and Economic Development

Earl N. Smith III


Assistant Dean—Student Affairs

  • Student records, advising, transfer credit reviews, graduation audits, degree certifications, late schedule adjustments, withdrawals & leaves, readmissions, curriculum modification & petitions, off-campus & study-abroad prior approvals. Liaison to Enrollment Services, CCE, UC, and other URI degree-granting colleges, Talent Development, and CCRI

Jonathan Blaney


Business Manager

  • Financial Affairs
  • Systems Manager
  • Research and Grants Management
  • Fiscal training and supervision
  • Liaison to Business & Finance
  • Liaison to Facilities & Operations
  • Chafee Building Manager

Thomas Zorabedian


Assistant Dean

  • Advancement and support for the Harrington School of Communication and Media
  • Liaison, external relations for Harrington School for internships, experiential learning, special programs
  • Liaison to Director of Harrington School
  • Liaison to the Harrington School Advisory Board
  • Harringston School social media and web site
  • Liaison to Harringston School LLC
  • Awarding of A&S Scholarships


Owen B. Devine, Jr.


Director of Development

  • Identification & cultivation of leadership donors
  • Promotion of the College and University
  • Liaison to External Advisory Council
  • Liaison to Alumni Affairs
  • Stewardship of donors
  • Liaison to URI Foundation



Kimberly Balch


Student Affairs Supervisor

  • Assistant to Assistant Dean Earl Smith
  • Transfer credit posting
  • General education petitions
  • Degree audit questions

Kathy Uhl


Assistant Business Manager

  • Fiscal support for College financial management
  • Liaison to Human Resources
  • Liaison to department admins (processing TARs, etc)

Meaghan Feeney


Student Affairs Representative

  • Administrative support for Student Affairs
  • General student questions
  • Degree audit questions
  • Processing of all student forms

Ann C. Joyce


Administrative Assistant

  • Administrative support for College, Associate Deans, and Curriculum Committee
  • Academic Program changes
  • Annual Reviews
  • Course Proposals
  • Curricular Matters
  • Sabbaticals

Christopher Hinkson


Information Technologist

  • Media and technology services for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Liaison to Information Technology Services
  • Tech troublshooting


Anna Vaccaro


Executive Assistant to the Dean


  • Support for College administration
  • Promotional Support for College Events
  • Maintains Dean's Calendar
  • Liaison to Central Administration
  • Assistant to Director of Development


news and notes

Check out the video about the Harrington School of Communication and Media, created by URI alum Dan Riordan's Gnarly Bay Productions:

URI students receive excellence awards from history department

URI English professor wins prestigious fellowship from American Academy in Berlin

URI dean, film professor Thomas Zorabedian to be honored by film festival, Feb. 22

URI economist says third quarter economic acceleration slowing in fourth quarter

URI chemistry student earns national research prize for nano-scale work with gold plating

URI chemistry professor and crime lab director named to federal group to assess forensic standards

New Warwick library director has ‘passion’ for information


URI Theatre 2014/2015 Season:


by Theresa Rebeck

"Avenue Q

by Jeff Whitty

"All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

"As You Like It"

by William Shakespeare

For more information click Here

For a copy of the Season Flyer click Here

Audition information for "Seminar" and "Avenue Q" Here

URI’s Medical Physics Program, one of two in New England, wins full accreditation by national group

KINGSTON, R.I., Nov. 17, 2014 – For several years, the University of Rhode Island, partnering with Rhode Island Hospital, has offered a program for students with a passion for physics and medicine – and now it’s reached a milestone...



Using a 50-year-old technology that’s been reinvented as an archaeological tool, Kate Johnson ’06 digs up the lost farms of New England

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Big Thinkers in the College of Arts and Sciences:


2014 graduate Sylvia Bogusz

Major: Communication studies, Italian

Look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, and you might think—just another college over-achiever. Think again. Nowhere does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver hit her in 2007, nor does she let that define her. Read more

Former URI Soccer player participating in the 2014 World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team

Geoff Cameron

If former Rhody soccer player Geoff Cameron’s big idea was to play in the World Cup, then he’s going to need a new big idea. That’s because he is now on the U.S. men’s national team roster for the 2014 World Cup this summer in Brazil, and he’s already competed with the team in a win against Ghana and a tied match with Portugal in the competition’s opening round. Read more

Click here for the College of Arts & Sciences New Archive