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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
    • Online Learning
    • Facilities
    • Webmaster/Technologist
  • Liaison to Graduate School, Behavioral Change Research Center, Hunger Center, General Education

Patricia Morokoff (874-2685)

Associate Dean

  • Administrative Liaison:
    • Africana Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Computer Science & Statistics
    • English
    • Film Media
    • Gender & Woman's Studies
    • Harrington School of Communication & Media
    • History
    • Journalism
    • Library and Information Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Modern and Classical Languages
    • Writing & Rhetoric
    • University College
  • University College, Internships & Experiential Learning, Assessment, Global Iniatives, Center for Humanities, Diversity, Living Learning Communities, 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
  • Social media and web site development
  • Liaison to University Advancement and LLC
  • Liaison to A&S Scholarships

Owen B. Devine


Associate Dean

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



Meaghan Feeney


Student Affairs Representative

  • College receptionist and clerical support
  • Administrative support for Student Affairs

Catherine Robinson


Assistant Business Manager

  • Fiscal support for College financial management
  • Liaison to Human Resources

Kimberly Balch


Supervisor, Student Affairs

  • Administrative support for Student Affairs
  • Supervision of student records

Ann C. Joyce


Administrative Assistant

  • Clerical support for College and curriculum
  • Clerical support for Student Affairs

Ashley L. Baron


Executive Assistant to the Dean


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


news and notes

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


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

URI Theatre 2013/2014 Season:

"Be Aggressive

by Annie Weisman

"How The Other Half Lives

by Alan Ayckbourn

"Crimes of the Heart

by Beth Henley


by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse

For more information click Here

For a copy of the Season Flyer click Here

Audition information for "Chicago" and "Crimes of the Heart" Here

Press Releases for the College of Arts & Sciences:

Two URI research teams recognized for ocean research by Secretary of Interior


Andrea Rusnock

URI's Rusnock to use Fellowship for smallpox study

URI picked for Obama program to boost number of Americans studying in Latin America

URI program chosen to help launch Obama’s Latin American initiative

The newest exhibit in the Fine Arts Center showcases graffiti art, some of which was painted right on the gallery walls.

Big Thinkers in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Steven Craveiro '13

Jenna Broccolo '12

Cherry Arnold '87

Tony Horton '80