John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences

Administration

  • Angela R. Renaud, Ed.D., dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Michael Fein, Ph.D., associate dean
  • Laura Galligan, Ph.D., associate dean
  • Rory Senerchia, Ph.D., assistant dean

Faculty Emeritus

  • Domenic A. Vavala, Ph.D., FRSH, professor emeritus of health sciences & nutrition; B.A., Brown University; M.S., University of Rhode Island; M.A., Trinity University; M.Ed., University of Houston; Ph.D., Accademia di Studi Superiori Minerva; Sc.D., Med. Sc.D., Dr PH, Nobile Accademia di Santa Teodora Imperatrice (hon.); Ped.D., Studiorum Universitas Constantiniana (hon.); Litt.D., Universita Internazionale Sveva Federico, II; Ed.D., Accademia di San Cirillo (hon.); LLD (hon.), Fridericus II University; M.D. (hon.), Fridericus II University; D.H.S. (hon.), Johnson & Wales University; fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; fellow, Texas Academy of Science; fellow, American Institute of Chemists; fellow, Royal Society of Health (London)

Dean Emeritus

  • Thomas J. Farrell, M.A., dean emeritus, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences; B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.A., University of Rhode Island

Department Chairpersons

  • Jacquelyn Bowser, Ph.D., department chair, equine studies
  • Christos Dimos, Ph.D., department chair, science
  • Maureen Farrell, Ph.D., department chair, humanities
  • Evelina Lapierre, Ph.D., department chair, mathematics 
  • David Newman, M.A., department chair, social sciences
  • Scott Palmieri, Ph.D., department chair, English
  • Paul Sylvestre, Ph.D., department chair, criminal justice

Faculty

Criminal Justice

  • Paul Sylvestre, Ph.D., associate professor, department chair; A.S., Roger Williams College; B.A., Rhode Island College; M.S., Ph.D., Salve Regina University
  • James Desmarais, J.D., associate professor; A.S., Johnson & Wales University; B.S., Roger Williams University; J.D., New England School of Law
  • Daniel Driscoll, M.S., associate professor; B.S., Bryant College; B.A., Roger Williams University; M.S., Salve Regina University

English

  • Scott Palmieri, Ph.D., professor, department chair; B.A., Providence College; M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., Salve Regina University
  • Valerie Balkun, M.A.T., associate professor; B.A., Providence College; M.A.T., Rhode Island College
  • James Brosnan, Ph.D., professor; B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.Ed., Bridgewater State College; M.S., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., Boston College
  • Laura Gabiger, Ph.D., professor; B.A., State University of New York — Buffalo; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Marian Gagnon, Ph.D., professor; B.A., University of Rhode Island; M.A.T., Johnson & Wales University; Ph.D., The Union Institute University
  • Thomas Gaines, M.Ed., associate professor; B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.Ed., Cambridge College
  • Tamara Garcia Valentine, M.A., associate professor; B.A., Bryant College; M.A., Middlebury College
  • Kristi Girdharry, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.A., University of Massachusetts — Amherst; M.A., University of Massachusetts — Boston; Ph.D., Northeastern University
  • Saiyeda Khatun, Ph.D., professor; M.A., Northeastern University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Elzbieta Lozinski, M.A., associate professor; B.A., M.A., Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Eileen Medeiros, Ph.D., professor; B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Amy Rakowsky Neeman, Ph.D., professor; B.A., Queens College; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University
  • Terry Novak, Ph.D., professor; B.A., Notre Dame College of Ohio; M.A., Pepperdine University; Ph.D., University of Nevada
  • J. Scott Oberacker, Ph.D., associate professor; B.A., Dickinson College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
  • Ann Schroth, M.Ed., associate professor; B.A., Roger Williams University; M.Ed., Rhode Island College
  • Margaret Ann Shaw, M.A., associate professor; B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Louisiana State University
  • Karen Shea, M.Ed., professor; B.A., Connecticut College; M.Ed., Rhode Island College
  • Lisa Sisco, Ph.D., professor; B.A., M.A., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
  • Megan Stoessell, M.S., assistant professor; B.A., University of Virginia; M.S., Columbia University
  • Evan Villari, M.F.A., assistant professor; B.A., University of Rhode Island; M.F.A. Lesley University
  • Wendy Wagner, Ph.D., professor; B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
  • Christopher Westgate, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Cornell University; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Carla White, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.A., Wheelock College; M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., Capella University
  • Erin Wynn, M.A., associate professor; B.S., New York University; M.A., Hunter College

Equine Studies

  • Jacquelyn Bowser, Ph.D., associate professor, department chair; B.Sc., Cornell University; D.V.M., St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine, Grenada, West Indies; Ph.D., Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Erin Cardea, M.Ed., assistant professor; B.S., William Woods University; M.S., The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Medicine; M.Ed., William Woods University
  • Dirk Fogg, MBA, associate professor; B.A., Skidmore College; MBA, Johnson & Wales University
  • Crystal Taylor, M.S., associate professor; A.S., B.S., M.S., Johnson & Wales University

Humanities

  • Maureen Farrell, Ph.D., professor, department chair; B.A., M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Guy Bissonnette, J.D., professor; B.A., University of Rhode Island; J.D., New England School of Law
  • Johanna Church, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Coastal Carolina University; M.A., Seton Hall University; M.S., Ph.D., Drew University
  • Joseph Delaney, Ed.D., professor; B.S., Suffolk University; M.A., University of Massachusetts — Boston; Ed.D., Boston University
  • Nelson Guertin, Ph.D., associate professor; B.A., Providence College; M.A.T., Rhode Island College; Ph.D., Salve Regina University
  • Ann Kordas, Ph.D., professor; B.A., Rhode Island College; J.D., Boston University School of Law; Ph.D., Temple University
  • Colleen Less, J.D., professor; B.A., University of Massachusetts; J.D., Suffolk University Law School
  • Fred Pasquariello, M.A., associate professor; B.A., M.A., Providence College
  • Kenneth Schneyer, J.D., professor; B.A., Wesleyan University; J.D., University of Michigan School of Law
  • Desiree Schuler, M.A., associate professor; B.S., M.A., Rhode Island College
  • David Spatt, J.D., professor; B.A., University of Rhode Island; J.D., Brooklyn Law School
  • Nery Villanueva, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.A., California State University; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Geraldine E. M. Wagner, Ph.D., professor; B.A., Brooklyn College; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

Mathematics

  • Evelina Lapierre, Ph.D., professor; department chair; B.S., State University of New York — Binghamton; M.A., State University of New York — Albany; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Ann Brett, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Adam Hartman, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., B.S., B.A., George Washington University; Ph.D., Brown University
  • Thomas Pandolfini Jr., M.A., associate professor; B.A., M.A., Rhode Island College
  • Gail St. Jacques, M.S., associate professor, B.A., Syracuse University; M.S., Salve Regina University
  • Jaimie Stone, M.S., assistant professor; B.A., State University of New York; M.S., University of Connecticut

Science

  • Christos Dimos, Ph.D, associate professor, department chair; B.S., Sacred Heart University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Patricia Brady, Ph.D., professor, B.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Brown University
  • Michael Budziszek, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Aimee Dufresne, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.S., Sacred Heart University; M.S., Ph.D., Brown University
  • Mark Hengen, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Michigan State University; M.S.F., Yale University; Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • Donald Kaczmarczyk, Ph.D., professor; B.S., University of Connecticut; M.S., University of Hartford; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  • Andrew Karatjas, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Haverford College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Estelle LeBeau, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Bates College; Ph.D., University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill
  • Pat Overdeep, M.A., associate professor; B.S., University of Rhode Island; M.A., Rhode Island College
  • Kristin Rosler, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Tulane University; Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Cynthia A. Sharp, D.V.M., associate professor; D.V.M., The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ryan Tainsh, M.S., associate professor; B.A., M.S., University of Rhode Island
  • Nicole Urban, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.S., Tulane University; M.S., University of Alabama; Ph.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School & Old Dominion University

Social Sciences

  • David Newman, M.A., associate professor, department chair; B.A., Rutgers University; M.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Brown University
  • Dorothy Abram, Ed.D., professor; B.A., Boston University; ALM, Ed.D., Harvard University
  • Cheryl Almeida, Ph.D., director, counseling psychology, professor; B.A., The College of Holy Cross; M.A., Assumption College; Ph.D., Boston College
  • S. Heather Cosimini, Ed.D., associate professor; B.A., Roger Williams University; M.S.W., Boston University; Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University
  • Michaela DeCataldo, CAGS, associate professor; B.A., M.A., Rhode Island College; CAGS, Salve Regina University
  • Kevin DeJesus, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.A., Rhode Island College; M.E.S., Ph.D., York University
  • Mari Dias, Ed.D., professor; B.A., M.A., Rhode Island College; Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University
  • Jessica Fede, Ph.D., associate professor; B.A., Colgate University; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts — Amherst
  • Alexander Katkov, Ph.D., professor; B.S., Leningrad State University; M.A., Leningrad Institute of Economics and Finance; Ph.D., St. Petersburg University of Economics & Finance
  • Lawrence LaFauci, M.S., associate professor; B.S., Providence College; M.S., Johnson & Wales University
  • Emily Lynch, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.A., M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Jonathan Mosko, Ph.D., associate professor; B.S., Xavier University; M.S.Ed., Indiana University; Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Scott R. Papp, M.A., associate professor; B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.S., University of Arkansas; M.A., University of Scranton
  • Kenneth J. Rourke, MBA, associate professor; B.S., MBA, Bryant College; Series 63 and 7 Certifications; Registered Representative
  • Jessica Sherwood, Ph.D., associate professor; B.A., Wesleyan University; M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • Christine Stamm, Ed.D., professor; A.S., B.S., M.S., Johnson & Wales University; Ed.D., Boston University
  • Qingbin Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor; B.E., Shandong Institute of Technology; M.A. Renmin University of China; Ph.D., State University of New York — Albany

Department Chairpersons

  • Karen Swoboda, Ed.D., school of education; B.A., M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University

Faculty

Educational Leadership

  • Felice Billups, Ed.D., professor; B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Rhode Island College; Ed.D., Vanderbilt University
  • Scott Borstel, Ed.D., associate professor; B.S., Bridgewater State College; M.Ed., Suffolk University; Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University
  • Stacey L. Kite, DBA, professor; B.S., M.S., Johnson & Wales University; DBA, University of Sarasota
  • Jack Warner, Ed.D., associate professor; B.A., University of Vermont; M.Ed., Springfield College; Ed.D., Boston College

Teacher Education

  • Denise DeMagistris, Ed.D., professor; B.A., Dunbarton College; M.Ed., Rhode Island College; Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University