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2023-2024 University Catalog 
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Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts and Education


Mission Statement       Overview       Programs of Study       Facilities        

Administration          Faculty         Special Events       

Degrees, Majors, Minors and Certificates


Mission Statement

At the heart of each strong, established university is a commitment to the Liberal Arts. At RWU, the Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts, and Education (SHAE) ensures the vitality of that tradition. The Liberal Arts are at center of the University and of undergraduate studies. Here we pursue knowledge. We master skills. We become informed. We discover how the Liberal Arts impact contemporary interdisciplinary and professional studies, aiding students’ development of transferrable skills. We achieve in the fullest sense of the term a well-rounded education.

The following pages describe SHAE’s wealth of knowledge and diversity of programs in the humanities, the fine and performing arts, and education. Here converge all paths toward graduation, rewarding work, and enriched lives. As each RWU student pursues their own path through professional studies majors or through the sciences, all students meet in SHAE to explore the traditional disciplines, to accomplish the University Core Curriculum, and, in growing numbers, to complete dual majors.

SHAE’s programs and its faculty are dedicated not only to preserving and transmitting the tradition, but to developing habits of mind that appreciate and are applicable to the increasing complexities of contemporary, global life and work. Teaching and learning in SHAE are characterized by exploration, diversity, inquiry, interaction, tolerance, confidence, competence, community, and service.

Education is relevant and interpersonal. It is the means by which students prepare for the challenging roles they will play and for the civic responsibilities they will fulfill in this rapidly changing world. As students complete their studies in SHAE, they carry forward a sense of the joy involved in the process of discovery and an understanding of why that fundamental process must be an integral component of their daily lives.


The Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts, and Education provides undergraduates small classes (none taught by teaching assistants) committed to student-centered learning, achievement, and quality. Academic programs emphasize analytical thinking, problem-solving, and research, all of which prepare SHAE graduates to compete effectively in a world that increasingly requires flexible habits of mind, clear communication, and teamwork.  Professors and students work together in an academic community that values the hallmarks of a liberal education: intellectual inquiry, the lively exchange of ideas, an appreciation of diverse perspectives, scholarship, and development of the skills sought by 21st-century employers. SHAE also promotes interdisciplinary studies that include experiential education-the signature of Roger Williams University.

Programs of Study

SHAE students learn to think critically about the works, ideas, and events that have shaped knowledge. They learn to explore how these relate not only to the past, but also to the present and future. They engage in the creative process and come to appreciate how the arts are produced and why they are integral to humanity. As they study and learn in multiple areas of the arts and sciences, SHAE students develop intelligence, talent, competence and confidence.

Choosing from divese majors, minors, and Core Concentrations, SHAE students are able to combine and tailor their academic programs to meet their goals and interests. They can exercise the option to complete two majors by applying work in the Core Concentration toward a second academic discipline. In addition to traditional areas of study, students in good standing may undertake individualized majors and directed independent studies. Interdisciplinary programs further promote the flow of knowledge and skill among traditional academic fields, and students develop competence in multiple areas. SHAE students may also expand their portfolios by enrolling in courses in the Feinstein School of Social and Natural Sciences, the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, the School of Engineering Computing and Construction Management, or the School of Justice Studies.

SHAE graduates are well prepared and highly competitive as they enter either the workforce or graduate programs. All majors offered through SHAE lead to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.


The academic departments of Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts, and Education are housed in several campus buildings, conveniently grouped according to their shared needs for studios, stages, lecture halls, seminar rooms, computer and audio-visual equipped classrooms, and other facilities. Administrative offices are located in Global Heritage Hall; faculty offices are located throughout the campus.

The Performing Arts Center (PAC), affectionately called The Barn, is a lively venue of cultural activity on campus. The Performing Arts Annex (formerly the North Campus Classroom Building) is another hub of creative activity for the Theatre, Dance, and Music programs, specifically rehearsals and classes. It includes two rehearsal/dance studio spaces, a chorus room, music practice rooms, a classroom, and faculty offices. The PAC contains professionally lighted stage and performance areas, as well as costume, makeup, and scenery rooms. More than 30 events are staged here each year. The Fine Art Center (FAC), sometimes called “The Muffin” for its unique shape, is home to the Visual Arts disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Courses in photography and digital media take place in New Res. Additional studio space is located in nearby downtown Bristol. There, a new ceramics studio, senior studio spaces, and a project space for exhibitions and installations are in close proximity to working arts professionals, cultural centers, Bristol businesses, and restaurants.

Global Heritage Hall is home to the humanities, including the Departments of Communication and Graphic Design, English and Creative Writing, Foreign Languages and Philosophy, History and Cultural Studies, and Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition. This four-story, technology-rich academic center features heritage-themed classrooms, an interactive world languages center, four Mac labs, and a fully equipped broadcast production studio for hands-on learning experiences.




Jeffrey Meriwether, Ph.D. FRHistS - Dean
Anne-Marie Cerda - Manager of Operations




Peter Alfieri - Modern Languages
Robert Blackburn - Philosophy
Dorisa S. Boggs - Theatre
Jennifer Campbell - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Alan Canestrari - Education                                       

Margaret Case - English Literature

Robert A. Cole - Communication
Alan Cutting - Web Development
Edward Delaney - Creative Writing
Elizabeth Duffy - Visual Art
Kamille Gentles-Peart- Communication
Anthony Hollingsworth - Classics and Modern Languages
Jeffrey B. Martin - Theatre
Rachel McCormack - Education                         

W. Brett McKenzie - Web Development               

Murray McMillan - Visual Art                               

Jeffrey Meriwether - History                                 

Debra Mulligan - History

Susan Pasquarelli - Education 

Anjali Ram - Communication
Michael Rich - Visual Art

Cynthia Scheinberg, English Literature                            

Amiee Shelton - Public Relations
Robin Stone - Theatre
James Tackach - English Literature

Anne Tait - Visual Art
Peter Thompson - Modern Languages, Emeritus
Mel A. Topf - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition

Evgenia Tsankova - Education 

Ann Winfield - Education
Michael B. Wright - Philosophy


Associate Professors:

Paul Bender - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition 
Adam Braver - Creative Writing
Charlotte Carrington-Farmer - History 
Laura D’Amore - Cultural Studies
Sargon Donabed - History
Catherine Hawkes - Music
Dong-Hoon Lee-ESL 
Jason Jacobs - Modern Languages
Hume Johnson - Public Relations
John Madritch - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Elliot McKinley - Music
Kate Mele - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Adam Moore - Education
Cathy Nicoli - Dance/Performance                         
Paola Prado - Journalism 
Christian Pulver - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition        
Autumn Quezada-Grant - History  
Renee Soto - Creative Writing
Jennifer Stevens - Cultural Studies
Dahliani Reynolds Temte - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Kerri Ullucci - Education
Lori Lee Wallace - Theatre
Li-Ling Yang - Education


Assistant Professors:

Aaron Allen - Cultural Studies
Catherine Forsa -Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Denielle Emans- Graphic Design
Brian Hendrickson - Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition
Nikki Juen- Graphic Design 
Bernardo Motta - Journalism


Fernanda Righi-Modern Languages/Latino and Latin American Studies


Special Events

The Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lectureship and Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Endowed Library Fund, were established by Roger Williams University alumnus Robert Blais ‘70, to honor Professor John Howard Birss, Jr., mentor and life-long friend of Mr. Blais. Professor Birss studied in the New York public school system and completed his academic work at New York University, Harvard University, and Columbia University. An English instructor at Rutgers University and later a professor of English and American Literature, Birss was a noted Herman Melville scholar and one of the founders of the Melville Society. He was also a bibliographer and collector of letters as well as inscribed and rare first edition books. His extensive collection included a wide variety of material on Melville, Hart Crane, Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman.

The library funds are allocated for the purchase of reference and research books for the library and expand holdings in the Humanities area. The Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lectureship is an annual event that features an important work of literature. Past works honored have included Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.


Degrees, Majors, Minors and Certificates



Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Master of Arts