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Dr. Twyla Cummings


Dr. Twyla Cummings joined the office of Graduate Education August 1, 2016 as the Dean of Graduate Education.  Before her position in the Office of Graduate Education Dr. Cummings was the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Research in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS) and a professor in the School of Media Sciences.  She came to RIT in 1999 as a tenure-track faculty member and served as the Graduate Director for the MS degree in Print Media from 2002-2009 with oversight for the development of two new graduate programs. In 2006, she was appointed to the Paul and Louise Miller Distinguished Professorship, in which she successfully supported the mission of the endowment to engage in research initiatives that would give recognition to news media/newspapers as a significant segment of the graphic communication industry.




Laurence "Rauncie" Ryan

(585) 475-4261

Laurence “Rauncie” Ryan joined the Office of Graduate Studies as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success in December 2012. Rauncie started her career at RIT as a customer service supervisor in the Office of Parking and Transportation. She then transferred to the College of Liberal Arts where she began working as a Senior Staff Assistant and after two years was promoted to an Academic Advisor. Prior to joining RIT, she worked at Ithaca College in Continuing Education as a Programs Assistant. Before that she was employed in Richmond, Indiana at Genesis of the YWCA as a victim advocate for women escaping domestic violence. She has a passion for working with students and is an RIT alumnus, having earned her BA degree with honors in applied arts and sciences; she is currently pursuing an MS degree in Professional Studies. Rauncie is the 2012 recipient of the Isaac L. Jordan Staff Pluralism Award and a 2012 team Presidential award for Outstanding Staff for being part of the Campus Advocacy, Response and Support Team (CARES). She is the creator and producer of the Voices of Survivors art show an annual art show at RIT for survivors of Violence. 

Belinda Dunwoody

Senior Staff Specialist
(585) 475-2127

Belinda Dunwoody is the Senior Staff Specialist for the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education at RIT.  Belinda began work for the office of Graduate Education in May, 2014 and has been at RIT since 2007. 

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