RIT Welcomes New Associate Dean of Liberal Arts




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The College of Liberal Arts welcomes a new associate dean this quarter with the arrival of Laurence Winnie.

Winnie joins RIT from Yale University, where he served as residential dean of Berkeley College for 12 years and the primary academic advisor for 400 students.

In his new position, Winnie will focus on special projects, including issues of curricula and retention, and will teach modern French history. He is excited to join RIT's liberal arts team. "I believe the quality of a university education depends not only on the technical degree, but on the liberal arts component," Winnie says.

"Liberal arts gives students skills that transfer to other parts of life—working in teams, leading a group, running an organization, conveying ideas and concepts, and learning new things. These are skills that all students need."

Winnie earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, and completed a teaching-and-research fellowship at Stanford University.

Winnie co-wrote Berkeley: The Building of a College, published in 1999 by Yale. His upcoming book, Family Dynasty, Revolutionary Society: The Cochins of Paris 1750-1922, will be published later this year.

The College of Liberal Arts, one of seven colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology, provides the foundation for every RIT student. The College offers studies in anthropology/sociology, philosophy, fine arts, language and literature, history, science/technology/society, and political science and offers bachelor's degrees in criminal justice, economics, social work, psychology, public policy, and professional and technical communication. The college also offers a master's degree in school psychology.