Dr. Todd S. Jokl became Dean of RIT’s College of Art and Design in 2019. He previously served as Dean of the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut, where he served as a professor and administrator for nearly two decades. Prior to his appointment at Lyme, he was a faculty member as well as chair of the Department of Art and Design and an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven.
Jokl holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master of fine arts from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in education from Southern Connecticut State University. He also completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
In the News
January 15, 2021
Podcast: Documenting the Black Experience through Photography
Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 42: Joshua Rashaad McFadden, an award-winning and internationally recognized assistant professor of photography, talks with Todd Jokl, dean of RIT’s College of Art and Design, about how his artwork transcends the genres of fine art, street photography, and photojournalism to bring forward powerful stories about the realities of the injustices Black people in America are still facing today.
September 7, 2020
Innovative planning, teamwork transform RIT galleries into creative academic spaces
Normally lined with exhibits showcasing the talents of RIT faculty, students, and alumni, three RIT galleries are instead outfitted this semester with the desks and technology necessary to meet the academic needs of hundreds of first-year College of Art and Design students. The University and Bevier Galleries inside Booth Hall and the William Harris Gallery in Gannett Hall have been transformed into creative classrooms.
August 3, 2020
RIT faculty gearing up to apply spring learnings to fall classes
The unexpected transition to remote learning during the spring semester challenged faculty across RIT to experiment, create, and deploy new methods of instruction to ensure student success. As the university gears up for in-person and online classes—or a combination of both—faculty members are applying a wide range of lessons learned from the spring to keep academic momentum moving forward in the fall.