Message from the Dean

Laverne McQuiller

Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts


The College of Liberal Arts recognizes that the problems facing society today, and those in the future, are complex, multifaceted, and deep-rooted.  We also recognize that the current generation of students are eager and motivated to face these challenges.  We are here to help you develop the professional and career-building skill sets necessary to meet those challenges head-on. We have learned through long experience that the world’s problems cannot not be solved by technology alone; rather, we will solve them by thinking critically about the social, ethical, legal, environmental, political and economic aspects of these problems, and through understanding how to create and use technology to bring out the best in humanity.

It is for these reasons that we teach at the intersection of the liberal arts and technology, emphasizing necessary and sought-after skills such as critical thinking, cultural analysis, ethical decision-making, and well-reasoned communication. Our dedicated faculty teach students how to be problem solvers and use their natural curiosity to discover new and different ways of doing things, while our career-focused, hands-on approach to experiential learning through research, study abroad, internships, and cooperative education means students work on real-world issues throughout their time at RIT.

We are a tight-knit community made up of students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds, bringing different experiences into the College and classroom, and we respect and honor these differences as we learn the strengths that come about from different viewpoints and worldviews. Our small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio provide ample opportunity for deep discussion and for truly getting to know one another. We know our students are all pursuing a wide array of goals and we are committed to providing the mentorship, support and resources needed in order to achieve each one. The personal connections students make with their classmates and faculty will last a lifetime, from the first day at RIT, to the first jobs after college, and throughout their entire careers.

As a proud RIT College of Liberal Arts alumna myself, I am excited to welcome you and to invite you to learn more about our college community and the opportunities it offers for personal and career success. This is truly an amazing time to be in the liberal arts.

LaVerne McQuiller Williams, Ph.D., J.D.

Interim Dean

Dean’s Office Contact Information

Laverne McQuiller
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts
John Smithgall
Assistant Dean CLA
Israel Brown
Director of Financial Planning and College Ops
Jennifer Ferrara
Administrative Assistant II
Josephine Bonds
Coordinator of Front Office Operations
Leslie Wilson
Associate Director of Advancement, CAD and COLA
Renee Burslem
Regional Director of Advancement