Scheinberg named first dean of RWU School of Humanities, Arts and Education

PROVIDENCE – After splitting its Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences into two separate entities in 2017, Roger Williams University announced Wednesday that Cynthia Scheinberg would serve as the inaugural dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Education.

“I am excited to work closely with the faculty to increase visibility and recognition for the extraordinary education the SHAE departments already provide to Roger Williams’ students, as well as collaborate with other units on campus and local and regional partners to build, highlight and showcase the important roles that the arts, humanities and education play in higher education today,” said Scheinberg of the appointment.

Scheinberg comes to RWU with a quarter century’s worth of experience in higher education. She most recently served as an associate professor for faculty development at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., where she founded the Center for Teaching and Scholarship.

She graduated from Harvard University, received a doctorate in English from Rutgers University and went on to teach in New York City’s public school system before moving into higher education administration.

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In a statement, RWU provost Andrew Workman said the hiring of Scheinberg was “an exciting time” for the school.

Of her experience Workman said: “She has an extraordinary record of leadership, having led the largest academic unit at Mills and a nationally recognized graduate program in creative writing. She has a national reputation for faculty development and is a highly regarded scholar of Victorian literature.”

In 2017, the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences was split into the School of Humanities, Arts and Education and the School of Social and Natural Sciences. Benjamin Greenstein serves as dean of the School of Social and Natural Sciences.

Scheinberg will assume her new role in July. Acting dean Robert A. Cole recently completed his interim term and associate dean Jeffrey L. Meriwether will hold the position through the spring semester.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.