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Dr. Joan R. Branham

Interim Dean

Dr. Joan Branham​, professor of art history, was appointed associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. She served as chair of the​ Department of Art and Art History for six years (2008-14) and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence for four years (2003-07). Dr. Branham continues to be active in her field, publishing on sacred space in late-antique Jewish and Christian art. ​She has served as Vice President (2006-12) and Chair of Fellowships (2004-present) of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and Acting Director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School (2007-08).

D​r. Elisabeth Arévalo

Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Curriculum

Dr. Elisabeth Arévalo, associate professor of biology, was appointed interim associate dean for the School of Arts & Sciences in 2022. Her responsibilities within the office include reviewing and approving sabbatical applications, managing scholarly programs, interfacing with the SAS leadership team to advance programs in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and joining the Core Curriculum Administrative Team (CCAT), among other tasks. Dr. Arévalo has been a member of the Department of Biology for 24 years. She has served the College as the representative for the NSF RI-EPSCoR program for eight years, as well as the first Chair for the Animal Care and Use Committee and a member of the STEM Advisory Board as well as serving in several other college-wide committees.

Dr. Maureen Outlaw

Associate Dean of Diversity/Inclusion and Course Management

Dr. Maureen Outlaw, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was appointed associate dean for the School of Arts & Sciences in 2018. Her responsibilities within the office include overseeing matters of diversity/inclusion within Arts & Sciences, as well as course enrollment and faculty workload review. Dr. Outlaw is a member of both the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She served as chairperson of the Sociology Department for four years (2012-2016) and director of the Women’s Studies Program for two years (2010-2012). Her work examines the situational context of gendered and hate-based violence and how stratifying factors and motive impact contextual factors. Dr. Outlaw also currently works with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) in Providence on their data/evaluation team. She is the author of a digital textbook, Revealing Criminology, and several articles. She is currently working on a project exploring the experiences of folks in the LGBTQ+ population with the life-long process of ‘coming out’.