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RISD faculty opposes reorganization

February 22, 2011

Faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design are moving to block a reshuffling of top administrators.

A representative from the full-time faculty union says he believes RISD violated the faculty contract in announcing the reorganization. The union plans to file a grievance in an effort to block the change.

RISD officials say their plan to combine the Dean of Fine Arts and the Dean of Architecture into a single position is meant to improve support for faculty. They say no layoffs will be necessary when the changes take effect over the summer.

Some faculty members have expressed concerns about the plan, saying they do not believe a single person can adequately serve all fine arts and architecture departments simultaneously.

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