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Rochester Institute of Technology

The Arts at RIT

The academic home of the arts at RIT is the College of Art and Design, though the Provost’s office has recently kicked off an initiative on Technology, the Arts, and Design that looks to more closely integrate these three major aspects of RIT’s mission. Existing centers and labs at RIT that are grounded in the arts include: The RIT MAGIC Center,  a university-wide research center with a multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial approach to digital media research and production that blurs the lines between art and technology; Frameless Labs, which serves to bring attention to research, innovation and artistic creation in the fields of virtual and augmented reality; and The Center for Engaged Storycraft, an interdisciplinary center working and playing with story-based creativity, research, and technical craft. In the rapidly growing field of arts in health, the Studio 930 RIT Design Consultancy is a multidisciplinary studio focused on the production of access and health technologies products, and Personalized Healthcare Technology (PHT180) is creating the future of healthcare through groundbreaking technologies & radical collaborations. RIT is striving to develop the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, with offerings in music, theatre, and dance and with two major facilities in development.

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Dave Munson
President
Dave Munson
President

Dr. David C. Munson Jr. became Rochester Institute of Technology’s 10th president in 2017.

As RIT’s president, Dr. Munson is responsible for one of the nation’s leading creative and innovative universities that leverages the power of technology, the arts, and design for the greater good.

Dr. Munson has more than 40 years of experience in higher education, which includes serving as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2006 to 2016. He earned his BS degree in electrical engineering (with distinction) from the University of Delaware in 1975. He earned an MS and MA in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1977, followed by a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1979, also from Princeton.

From 1979 to 2003, Dr. Munson was with the University of Illinois, where he was the Robert C. MacClinchie Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and a faculty member in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.

In 2003, he became chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan prior to becoming dean.

Dr. Munson’s teaching and research interests are in the area of signal and image processing. His current research is focused on radar imaging and computer tomography. He is co-founder of InstaRecon Inc., a start-up firm to commercialize fast algorithms for image formation in computer tomography. He is affiliated with the Infinity Project, where he is coauthor of a textbook on the digital world, which has been used in hundreds of high schools nationwide to introduce students to engineering.

Dr. Munson serves on several boards, including: The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Leadership Roundtable, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Permanent.org, Rochester Area Colleges, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Regional Health, RIT Croatia, and the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.

 

Ellen Granberg
Provost
Ellen Granberg
Provost

Ellen Granberg, Ph.D., became the first woman to serve as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology in August 2018.

As the university’s chief academic officer, Granberg overseas nine colleges, two degree-granting units, and international campuses in Croatia, Dubai, Kosovo, and China.

Key initiatives under Granberg’s leadership include: increasing undergraduate student success, expanding doctoral education, improving facilities for instruction and research, and leveraging RIT’s strengths in innovation, creativity, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance the academic mission of the university.

Before coming to RIT, Granberg served as the senior associate provost and associate provost for Faculty Affairs at Clemson University. She chaired the development and implementation of the institution’s strategic plan, which spurred growth in research, graduate studies, and inclusive excellence. In addition, Granberg developed a university-wide strategy for faculty recruitment, retention, compensation, and development. She is also a nationally recognized scholar in the sociology of self, identity, and mental health.

Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Granberg spent eleven years in the telecommunications industry. She led large integrated software development teams that replaced aging billing and customer service systems.

Granberg holds a BA in history from the University of California at Davis and an MA and Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Todd Joki
Dean, College of Art and Design
Todd Joki
Dean, College of Art and Design

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.

Susan Lakin
Professor and Director, Frameless Labs; a2ru Executive Committee Member
Susan Lakin
Professor and Director, Frameless Labs; a2ru Executive Committee Member

Susan Lakin is currently a Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the College of Art and Design.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and worked as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, Sweden and Australia.  In addition to her commercial photography work, she owned and operated a professional retail photographic supply store in Burbank, CA.

Attracted to RIT’s strong photography and computer science departments, Susan accepted her teaching position shortly after completing an MFA in Art Studio with an emphasis in digital arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She works across disciplines in her academic and art practices, which led to her role as a Fellow in the School of Individualized Study, an RIT academic unit that provides flexible individualized education pathways.  Additionally, she serves on the RIT Center for Engaged Storycraft Steering Committee in the College of Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary center working and playing with story-based creativity, research, and technical craft.

Susan’s artwork has received numerous awards and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Photography Museum of Lishui, China.  She has produced multiple interactive transmedia projects exploring the intersections of music, art, and technology.  More recently, she is engaged with immersive technology and collaborates on community projects in the nonprofit sector.  She is a founding member and co-chair of the RIT Frameless Labs, a collective to advance research, innovation and artistic creation in fields of virtual and augmented reality.  She is chair of the 2020 annual Frameless Labs XR Symposium, an event and online journal for the community of VR/AR makers to encourage collaboration, growth of existing ventures and inspiration for new projects and technology.