Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

 Richard Finkelstein

Dean Finkelstein serves as the chief academic officer for the College of Arts and Sciences.  He oversees all academic operations of the College in matters regarding the faculty, the curriculum, and academic programs.  His office manages programs that support faculty development, promote undergraduate research activity, and aid faculty in submitting proposals for grants. He coordinates relationships between the College and the University’s Museums, Galleries, Orchestra, and several Centers, whose Directors report to him.

Prior to his appointment at UMW, Dr. Finkelstein served for nine years as chair of the English Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo. During his tenure, he created a major in creative writing and a minor in film studies, while also managing revisions of the department’s curricular offerings. He helped win endorsement from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for  Geneseo’s School of Education. 

Dr. Finkelstein has held leadership roles on several not-for-profit boards that support young children. A scholar of Renaissance drama and Shakespeare, he has published essays and reviews on a variety of topics, including Renaissance drama, religion, rhetoric and poetry.

Dr. Finkelstein received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Williams College, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in English.

Working with the Dean to implement the operations and initiatives of Arts and Sciences are Grant Woodwell, Associate Dean and Professor of Geology, and Office Manager, Martha Link.