Carol Giuriceo Named Director of the RI STEM Center

Carol Giuriceo, an expert in the fields of science education and underrepresented populations, has been appointed as the new director of the RI STEM Center at Rhode Island College.

She replaces Mary Sullivan, a mathematics professor who was director of the center for three years before retiring earlier this year.

Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs, announced Giuriceo’s appointment, saying she will lead the RI STEM Center’s efforts to strengthen the workforce by attracting more women and members of minority groups into the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Dr. Giuriceo’s knowledge and expertise will be tremendous assets for the RI STEM Center,” Pitt said. “She also has an impressive background in formal and informal education that will serve the center well in terms of advancing its goals and objectives.”

Giuriceo, who has a doctoral degree in education, has more than 15 years of management and leadership experience at museums and science centers, including working with populations currently underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

She has served as director of invention at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Most recently, she was director of the Collaboration for Exploration of Mathematics and Sciences (CEMS) at the University of Rhode Island, and was part of the URI Higher Education Initiative for College Readiness.

For the past seven years, she has taught in gender and women’s studies and in secondary education at Rhode Island College.

In announcing Giuriceo’s appointment, Pitt also praised Sullivan for all that she accomplished during her tenure as director of the RI STEM Center.

“Dr. Sullivan provided fantastic leadership of the STEM Center and has positioned it as a vital resource for the state,” Pitt said. “The college has benefitted greatly from the visibility, creativity, and innovation that the STEM Center has afforded through Mary’s leadership, and thanks to her work, the center is poised to attain even greater success.”

Pitt also thanked the members of the search committee –Jen Giroux, interim associate vice president of professional studies and continuing education, Sarah Knowlton, associate professor of physical sciences, Kathie Shields of the Tech Collective and Lisa Smolski, director of the office of research and grants administration. “I also want to thank the people who attended the open meetings and provided feedback on the candidates,” he said.

The RI STEM Center at Rhode Island College is the state’s primary educational hub, resource, and research collaborative, established to increase interest in and advancement of STEM in Rhode Island.

The center provides state-of-the-art professional development; collects and disseminates best practices; and fosters networks and partnerships among the STEM industry, PK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, higher education faculty, students, parents and other community members.