Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

80 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 – 401.277.5000

About Our BIS Faculty

Adria Evans [] has taught at URI since 1980 for the English, Writing, Women’s Studies and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies programs.  Her lifelong love of language and the desire to teach writing inspired her return for her M.A. in English, after a short career in the legal field where she worked as a probation officer in N.J. and as a VISTA Legal Advocate for a hotline crisis intervention center in R.I.

Always interested in history and politics, Adria incorporates both into her current teaching, along with literature, writing, speaking, and research.  She is the co-instructor of the BIS Humanities Seminar, “The Sixties and Its Legacies.”  She is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor in Woman’s Studies. In addition, Adria has been an Academic Advisor at URI’s Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies since 1987, so her teaching and advising inform each other.

When not at URI, Adria is reading, gardening, walking, practicing yoga, chanting, and watching and recording public television documentaries.

Josef Gorres

Angel Green [] received her Ph.D in English from University of Rhode Island in 2001, and her M.A. from University of Rhode Island in 1997. She has published short stories in URI Review, Potomac Review, and African American Review. While at URI, she received multiple awards, including URI English Department’s Creative Nonfiction Award (1999), the Nancy Potter Short Story Award (2000), and a URI Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2000). Her teaching was recognized with a Women’s Center Students’ Choice/Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999. Green teaches in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the Providence Campus as well as in the English Program; she is also active in URI’s Talent Development Program, preparing prospective freshmen students for college-level performance.

Kenneth Jolicoeur [] received his M.A. in English from Rhode Island College in 1982 with a thesis titled “The Relationship Between Imagery and Characterization in Selected Conrad Novels.”  At University of Rhode Island, he teaches the BIS 100 Pro-Seminar, Introduction to Literature, College Writing, and Business Writing, and he serves as an advisor at the Feinstein Providence Campus, providing information about courses and programs of study to URI/CEPS students and potential students. His dedication to the success of his students and advisees was recognized in 2005 with a Dr. Gilbert Mongeau Award and in 2002 with an Award of Appreciation (from the Student Government Board at URI/CEPS). Jolicoeur also teaches at Rhode Island College.

Dan Novak [] Website: has been an Instructor in the BIS program since 2000. Currently, Dan is the Instructor of the BIS Social Science Seminar on Globalization; and co-instructor of the BIS Humanities Seminar, “The Sixties and Its Legacies.”  Since 1996, he has also taught as a part-time faculty member in the School of Education at URI.  Dan received his B.A. Honors in Philosophy from Manhattan College and his M.A. in Education from URI.  He has also studied philosophy at Yale University and at the New School for Social Research.

When not in the classroom, Dan is an active member of his local Conservation Commission and Land Trust.

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