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Celebrating the Presidency of
Robert L. Carothers, 1991-2009

Curriculum Vitae

Robert L. Carothers

portrait of President Carothers

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881


B.S. in English
Edinboro University - 1965

M.A. in English
Kent State University - 1966

Ph.D. in English
Kent State University - 1969

J.D. at McDowell School of Law
University of Akron - 1981

Additional graduate course work in counseling psychology.
Gannon University - 1970 to 1971

Work Experience

University of Rhode Island - July 1991 to Present

Minnesota State University System - 1986 to 1991

Southwest State University - 1983 to 1986

Vice President for Administration and Student Personnel Services
Edinboro University - 1980 to 1983

Dean of School of Arts and Humanities
Edinboro University - 1980

Chairman for Department of English
Edinboro University - 1975 to 1979

Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, and Instructor of English
Edinboro University - 1969 to 1979

Alliance College - Summer of 1969

Graduate Assistant, Teaching Fellow and Instructor
Kent State University - 1965 to 1968

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Robert L. Carothers, "The Hand and Eye in Joyce's Portrait," The Serif, IV (Spring, 1967), 17-29.

Robert L. Carothers, "Melville's 'Cenci': A Portrait of Pierre." Ball State University Forum. X (Winter, 1969), 53-59.

Robert L. Carothers and John L. Marsh, "The Whale and the Panorama", Nineteenth Century Fiction (December, 1971), 3l9-328.

Robert L. Carothers, "Hopkins and the Irish Question", Faculty Journal. II (September, 1972), ll-l8.

Robert L. Carothers, Strategy: An Academic Survival Kit, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, 1971: The Edinboro Foundation; Revised Second Edition, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishers, 1974.

Robert L. Carothers, "Section 504 and Faculty Accommodation: How To Strategies" ; "Four Problems and Models for On-Campus Workshops" ; "Procedures and Strategies for Developing Program Access and Involving Faculty on the Campus", in Access for Handicapped Students to Higher Education, Philip S. Jastrom and Guy C. McCombs, III, eds., Washington: United States Department of Education, l98l.

Robert L. Carothers, "Trippingly on the Tongue: Translating Quality for the Academy", American Association for Higher Education Bulletin. 45, Number 3 (November, 1992), 6-10.

Robert L. Carothers and Mary Lou Sevigny, "Classism and Quality", in Pursuit of Quality in Higher Education: Case Studies in Total Quality Management, Deborah J. Teeter and G. Gregory Lozier, eds., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993.

Robert L. Carothers, "Marking Another Anniversary: The Diaspora of the Sephardic Jews," Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes. Vol. 11, No. 2 (November, 1992), 1-6.

Robert L. Carothers and Jayne Richmond, "Faculty as Customers: Hard Lessons for Administrators", in Continuous Quality Improvement: Making the Transition to Education, Melody A. Lowe, ed., Maryville, Missouri: Prescott Publishing Company, 1993).

Robert L. Carothers, "Maintaining Sound Relations with System Campuses", in Governing Public Colleges and Universities: A Handbook for Trustees, Chief Executives and Other Campus Leaders, Richard T. Ingram, ed., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993.

Robert L. Carothers, Mary Sue Coleman, B. James Dawson, E. Gordon Gee, Charles A. Hines and Manuel T. Pacheco, Be Vocal, Be Visible, Be Visionary: Recommendations for College and University Presidents on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Newton, Mass.: The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, 1998.

Robert L. Carothers, "Declaring Independence: A New Model for Public Presidents", Connection (Fall, 2004), 17-18.

Many local and regional op ed pieces.

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Robert L. Carothers, Freedom and Other Times. New York: The Poet's Press, 1972.

Robert L. Carothers, John Calvin's Favorite Son. Daleville, Indiana: The Barnside Press, 1980.

Robert L. Carothers, individual poems and groups of poems published in such journals as American Weave, Common Ground, Congress, A Cleveland Sampler, Hiram Poetry Review, Ikon, The Kent Quarterly, New Canadian and American Poetry, The Penguin Review, Polemic, Podium, Small Ponds, Toucan, Wrenches, The Denver Quarterly, etc.


Has served on the boards of directors of:
  • Emma F. Bradley Children's Hospital (East Providence, RI)
  • GrowSmart Rhode Island
  • National Council of Christians and Jews (Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts)
  • Providence Public Library
  • Rhode Island Economic Policy Council
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Council, the Rhode Island Community Compact
  • Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Rhode Island Member, National Institute for Alcohol and Alcoholism, Special Committee on College Drinking
  • Southwest Minnesota Initiative Fund (founding chair)
  • Southwest Six Cooperative (chair)
  • Minnesota Agrigrowth Council
  • Minnesota Rural Development Board
  • Northstar State University Foundation
  • the Edinboro Foundation
  • Edinboro Planning and Zoning Commission (chair)

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Bar Membership

Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Honors and Recognition

Achievement Awards

  • New England Board of Higher Education, Eleanor M. McMahon Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008.
  • Confucius Cultural Ambassador Award for leadership, vision, and support of the Confucius Institute and other Chinese programs, 2007
  • The Jeanne Clery Campus Security Award, 2007
  • Global U-8 Consortium Leadership Award, 2006
  • American Council on Education, 1st National Mentorship Award, 2005
  • President’s Leadership Award, U.S. Department of Education, 2004
  • Robert F. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award for leadership, 2003
  • Institute for International Sport Educator’s Award, 2003
  • Presidents Leadership Award, Center for College Health and Safety and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2003
  • National Presidents Leadership Award, Education Development Center, 2003
  • Governor Guillermo Garviria Correa Award for leadership in Non-Violence in the International community, 2003
  • The Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award for dedication and achievement in improving the lives of all peoples. Concordia University, 2001
  • Rhode Island Historical Society’s History Makers Salute, 2001
  • Rhode Island Urban League: Excellence Award, 2000
  • Jean Hicks Award, RI National Conference for Community and Justice, 2000
  • James H. Ottmar Award, Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, 1997

Distinguished Alumni Awards

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1988
  • Kent State University, 1992
  • The University of Akron, 1992

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