The Dean’s Office

Martin Rapisarda

Dean RapisartaMartin Rapisarda is an associate dean in the College of Arts & Science. He is responsible for the Master of Liberal Arts & Science degree program; all Arts & Science Summer Sessions and Maymester programs; the “Saturday University – Lectures at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt”; the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery; and the newly initiated 4+1 BA-MA combined degree programs. He also acts as an adviser to A&S students and serves as a faculty VUceptor.

A native of Philadelphia, Dean Rapisarda earned his B.A. from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy and Literature from Purdue University, where he spent over 15 years in the Krannert School of Management. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 2000, he served as publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette and director of Alumni Relations for the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the College of Arts & Science in 2005, after serving as associate dean for Executive Programs at the Owen School.

Dean Rapisarda also serves as a senior lecturer in Philosophy; in Spring 2010 he’s teaching Introduction to Business Ethics. In addition to ethics, his research interest is in the Philosophy of Literature, the philosophical underpinnings to the study of literature. His wife Elizabeth, an alumna of both the College and the Owen School, is an assistant provost in the Office of Research & Graduate Education. Dean Rapisarda has three children.