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Assistant/Associate Professor in Design

To be considered for this opportunity, you must apply through this on-line system.

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”: - A letter of intent - Curriculum vitae - Please include a pdf portfolio of recent images of your professional work (no more than 20) as well as your students' work (no more than 20). - Teaching philosophy. In your teaching philosophy, in addition to writing about teaching and practice, please also address your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse. - Syllabi (attach to section labeled “Sample Syllabi”) Names and contact information for three references are requested as part of the application process. Requests for reference letters are sent directly to the reference providers when candidates become finalists. Review of applications begins immediately, and all completed applications received by January 8, 2018 are assured full consideration.

Posting Details

Position Information

Title Assistant/Associate Professor in Design
Department Division of Experimental + Foundation Studies
Division Experimental + Found Studies
Employment Type Full-Time
Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track) Yes
Position Description

The Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design, seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor in Design (full-time), with appointment to begin fall 2018.

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, creative practice/scholarship, professional practice, service, or personal experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. Artists and designers working in any media, as well as those whose approach is broadly interdisciplinary, are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a distinctive vision and pedagogical approach, and will be prepared to teach Design as a vital experience for a range of disciplines. Applicants should have a terminal degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience, evidence of teaching at the college level, and a strong record of creative work and ongoing professional achievement.

Preferred Qualifications
Department /RISD Description

The Design Program for first-year students promotes multidisciplinary studio experimentation across an array of media and processes. Students explore the organization of visual and other sensory elements in order to understand perceptual attributes and the production of meaning. Using various methods of expression, students may create objects, spaces, and experiences that demonstrate their analysis of composition, color, narrative, motion, systems, and cultural signification. Design Program faculty have a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and approaches, which supports an intense and innovative curriculum that investigates the potential of a diverse range of materials and media and explores broad definitions of making.

Design is one of three programs (Spatial Dynamics, Drawing, and Design) comprising the studio curriculum for all first-year undergraduate students at RISD. Each studio class meets one full day a week, in sections of approximately 20 students, with section groups preserved across programs.

The Division is open to a radically diverse range of approaches and new models for studio practice and studio education, including traditional studio-based and time-based disciplines, social practice and new media and emerging technologies, and/or design practices.

RISD’s Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies administers the studio program for all 460 first-year undergraduate students, the graduate Department of Digital + Media, and two interdisciplinary undergraduate concentrations in Drawing and Computation, Technology, and Culture. The Division has 27 full-time and 25 part-time faculty who teach in the different programs. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. For more information about RISD, please visit www.risd.edu.

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty in Experimental and Foundation Studies teach four courses a year, advise students, participate in curriculum development, serve on college committees, and maintain active professional practices. Faculty in Experimental and Foundation Studies are also highly encouraged to teach upper level classes outside the first-year studio courses.

Union Yes
Pre-employment Requirement

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”:

- A letter of intent

- Curriculum vitae

- Please include a pdf portfolio of recent images of your professional work (no more than 20) as well as your students’ work (no more than 20).

- Teaching philosophy. In your teaching philosophy, in addition to writing about teaching and practice, please also address your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse.

- Syllabi (attach to section labeled “Sample Syllabi”)

Names and contact information for three references are requested as part of the application process. Requests for reference letters are sent directly to the reference providers when candidates become finalists.

Review of applications begins immediately, and all completed applications received by January 8, 2018 are assured full consideration.

EEO Statement

RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00015P
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio of Professional Work
  4. Portfolio of Student Work
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Sample Syllabi
Optional Documents
  1. Supplemental Portfolio
  2. Media File
  3. Other 1