Associate Professor, Ceramics

Posting Details

Position Information

Title Associate Professor, Ceramics
Department Ceramics
Division Fine Arts
Employment Type Full-Time
Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track) Yes
Position Description

The Department of Ceramics in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design seeks applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor to commence 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, scholarship, professional practice, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence.

Required Qualifications

The department is seeking an artist with an MFA (bachelor’s degree required), or relevant advanced degree or the professional equivalent, and at least five years full-time teaching experience at the college level, or equivalent in industry or professional experience, whose personal work shows a high level of proficiency and commitment to the ongoing development of the ceramic arts. The candidate should have a personal, professional focus in applied ceramics and/or production work with a commitment to material experimentation and research while having depth of knowledge and skill in a broad range of concept and craft.

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate the leadership skills to serve as Department Head of Ceramics and/or Graduate Program Director, positions appointed by the Provost on a cyclical basis. The candidate should have the capability to develop curriculum that helps to both steward and advance the department and the field, as well as the ability to oversee the department curriculum, facilities, and staff, and lead continuous faculty development.

Preferred Qualifications
Department /RISD Description

The mission of RISD’s renowned Ceramics program is to instruct students in the concept, method and practice of ceramic art and design, to facilitate progressive creative exploration in the field, and through open, critical process, support the growth of personal expression and artistic identity in the medium. The curriculum stresses the importance of concepts, materials and processes from ancient to contemporary times. The extraordinary equipment and facilities encompass a variety of old and new technologies.

Close connections to the professional world are maintained through internships, seminars, speakers and interactions with visiting artists and critics. Collaborative projects with artists and faculty from other RISD departments bring vibrancy to RISD’s small but vital ceramics community.

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD has a critical review process, which is very similar to the tenure process. For more information about RISD, please visit

Faculty Responsibilities

The full-time faculty teaching load is the equivalent of six three-credit courses, comprised of a combination of sophomore through graduate-level courses. Department Heads are released from teaching two teaching units, or course equivalents, per year. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a professional practice, serve on college committees, advise students, participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities and projects, and contribute to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college.

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

- Syllabi

- Evidence of teaching excellence (attach to section labeled “Other 1”)

- A teaching philosophy. In your teaching philosophy please comment on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a learning community.

- Not more than 20 images of professional and student work.

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 will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before January 4, 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 F00017P
Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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
  7. Other 1
Optional Documents
  1. Supplemental Portfolio
  2. Media File
  3. Other 2