The Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks three Assistant and/or Associate Professors of Spatial Dynamics, with appointments to begin fall 2020.
RISD 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, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
The Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies invites applications from artists, architects, and designers who are enthusiastic about teaching first-year students who will go on to major in one of sixteen art, architecture, and design programs at RISD. We seek domestic and international candidates whose creative practice and/or teaching centers on one or more of the following: 1.) works and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities, 2.) issues of sustainability in art and design, 3.) deep knowledge of computation and technology within a cultural context.
Spatial Dynamics 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. In Spatial Dynamics studio courses, students investigate spatial phenomena by exploring and expressing relationships between space, time, and objects. Faculty do not teach from a fixed curriculum, but rather towards a collective inquiry of Spatial Dynamics from individual perspectives. Through designed sets of assignments, with faculty and peer critique, students are encouraged to think deductively and intuitively. Studio approaches encompass a diverse scope of technological, material, intellectual, cultural, social, and political forms.
Candidates should have a developed professional practice in art, architecture, or design. The Division is open to hiring artists and designers from various disciplines and interdisciplinary practices including but not limited to time-based media, performance, social practice, artistic research, traditional approaches, emerging media, experimental materials, and new technologies.
Given the transdisciplinary nature of the division, we welcome faculty who might also be interested in teaching in the Drawing or Design areas of the first-year programs. Faculty members in Experimental and Foundation Studies are also highly encouraged to teach upper-level classes outside the first-year studio courses. Opportunities for this exist across departments at RISD and within the two Concentrations of Drawing and Computation, Technology, and Culture (CTC), both offered within the Division.
Job Qualifications Required:
Applicants should have a terminal degree in a relevant field, evidence of teaching at the college level, a strong record of creative work and evidence of ongoing professional achievement. In some cases, an undergraduate degree with commensurate experience may be considered. Rank will depend on professional status and years of teaching experience.
Ideal candidates should have a distinctive vision and pedagogical approach, and be prepared to teach Spatial Dynamics as a vital experience for a range of disciplines and a diverse student body. In addition, successful candidates will be able to approach Spatial Dynamics from multiple directions: as a specific method of investigating visual and spatial phenomena, as a mode of speculation and inquiry, and as an essential activity intrinsic to all artists and designers.
Good interpersonal skills, clarity, generosity, ability to engage across various cultures and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. Faculty are expected to be able to integrate new technologies into their courses. Applicants should be prepared to develop syllabi and lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions, and that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.
Employment Type: Full-Time
Department: Division of Experimental + Foundation Studies
Internal Number: 2145
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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.