The Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks adjunct faculty to teach Drawing, Design or Spatial Dynamics, with appointments to begin fall 2021 or spring 2022.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusion 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, equity, and inclusion.
The Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies invites applications from artists, architects, and designers who are enthusiastic about teaching first-year students, and with experience in in-person course modalities. We seek candidates whose creative practice and/or teaching centers on one or more of the following: 1.) works and bodies of knowledge from underrepresented communities, 2.) addressing issues of sustainability through art and design, 3.) deep knowledge of computation and technology within a cultural context. We are also open to other areas of focus in art and design.
Three programs – Spatial Dynamics, Drawing, and Design – comprise the studio curriculum for all first-year undergraduate students at RISD. For AY 2021-2022, our studio classes will be in-person meeting either one day per week for 12 weeks, or two days per week for 6 weeks. Our class size is approximately 20 students. Instructors introduce Drawing as a dynamic two-dimensional record of sensory search, conceptual thought, or physical action. The Design Program promotes multidisciplinary studio experimentation across an array of media and processes where students explore the organization of visual and other sensory elements in order to understand perceptual attributes and the production of meaning. 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 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. After their Foundation year, students go on to major in one of sixteen art, architecture, and design programs at RISD.
The Division welcomes applications from 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.
Ideal candidates should have a distinctive vision and pedagogical approach, and be prepared to teach Drawing, Design, or 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 their courses 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.
Job Qualifications Required:
A terminal degree in a relevant field. In some cases, an undergraduate degree with commensurate experience may be considered.
Evidence of teaching at the college level.
A strong record of creative work and evidence of ongoing professional achievement.
Employment Type: Part-Time
Department: Division of Experimental + Foundation Studies
Internal Number: 2202
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.