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Professorships in Race in Art & Design (Design)

Rhode Island School of Design k

Providence, RI

Oct 19
Job Description

As part of its “Race in Art & Design” cluster hire initiative, Rhode Island School of Design seeks to hire 10 new faculty in multiple disciplines to begin in Fall of 2021. We invite applications for three of the ten full-time faculty appointments, at the rank of Assistant or Associate, to commence fall 2021, with a focus on design disciplines.
Central to the implementation of our evolving social equity and inclusion initiatives this cluster hire aims to grow our cross-institutional expertise in areas of race, colonization, decolonization, post-coloniality, and cultural representation, as well as in material practices of resistance.
We seek faculty whose scholarship, creative practice, and research addresses the lives, experiences, and cultural traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. The ideal candidates will not only be prepared to offer courses that both expand and seek to decolonize/challenge traditional art and design curriculum and pedagogies, but also help expand the work of the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion as it engages our various constituencies and communities – both departmental and cross-institutional – in related dialogue and initiatives.
While we will prioritize those working in areas connected to the African American and African diasporas, Indigenous north American and Latinx communities, we encourage applications that engage any indigenous or historically marginalized communities of color.
The ideal applicants for this cluster combine critical, creative, and material practices that engage Black, Indigenous, or Latinx epistemologies and address the systemic structures and power relations that shape disciplinary practices, the built environment, and social and environmental justice issues.
The three positions for this subset of the cluster will be housed in the departments listed below:
• Architecture
Areas of focus may include: racial justice as it applies to architectural design and theory; expanding modalities of architectural practice, teaching, and making with a focus on the constituencies that architecture should serve ; and intersectional and interdisciplinary collaboration around spatial discourse and design.
• Graphic Design
Areas of focus may include: creative graphic design practice along with critical engagement—whether through writing, research, design, or technology—with a consideration around what it is to produce (and consume) visual communication design in this moment; an interest in examining Graphic Design's eurocentric past while helping build a decolonized, globally-minded, and inclusive future.
• Landscape Architecture/Interior Architecture (joint appointment)
The department is seeking to fill one of two positions: 1. a cartographer, with the ability to understand and articulate nuanced top-down approaches to dominance and power relations through explorative and projective mapping; 2. a spatial practitioner with a focus on community development and with the ability to understand complex bottom-up processes related to community issues and social relations through design practice.
Preferred Qualifications Department /RISD Description
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 six courses a year, 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.
Each faculty member will receive an annual research fund for their first three years.
Union: Yes
Pre-employment Requirement
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply for any of these three positions please:
Please submit the following application materials:
1.) Letter of intent
2.) Curriculum vitae
3.) A statement of teaching philosophy
4.) Two sample syllabi
5.) Portfolio of recent professional work (Maximum 10 written pages and/or 20 images, preferably in one PDF)
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 continues until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by November 20, 2020 are assured full consideration.
For any questions, nominations, or inquiries please contact:
Matthew Shenoda, Associate Provost for Social Equity & Inclusion and Professor of Literary Arts & Studies at:
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.

Required Qualifications
• Terminal degree in a relevant discipline/field
• Evidence of teaching at the college level
• A strong record of creative practice, exhibition and scholarship and research practices
• Demonstrated leadership and collaborative work
*Rank will be dependent on years of in-rank teaching experience and professional status.

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Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877—making it one of the first art and design schools in the US. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world are engaged in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), where they earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in 21 majors. Each year more than 5,800 children and adults also access our specialized studio facilities through RISD|CE courses.

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