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Assistant or Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Rhode Island School of Design k

Providence, RI

Jan 8
Job Description

The Department of Graphic Design in the Division of Architecture and Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment, to teach both undergraduate and graduate students, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Position commences Fall 2019.

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, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The ideal candidate will be a practicing graphic designer and educator who is as passionate about teaching as they are about the field itself. We seek someone with demonstrated expertise in contemporary critical discourse, typography, and an experimental and innovative design practice and pedagogy. In addition to a successful teaching record at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, we seek candidates with a clear research agenda or design practice that complements and contributes to the departmental mission to offer a wide range of approaches and modalities in graphic design. Curated exhibitions, symposia, talks, writing, and/or published work will be considered as evidence of professional status.

As we strive to develop a faculty that better reflects the broad range of student communities at RISD, we seek candidates with a pedagogy that attends to student diversity in the studio classroom and a record of inclusive teaching practices. Candidates with direct experience working with historically marginalized groups and perspectives are especially encouraged to apply.

Our new colleague will bring their research and practice into a rich team-teaching environment, with an emphasis on sharing and student/teacher empowerment. Excellent interpersonal skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. Leadership opportunities, as they become available, will offer another way for new faculty to help shape the future of our department.

In addition to the qualifications listed above, applicants for the Associate level position should have 5 or more years experience teaching design studios and seminars. Successful applicants for the Associate level position should also have significant experience developing curriculum, managing faculty and students, and engaging in the daily administrative tasks associated with overseeing a department. The department head position rotates every few years, and candidates for the Associate level position should be prepared to step into the headship position within the first few years of being at RISD.

Required Qualifications
A graduate degree or equivalent combination of applicable academic and professional experience in graphic design, visual communication, or closely and demonstrably related study
Demonstrated expertise in design history and typography
A minimum 2 years of teaching experience for Assistant Professor, 5 years for Associate Professor
A successful teaching record at both undergraduate and graduate levels

Preferred Qualifications
Team teaching experience is preferred
Code/computation teaching experience and/or skills are preferred, but not required

Department /RISD Description
Rhode Island School of Design is a 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. For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit

With 12 full-time faculty positions, and 30 part-time faculty, the Department of Graphic Design at RISD runs 110 classes a year for approximately 200 BFA candidates, 40 MFA candidates, and a small number of non-major and Brown University students.

Our curricular philosophy aims to graduate accomplished designers who are able to explore, experiment, iterate, and evaluate their work. Design inquiry is at the foundation of our curriculum, and we promote graphic design as an expansive space for form-making, problem-solving, and visual/verbal communication. We encourage students to explore a wide range of content across various media and methodologies, emphasizing critical thinking and experimentation while simultaneously testing and mastering traditional tools and emergent technologies. Our students represent a wide spectrum of culturally diverse positions and perspectives, and we encourage them to develop strong visual communication skills by exploring their own perspectives around social/identity/political concerns. The department prepares students for a responsible and sustainable design practice along a wide range of potential career paths.

Faculty Responsibilities
The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses a year, comprised of a combination of sophomore through graduate-level courses. 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 (including critiques, review panels, thesis supervision, and independent study 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 and the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”:
1. Letter of intent (attach to tab labeled “Cover Letter”)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Teaching philosophy, including how the candidate addresses diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a learning community
4. A curated portfolio of images of your work (no more than 20)
5. Images of student work (no more than 20), including captions and contextual information
6. Evidence of teaching excellence, including at least 3 sample syllabi (attach to tab labeled “Other 1”)
7. URL linking to your website (preferred) (attach to tab labeled “Supplemental Portfolio”)

Names and contact information for three references are requested as part of the application process. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, we will request letters of recommendation from your three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before Friday, January 25, 2019 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.

NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.