Assistant/Associate Professor of Digital + Media
Organization: Rhode Island School of Design
Location: Providence, RI
Start Date: Academic Year 2016-2017
The Graduate Department of Digital + Media, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a colleague of emerging or established international stature to join its faculty, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with appointment to begin fall 2016. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to art and design education. Welcomed are candidates whose background in teaching, practice, scholarship, service, or personal experience has prepared them to contribute to the College’s commitment to diversity and excellence.
Now entering its second decade, Digital + Media (D+M) investigates the creative potentials and social implications of emerging technologies and cultural practices. Its research-oriented MFA program pushes the limits of art and design, mentoring students to become critical thinkers and artistic innovators.
The new hire will contribute to the direction and teaching of an evolving department and play an important collaborative role in supporting the diverse work of its graduate students while also facilitating partnerships within RISD and externally. S/he will enhance D+M’s capacity as a research incubator and creative forum, advancing the program’s profile for artistic and technological innovation grounded in critical thinking and social engagement. Through a questioning of technoculture, s/he will strengthen D+M’s ongoing efforts to contextualize contemporary experimental art and design in a historical frame and with respect to parallel scientific and technological developments. In addition to teaching the equivalent of six courses per year, D+M faculty maintain active professional practices, advise students, serve on college committees, participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities, and contribute to the vibrancy and intellectual life of the
// department information
Established in 2003, the Department of Digital + Media offers a selective MFA program for students with diverse research interests seeking an open environment for exploration in the realms of art, science, technology, and society. The program fosters exploratory work that generates innovative visual, sonic, and/or textual expression, marked by conceptual clarity and critical insights. The department has an interdisciplinary structure and reach, with strong connections to RISD’s other graduate departments and programs, as well as with neighboring Brown University.
For more information about the department, please see: http://dm.risd.edu
Applicants must have an advanced degree in an appropriate field or equivalent experience, evidence of teaching at the graduate-level, and a strong record of ongoing professional achievement.
Applicants should have the proven ability to:
● develop stimulating graduate curriculum;
● mentor practicing artists and scholars in diverse disciplines;
● discuss and debate history, methodology, and aesthetics, analyze contemporary art and design practice, and envision the future of the field;
● contribute to college service and leadership in the field
Preference will be for candidates with demonstrated ability to successfully:
● work and teach across disciplines, including art/design/visual culture, new media theory, and science and technology studies;
● forge research and teaching collaborations with artists, engineers, scientists, and other scholars;
● integrate research, teaching, university service, and outreach, including grant-writing and fundraising;
// how to apply:
Applications should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, syllabi, names and contact information for three references, examples of recent professional work or scholarship (20 images maximum), and documentation of students’ work (20 images maximum). Your teaching philosophy should speak to your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before January 5, 2016 are assured full consideration.
// RISD statement
Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 students. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, precritical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit www.risd.edu/jobs.
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Assistant/Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Organization: Rhode Island School of Design
Location: Providence, RI
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 experiences in teaching, creative practice/scholarship, professional practice, service, and personal experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
The Department of Graphic Design (GD) in the Division of Architecture + 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 2016.
The ideal candidate will be a committed practicing designer and educator who is as passionate about teaching as she or he is about the field itself. As graphic design evolves, so must educators and practitioners, and as such, we seek a colleague who is both engaged in and energized by this developing and shifting dynamic. Candidates should be elastic thinkers and active makers engaged in a combination of professional practice, research, and innovation in the classroom. They should be interested in joining a highly motivated community of students and faculty in a department that values tradition while at the same time explores the boundaries of design theory and practice.
Known for its rigorous program and talented students, RISD GD recently rolled out a new undergraduate core sequence that encourages deeper inquiry and challenges students to experiment with what graphic design is and what it can become. A new colleague would play a pivotal role in this core sequence and would advise and teach both undergraduate and graduate students in 2D, 3D, and multimedia design, as well as in the more speculative edges of the field. Our Department is committed to engaging in and shaping the discourse emerging from our shifting design landscape — where the very nature of communication technology, social dynamics, and networked communities is about flux — and where change is the norm and fluidity essential.
A graduate degree in graphic design, visual communication, or closely and demonstrably related study and a minimum 2–3 years of teaching experience is preferred (or equivalent combination of applicable academic and professional experience). Ideal candidates will exhibit the capacity to advise and teach both undergraduate and graduate students, contribute to the workings of the Department and the College, and be committed to eventual rotation in and out of leadership positions in coming years.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
With 11 full-time faculty positions, and 30 part-time faculty, the Graphic Design Department runs 110 classes a year for approximately 200 BFA candidates, 40 MFA candidates, and a small number of non-major and Brown University students.
RISD aims to graduate broad-minded, independent and visually articulate thinkers and makers. In the Graphic Design Department, we are committed to educating the whole person, with design as the primary means of research, expression and exploration. Our graduates (graduate and undergraduate) become both professional and academic leaders in graphic design and are equipped to develop their own practices or to work in larger collaborative settings, creating and participating in local, national, and international contexts.
Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to thrive upon both junior and senior faculty interests, and our graduate program seeks faculty who model critical practice and theory, and who may contribute to graduate-level teaching and thesis advising. In our Graphic Design Department, inquiry leads formal outcome, with students and faculty alike working across media to investigate how design operates as an essential social and cultural language.