Continuing Education Instructor for Young Artist Programs

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 10, 2020
Employment Type
Part Time


At Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education we are committed to providing an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience.

Art and Design for Everyone

RISD Continuing Education offers hundreds of non-credit courses, workshops and lectures in all aspects of art and design for adults, teens and kids. We offer online, in-person and hybrid courses year-round, and we are open admission—we welcome everyone!

Most of our courses take place on the RISD Campus in Providence, with select courses and workshops held at Tillinghast Place in Barrington, as well as the Westerly Education Center.

Department Overview

RISD Continuing Education functions within the larger context of RISD, an institution with an unparalleled reputation for producing highly skilled, successful and internationally renowned creative practitioners. A wide variety of creative experiences await students at RISD Continuing Education. We offer courses and certificate programs in a broad range of visual arts and design disciplines, as well as in topics related to art and design as integral parts of our lives and culture. We schedule these courses year-round, during the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms.

With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing critical making, thinking and innovation, RISD Continuing Education Programs are designed to facilitate personal creative development by engaging students in sustained exploration and learning in creative disciplines. These non-credit courses are flexible, designed to accommodate both students’ learning interests and schedules, and provide robust, studio-based learning that is current, engaging and relevant. These programs equip students with the skills, confidence, proficiency, and real-world experience to accelerate their creative lives prepare them for future study in art and design.

Job Description

RISD Continuing Education instructors plan, organize, teach, and provide feedback to promote and direct student learning in keeping with the institutional learning-centered values and in a manner that meets essential competencies of artists and designers. Our instructors respond to students with respect and in support of their development. Communication with students and with the division must be timely and with attention to college-provided tools, platforms and resources. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach online courses to a diverse group of students from a range of abilities and experience. Interpersonal and leadership skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. We welcome candidates whose teaching experience addresses historically underrepresented communities. Our instructors develop culturally diverse syllabi for studio courses and lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually. Preference will be given to candidates who have K-12 teaching experience and have worked with students ages between 13 and 17 years old.

We are looking for instructors whose specialty is in one or more of the fields listed below. Please indicate which applies to you in your application.



Design Foundations


Fashion Design


Game Design

Graphic Design

Interior Design


Product Design


Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience

- BFA or Art/Design Major required, Masters degree preferred

- Demonstrated expertise in chosen art and/or design discipline

- Experience teaching in art and design programs

- Experience teaching online, asynchronous courses, including online course content development, tutorials, assignments, and other components such as intuitive navigation, lively discussions, and meaningful feedback.

- Ability to convey complex art and design concepts to students with varied skills (novice to advanced) in a condensed time frame.

- Accept and act upon constructive feedback from course and classroom evaluations by students and staff.

- Ability to develop and implement diverse teaching and learning for learners from a variety of educational backgrounds, environments and expectations.

- Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Experience

- K-12 Teaching experience preferred.

-Knowledge and understanding of adolescent learner principles and respect for students as well as genuine interest in their learning

- Teaching certification / certificate

Work Schedule:

Flexible availability based on regular reliable online contact with students

Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, including a URL link for your professional portfolio if applicable

Cover Letter

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental 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.

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CE Instructor

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