Assistant Professor in Residence, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design
Assistant Professor in Residence, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design
Teach + Learn in Art + Design
AA Grad Std
Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track)
The Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design ( TLAD ), Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a 1-year term, full-time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence, to commence fall 2021. Rhode Island School of Design ( RISD ) 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, professional practice, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
TLAD seeks a colleague to enhance and advance the Department’s record of innovation and commitment to an engaged role in supporting contemporary approaches to art and design education in urban public schools and K-12 arts education initiatives throughout Rhode Island.
• Earned Ph.D. or Ed.D in Art Education, or related field. ABD candidates with commensurate experience teaching at the secondary school level may also be considered.
• Evidence of a high level of scholarly practice.
• Full-time art teaching experience at the secondary school level.
• College teaching experience.
• Command of contemporary theoretical and pedagogical practices in K-12 art and design teaching and learning.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in art and design education.
• Ability to teach and advise graduate students at the Masters’ level and supervise the development of thesis work.
• Familiarity with state standards governing teacher education program approval and teacher licensure.
• Ability to work supportively with students, faculty, staff, clinical educators and alumni in the maintenance and development of a professional learning community.
• Confident communication skills, with proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
Multiple years full-time teaching art or design in an urban public high school, with appropriate certification.
• Experience with practicum and student teaching supervision.
• Experience in working with high school students in out-of-school time
• Demonstrated experience in the integration of new media technology in
the teaching and learning environment.
• Active membership in relevant professional association(s).
• Experience teaching in online and hybrid modalities.
Department /RISD Description
TLAD has a history of engagement with schools and community since the foundation of the College in 1878, with classes for public school children and teachers established by 1883. The first undergraduate (1938) and graduate (1958) degrees offered by the School were in art education.
The Department is one of three exclusively graduate departments at RISD . We have 3 full-time faculty, 3 part-time faculty, and an administrative coordinator, supporting 20-24 candidates enrolled in two 1-year graduate degree programs, a Master of Arts in Teaching ( MAT ) and a Master of Arts in Art + Design Education (MA). Both Masters degrees in TLAD are in residence, full-time programs.
In 2017, the Department launched a Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art + Design, providing students in all RISD’s graduate programs with curricular and pedagogical foundations for faculty positions in higher education.
TLAD has a longstanding commitment to the professional development of K12 art teachers and students. Project Open Door, our exemplary college access program for underserved, low-income students attending Rhode Island’s urban public high schools, is now 15 years strong. In the last ten years, we have secured $2 million in external funding for these initiatives.
TLAD provides students with diverse learning opportunities across its degree offerings, service-learning, collegiate teaching courses, and externally funded outreach initiatives. The Department recognizes the transformative nature of art and design education, particularly in the lives of children and youth, and we embrace our role in guiding graduate students as future agents of change. We work with our graduates throughout the job search and maintain contact with our alumni through social media platforms. TLAD
alumni work as art educators and advocates in a broad range of contexts, including public and private schools, major museums, non-profits, and artist-led collectives throughout the country and the world.
We have extraordinary resources here at RISD, i.e., studio and liberal arts faculty, Nature Lab, Fleet Library, the RISD Museum, and a cross registration agreement with Brown University. These resources intersect very directly with enduring partnerships with schools, cultural institutions and not-for profit organizations.
For more information about the Department please visit
The full-time faculty teaching load at RISD is six courses a year. Faculty are also required to advise students, participate in curriculum development, and serve on departmental and college committees, while developing and maintaining their research and scholarly and studio practices.
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 in the section labeled
“Documents Needed to Apply”:
• A teaching philosophy (including how the candidate addresses diversity and inclusion as fundamental to a learning community)
• Letter of intent
• Curriculum vitae
• Portfolio of recent professional work (including scholarly writing samples or a combination of text and images not to exceed 20 pages, preferably in one PDF )
• Evidence of teaching excellence, including syllabi with culturally diverse content that models constructive and inclusive discussions to foster student intellectual and creative growth
• Evidence of student work (including e.g., essay samples, thesis abstracts, unit & lesson plans in text form or a combination of text and images not to exceed 20 pages 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 at the semi-finalist stage.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before March 20, 2021 are assured full consideration.
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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Documents Needed To Apply
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Portfolio of Professional Work
- Portfolio of Student Work
- Teaching Philosophy
- Sample Syllabi