Assistant Professor in Residence, History of North America

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details


Assistant Professor in Residence, History of North America


History Phil Social Sciences


Liberal Arts

Employment Type


Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track)


Position Description

The Department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences ( HPSS ) at the Rhode Island School of Design ( RISD ) invites applications for a one-year term appointment as Assistant Professor in Residence, History of North America to commence fall 2021. We seek candidates with specialization in the intersecting histories of settler Americans, Indigenous Americans, Black Americans, and other marginalized communities. Suitable candidates will have previous undergraduate teaching experience, the ability to teach courses on American history to 1865 and 1865-present, and an interest in developing and teaching specialized seminar courses based upon their expertise and research interests.

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 community engagement has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

We seek candidates who can demonstrate quality undergraduate teaching, teach broadly in their field, and represent various aspects of their discipline within the department.

We seek candidates who can offer a range of courses that will appeal to an internationally diverse student population of artists and designers, and connect with our cross-disciplinary concentration tracks (for example, Belief Systems; Media, Technology and Cultural Studies; Politics and Policy; Gender, Sexuality and Race).

Required Qualifications

● Earned Ph.D. in American History or American Studies; ABDs with experience teaching self-designed courses will also be considered.
● Evidence of a high level of scholarly practice.
● Experience teaching college-level courses.
● Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.
● Confident communication skills, with proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.

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.

HPSS is a multidisciplinary department within the Division of Liberal Arts at RISD . Our students are art and design majors who take one third of their courses in the Liberal Arts. Learn more about the department here (

Faculty Responsibilities

Full time faculty teach six courses a year: two lecture courses (capped at 25 students), one innovative 5-week wintersession course (21 students) one seminar (capped at 15) and two sections of our required first year seminar on Issues in History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (designed differently within specific parameters by each faculty member).

Term Appointments function as full members of the department; they participate in departmental decision-making and take on committee assignments.



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 in the section labeled
“Documents Needed to Apply”:

• Curriculum vitae
• Letter of intent (that speaks to your interest in this position and your areas of expertise)
• A teaching philosophy (that describes how you attend to diversity and equity in the classroom)
• Sample Syllabi
• A list of proposed courses

Names and contact information for two 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 May 13, 2021 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.

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Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Course Proposal(s)
  5. Sample Syllabi
Optional Documents

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