Professorships in Race in Art & Design (Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture)

Employer
Rhode Island School of Design
Location
Rhode Island, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 10, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Professional Fields, Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning
Employment Type
Full Time


Posting Details

Title

Professorships in Race in Art & Design (Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture)

Department

Social Equity & Inclusion

Division

Social Equity & Inclusion

Employment Type

Full-Time

Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track)

Yes

Position Description

As part of RISD’s “Race in Art & Design” cluster hire initiative, the departments of Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture invite applications for a full time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to commence fall 2022. This new hire will join 10 other new faculty members as part of the social equity and inclusion cluster hire initiative.

Central to RISD and the departments’ implementation of our evolving social equity and inclusion initiatives, this cluster hire aims to grow our cross-institutional expertise in areas of race, colonization, decolonization, post-coloniality, and cultural representation, as well as in material practices of resistance.

We seek faculty whose scholarship, creative practice, and research addresses the lives, experiences, and cultural traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. The ideal candidates will not only be prepared to offer courses that both expand and seek to decolonize/challenge traditional art and design curriculum and pedagogies, but also help expand the work of the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion as it engages our various constituencies and communities – both departmental and cross-institutional – in related dialogue and initiatives.

While we will prioritize those working in areas connected to the African American and African diasporas, Indigenous North American and Latinx communities, we encourage applications that engage any indigenous or historically marginalized communities of color. The ideal applicants for this position combine critical, creative, and material practices that engage Black, Indigenous, or Latinx epistemologies and address the systemic structures and power relations that shape disciplinary practices, the built environment, and social and environmental justice issues.

Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture Affiliated Position:


We seek applicants for an affiliated position between the Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture departments. While distinct in their particular areas of focus and scales of operating, the two departments share many overlapping areas of focus including the adaptive reuse of post industrial sites and buildings, climate change adaptation strategies, and designing, visualizing, and communicating change in the built environment.

The departments are seeking to fill one of two positions: 1. a cartographer, with the ability to understand and articulate nuanced top-down approaches to dominance and power relations through explorative and projective mapping; 2. a spatial practitioner with a focus on community development and with the ability to understand complex bottom-up processes related to community issues and social relations through design practice.

Required Qualifications
  • Terminal degree in a relevant discipline/field
  • Evidence of teaching at the college level
  • A strong record of creative practice, exhibition and scholarship and research practices
  • Demonstrated leadership and collaborative work
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. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD has a critical review process, which is very similar to the tenure process. For more information about RISD, please visit www.risd.edu.
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.

Landscape Architecture Departmental Information:
  • Degree Programs:
    • 3 Year MLA l
    • 2 Year MLA ll
    • RISD /University of Rhode Island Joint Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Marine Affairs
  • Size: 85 Students
  • Faculty: 7 Full Time, 20 Part Time
Departmental mission statement: At RISD, Landscape Architecture is understood as a discipline that operates at the interface between the cultural and natural worlds, addressing design issues inherent in a range of typologies and scales from specific sites to global systems. The MLA program prepares students to thoughtfully engage the increasingly complex issues associated with these environments through a unique program based on critical making and process oriented design that combines investigations and research in the traditional territories of landscape architecture – natural systems, ecology, and human environments – with intuitive and creative ways of thinking, seeing, and making. Our mission is to prepare innovative, ethical, and inspired designers who will lead in the realms of professional practice, intellectual discourse, education and policy making and who will challenge and expand the boundaries of landscape architecture.

Students and faculty in the landscape architecture department at RISD are surrounded by artists and designers that engage a wide range of media and critical art practices, and we believe that these adjacencies allow us to shape a unique pedagogical approach to landscape architecture. Our program bridges intuitive and analytical thinking, encourages hands-on research into material practices, and explores opportunities for cross-disciplinary experimentation. With a deep emphasis on the practices of critical making, our students use and hybridize a range of methods across artistic and design practices, as well as across hand and digital platforms.

At RISD Landscape we explore a wide range of global contexts, but are also deeply rooted in the coastal context of Rhode Island. In 2018 we launched a dual-degree program with the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, and we see this as an extension of our commitment to bridging art, design, and scientific disciplines as we take on increasingly urgent hydrological issues associated with climate change. Across all contexts, we engage scales from the region down to the detail, with an emphasis on teaching our students how to design with physical and phenomenal materials that shape space.

Interior Architecture Departmental Information:
  • Degree Programs
    • BFA Interior Studies [Adaptive Reuse]
    • MDes Interior Studies [Adaptive Reuse]
    • MDes Interior Studies [Exhibition and Narrative Environments]
    • MA Adaptive Reuse
  • Size: 115
  • Faculty: 6 Full-Time 31 Part-Time
Interior Architecture Department Mission Statement: Students and faculty in the Interior Architecture department at RISD engage in a specialist design education in the alteration of existing built environments from heritage sites to exhibitions and narrative environments. The objective of designing interventions in the existing built environment engages a wide range of practices, and we believe that these adjacencies allow us to shape a unique pedagogical approach to interior architecture. With an emphasis on the historic and theoretical context of existing constructs, our programs bridge intuitive and analytical thinking, encourage hands-on research, and explore opportunities for experimentation.

The Interior Architecture Department at RISD offers four degree programs ( BFA, MDES, and MA programs).
In the BFA program in Interior Studies [Adaptive Reuse], majors receive an exceptional education in spatial design as it relates to the built environment. Students complete 126 credit hours of coursework in Interior Architecture, studio electives and Liberal Arts classes across three departments: History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences, Literary Arts and Studies, and Theory and History of Art and Design. In developing design strategies across a range of work, students learn how to investigate and make interior interventions in various forms, while recognizing the importance of social and environmental responsibility within the discipline. Graduates of the program earn a strong academic foundation that uniquely prepares them for graduate studies and professional design practice.

Our Master of Design (MDes) graduate programs share the pedagogical objective of designing interventions in the existing built environment through two different options of study: Adaptive Reuse (AR) or Exhibition and Narrative Environments ( ENE ). Both 2+ year MDes programs begin with a study of the fundamentals of design in an immersive 6-week summer program in Providence.

The 75-credit Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies: Adaptive Reuse program offers students a unique design education in the alteration of existing structures through interior interventions and the practice of adaptive reuse. This course of study focuses specifically on designing interventions for existing structures at many scales—from single rooms to entire buildings as well as the larger urban fabric. While operating outside the confines of professional architectural licensure, graduates of the program qualify to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification ( NCIDQ ) exam. In the 75-credit MDes: Exhibition and Narrative Environments program, students engage in a dynamic course of study focused on making interior interventions within the context of narrative environments—spaces that encompass or communicate a form of storytelling. In providing a clear aesthetic, theoretical and technological framework for the study of exhibition design, the program properly equips graduating students to create narrative experiences within museum settings.

The 1+ year Master of Arts in Adaptive Reuse is a post-professional immersion into altering and intervening existing structures. The 45-credit MA program offers a specialist design education on the subject of adaptive reuse. It establishes a clear aesthetic, theoretical and technological framework for the study of adaptive reuse that properly equips graduating students to engage in architectural practice.

The curriculum supports students in developing strategies that account for the importance of social and environmental responsibility, while expanding upon the architect’s understanding of reuse as a product of both practice and theory.

Faculty Responsibilities

All full-time faculty are required to teach six “teaching units” per year which often translates to two studios (2 teaching units each) and two seminars or lecture courses (1 teaching unit each) each year. Some examples of possible courses that the new faculty member may contribute to include: research methods, thesis, advanced seminars and elective studios taught across and between both departments. In addition to teaching commitments, 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, and contribute to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funding, and professional development grants.

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 – Description of qualifications, areas of specialization, and reasons for applying to RISD .
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy – Discussion of teaching approach and experience, a brief description of courses you would be interested in teaching at RISD, as well as a discussion of how you create a dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative classroom environment.
  4. Research Agenda – Summary of research goals, outcomes, and future plans. (attach to the section labeled “Other 1")
  5. Digital Portfolio with images of professional work (20 pages maximum).
  6. Digital Portfolio with images of student work accompanied by brief course descriptions (20 pages maximum).
  7. Examples of Course Syllabi (2-3 samples).


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 for applicants who reach the semi-finalist stage.

Rank will be dependent on years of in-rank teaching experience and professional status.

Review of applications begins immediately, and all complete applications received by February 25, 2022, 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.

Posting Number

F00073P

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Yes
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio of Professional Work
  4. Portfolio of Student Work
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Sample Syllabi
  7. Other 1
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