Continuing Education Instructor, Young Artist Programs

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 24, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Adult & Continuing Education Programs
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 (CE) functions within the larger context of RISD, an institution with an unparalleled reputation for producing highly-skilled, successful, and internationally renowned creative practitioners. The mission of Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD CE) is to provide an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience. Serving thousands of students locally, nationally and globally, we offer hundreds of non-credit courses and workshops in all aspects of art and design, for adults, teens, and children year round. With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing critical making, thinking, and innovation in art and design we facilitate personal and professional development by engaging students in sustained exploration and learning in the creative disciplines. We offer a wide range of courses and our programming is flexible, designed to accommodate both students’ learning interests and schedules, and provide robust, studio-based experiences that are current and relevant. These programs equip students with the skills, confidence, proficiency, and real-world experience to accelerate their creative lives and work.

Job Description

With a commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities, 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 in person on the RISD campus, delivering 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.

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 cover letter:



Design Foundations


Fashion Design


Game Design

Graphic Design

Interior Design


Product Design


Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience
  • BS, BFA or Art/Design Major required
  • Demonstrated expertise in chosen art and/or design discipline
  • Experience teaching in art and design programs
  • Experience teaching in person navigating lively discussions, and providing 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
  • Masters degree preferred
  • Teaching certification / certificate
  • Knowledge and understanding of early-mid childhood and early/adolescent learner principles and respect for students as well as genuine interest in their learning
Work Schedule:

In person, on campus. Courses run on a weekly basis, M-F

Documents Needed to Apply:
  • Resume, including a URL link for your professional portfolio
  • 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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