The Department of Furniture Design in the Division of Architecture and Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to commence fall 2019.
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.
The Department of Furniture Design seeks candidates who demonstrate excellence in the field of furniture and object design. The applicant should have the ability to support links between idea generation, design development, and the making process using hand, industrial and digital fabrication tools, technologies and processes applied to a wide range of materials. The ability to lead research and partnered projects, to curate and develop exhibitions and contribute to the social value of design is highly desirable. Ideal candidates should have strong leadership skills along with the ability and experience to guide students through the completion of their degree project/graduate thesis.
The department contributes to contemporary design education through a pedagogy that unifies thinking and making. With excellent studio facilities for wood, metal, polymers, upholstery, materials research, design and drawing, the ideal candidate should be able to support students through the process of creating highly resolved work from concept to finished object. We especially seek applicants who will support professional and curricular engagement with non-western traditions, offer global perspectives on the discipline of furniture design, and enhance the range and diversity of the department’s approaches and cultural frames of reference. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience.
Job Qualifications Required:
Master's degree in design or a related field, although undergraduate degrees and professional equivalencies may be considered. Evidence of a high level of creative practice demonstrated by all or some of the following: a record of exhibitions; contract work with manufacturers; fellowships, prizes and residencies; service as a juror or visiting critic; a record of consulting projects; reviews; lectures and other presentations; research; reputation in the field.
Demonstrated experience teaching at the college or university level with responsibility for syllabus design and course development. Excellence with design processes including research, drawing, model-making, prototyping, and digital design methods. Knowledge and experience with a variety of production techniques. Knowledge of contemporary practices in design and the evolving state of professional practice. Confident leadership and communication skills, with proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
Job Qualifications Preferred:
Evidence of involvement in innovative program or curriculum development including partnered and sponsored studios; experimental and/or collaborative teaching; organizing exhibitions. Evidence of a rigorous and cohesive practice positioned within contemporary dialogues about craft and design with potential to affect curriculum development within the department and research programming at the college level. Record of committee and administrative work. Experience in grant writing and/or grant funded programming.
Employment Type: Full-Time
Department: Furniture Design
Internal Number: 1997
About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al 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.