The Department of Printmaking, in the Division of Fine Arts, at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor, to commence in fall 2023. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience.
RISD recognizes principles of social equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental to its academic mission as an art and design school. We understand these principles to require ongoing attention to differential embodied experience and expansion of the forms of knowledge from which our curricula originate. RISD is engaged in the collective work of institutional transformation and would value applicants whose pedagogical and professional experiences have prepared them to foster equitable teaching and learning environments. We seek applicants whose teaching and professional work (creative practice and/or academic scholarship) attends to embodied difference as intersectional and centers on bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities. We encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented communities including Native American peoples, Black and Indigenous peoples of color, Latinx, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
We seek applicants who will offer undergraduate and graduate-level instruction in both required and elective courses in Printmaking. Our curriculum includes instruction in printmaking disciplines such as: Lithography, Intaglio, Engraving, Silkscreen, Relief, Digital/Photo Printmaking, Print Installation, Sculptural Prints, Printmaking Alternative Practices, Bookbinding, and Papermaking. Faculty teach across these disciplines. The Department encourages applicants with knowledge and applied experience in at least two of these technical areas and knowledge and applied experience in leading critique. In Printmaking, our critique culture encompasses technical knowledge, engagement with conceptual and theoretical issues in the discipline, and engagement with larger discussions in contemporary and historical fine arts. Faculty should be able to facilitate dialogue across these areas. We value imaginative pedagogies, especially in relation to cross-disciplinary courses, utilizing the RISD Museum and RISD Library Collections, foregrounding dialogue between traditional and alternative printmaking practices, and using printmaking as a means of engagement with the experiences and forms of knowledge of historically underrepresented communities.
Applicants should demonstrate an interest in serving as mentors and advisors for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants should also indicate their interest in serving in departmental leadership roles, for instance as Department Head and/or Graduate Program Director. Department faculty are appointed to these positions on a cyclical basis, to oversee curriculum, the department budget, facilities, and staff, and to lead continuous faculty development.
- MFA or a minimum of 8 years of professional experience in printmaking.
- A minimum of two years of full-time teaching, or the equivalent in part-time teaching.
- Demonstrated experience in teaching two or more of the following printmaking disciplines: Lithography, Intaglio, Silkscreen, Relief.
- An active professional practice with a record of exhibitions, publications, performances, and/or other forms of public engagement.
- Demonstrated commitments to printmaking as a discipline, such as serving on juries, scholarship in the discipline, and/or community-based teaching in the discipline.
- Record of, or potential for, academic leadership in the Department (as Department Head and/or Graduate Program Director).
- A demonstrated teaching and/or professional record that exemplifies inclusionary practice.
- A demonstrated record of inclusive leadership.
- Evidence of academic leadership capacity at the Department level, for instance as Department Head and/or Graduate Program Director, and/or at the institutional level, for instance as a committee chair or leader of an academic initiative, is strongly preferred.
Department /RISD Description
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,500 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.
Our Printmaking Department includes an undergraduate program of approximately 42 sophomore to senior year students and a two-year graduate program that includes approximately 14 students. Its faculty currently comprises 4 full-time and 5-6 part-time instructors. Our Printmaking Department encourages in-depth research and interdisciplinary learning across RISD’s 23 departments. Our course offerings serve not only students in the printmaking department, but also students in all other departments at RISD and, through cross-registration, students from Brown University. Our students engage in internships, exchange programs and research projects, which are fostered by the strong connections we maintain with other academic and professional institutions. We are deeply committed to hands-on experience in traditional and contemporary print media. Printmakers have always been at the forefront of developing and experimenting with the newest technologies, therefore we are strongly committed to the exploration of all forms of image production and the transmission of ideas through any and every available means of communication.
The full-time faculty teaching load is six teaching units a year, with responsibility for teaching courses in a broad range of Printmaking graduate and undergraduate offerings. The successful candidate will have an appreciation of historical print culture, as well as a deep understanding of the contemporary print world and artistic practices. It is essential that they will have passion for teaching, advising, and mentoring a diverse population of students. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a dynamic 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.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
Special Instructions to Applicants
RISD Faculty Search Committees comprise colleagues from within and outside of the hiring Department,
Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”:
1.) Letter of intent
2.) Curriculum vitae
3.) A statement of teaching philosophy in which you articulate the role of social equity, diversity, and inclusion in your pedagogy
4.) Two syllabi
Across the two syllabi, the applicant should demonstrate: ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, ability to teach in the technical areas sought for this position, and how they would lead critique.
5.) Portfolio of recent professional work (20 images maximum, in one PDF)
6.) Examples of student work (20 images maximum, in one PDF).
File size is limited to 9 MB per file. Applicant materials cannot include links. Materials that do not comply with the instructions will not be considered. Only materials that have been requested will be considered.
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 when candidates become semifinalists.
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by December 1, 2022 are assured full consideration.