Detailed Job Description
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/Associate Professor to commence fall 2015.
The department contributes to contemporary design education through a pedagogy that unifies thinking and making via the notion of F.O.R.M. furniture, objects, research and materials. With excellent studio facilities for wood, metal, 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 seek individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences who will add to the rich mix of exploration supporting the collegial environment that defines our department.
The department seeks candidates with 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 graduate students through the completion of their thesis.
Candidates with a Master's Degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level are preferred, although professional equivalencies may be considered. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience. Ideal applicants should also demonstrate proficiency in drawing, model making, prototyping, CAD and presentation, knowledge of production techniques and the evolving state of professional practice and should inspire students to develop a unique personal design direction. Ideal candidates will be actively engaged in the international design world and have a solid understanding of making. While rigorous dedication to teaching and student development is paramount, candidates must also possess a strong ability to achieve ongoing distinction in their own professional practice.
The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses a year, comprised of a combination of sophomore through graduate level courses. In addition to teaching and maintaining a professional practice, full-time faculty are expected to 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 department and College.
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. 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.