Assistant/Associate Professor, Jewelry + Metalsmithing - Rhode Island School of Design in Providence Rhode Island

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Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Department Jewelry + Metalsmithing in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to begin fall 2015.

The Jewelry + Metalsmithing program, established in 1879, instructs students in the training and practice of traditional techniques as well as the conceptual and methodological development of contemporary modes of practice. The department has approximately 40 undergraduate and 12 graduate students, offering a two-year MFA degree, a four-year BFA degree, and a one-year post baccalaureate. The curriculum hones artistic identity through visual, written and material research built upon a foundation of strong technical skills, and emphasizes a thorough understanding and integration of process/technique, material exploration, and conceptual development. Unique to the program, a diverse and rotating group of 15 faculty supports the development of students as artists and designers who energize the field through personal vision and understanding of the larger artistic, cultural and social contexts of the discipline.

Through a rigorous program of study, students learn to think critically, master the varied technical processes inherent to creating work, and develop a true understanding of both traditional goldsmithing and contemporary jewelry. Students are guided by a distinctive faculty with a wide spectrum of skills, philosophies and professional experiences, as well as by an inspiring international roster of visiting artists. Our goal is that students develop the confidence, resourcefulness and commitment necessary to establish a self-reflective practice, creating work that is personally expressive and responsive to the changing values of our world. As a professional jewelry and metalsmithing department within an art and design school, our focus is on the growth of the student as a creative individual and as an innovator in our field.

Close connections to the professional world are maintained through internships, seminars, speakers and interactions with visiting artists and critics. Collaborative projects with artists, faculty and students from other RISD departments, the RISD museum, community, and the jewelry industry enrich students' educational experience. Candidate must demonstrate the capacity and interest to work across these areas in partnership with our diverse departmental faculty.  


The department seeks candidates with a deep understanding of traditional jewelry and metalsmithing skills with emphasis on strong verbal, written, and digital capabilities.

While an MFA is expected, candidates who hold equivalent professional experience and have a substantial record of achievement in art and/or design fields may be considered. A minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience at the university or college level is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in their field and personal work that exhibits a high level of proficiency, a dedication to a high standard of academic pedagogy and commitment to the ongoing evolution of the contemporary jewelry field. The ideal candidate will be capable of teaching students at all levels across the department from sophomore to graduate level, as well as departmental seminars. The candidate should have a solid foundation in art and design concepts, demonstrate a range of advanced jewelry and metalsmithing skills, evidence a capacity for critical thinking and discourse, and a knowledge of the history of the discipline as well as current contemporary issues/theories. Strong interest and/or experience in collaborative teaching and cross-disciplinary projects are desirable.  

Other Requirements

The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses a year, comprised of sophomore through graduate-level courses. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a professional practice, serve on college committees, advise students, and participate in departmental administration and curriculum development, while contributing to the vibrancy of the intellectual community of the college. In considering rank, the search committee will consider a candidate's potential and experience to assume leadership roles both in the department and at the college at large.

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.  

Keyword Phrases

  • Creative, studio-based education
  • Diversity & Inclusivity are fundamental
  • flexible thinking & risk-taking
  • Fashion & Textile Design
  • Other Fine & Applied Arts
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Not Specified
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Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
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