Assistant Professor In Residence, Painting

Rhode Island School of Design

The Department of Painting in the Division of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time faculty term appointment to teach painting and drawing, to commence fall 2019.

Rhode Island School of Design 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.

Candidates must be artists demonstrating a significant track record of exhibitions and involvement in the field. Candidates must be capable of inspired criticism and dedicated teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We seek candidates whose creative practice and/or teaching is significantly influenced by works and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities.


The full-time faculty teaching load at RISD is six courses a year. Faculty are also required to advise students, participate in curriculum development, and serve on departmental and college committees, while developing and maintaining their studio practice.

Department /RISD Description

The RISD Painting Department services approximately 120 undergraduate painting majors and 20 graduate painting candidates. Painting at RISD prepares students to engage in an individual search for meaning and cultural representation through the development of strong visual skills, keen critical reasoning abilities and an understanding of broad historical and social contexts. Professors encourage both the freedom and discipline essential to this process by embracing a wide range of aesthetic attitudes and offering flexible programs in a place where ideas rooted in the tradition of painting are openly examined and exchanged, challenged and refined.


Candidates are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree and an MFA (or equivalent) and have post-graduate college teaching experience. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of contemporary art practice and theory as applicable to a variety of disciplines outside of painting, and a particular interest in decolonizing art curricula and fostering social engagement and activism.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional teaching experience/professional expertise in one or more of the following areas is preferred: installation, new technologies, video, printmaking.

How to Apply

Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”:

  • A letter of intent including a one to two page summary of teaching experience and philosophy. In your teaching summary/philosophy please comment on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as core values of education and an academic community.

  • Curriculum vitae

  • A curated portfolio of images of your work (no more than 20).

  • Images of student work (no more than 20), including captions and contextual information.

  • Names and contact information for two references. Letters will not be requested, but references may be contacted.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before April 5, 2019 are assured full consideration.

EEO Statement

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.

Posted on March 13