Assistant Professor in Residence, Furniture Design

Rhode Island School of Design

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The Department of Furniture Design in the Division of Architecture and Design is pleased to announce the openings for two faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence to commence fall 2020: a one-year full-time term appointment and a two-year full-time term appointment.

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusion 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 seeks applicants who demonstrate excellence in the field of furniture and object design. Candidates 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/thesis. They should demonstrate the capacity to inspire students to develop a unique personal design approach. 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 department contributes to contemporary design education through a pedagogy that unifies thinking and making. With excellent studio facilities for wood, metal, polymers, and upholstery, 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 support the collegial culture that defines our department.


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.

Union: Yes

Pre-employment Requirement

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.


Required Qualifications

  • BFA in Art/Design or related field

  • An active creative practice and a portfolio of work that reflects a strong personal vision and advanced competencies, including proficiency in drawing, model making, prototyping, CAD and presentation, knowledge of production techniques and the evolving state of professional practice.

  • Teaching experience at the college level

  • Proven or promised ability to teach across multiple levels, from introductory to advanced courses.

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

MFA in Art/Design or related field

Department /RISD Description

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre­-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants.

How to Apply

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

  • A letter of intent.

  • A teaching philosophy. Please comment on how you incorporate diversity and inclusion as fundamental to a learning community.

  • Images of professional work (maximum 20 images) plus an image description list.

  • Images of student work (maximum 10 images) plus an image description list.

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 finalists.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates have to submit their materials on May 24th, 2020 to be 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.

Posting Detail Information

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Posted on April 23