Assistant or Associate Professor, Theory and History of Art and Design (Indigenous Arts and Cultural Practices)
Rhode Island School of Design
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Internal Number: 2316
Job Summary Overview:
The Department ofTheory and History of Art and Design in the Division of Liberal Arts at Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment in Indigenous Arts and Cultural Practices at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to commence fall 2024. Rank will be dependent on experience.
RISD recognizes principles of social equity, inclusion, and diversity 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 particularly encourage applicants who can help advance the institution's social equity, inclusion, and diversity goals and those from groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and long standing, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, veterans, people with disabilities, and first-generation college students.
We are seeking a teacher-scholar whose work shows critical understanding of aesthetic and material production in and among Indigenous worlds in the Americas (Native America, South America, Central America, North America, Latin America), the Caribbean, Asian and Pacific Islands, and/or Oceania, in any period of inquiry. We are looking for candidates whose work engages Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, and materialities including, but not exclusive to, performative and/or cultural aspects of arts and aesthetic practices. We welcome comparative perspectives in the candidate's scholarship and teaching and/or candidates whose creative practices merge scholarly research and writing with art making. Candidates whose teaching and scholarship foregrounds decolonial methodologies are especially encouraged to apply.
Successful candidates will be required to teach six courses per academic year, including participation in at least one of our first-year introductory courses, H101 (Global Modernisms) or H102 (Critical Introduction to History of Architecture and Design), which are required of all incoming RISD students. Being able to contribute to the ongoing process of reimagining the undergraduate foundation courses with new and exciting lectures and topics is an essential requirement of the position. Other teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate elective courses, including lectures and seminars. These courses contribute to students' general education requirements at RISD and to requirements for the undergraduate concentration in Theory and History of Art and Design, which students can elect. Additionally, the Division of Liberal Arts houses an active interdisciplinary graduate program in Global Arts and Cultures (GAC). Depending on Departmental and programmatic needs, colleagues would have the opportunity to teach required MA courses, design graduate electives, advise MA theses, and participate in program development.
Job Qualifications Required:
PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Art History, Indigenous Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a related field relevant to the study of Indigenous Arts and Cultural Practices, as described above, conferred by July 1, 2024
Demonstrated record of, or evidence of the potential for, teaching at both the undergraduate and the Masters level in the areas specified above
Demonstrated ability to teach a diverse student body and employ inclusive pedagogies
Demonstrated ability and commitment to effectively mentor and advise students, including students from minoritized and marginalized social groups
Demonstrated record of publication or evidence of an active research agenda relevant to the study of Indigenous Arts and Cultural Practices, as described above, and appropriate to the level of appointment
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with faculty, students, and/or staff
Job Qualifications Preferred:
Demonstrated experience, in teaching and/or scholarship, utilizing decolonial methodologies
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience 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.