Professorships in Race in Art & Design (Design)

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

ID: 7070555
Posted: October 2, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
As part of its “Race in Art & Design” cluster hire initiative, Rhode Island School of Design seeks to hire 10 new faculty in multiple disciplines to begin in Fall of 2021. We invite applications for three of the ten full-time faculty appointments, at the rank of Assistant or Associate, to commence fall 2021, with a focus on design disciplines.

Central to the implementation of our evolving social equity and inclusion initiatives this cluster hire aims to grow our cross-institutional expertise in areas of race, colonization, decolonization, post-coloniality, and cultural representation, as well as in material practices of resistance.

We seek faculty whose scholarship, creative practice, and research addresses the lives, experiences, and cultural traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. The ideal candidates will not only be prepared to offer courses that both expand and seek to decolonize/challenge traditional art and design curriculum and pedagogies, but also help expand the work of the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion as it engages our various constituencies and communities – both departmental and cross-institutional – in related dialogue and initiatives.

While we will prioritize those working in areas connected to the African American and African diasporas, Indigenous north American and Latinx communities, we encourage applications that engage any indigenous or historically marginalized communities of color.

The ideal applicants for this cluster combine critical, creative, and material practices that engage Black, Indigenous, or Latinx epistemologies and address the systemic structures and power relations that shape disciplinary practices, the built environment, and social and environmental justice issues.

The three positions for this subset of the cluster will be housed in the departments listed below:


Areas of focus may include: racial justice as it applies to architectural design and theory; expanding modalities of architectural practice, teaching, and making with a focus on the constituencies that architecture should serve ; and intersectional and interdisciplinary collaboration around spatial discourse and design.

-Graphic Design

Areas of focus may include: creative graphic design practice along with critical engagement—whether through writing, research, design, or technology—with a consideration around what it is to produce (and consume) visual communication design in this moment; an interest in examining Graphic Design’s eurocentric past while helping build a decolonized, globally-minded, and inclusive future.

-Landscape Architecture/Interior Architecture (joint appointment)

The department is seeking to fill one of two positions: 1. a cartographer, with the ability to understand and articulate nuanced top-down approaches to dominance and power relations through explorative and projective mapping; 2. a spatial practitioner with a focus on community development and with the ability to understand complex bottom-up processes related to community issues and social relations through design practice.

Required Qualifications
-Terminal degree in a relevant discipline/field
-Evidence of teaching at the college level
-A strong record of creative practice, exhibition and scholarship and research practices
-Demonstrated leadership and collaborative work

*Rank will be dependent on years of in-rank teaching experience and professional status.


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