Assistant Professor in Residence, Photography

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Title Assistant Professor in Residence, Photography Department Photography Division Fine Arts Employment Type Full-Time Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track) No Position Description

The Department of Photography in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty position on a 2-year appointment as Assistant Professor in Residence to commence in Fall of 2020.

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 successful candidate should be prepared to teach photography by way of a wide array of conceptual and material approaches to the image, and to contextualize photographic images and objects as both artistic and social forms. Candidates with a record of practice in alternative and conceptual modes distinct from traditional documentary forms will be preferred, and we are especially interested in candidates whose research and practice centers bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities.

We have a low faculty to student ratio, and seek applicants who highly value their role as mentor and teacher. We place a premium on interpersonal and leadership skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching. Candidates should be prepared to develop culturally diverse syllabi for studio and seminar courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and to lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions and that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.

Required Qualifications

Applicants should have an MFA in Photography or its equivalent; at least 2 years cumulative teaching experience at the undergraduate and or graduate level; and a strong record of exhibition and creative work.

Preferred Qualifications 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.

The Department is comprised of artists working in a variety of modes. 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, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a professional practice, serve on college committees, advise students, professionally mentor our MFA students, participate in curriculum development, recruitment and other departmental activities and projects, and contribute to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college.

Faculty Responsibilities

The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses a year. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a professional practice, 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 college.

Union No Pre-employment Requirement

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

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

• A teaching philosophy which comments on how you attend to diversity and inclusion as fundamental to a learning community, citing examples if possible.
• A letter of intent.
• Current curriculum vitae.
• Images of professional work (maximum 20 images) plus an image description list. These can be submitted as jpgs via Slideroom.
• Images of student work (maximum 20 images) plus an image description list. These can be submitted as jpgs via Slideroom.
• Evidence of teaching excellence, including syllabi.

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 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before April 15, 2020 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.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00047P Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled Yes

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    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Portfolio of Professional Work
    4. Portfolio of Student Work
    5. Teaching Philosophy
    6. Sample Syllabi

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