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Rhode Island School of Design

Assistant or Associate Professor of Photography

Location: Providence, RI
Posted: November 07, 2018
Application Deadline: December 07, 2018


Rhode Island School of Design
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Providence, RI, 02903

Position Description

The Department of Photography in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor 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.
The successful candidate will have a distinctive vision and should be prepared to teach photography as a vital cultural experience to a dynamic and diverse group of students from a range of disciplines. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and practice centers on works and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities. Good interpersonal and leadership skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. Candidates should be prepared to develop culturally diverse syllabi for studio and seminar courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions and that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually. They must also be willing, and/or demonstrate an ability to serve in administrative positions such as Department Head and Graduate Director within the department as needed.
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 approaches, and social practices. The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses a year, comprised of a combination of sophomore through graduate level courses. [Department Heads are released from teaching two teaching units, or course equivalents, per year.] 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
RISD supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre-critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD has a critical review process, which is very similar to the tenure process.
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":
1. A teaching philosophy which comments on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a learning community, citing examples if possible.
2. A letter of intent (attach to tab labeled "Cover Letter").
3. Current curriculum vitae.
4. Images of professional work (maximum 20 images) plus an image description list.
5. Images of student work (maximum 20 images) plus an image description list.
6. Evidence of teaching excellence, including syllabi that reflect culturally diverse courses (attach to tab labeled "Supplemental Portfolio").
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 applicants complete the application process.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before December 7th 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.

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. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience.
Preferred Qualifications
Applicants with a wide range of photographic practice and an awareness of contemporary photographic criticism and theory are preferred.

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