Assistant/Associate Professor, Jewelry / Metalsmithing

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) - Department of Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Division of Fine Arts

The Department of Jewelry + Metalsmithing in the Division of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to commence fall 2018.

The Jewelry + Metalsmithing program, established in 1879, instructs students in the practice of traditional techniques as well as the conceptual and methodological development of contemporary modes of practice. The department has approximately 40 undergraduate and 12 graduate students, offering a two-year MFA degree, a four-year BFA degree, and a one-year post-baccalaureate. The curriculum hones artistic identity through visual, written and material research built upon a foundation of strong technical skills, and emphasizes a thorough understanding and integration of process/technique, material exploration, and conceptual development. Unique to the program, a diverse and rotating group of 15 faculty supports the development of students as artists and designers who energize the field through personal vision and understanding of the larger artistic, cultural and social contexts of the discipline.

The department seeks candidates with a deep understanding and skill set in both traditional and contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing practices. An active studio practice complemented by a strong critical voice and knowledgeable perspective of contemporary dialogue are essential to this core faculty position.

While an MFA is expected, candidates whose professional experience and substantial record of achievement in art and/or design fields in combination with a bachelor’s degree may be considered. A minimum of 3 years teaching experience at the university or college level is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in their field and personal work that exhibits a high level of proficiency, a dedication to a high standard of academic pedagogy, and commitment to the ongoing evolution of the contemporary jewelry field. S/he will be capable of teaching students in all studio levels across the department from sophomore to graduate, with a specialized interest in departmental seminars. The candidate should have a solid foundation in art and design concepts, demonstrate a range of advanced jewelry and metalsmithing skills, evidence a capacity for critical thinking and discourse, and a knowledge of the history of the discipline as well as current contemporary issues/theories. Central to the hire, candidates must demonstrate the ability to effectively manage administrative responsibilities and the capacity to step into departmental leadership positions.

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Review of applications begins immediately, and all completed applications received by January 8, 2018 are assured full consideration.

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD has a critical review process, which is similar to the tenure process and supports faculty professional practice with sabbaticals, pre­critical review leave, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD’s high standards of excellence in 19 major disciplines, as well as the caliber of students, faculty, facilities and resources generate a fertile setting for creative practice.

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.

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