Assistant or Associate Professor / Furniture Design / Rhode Island School of Design

The Department of Furniture Design in the Division of Architecture and Design invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to commence fall 2022. 
RISD 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 Department of Furniture Design seeks candidates who exemplify excellence in the field of furniture and object design. Applicants should be capable of guiding students through idea generation, design development, and object-making with a variety of fabrication technologies and processes, applied to a wide range of materials. Faculty in the Department of Furniture Design are expected to teach across the curriculum, including introductory courses, special topics studios, and senior degree project/graduate thesis. The department’s pedagogy and curriculum seeks to unify thinking and making, and faculty engagement with students requires fluidity between pragmatic, conceptual, technical, and aesthetic concerns. With studio facilities for wood, metal, plastics, upholstery, digital fabrication, design, and drawing, faculty work closely with students in developing their work from initial concept to highly resolved object.

We are interested in applicants with backgrounds and experiences that would contribute to faculty diversity, support professional and curricular engagement with non-western traditions, and/or offer global perspectives. As is the case in many industries and academic disciplines, furniture design is in the midst of a critical reassessment of its power structures, its history, and its impact on nature and culture. Within this context, ideal applicants would be adept at contributing to discourse, research, and practice necessary to evolve our department and advance the discipline. Candidates whose creative practice and/or teaching engages with works and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities are of particular interest.

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Department /RISD Description

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design in Providence, Rhode Island with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISDsupports 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. For more information about RISD, please visit 

RISD’s Department of Furniture Design was created in 1995 to elevate practice and scholarship and to promote research in the field of furniture design. With an innovative curriculum and extensive studio facilities, students create work in a dynamic environment supportive of experimentation and personal growth. The department cultivates an identity that is broad-based, incorporating the most relevant aspects of art, design and craft through a curriculum that promotes critical thinking and “critical making”. Our curriculum is designed to explore contextual issues, investigate new challenges of human interface in contemporary environments, integrate new technologies and address the complexities of our times. The department addresses the whole of furniture design through a range of materials, contexts and approaches. All share the common denominator of creating quality objects that enhance the experiences of people who use them, simultaneously expressing the highly individual perspectives of our talented students. With approximately 90 students (80% undergraduate, 20% graduate), 24 faculty members (4 full time, 21 adjunct), and 4 support staff (3 technicians, 1 academic coordinator) the department features a close-knit community of individuals who share a passion for learning, art and design, and the expressive potential of objects.