Free open Job in North, South & Central America Assistant Professor of Textiles, New Technologies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

The Department of Textiles in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor, New Technologies, to begin fall 2017. 

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education.   

The Textile Department seeks candidates who understand the intersection of craft and technology, and have an interest in new materials, processes, and design methodologies as they pertain to the vibrant and evolving field of textiles. Candidates should be familiar with emerging technologies and have an understanding and commitment to their relationship to both traditional and new media practices, and be interested in various networks for textile innovation throughout the region and country. 

The search committee will look for a candidate who can teach textile techniques with a focus upon the interactive potential of fibers and fabrics. These may include basic as well as advanced courses that integrate hand making with digital technologies and professional software and equipment. 

While an MFA is expected, candidates who hold a BFA and have a substantial record of achievement in the field of design and/or art will be considered. A minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience is preferred. 

The curriculum encompasses a variety of courses in three major areas: knit, woven and printed textiles. The Department’s unique facilities include multi-harness handlooms, computer-interfaced dobby looms, electronic Jacquard looms, digital printers, silkscreen studios, a dye lab, a digital embroidery machine and a computer-aided design lab. The knitting area accommodates advanced technical work through a range of hand operated single and double bed machines, as well as electronic industrial knitting (Stoll). It is the department’s goal to expand the knitted textiles curriculum and embrace new technologies in the field. 

The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses per year, encompassing sophomore through graduate-level instruction. 

Applications should include the following: 

  • A detailed cover letter. Please address how you would contribute to RISD’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in this position.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references, letters will be requested and phone contact will be made if applicant becomes a finalist.
  • Current professional work (with captions, no more than 20 images)
  • Student work, if applicable (no more than 20 images) 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials by January 27, 2017 will be 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 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. For more information about RISD, please visit 

RISD is an equal opportunity employer.