Free open Job in North, South & Central America Assistant/Associate Professor, Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

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/Associate Professor to commence fall 2017.

The department seeks candidates who demonstrate excellence in the field of furniture and object design. The applicant should have the ability to support links between idea generation, design development, and the making process using hand, industrial and digital fabrication tools, technologies and processes applied to a wide range of materials. We seek individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences who will add to the rich mix of exploration supporting the collegial environment that defines our department. Rank will be dependent on professional status and teaching experience.

The department contributes to contemporary design education through a pedagogy that unifies thinking and making via the notion of F.O.R.M. – furniture, objects, research and materials. With excellent studio facilities for wood, metal, upholstery, materials research, design and drawing, the ideal candidate should be able to support students through the process of creating highly resolved work from concept to finished object.

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.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. Candidates with a Master’s Degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level are preferred, although professional equivalencies may be considered.
  • Ideal candidates will be actively engaged in the international design world and have a solid understanding of making. While rigorous dedication to teaching and student development is paramount, candidates must also possess a strong ability to achieve ongoing distinction in their own professional practice.
  • Ideal candidates should have strong leadership skills along with the ability and experience to guide graduate students through the completion of their thesis.
  • Ideal applicants should demonstrate proficiency in drawing, model making, prototyping, CAD and presentation, knowledge of production techniques and the evolving state of professional practice and should inspire students to develop a unique personal design direction. 

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before January 8, 2017 are assured full consideration.

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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. 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.