Free open Job in North, South & Central America Assistant/Associate Professor of Textiles, Knitting (Full-time) 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/Associate Professor, Knitting 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.  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 Textile Department seeks candidates with an extensive understanding of knitted structure and its potential for two- and three-dimensional work. The search committee will look for a candidate who can teach a range of courses within the knit area including hand and digital knit technologies. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in their field and personal work that shows a high level of proficiency, commitment to the ongoing evolution of the textile field, and an active engagement with contemporary art and culture. 

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. Rank is dependent on professional status and full-time teaching experience. 

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. 

Full-time faculty are expected to maintain an active professional practice, serve on college committees, advise students, and participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities and projects, while contributing to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college.  

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, pre­critical 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.