January 13, 2009

Dean of Graduate Studies position at RISD

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Rhode Island School of Design

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. RISD, a preeminent graduate and undergraduate school of art, architecture and design, is looking for an innovative leader to build on the 125-year tradition of art and design education embodied in the mission of the college and to help shape the vision of graduate education at RISD.

The graduate dean is an advocate for the oversight of sixteen graduate programs in Fine Arts and Design: Architecture, Ceramics, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles, as well as a graduate concentration in Art History and oversees two departments: Digital + Media and Teaching + Learning in Art + Design. RISD offers seven graduate degrees including the MFA, MA, MArch, MAT, MID, MIA and MLA.

Graduate Studies at RISD has expanded rapidly over the past decade. This has been in response to the energy generated by the disciplines and the need to recognize artistic developments, new avenues of critical thought and technological innovations in all areas. The campus has extended its footprint in recent years, and as a result, many of the graduate programs have been consolidated in a new facility in downtown Providence. As part of the continuing development of graduate studies, RISD seeks to develop new opportunities for innovation in graduate level pedagogy and research, and to create new collaborative initiatives between departments and divisions, with other academic institutions, and with external partners. The Dean of Graduate Studies will play a leading role in these initiatives, and will further this academic development through an understanding of multidisciplinary concerns that distinguish and connect the diverse graduate programs in the School.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Graduate Studies is a member of the Deans’ Advisory Council and is responsible for academic leadership regarding the planning and administration of all graduate programs at the college. Central to the role of graduate dean at RISD is a strong commitment to the role of graduate studies in art and design education, an appreciation of the complex relationship between disciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum, and experience with recruitment of students and promotion of national and international diversity.

This significant leadership role involves the creation of a comprehensive series of interdisciplinary graduate seminars, budget management in relation to evolving curricular and facilities needs, and creative, articulate advocacy of the needs of all the graduate programs within the college.

Outreach functions of the Dean include development of strong bonds with other academic institutions, identification and development of new interdisciplinary opportunities for graduate students, as well as the establishment of initiatives with foundations, cultural institutions and corporate sponsors.

Qualifications include: Ph.D., MFA, terminal degree in field, or equivalent combination of experience and educational attainment; substantial exhibition, design or publication record with a national or international profile; experience with graduate level teaching and program management; administrative experience with a strong record of service; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a diverse set of constituencies.

For more information about RISD and to apply online, please visit

Applicants will be required to submit:

1) a cover letter
2) a curriculum vitae
3) A statement of philosophy of graduate education and research in an Art and Design setting

Review of applications begins February 16, 2009, however the position will remain open until filled.

RISD is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our College. RISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law, in employment, or in our education programs.

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