Assistant/Associate Professor, Film|Animation|Video

Assistant/Associate Professor, Film|Animation|Video

Department of Film|Animation|Video

Division of Fine Arts

Rhode Island School of Design

The Department of Film, Animation and Video in the Division of Fine Arts seeks applicants for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to commence fall 2018.

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 excellence.


The department seeks a filmmaker with a bachelor's degree and appropriate professional experience in film and media production. The candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching college level students with a wide range of interests in cross-disciplinary applications of the film medium. Good interpersonal skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. Team teaching and working well with others must be evident in the application and/or letters of support. The applicant must also possess a strong record of creating film and video with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in either narrative, documentary, or experimental modes.

The ideal candidate is experienced in small-crew production; well versed in inspiring students to create engaging and original work that meets professional standards and reflects serious practice. They must be able to support a culturally diverse group of students in the development of their individual voice, and be committed to student progress in their chosen field. Candidates should exhibit the capacity to provide constructive feedback on and support students conceptually, technically, and have extensive knowledge in at least three of the following areas: editing, cinematography, directing, scriptwriting, lighting, sound design, and digital and 16mm motion picture production. Faculty must motivate students to grow creatively, intellectually, and artistically as well as help students develop excellent production skills and articulate critical thinking skills.

An MFA or relevant graduate degree is preferred. The department head position regularly rotates among post-critical review faculty.

The six course teaching load requires the capacity to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced classes. Candidates must show an ability to master and teach ever-changing production methods. Responsibilities include advising, curricular development, personal research and/or creative work, and service to both the department and the college. In considering rank, the Provost will consider a candidate's full-time teaching experience, standing in the field, and potential and experience to assume leadership roles both in the department and at the college at large.

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Candidates who submit their materials before December 1, 2017 are assured full consideration.

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate 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 similar to the tenure process.

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.


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