Assistant Professor in Residence, History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences

  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Providence, RI
  • May 05, 2022
Full time Anthropology & Sociology

Job Description

Position Description

The Department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) invites applications for a full-time, two-year term appointment in Environmental Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor in Residence starting in fall of 2022.

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

We seek candidates who can demonstrate quality undergraduate teaching, teach broadly in their field, and represent various aspects of their discipline within the department.

We seek a scholar whose work speaks to the social, political, and economic dynamics inherent in environmental and sustainability issues, and an interest in how the work of artists and designers intersect with socio-environmental issues. The ideal candidate would have specialty in political ecology, environmental racism /environmental justice, environmental ethics, environmental history, environmental geography, technology and nature, and/or possible expertise in digital tools. We would welcome colleagues whose work engages with historically underrepresented communities. All candidates should demonstrate quality teaching, and have the ability to contribute to our undergraduate NatureCulture Sustainability Studies (NCSS) concentration as well as the Master Degree in Nature/Culture Sustainability Studies.

Required Qualifications

The suitable candidate will have undergraduate teaching experience and a broad background in environmental social sciences and/or humanities. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand in an appropriate field of the environmental social sciences or humanities (e.g., geography, sociology, anthropology, history, ethnic studies, science and technology studies, or other relevant discipline) and be able to teach a graduate seminar.

Department /RISD Description

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students.

HPSS is a multidisciplinary department within the Division of Liberal Arts at RISD. Our students are art and design majors who take one third of their courses in the Liberal Arts. Learn more about the department here: http://www.risd.edu/academics/hpss/

Faculty Responsibilities

Full time faculty teach six courses a year: two lecture courses (capped at 25 students), one innovative 5-week wintersession course (21 students) one seminar (capped at 15) and two sections of our required first year seminar on Issues in History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (designed differently within specific parameters by each faculty member).

Term Appointments function as full members of the department; they participate in departmental decision-making and take on committee assignments.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled
"Documents Needed to Apply":

1.) Letter of intent (that speaks to your interest in this position and your areas of expertise)
2.) Curriculum vitae
3.) A teaching statement (that describes how you attend to diversity and equity in the classroom)
4.) List of proposed courses


5.) One fully developed sample syllabus of a relevant course
6.) Teaching evaluations if available (attach to "Other 1")

Names and contact information for two references are requested as part of the application process. Requests for reference letters are sent directly to the reference providers at the semi-finalist stage.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before May 15, 2022 are assured full consideration.

EEO Statement

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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