RISD Global: Faculty Fellowship



The excitement of the internationalization of scholarship encourages many of us to throw ourselves into endorsements of globalization as multi-layered evolution drawing us into the future. Sometimes our critical distance seems less useful than our participation. And yet can we understand either our own involvement or the changing world without our critical skills?

Anna Tsing, “The Global Situation,” 2008.

RISD Global + Academic Affairs invites interested RISD faculty to apply for the RISD Global Faculty Fellowship in AY2015-2016. The RISD Global Faculty Fellowship program is designed to facilitate full-time faculty members from across disciplines in research, teaching, social justice and public engagement that focus on, and question, the intersections between globalization and art & design at RISD and in the world. One fellowship is available in AY2015-2016 as a pilot to inform the potential future of this initiative.

During the one-year appointment, the Global Faculty Fellow will spend time in residence in the RISD Global Office, with additional time spent embedded within an off-campus site relevant to their research. The time off-campus may span one to three weeks, and can take place during the period of the fellowship or outside of the academic year. A goal for the off-campus component of the fellowship is to more deeply engage colleagues (and potential partners) outside of RISD with research and teaching connected to global discourse as it relates to art and design practices. The fellow, working with the RISD Global office, will develop ways to share, make visible, and present their work and engagements during the off-site portion to RISD communities in Providence and across the world.

On-campus, the fellow will be expected to curate a speaker series both public and internal events on campus, to foreground how issues of globalization impact art and design pedagogy and practices today. Through this program, the fellow will bring to campus communities a diverse set of perspectives and expertise on the broad topic, as well as their own research.

RISD’s Global Office is a hub for discourse and cross-cultural exchange that supports students, faculty and members of the RISD community on campus and in the world. It is committed to developing and sustaining opportunities, programs and networks that address the challenges, meanings, and significance of art and design in a global context, and inspiring creative agents for a changing world. The Global Faculty Fellowship program advances RISD Global’s goal of “addressing the challenges, meanings and importance of art and design in a global context” and invites the selected faculty member to respond to this during the fellowship.

The RISD Global Faculty Fellowship should enhance the Faculty Fellow’s research, creative or scholarly work, and teaching practices, as well as the educational mission of RISD at-large and in the world. Fellows should engage audiences in the academic community and beyond to stimulate and deepen discourse around globalization and art and design today. On completion of the annual appointment, the Fellow will also make a presentation to staff and faculty about this work. A written report on the results of the fellowship also is required.

Full-time faculty whose work specifically involves or seeks to engage how globalization influences specific disciplines or art and design are encouraged to apply. Global Faculty Fellows are released from teaching one course per year. Fellows are expected to be resident in the RISD Global Office on an established schedule during the academic year, as determined by the Fellow and RISD Global office

The fellow will receive support for the travel component of the fellowship and have access to resources to bring relevant speakers, artists, scholars, and critics to campus to engage with the broader community. A committee composed of members of the Provost’s Council and RISD Global Office will select one Faculty Fellow for 2015-16.

Application Requirements

1) A statement of interest (~1000 words) describing:

– The scope and purpose of the project that you wish to develop as a RISD Global Faculty Fellow, including details of your vision and goals for the off-campus “sited” portion of the fellowship (including location, potential partner organizations, potential archives/research centers, etc.);

– The qualifications and experiences that will enable you to participate in the RISD Global fellows program, including evidence of your interest in the intersections between globalization and art & design today;

– How the RISD Global Faculty Fellowship will support your work and teaching practice, and the kind of research you envision during the Fellowship period, and

– What you intend to offer to the RISD Global Office, the academic community and the public.

2) A letter from your Dean supporting the application. *Please consult with your Dean and Department Head in advance of submitting an application so that departmental course tables can be adjusted accordingly.

Applications for the RISD Global Faculty Fellowship will be due February 18, 2015. The selection committee will interview finalists and announce the RISD Global Faculty Fellow in March, 2015 for the fellowship commencing September 2015.

For more information or to submit applications contact:

Tracie Costantino, Associate Dean of Faculty




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