Digital and Interactive Adult Programs Instructor, CE

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Providence, RHODE ISLAND

The mission of Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) is to educate students of all ages in art and design with high quality, accessible programs. We offer hundreds of non-credit RISD|CE courses, workshops and lectures, in all aspects of art and design, for adults, teens and children year-round. RISD|CE's fall and spring terms offer 12-week and six-week courses, while winter and summer terms offer six-week courses. In the summer, RISD Continuing Education also offers the six-week Pre-College Program for high school artists and designers, and a range of Summer Programs for college credit: Summer Studies six-week courses in visual arts and design; the Textiles Summer Institute; and the Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies. RISD|CE also offers non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens.

Essential Functions

  • Be prepared to develop culturally diverse syllabi for digital and interactive courses.
  • Lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions and that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.
  • This instructor role is responsible for planning, organizing, teaching, and providing feedback to promote and direct student learning in keeping with RISD CE's learning-centered values and in a manner that meets the essential competencies of an artist.
  • The instructor must respond to students in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Commitment to teaching and engagement in a rigorous digital art and design program.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement diverse teaching and learning for different learning styles and to respond to the needs of learners from a variety of educational backgrounds and abilities in a multicultural environment.
  • Administratively proficient, allowing for timely responses and submissions of required information and materials, meeting administrative deadlines, with strong computer literacy.
  • Ability to accept and act upon constructive feedback from course and classroom evaluations by students and staff.
  • Teaching is for Westerly location, travel to Westerly off-campus location a must.
  • Skilled with popular desktop software and online platforms (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, CAD, Rhino, Revit, After Effects, etc.).
  • Teaching experience required.

Valued but not required skills and experience :

  • Teaching experience in a collegiate setting that addresses underrepresented communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of adult learning principles and respect for students as well as a genuine interest in their learning.
  • Track record of producing graduates whose digital competencies grew to the point of applying them to develop interactive websites, dynamic advertising, e-marketing materials, mobile and multimedia applications, educational/training course modules, etc.
  • Track record of paid professional experience at companies successfully doing related work, and/or a robust, creative, intellectually and critically engaged digital/interactive design or studio practice, as evidenced by recognition in publications, commissions, exhibitions, awards and/or collaborative projects.
  • Knowledge of ability to develop and commitment to use emerging technologies and alternative delivery methods appropriately, including online delivery, hybrid course options, etc.

Union: No

Work Schedule: Evenings and weekends only, contracted basis at our Westerly location.

Employment Status : Temporary: Contract per class, reviewed on a semesterly basis.

Documents Needed to Apply:

Cover letter


Minimum Two references

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. 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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CE Instructor

Internal Number: R-00493
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