OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF FACULTY

RISD’s Dean of Faculty oversees the faculty hiring process, including onboarding, mentoring, and orientation, and faculty development initiatives, including the Center for SEI’s Teaching and Learning Lab. The Dean of Faculty also supports the faculty evaluation, promotion, and critical review processes, providing guidance and one-on-one consultations to faculty, department heads, and deans. The Recruitment and Development Coordinator supports the Dean of Faculty in all these efforts.

Nicole Merola

Dean of Faculty
Professor of Literary Arts & Studies

nmerola@risd.edu
401-454-6585

Nicole M. Merola (PhD, English Literature, University of Washington) is Professor of Environmental Humanities & American Literatures. She teaches courses on a range of environmental humanities topics, including biodiversity and extinction studies, climate change cultures, discourses of the anthropocene, ecological literary studies, and theories of natureculture. In these and other courses, she asks students to consider the role mediating technologies, such as novels, poems, photographs, paintings, built environments, and critical theory, play in apprehending and interrogating structures of classed, gendered, and racialized socioecological relationship. 

Dr. Merola’s current environmental humanities scholarship focuses on the intersection of affect, form, and socioecologies in contemporary culture. Key aims of this work are to particularize and historicize environmental emotion and highlight bodily vulnerability at scales from the personal to the planetary. Additional areas of research interest include: community-based learning, critical and inclusive pedagogies, models of cross-disciplinary co-teaching, and place-based learning.

Justine Bubar

Faculty Recruitment & Development Coordinator

jbubar@risd.edu
(401) 709-8482

 

Justine Bubar is the Faculty Recruitment and Development Coordinator here at RISD. She graduated with a BA in English from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2010.

Justine supports the Faculty Search Process in conjunction with the goals and initiatives of the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, Justine supports the T&L Lab SEI Workshop Series, the Frazier Award Committee,  the Faculty Steering Committee,  and Sabbatical and Professorial Presentations.

Faculty Hiring

RISD requires open searches for most faculty positions and is committed to attracting diverse pools of applicants. We recognize diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our learning community and integral to an art and design education, and welcome applicants whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

I.               Introduction and Social Equity and Inclusion Statement:

RISD requires open searches for most faculty positions and is committed to attracting diverse pools of applicants. We recognize diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our learning community and integral to an art and design education, and welcome applicants whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, a reflective and inclusive pedagogy, and innovative and equitable curricular and community engagements.

II.              Types of Hires: 

Full-time critical review track: Currently, there are over one hundred and ten faculty either past, or on, the critical-review track at RISD. Critical review track faculty teach 18 credits/year, advise students, participate in curriculum development and other divisional activities and projects, serve on college committees, contribute to the vibrancy of the intellectual life of the college, and maintain active professional practices.

Full-time term appointments: Annually, RISD hires approximately 40 full-time faculty in residence on one-to-two year term appointments. Faculty in residence are typically hired at the Assistant Professor rank, and are granted all the rights and responsibilities of full-time faculty per the union contract.

Part-time hires: Adjunct faculty teach more than 50% of the courses at RISD, and RISD hires approximately 100 new adjuncts each year. Whether staffing existing courses, addressing pressing curricular needs, or planning new directions for the curriculum, part-time hires have a major impact.

Faculty Fellowships: Externally advertised fellowships are offered through various centers at RISD, notably the Center for Social Equity and Inclusion, which hires fellows on an annual basis. Fellowships come with reduced teaching loads to facilitate research projects and cross-institutional collaboration.

III.            Searches and Hiring: 

RISD’s Search Policy

Spring Hiring Timeline: Terms & New Adjuncts

Mini-searches for term appointments (Assistant/Associate Professors in Residence)

Guidelines for hiring Part-time Faculty

Sign-in Page for Search Committee Members

IV.            Best Practices for Search Committees:

1. Search Committee Charge and Confidentiality Statement

2. Checking for Implicit Bias:

3. Interview Guidelines

At RISD, semi-finalist interviews for critical review track positions take place over zoom. Finalist interviews take place on-campus and include the following components:

  • A teaching demonstration
  • A public research/practice presentation
  • Meetings with the department head, the divisional dean, and the dean of faculty and director of academic administration

General Interview Guide

On-campus Interview Guidelines

Evaluation, Promotion, and Critical Review

At RISD the evaluation process is designed to be transparent, iterative, and supportive. Both full-time faculty in the probationary (pre-critical review) period and post-critical review complete  evaluation forms on a regular basis in order to reflect on accomplishments and aspirations and frame their pedagogy, research, and creative and scholarly practices.

Union Contracts

FTFA contract LINKS

PTFA contract LINKS

 

Appendices ( for full-time faculty only)

Appendix A – CRITERIA FOR FACULTY PERFORMANCE

Appendix B – FACULTY REPORT (self-evaluation form submitted to DH and Dean)

Appendix C – DEPARTMENT HEAD AND DEAN REPORT (of faculty member)

Appendix E – APPLICATION FOR FACULTY OR LIBRARIAN OF PRE-CRITICAL REVIEW LEAVE

COLLEGIAL MEETING FORM FOR DEPARTMENT HEADS AND PART-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS

 

Guidelines for Evaluation, Review, and Dossier preparation:

For Department Heads and Deans:

Department Head and Dean: Roles, Responsibilities, and Guidelines for the Evaluation Process

Teaching Observation and Feedback form for Department Heads and Deans

Guidelines for requesting external reference letters (for faculty, Department Heads, and Deans)

Student Evaluations: Best Practices for administering and interpreting

 

For Faculty:

Evaluation Basics for Pre-critical Review Faculty

Quick Tips for Preparing your Critical Review or Promotion Dossier 

Guidelines for requesting external reference letters (for faculty, Department Heads, and Deans)

Deadlines for Faculty and Librarian Review, Reappointment, Promotion

 

Supplementary Resources:

Teaching Philosophy:

Teaching Philosophy: brief guidelines and best practices

For a full range of excellent resources related to writing a teaching philosophy statement please see the following page on the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching website: The Teaching Philosophy and Statement.

Some excellent articles on writing a teaching philosophy from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sabbatical Reports:

Sabbatical Reports: Suggested Best Practices

Getting the most out of your evaluations:

Student Evaluations: Best Practices for administering and interpreting

Prompts for Instructor-Designed student evaluation questions

Orientations

The Dean of Faculty Office organizes annual orientations for faculty, department heads, and deans.

Institutional Partners

 

Office of Intercultural Student Engagement
Center for Arts and Language
Institutional Discrimination & Title IX
RISD Museum