Each year approximately 180 full-time and 400 adjunct faculty members help students further their own development as thinkers and makers. As accomplished artists, designers, architects, scholars and educators, they create and continually stimulate RISD’s culture of research and discovery, while showing exceptional dedication to teaching and mentoring students. Beyond the studio and classroom RISD’s faculty are leaders in their respective fields, pursuing a fascinating array of projects and producing an amazing range work.
In developing Weavecraft, Associate Professor Brooks Hagan MFA 02 TX and the Virtual Textiles Research Group are pushing the potential for weaving in exciting new directions.
Alumna Kellie Riggs 11 JM curates a retro-futuristic jewelry exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.
Comics artist and graphic novelist Ben Nadler 13 IL speaks with students about making his new book The White Snake.
Full-time faculty work with individual students to not only ensure that basic course requirements are met but also to offer broader developmental guidance. With support from Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office, academic advisors help individual students select courses that advance their academic goals while ensuring a balance in each semester’s workload. Advisors also talk about opportunities such as courses at Brown, study abroad, internships and potential careers.
Undergraduate students are assigned three different faculty advisors at various stages of their experience at RISD: a first-year advisor from Experimental and Foundation Studies, a faculty advisor from a student’s major department and in the sophomore year, a faculty advisor from the Liberal Arts division. These advisors work cooperatively to facilitate each student’s academic progress at RISD.
Graduate students turn to the Graduate Program Director (GPD) in their major department for academic advising. For contact information refer to the GPD directory on RISD's dedicated Graduate Study website.