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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.

Faculty news

Smart Technology with Soul

Associate Professor Soojung Ham considers human emotion in developing an environmental system driven by computing technology.

Se Habla Español

Associate Professor Paula Gaetano-Adi experiments with an interesting way of helping first-year students let go of their assumptions.

RISD Architects Think Small

Five affordable, net-zero homes designed in a RISD studio are being built in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood.

Academic advising

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.

Faculty news

RISD’s First Endowed Chair in Textiles

Longtime Professor Anais Missakian 84 TX is honored to accept her new appointment as RISD’s first Pevaroff-Cohn Family Endowed Chair in Textiles.

Reframing African Identities

Assistant Professor of Architecture Emanuel Admassu researches how evolving notions of global art and design play out across the African diaspora.

Guggenheim Fellows Focus on New Work

Faculty members Deborah Zlotsky and Yevgeniya Baras and alumna Jennifer Garza-Cuen MFA 12 PH win 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships.