Every summer, RISD Global offers a set of multi-disciplinary Global Summer Studies. 3 week-long courses led by RISD faculty to engage RISD students, and art and design students from other colleges, in the exploration of a wide spectrum of topics related to art, design and global thinking.
Led by RISD faculty, the Global Summer Studies are a core component of RISD’s internationalization and global engagement; in the last years courses engaged with practices and traditions in such geographies such as: Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. Details about past programs can be found here.
For summer 2019, all RISD faculty, full- and part-time- are invited to present a proposal for a 3-week off-campus course to be offered between June 5th and July 26th, 2019.
Faculty may decide to apply either for a course at the RISD in Rome site -details below- or for a course in another location in the world.
Deadline for all proposals is Monday, October 22nd, 2018.
Based on the submissions received, RISD’s Dean’s Council -in collaboration with the Associate Provost for Research|Global|Practice and RISD Global- will select and recommend to the Provost 6-7 proposals (up to 2 programs for our site in Rome, and 5 programs for other sites globally) to be realized during Summer 2019.
Based on the RISD rates for summer teaching, faculty receive $8,600 for leading a Global Summer Studies course, which covers course planning, leading, and being on-call 24/7 while leading the off-campus course. In addition, additional faculty expenses such as airfare, accommodation, health insurance and a modest per diem are covered by RISD.
Please note: RISD’s policy for off-campus teaching is that there be two responsible adults leading the course at all times. To this end, summer courses are supported by graduate student TA's selected by the faculty in collaboration with Academic Affairs and RISD Global. TA's are appropriately compensated and their travel and accommodations are also supported. Both faculty and TA's are expected to be on-site with students throughout the course and available 24/7 for student support and emergency response.
Call for Proposal: Global Summer Studies, RISD in Rome
Located in the center of historic Rome, the RISD in Rome campus is housed in the 16th century Palazzetto Cenci, which has been host to the School’s innovative and long-standing European Honors Program (EHP) for over 40 years. In a strategic and cross-disciplinary vision, RISD in Rome now hosts, in addition to the EHP, a series of diverse and experimental programs during the summer and Wintersession, in addition to special collaborations and symposiums.
RISD in Rome offers RISD faculty the extraordinary opportunity to engage students with the unique, immersive urban center of Rome, which is rich with history while also offering the potential to explore such topics such as: art, design and architecture; questions of sustainability over time; current immigration in the context of Europe and the Mediterranean; the intersections of art and technology; the future of craft and heritage, and performative art and design context, among many others.
Recent courses taught at the RISD in Rome site, include: “Experimental Practice in the Public Space”: led by Paul Soulellis, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, this course focused on performative art and public platforms across Rome. The year prior, Paolo Cardini, Associate Professor of Industrial Design, taught “Sensing the city”, a course which engaged students with digital fabrication and wearable designs. Another course offered that summer, “Maps and Stories”, was an exploration of the city based on drawing and writing co-led by Gabriel Feld, RISD Architecture and Ezio Genovesi, EHP Director and Art Historian.
Faculty receive the support of RISD Global and the RISD-in-Rome team on the course development and coordination prior to, and while in, Rome. For the duration of the course, students will be accommodated in the RISD-in-Rome dorms at Palazzetto Cenci and will have access to a EHP studio spaces and all facilities. The Faculty will be hosted in an apartment in the center of Rome and close to the Cenci. The collaboration with the local maker spaces in Rome will offer access to students to digital fabrication facilities if/as needed.
Call for Proposal: Global Summer Studies 2019 - Off Campus (Various Locations)
Core to RISD’s global academic engagements is a practice of working in collaboration with international partners and global institutions to immerse our students with local traditions and communities of scholars, makers, and artists. As such, RISD Global has established collaborations with a number of organizations around the world to offer a supportive environment for RISD Global Summer Studies. The most recent partners for global off-campus courses include: China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China; DIS, Copenhagen; The Burren College of Art, Ireland; Tokyo College of Cycle Design (TCD), Japan; NYU Berlin, Germany; Icelandic Academy of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland; Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, and Kyoto Seika in Kyoto, Japan.
Partners + Locations
Faculty can propose a collaboration with existing partners or a program at a different site or with a new partner. If faculty are interested in proposing a course in a location that is not mentioned above, we encourage you to connect with RISD Global to understand if there are existing relevant connections and partnerships. More detailed about past programs can be found here.
Previous knowledge of the location and established collaboration onsite is a requirement for faculty applying for an off-campus Global Summer Study. Locations within Africa, Latin America, Asia and South Asia are considered strategic geographies for RISD global academic engagements and a relevant cultural context for student’s global investigation and awareness.
Review, Selection + Approval Process: All Proposed Courses
The RISD Dean’s Council, in collaboration with the Associate Provost for Research|Global| Practice and RISD Global, will select up to 6-7 proposals among all submission and will recommend to the Provost as academic set for Summer 2019.
Selection Committee Review:
Faculty should be aware that each year this process is competitive due to the high quality of all submissions received. As such, all members of the review team consider a number of criteria to make the final annual selection of courses. We include these below:
The strength of the academic mission, the proposed curriculum and how the itinerary supports the realization of those goals, and the proposed learning outcomes.
Evidence that faculty are considering methodologies to prepare students for the context -cultural, socio-economic, and that of art, design and/or architecture- that the course will take place within.
The total number of courses RISD has the capacity to both fill and run each summer. Typically, this number is between five to seven courses each summer.
The total cost to student for the course. Faculty must include conservative and realistic cost expectations for the course in order for the team to assess this accurately. Each year, the range is from $4,500 to $6,500 -so a high cost does not mean the proposal is not accepted- rather the team tries to ensure a good range to appeal to diverse student means.
Locations: the team reviews the locations to ensure a diversity of locations can be offered, so that we do not run multiple courses in one country/area. The team also reviews locations to ensure we can best support travel and the health and well-being of the faculty and students to the area during the summer period.
Diversity of offerings: many summer courses are highly successful and the team is supportive of repeat offerings. That said, it is important for our faculty and students to offer a diversity of courses, as well as a range across summer and Wintersession. To this end, courses may be selected one year and not the next, so we encourage all to submit if a course is not accepted one year as it may be in future years.
Diversity of disciplinary course options for students: the team proactively seeks a balance of the disciplines represented as well as to ensure there are Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and Architecture and Design offerings each summer.
A faculty member's familiarity with the location and the faculty member’s experience with teaching students in a travel course environment. Please note: for faculty new to the experience of teaching students off-campus, our site in Rome is the best alignment for summer.
RISD expects faculty and TA's leading these courses to fulfill all policies and practices related to off-campus teaching. For a list of expectations and policies please visit here (link coming soon).
How to apply
All Faculty must send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1 _ a PDF document including:
Course abstract, including your familiarity with the proposed location (max 300 words)
Course syllabus. The syllabus should include details of the methodologies being considered to prepare students for the context -cultural, socio-economic, and that of art, design and/or architecture- that the course will take place within.
Course itinerary, including details of the type of accommodations and local transport being planned + links to potential accommodation solutions if/as known.
3 _ Course proposal form with signature from Department Head and Dean. Please note: approval from Department and Division is not connected to TU, covered by the teaching stipend, but to the approval of the 3 RISD credits offered by the faculty’s department. (please download the course proposal form template here)
The pdf must include all above documents and must be delivered by Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by midnight. Due to anticipated volume, late proposals will not be considered.
October 22nd: All Proposals due
November 10th: Notification will be sent to all Faculty applicants
December 1st: Course budgets, course description and detailed course information to be completed by the faculty for course promotion and registration. Full details of all partners proposed for accommodations, studios, and academic support submitted to RISD Global.
December 15th: Course registration opens
February 1st, 2019: Final approved syllabus due to RISD Global
April 3rd, 2019: Student registration and final payment deadline. RISD Global determines if the course has enough enrollment to run.
Mid-April 2019: Faculty + Student Orientation Meeting
May 2019: Faculty Pre-Departure Meeting
Questions + Support
Should you have any questions, and for assistance with the application, all faculty are encouraged to reach out to Valeria Albani, Associate Director, Off-Campus Global Learning, RISD Global at email@example.com.
Recent Global Summer Studies
Ireland: Illustrating Irish Myths and Legends in the Burren - Robert Brinkerhoff (Faculty, RISD Illustration, Dean of RISD Fine Arts division )
Ireland: Illustrating Myths and Legends in the Burren - Robert Brinkerhoff, (Faculty, RISD Illustration)