Discussion Series::: Wintersession 2021 Conversations on Teaching + More

1/19/21 Tuesday,  6:30 to 7:30 pm. Adaptive Teaching/Thriving Teaching  Zoom Talk Professor of Art,  Nancy Macko, Mary W. Johnson Professorship in Teaching, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

Professor Macko will share her pathway to studio teaching in a private residential women’s liberal arts college and how to thrive with studio work and studio teaching. Initiating change in art departments, participating in interdisciplinary co-teaching, and pivoting to crucial topics in the studio classroom will also be discussed.

Professor Macko has an MA and MFA in painting/printmaking and an MA in Education from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS from University of Wisconsin. She chaired the Art and Gender and Women’s Studies Departments and is the Director of Scripps Digital Art Program and the campus-wide teaching and technology faculty consultant. Her work is in national collections including Portland Museum of Art, LACMA, The Hammer Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her large-scale exhibition The Fragile Bee, has been traveling nationally to over 12 venues from 2018-2022. She is represented by Katharine Carter and Associates and Cross Contemporary Partners.

1/26/21 Tuesday,  6:30 to 7:30 pm.   Dimensions of Online Teaching; A Conversation on Concepts and Practices: Zoom Talk  Dr. Aureliano DeSoto, Chair of the Department of Ethnic and Religious Studies, Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

In this talk, Professor DeSoto will discuss methods of asynchronous online and hybrid preparations he has developed for Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies as well as online course development, design and best practices. Dr. DeSoto teaches Comparative Ethnic Studies and Latinx Studies courses and taught LGBT Studies and Capstone projects. He has a BA from Yale University and an MA and PhD in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. DeSoto has broad teaching and service experience with a variety of student constituencies, including non-traditional adult learners, New Americans, and traditional students at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs), students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI).

Discussion Series::: Spring 2020 Conversations on Teaching + More

4/9/20 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Collaborative Learning Seminar Room, TLAD, 345 South Main Street. Dr. Pamela Harris Lawton, Artist-Researcher-Teacher, Working with Communities as Holistic Practice.

3/10/20  6:30 to 7:30 pm Collaborative Learning Seminar Room, TLAD, 345 South Main Street. Simonette Quamina, Studio artist and faculty will speak about the transition from part-time faculty to tenure-track faculty.

Spring 2020 Lectures

Discussion Series::: Spring 2019 Conversations on Teaching + More

FORUM LECTURE: Monday April 1, 6:30 pm Metcalf Auditorium, Tianguitao Chen, Montseratt College, Clara Lieu, RISD, and Ben Peterson, Boston Architectural College speak on topics of studio pedagogy.

Tianqiutao Chen is an artist and educator working in both China and the United States. Chen earned a BFA in Photography from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, and he received an MFA in Photography and an MA in Art + Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Additionally, Chen was awarded a Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art and Design also from RISD. Chen’s artistic practice and research draw upon diverse aspects of photography and visual literacy. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the ClampArt, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Beijing Minsheng Art Museums and the Taipei International Photo Festival. His recent body of work “The Last Post” won the Lucie Photobook Prize in the Independent Category in 2017. Chen currently teaches photography and foundation courses at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.


Clara Lieu is an Adjunct Critic at RISD, where she has taught in the departments of Painting, Printmaking, Illustration, and Foundation Studies since 2007. She is a Partner at, a free website for learning visual arts.  Her studio practice uses drawing, printmaking, and sculpture to explore the extremities of human emotion. Lieu’s artwork has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York, the Currier Museum of Art, and the Davis Museum. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Lieu has written for the New York Times, HuffPost, and Education Week.  Her work on has been featured in NPR, Artsy, Hyperallergic, and Two Coats of Paint.


Benjamin Peterson is the Director of Practice Instruction and the Director of the Gateway Initiative at the Boston Architectural College where he is responsible for the development and delivery of a design curriculum in practice, civic engagement, and community-based design initiatives.    Through Gateway and his leadership of the Huxtable Fellowship, Ben has advised a variety of student teams in collaboration with community partners on projects focused on sea level rise and climate resiliency, the geographies of addiction and recovery, and conditional youth homelessness.  Ben was Lead Faculty for the BAC’s Summer Academy Program for high school students, has been adjunct faculty Wentworth Institute of Technology, and is a frequent guest critic at area design schools.  He has served on the advisory board of the Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) of Boston and the Envision Cambridge master planning process is a member of the Boston Society of Architects Ethics Committee and received a nomination for the 2019 Social Impact Award from Boston Design Week. His work has been published in Public Interest Design Education Guidebook (Routledge 2019).    Ben received his undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and the M.Arch degree from RISD.

FORUM LECTURE: Wednesday April 17, 6:30 pm Metcalf Auditorium, Kim Beck from Carnegie Mellon University, Kelly Walters from Parsons/New School, and Matt Bird from RISD speak on topics of studio pedagogy. 


Graduate Emily Roberston, Textile Department and Graduate Nick Costantino, Printmaking Department, Thursday March 21, 2019  8:00 am WS Teaching Experiences TLAD Department Collaborative Studio

Markus Berger, RISD Interior Architecture, Thursday March 21, 2019 10 am   Teaching Tips, TLAD Department Collaborative Studio 

Jamie Adams, Professor of Foundations and Graduate Studies, Washington University Sam Fox School of Arts, St. Louis, MO Wednesday March 20, 2019 9:00 am                                                                                                           TLAD POD

Deb Dormody, Deputy Director Alliance for Artists Communities, Tuesday March 19th, 2019 TLAD  

Anne Tait, Associate Professor, Roger Williams University Visual Arts Department  Thursday March 14, 8:30 am Assessment and Learning Outcomes, TLAD

Simonette Quamina, Assistant Professor Eastern Connecticut State University,  Drawing Methods for Narratives, Wednesday March 13, 2019, 9:30 am POD

Bolagji Campbell, RISD Professor of Theory and History in Art and Design, A trajectory in teaching from studio and research to inclusivity in teaching. TLAD                       .

Discussion Series::: WS 2019 Conversations on Teaching + More 

CONVERSATIONS: Matthew Shenoda in Conversations on Pedagogy,RISD Vice-President of Social Equity and Inclusivity,Monday February 4, 2019  6:30 to 7:30 pm TLAD

Discussion Series::: Fall 2018 Conversations on Teaching + More

FORUM LECTURE: The Locked Room Revisited. Wednesday November 28, 2018 6:30 to 7:30 pm Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Chace Center,RISD Professor Gareth Jones (Experimental + Foundations Studies Faculty) and Gareth Jones (Visiting Artist) will talk about the experimental pedagogical studio called The Locked Room.

CONVERSATIONS: Working Collaboratively, Teaching Collaboration  Monday October  15, 2018  6:30 to 7:30 pm TLAD Department Collaborative Studio Mariah Doren, Senior Research and Assessment Associate and Artist

Discussion Series::: Spring 2018 Conversations on Teaching + More

Looking at Collections of Drawings  Wednesday April 11 am, 2018 RISD Museum,  Prints Drawings and Photographs. Jan Howard, Chief Curator

Practice and Pedagogy  Thursday April 5,  8:30 am, 2018 TLAD Department           Simonette Quamina, Assistant Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University.

Dina Vincent, RISD Continuing Education and Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty. Roosevelt International Academy Summer Program for Chinese High School Art Students.

Drawing Objectives: Contemporary Master Drawings Cade Tompkins Projects   Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:00 am 

Arts in Context: Alliance for Artists Communities Tuesday  March 20th,  10:00 am, 2018. Deb Dormandy, Deputy Director

Practice and Pedagogy.  Thursday March 8th,  8:30 am, 2018 TLAD Department                    Leslie Bostrom, Chair, Visual Arts Department Brown University

Joon Lee, Assistant Professor of Theory and History of Art Department RISD

Practice and Pedagogy.: Graduates Teaching at RISD                                                       Thursday March 1st,  9:00 am 2018 TLAD Department                                                          Shawn Bush, MFA Photography 2018                                                                                          Yue Tan,, MFA Jewelry & Metalsmithing 2018

Discussion Series::: Spring 2017 Conversations on Teaching + More

Practice and Pedagogy       March 9, 9:00 am  TLAD Department
Wolfgang Rudorf, Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture  and  Jane Masters, Mixed Media Artist and Educator

Ruhan Feng  MFA Printmaking 2017                                                                                          March 1,  9:30 am TLAD Department   Wintersession Teaching Reflections


Hugh Patterson, MLA  Landscape Architecture 2017  Wintersession Teaching Reflections, March 1, 9:30 am TLAD Department

Discussion Series::: Fall 2016 Conversations on Teaching + More

Practice and Pedagogy

Jerry Mischak RISD Painting Department and University of Rhode Island Art Department   Thursday September 29, 6:30 pm TLAD Department

Wendy Edwards, Chair of Visual Arts, Brown University Thursday September 29, 6:30 pm TLAD Department

Matthew Clowney RISD Photography Department Friday September 28, 9:00 am TLAD Department

John Anderson, University of Georgia Landscape Architecture Graduate Student Friday October 7 TLAD Department

Masha Ryskin, RISD Experimental and Foundations Studies Thursday September 28 9:00 am TLAD Department

Discussion Series::: Spring 2016 Conversations on Teaching + More

Joanne Paradis, Director of I-Park Foundation  Drawing for a Residency,

Simonette Quamina, Faculty  in Rhode Island School of Design Project Open Door, Past faculty at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art.  Drawing Concepts

Rohini Sen, Bangalore, India  Drawing as Thinking

Joanne Stryker, Rhode Island School of Design Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies, Teaching Tips, Hiring Practices, Tenure Mentoring. and  Foundation Teaching.

Shona Mc Andrews, Rhode Island School of Design Painting Graduate, Teaching Tips as a Graduate Student

Discussion Series::: Fall 2015 Conversations on Teaching + More

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5 Lecture Panel CIT 103 6:30 -9:30 pm

Jed Morfit, MFA 2009 Rhode Island School of Design Sculpture, Associate Professor, Richard Stockton University, New Jersey will speak about balancing a professional studio practice and an academic life.

Annette Cyr , Associate Professor, National University, California will talk about teaching in changing systems of a large university system i.e, classes that are both online and in the studio, that are one month long, and in an academic setting where one can pick any 9 months out of 12 months to teach a single class per month.

Jorge Garcia Patricio, Critic, RISD will talk about teaching studio on-line; the pros and cons and tips.

Discussion Series:::  Spring 2015 Conversations on Teaching + More

Open Studios; I-Park Residency Program, East Haddam, CT  Understanding the value of residency time and support for artists, designers, critics and educators. Examining a fifteen year successful non-profit in action. Director Joanne Paradis will go over guidelines for applications for environmental projects, residencies and other programs. 2;00 pm Saturday May 9th, I-Park.

Masha Ryskin, Foundations Studies Faculty, Fulbright Fellow will talk about best practices in teaching studio foundations courses and her trajectory into teaching, part-time teaching versus full-time teaching and maintaining an active professional career. Thursday May 30th 9:00 am CIT 217

Allison Baker (RISD MFA 2015 Sculpture) will share her application processes, her teaching portfolio, and her interview experiences for teaching positions at the college level. Thursday May 30th 9:30 am. CIT 217

Tentative: Painter James Cambronne  Speaks about storytelling content through abstraction and shows his use of color in his watercolor portfolio. Friday May 1, 2015 CIT 217

Tracie Constantino, Dean of Faculty and Amy Horschak, Assistant Director of Instructional Technology discuss, engage and model Critical Friends Groups methodology. International online case study.  Thursday April 9, 9:00 am  CIT 217

Studio Visit: Andrew Raftery reveals his current sculpture, engraving, wash drawings, and ceramic work and discusses how we may integrate and weave content through multiple forms. Thursday February 26, 6:30 pm Raftery Studio Mathewson Street Entrance 2015.

Discussion Series::: Fall 2014  Conversations on Teaching + More

Francoise McAree, Program Manager for Fine and Applied Arts, RISD Continuing Education, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:30 pm CIT 217

Leslie Bostrom, Professor, Visual Art Department, Brown University, Matt Bird,  Assistant Professor, RISD Industrial Design        Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00 am CIT 217

Scheri Fultineer, RISD Department Head of Landscape Architecture, Masha Ryskin, Assistant Professor, RISD Foundations Studies, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:00 pm CIT 217.

Discussion Series::: Spring 2014 Conversations on Teaching + More

Graduate Teaching Reflections, Catherine Cole, RISD Graduate MFA Printmaking 2014, Rachelle Crosby (RISD MLA Landscape Architecture 2013, Rory Stevens,  (RISD Archtecture MArch 2014)  Thursday, April 24, 2014, 9:00 am Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Shahzia Sikander (MFA 1995, MacArthur Fellow, Medal of Honor from the White House) Thursday, April 15, 2014 6:30 pm Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum of Art

Jorge Paricio, (RISD Senior Critic, Industrial Design Department ) Teaching Studio Online, Jane Masters, Independent Artist,Teaching in Alternative Settings. Thursday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 am  Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Discussion Series::: Fall 2013 Conversations on Teaching + More

Kyna Leski (RISD Architecture Department Professor) Dean Snyder, (RISD Sculpture Department Head)  Reflections on Collegiate Teaching: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Practices and Profession Thursday, October 19, 2013 6:30 pm  Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Fritz Drury, (RISD Illustration Department Professor) Matt Bird (RISD Industrial Design Department Critic) Reflections on Collegiate Teaching: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Practices and Profession  Friday, October 20, 2013 9:00 am Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Discussion Series::: Spring 2013 Conversations on Teaching + More                                                                                                                                                                                

Conversations on Teaching: Assessment, Grading and Rubrics, Rachel Branham, RISD TLAD MA in Professional Development and  Chris Sancombe, (RISD Critic, Sculpture Department) Wednesday May 8  7:00-8:30 Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department.

Conversations on Independent Studio Work,  Austin, Texas Artist Madeline Irvine, RISD MFA PA/PR  Saturday March 4,  Noon,  I-Park Residency,  East Haddam, CT

Learning from Objects: RISD Museum of Art,  Allison Chang, Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Friday, April 16, 10-Noon  Providence, RI

Conversations on Teaching; Integrating Studio Practice and Teaching
Jane Masters
(RISD Project Open Door, past RISD Critic Painting Department, Foundations Division) Friday March 8  9:30-Noon,  Pawtucket Studio, RI

Conversations on Teaching; Reflections and Suggestions Gabriel Feld (RISD Professor, Architecture ) Leigh Tarentino (Brown University Assistant Professor, Visual Arts)  Thursday February 21 7:00 -8:30 Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Discussion Series::: Fall 2012 Conversations on Teaching + More

Conversations on Teaching Barbara Von Eckardt (RISD Dean of Liberal Arts) Chris Sancombe (RISD Sculpture Critic) Joanne Stryker (RISD Dean of Foundation Studies)Thomas Gardner (RISD Architecture Critic) CIT 217, TLAD Department    

Discussion Series::: Spring 2012  Conversations on Teaching + More                                                                                                                                                                         

Ellen Driscoll (RISD Sculpture Department Head)
Conversations on Teaching
Monday March 19th 6:30 to 7:30
Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Mairead Byrne (RISD Literary Studies Professor)
Conversations on Teaching
Monday March 19th 7:30 to 8:30
Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Randy Melick (Lyme Academy College Endowed Drawing Professor)
Developing Studio Competencies
Monday April 23, 6:30 to 8:00
Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Tyson Atwell (Furniture) & Tamara Johnson (Sculpture)
Tales from Graduate Teaching
Monday April 30, 5:00 to 6:00
Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Amy Leidtke (Industrial Design Critic) & Jorge Paricio (Industrial Design Critic)
Developing a Design Class Rubric
Monday April 30, 6:30 to 7:30
Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Amanda Thackray (Printmaking) & Leslie Boyd (Jewelry + Metalsmithing)
Tales from Graduate Teaching
Monday April 30, 8:00 to 9:00
Room 217, 2nd Floor CIT, TLAD Department

Discussion Series::: Fall 2011
Conversations on Teaching

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 7:00 PM
CIT # 217, RISD

Developing a Program Rubric: Drawing’s Cognitive Operations
Randy Melick, Deane G. Keller Endowed Chair of Drawing, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art

Monday, September 19, 2011 7:00 PM
CIT # 217, RISD

Patti Phillips, Interim Associate Provost
Brooks Hagan, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Textiles

Wednesday September 14, 2011 7:00 PM
CIT # 217, RISD

Robert Brinkerhoff, Head, Department of Illustration
Leslie Hirst, Associate Professor, Division of Foundation Studies

Discussion Series::: Fall 2009
Teaching From Museum Objects
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Wednesday November 11, 2009 6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, Museum of Art, RISD

The Historical: What do the intersections of art schools and museums of the past tell us? Where are new roles arising?

A Historical Trajectory
Sarah Ganz Blythe, Director of Museum Education, Museum of Art

The Enlarging View
Steve Lubar, Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University

Wednesday November 4, 2009 6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, Museum of Art, RISDThe Theoretical/Pedagogical: What can one learn from objects? What can collections reveal?Working Objects
Hansy Better Barraza, Assistant Professor, Architecture Department and Foundation StudiesBinary Thoughts: Dichotomies and Opposites
Ken Horii, Professor, Division Programs Coordinator, Foundation Studies

Wednesday October 21, 2009 6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Museum of Art Chace Center. RISD

The Practical: Case Studies  in Teaching from Objects

Interdisciplinary Museum Seminar: “The Brilliant Line”
Mary Bergstein, Ph.D. Head, Department of History of Art and Visual Culture

Designing Traditions
Anais Missakian, Head, Department of Textiles and Kate Irvin, Curator, Costume and Textiles, Museum of Art

Discussion Series::: Spring 2009
Defining Degrees of Excellence
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Wednesday April  29, 2009 6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, Museum of Art, RISD

The Evaluative Studio
Teri Rueb, Department Head of Digital + Media
Peter Walker, Associate Professor of Furniture Design

Wednesday April 22, 2009 6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Museum of Art Chace Center
Rhode Island School of Design

Features of Value in Studio Work
Dennis Congdon, Department Head of Painting
Ellen Driscoll, Department Head of Sculpture

Wednesday April 8, 2009 6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Museum of Art Chace Center
Rhode Island School of Design

The Evidence of Quality in Studio Practice
Brian Kernaghan, Department Head of Interior Architecture
Mikyoung Kim, Professor of Landscape Architecture

Layered Fluidity
Nanhee Kim
Machine knitted dress 2008

MFA Textile Design 2008
Sheridan Teaching Certificate 2008

Discussion Series Fall 2008 :::download Discussion Series Poster (pdf)

Thursday, December 4, 2008   6:30 PM
College Building 521
Rhode Island School of Design

Creative workshops – sound, vision and the senses in Art/Science Collaboration
Chris Rose, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies Division
Rhode Island School of Design

Chris Rose reflects on how art schools pay a lot of attention to the visual sense and asks what are the roles of the many others, especially relating to the construction of knowledge? By connecting art, design and science he supports practice-based research and curriculum design for creative practices. His interest in devising those spaces in which creative insights can occur has developed as an alternative to a ‘delivery’ model of teaching which has less relevance in the present environment. He managed the multi-material design program at the University of Brighton in England prior to RISD.

Friday, November 21, 2008 10:00 AM to Noon
Room 205, 20 Washington Place
Rhode Island School of Design

Faculty Research Conversation with Carole Gray

Thursday November 20, 2008   6:30 PM
College Building 521
Rhode Island School of Design

Visualizing The Research Process in Art and Design
Carole Gray, Research Professor
Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland

Carole Gray’s research seeks to develop and evaluate co-operative and discursive methodologies in visual arts research, including creative visual methods, and appropriate ‘artistic’ strategies of evaluation and dissemination. She is particularly interested in how this type of research can inform curriculum development in terms of cultural and contextual responsiveness and responsibility. Carol Gray is a practicing artist and has made exterior site-specific structures as well as smaller scale interior sculptural lights.

Thursday November 13, 2008   6:30 PM
Metcalf Auditorium, Museum of Art Chace Center
Rhode Island School of Design

Collaborative Research, Teaching, and Learning with Artists, Designers and Scientists
Kathy Takayama, Associate Director, Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Kathy Takayama will discuss the process of scientist + artist coming together, from what may initially be perceived to be disparate disciplines or contexts but becomes a close and synergistic collaboration through the intersections of “habits of mind”.  Her research explores how bacteria adapt to environmental stresses at the molecular level.  In addition to her work in molecular biology, she has also engaged in research in visualizations and learning in the sciences, collaborative global online learning communities, inquiry-based e-learning and in arts-science collaborations.

Discussion Series Spring 2008 ::: download Discussion Series Poster (pdf)

Navigating Higher Education: Trials, Tribulations + Triumphs of Junior Faculty
Wednesday April 22, 2008, 6:30 PM
Room 205, 20 Washington Place

Teaching Through Writing
Dr. Daniela Sandler, Assistant Professor, History of Art + Visual Culture Department

Challenges as a New Faculty
Jed Morfit, Assistant Professor, Art Department, Richard Stockton University, RISD MFA 2005

Provost’s Distinguished Teaching + Learning Lectures and Panels

Saturday April 26, 2008 9:00 AM
RISD Auditorium
Creating a Natural Critical Learning Environment
RISD Faculty Panels

Friday April 25, 2008, 7:00 PM
RISD Auditorium
How to Cultivate Deep Learning
Dr. Ken Bain, author, What the Best College Teachers Do

Friday April 25, 2008, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
4th Floor Conference Room
20 Washington Place

Faculty Workshop

Merging the Disciplines: Creating New Models of Teaching
Monday April 21, 2008 6:30 PM
Room 205, 20 Washington Place

Integrating Technology into the Teaching and Learning Environment
Dr. Paul Sproll, Head, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Department

Incorporating Visual Culture: A Reflection
Deborah Bright, Head, Photography Department

International Connections in Apparel and Textiles
Liz Collins, Associate Professor, Textile Design Department

Current Practices of RISD Faculty in Teaching and Learning
Monday April 14, 2008 6:30 PM
Room 205, 20 Washington Place

Criteria for Effective Projects and Assessment
Susan Doyle, Assistant Professor, Illustration Department

How Students Learn Abstract Meaning Through Specific Content
Dr. Mairead Byrne, Associate Professor, English Department

Creative Problem-Solving Tools for Studio Practice
Mary Kawenski, Professor, Apparel Design Department


Past Awards :::


2006-2009 RISD Awards for Teaching Excellence
The RISD Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence goes to a faculty member who is engaged in professional advancement in teaching and receives the Sheridan Certificate. It is juried by the submission of a teaching philosophy addressing these questions: How do I teach? Why do I teach the way I do? How do I know my teaching is working?

  • 2009 Leslie Hirst, Foundations Studies
  • 2008 Daniela Sandler, History of Art and Visual Culture
  • 2007 Nancy Skolos, Graphic Design
  • 2006 Robin Quigley, Jewelry + Metalsmithing

RISD’s Mandle Award goes to a Graduate Student who develops an excellent reflective teaching portfolio and receives the Sheridan Certificate.

  • 2009 Gigi Gatewood, Photography
  • 2008 Moon Jung Jang, Graphic Design
  • 2007 Victor Serrano, Interior Architecture
  • 2006 Frances Nelson, Architecture

The Dean of Graduate Studies Award goes to a graduate student who develops an excellent reflective teaching portfolio and receives the Sheridan Certificate.

  • 2009 Elana Wertzner, Graphic Design
  • 2008 Jeanne Jo, Digital Media
  • 2007 Ricky Allman, Painting
  • 2006 Greta Brubacher, Photography
  • 2005 Jed Morfit and Robin Mandel, Sculpture