Apply to teach a Global Summer Studios

For summer 2020, 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 3rd and July 25th, 2020.

Faculty choose to apply either for a course at the RISD in Rome site or for a course in another location in the world.

Deadline for proposals has now passed.

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  • All RISD full- and part-time faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Global Summer Studios are not based on TUs. To submit the proposal, the faculty member must have the approval from the appropriate department head providing the course credits.
  • It is strongly recommended that the faculty member proposing the course have strong familiarity with the location, and a strong preference is given to those applicants with demonstrated experience teaching students in a travel course environment.
  • All faculty who lead off-campus global learning courses, must comply with RISD’s policy for off-campus teaching. Before submitting your proposal, please review the policy and ensure you are willing to comply with this policy.
  • Each travel course must be led by either two RISD faculty or a RISD faculty and graduate student TA. In cases where two faculty propose to lead a course together, the stipend is divided between them.
  • Please note: for faculty new to the experience of teaching students off-campus, our site in Rome is the best alignment for summer because you receive the support of our experienced team in Rome, we have on-site accommodations, studios, and a strong network with the Roman and Italian art and design communities.

Compensation + Expenses

Based on the RISD rates for summer teaching, faculty receive a $8,600 stipend for leading a Global Summer Studios course, which in addition to teaching the course covers:

  • course planning & the pre-arrangements for student, faculty and TA travel logistics.
  • pre-departure orientations.
  • leading, and being on-call 24/7 while leading the off-campus course.

In addition, course related faculty expenses such as airfare, accommodation, health insurance and per diem are covered by RISD.

Application Process & Steps

Submit your proposal no later than midnight of the deadline. As this is a competitive submission process, late submissions will not be considered.

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.

Application Process:

  • Faculty must complete a course proposal form and a draft syllabus (per the syllabus guidelines), itinerary and budget (see below). The course itinerary, including details of the type of accommodations and local transport being planned + links to potential accommodation solutions if/as known.
  • The relevant department head and Dean must approve the course proposal form and supporting materials (draft syllabus, budget, itinerary) to progress the proposal. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to check in with the Dean's office to ensure the paperwork is approved and sent to Academic Affairs by the deadline. Please note: RISD Global is not involved in these steps.
  • In addition, faculty must provide a document including: a short abstract/course description, including your familiarity with the proposed location (max 300 words). In this document, faculty must include the potential/preferred dates of the course, and if applying to teach at the site in Rome must specify if they can teach during the June and/or July session.

To receive the budget template, please send an email to, and specify if you are applying for the RISD site in Rome or a different global destination. RISD Global will provide you with the specific budget template, including pre-defined course costs.

    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.

    Selection Process + Criteria

    Based on the submissions received, RISD’s Dean’s Council -in collaboration with the Vice Provost and RISD Global- will select and recommend to the Provost 6-7 proposals (up to 2 programs for our site in Rome, and 4-5 programs for other sites globally) to be realized during Summer 2020.

    Selection Committee Review

    Each year the selection process for Global Summer Studios 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 cost to student for the course is a consideration. 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 $6,000 -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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    RISD Global's Role

    • Advises and supports faculty (upon request) on the location, organization, and details of travel courses and studios during the course preparation stages.
    • Promotes the course and supports faculty in outreach to students, student advising, and group info-sessions.
    • Supports faculty and students through the various application, scholarships, and registration processes and steps.
    • After the course is fully registered and confirmed to run, works closely with the faculty and other offices on campus to support all travel arrangements and confirmations.
    • Co-develops and leads the pre-departure meetings for faculty + joins faculty-led pre-departure meetings for students.
    • Provides faculty/students with pre-departure materials and student forms, registers all students and faculty for mandatory health and safety insurance.
    • Ensures that the International Incident Response Team (IIRT), Public Safety, and Student Affairs are prepared to support these courses, students and faculty while off-campus.
    • Oversees, in collaboration with On-Call International and RISD Public Safety & Risk Management issues the response to issues that arise on the course while off-campus.
    • Presents documentation of the courses, when possible, to further promote and support these unique off-campus teaching and learning experiences.

    Global Summer Studios

    Global Summer Studios are open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at RISD or in other art and design institutions worldwide, as well as recent graduates and new professionals practicing in the field.

    COVID-19 Update: Global Summer Studios 2022 are under review. More information will be released soon.

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    Faculty Advising

    Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for an advising session to help craft your application.

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