Support for Faculty

Online and Hybrid Support

The Center for Social Equity and Inclusion’s Teaching and Learning Lab will be offering resources and programming to support a more considered curricular transition to online and hybrid teaching next year.

Real-time and Recorded Workshops

Workshops are offered by the online teaching support team, a group of faculty with considerable experience in online pedagogies and teaching. Workshops will also be recorded and archived on our SEI workshop catalog page, where faculty can find a range of resources that address topical pedagogical issues and aim to cultivate inclusive and innovative curricula, including a discussion on “Creating an embodied online classroom.”

Online Teaching Resources

To prepare for a hybrid curriculum next year, the Teaching and Learning Lab offers resources to support online pedagogies that center student well-being and equitable and inclusive practices, active learning, and a critical engagement with digital platforms and technologies.
Learning Management System (Canvas) Support

Learning Management System (Canvas) Support

Canvas Training and Resources

Faculty and staff can access introductory Canvas resources, located on the ITS website under Training.

The Teaching and Learning Lab, in conjunction with ITS, has a program of dedicated training and support for Canvas. Find a workshop.

Graduate Assistants

Each Division will be assigned a graduate assistant and an online teaching support team faculty member, who will be available for one-on-one consultations beginning on July 20th.

IT Support

In addition to online support offered by Instructure, IT Service Desk will offer support to faculty, addressing access to Canvas and the integration of Canvas with RISD systems.

Faculty Research Support

RISD Research and Strategic Partnerships will remotely support faculty creating new work and scholarship within local and international pandemic economies.

  • At this time, RISD’s Academic Affairs Grants and Funding opportunities will continue to be available. Graduate Research Assistantships will continue to support faculty research projects.
  • In the coming year, faculty will have increased access to one-on-one online coaching to support the development of faculty career development, grant proposal writing, organizational and corporate partnerships, and post-award project management.
  • Specific workshops for fine arts faculty will support the development of new works.

Fleet Library Support

Fleet Library will resume on-site access in two phases during summer and fall 2020. In the first phase, starting July 15, books and DVDs may be requested for pick-up, while instruction, research, interlibrary loan and course reserve support will continue to be offered remotely. In the second phase, starting September 1, the library’s physical spaces will reopen by appointment.

Books, periodicals, masters theses, and zines can be browsed; course reserves consulted, and scanners used between the following hours starting September 1:

  • Monday-Thursday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Archives, Special Collections, and the Visual + Materials Resource Center have appointments available starting September 1. Please see the Fleet Library website for hours.

Find up-to-date information about COVID-related library services.

RISD Museum

The RISD Museum will reopen in fall 2020 for students, faculty and staff with an active RISD ID. The museum is committed to curricular support through the 2020-21 academic year. Staff will support students through expanded virtual open hourspre-professional opportunities, and more, and will work collaboratively with faculty to develop virtual, live or asynchronous experiences, assignments, and self-guided gallery visits. Faculty and students are encouraged to utilize the museum’s expansive digital content and resources like the online collection and open API. Learn more and request a visit here


Center for Complexity

The Center for Complexity will hold various workshops and events in summer and fall 2020, online and in-person when feasible, to continue to support research in city-making, emergency medicine, future food, nuclear security, opioids and addiction, and public policy.