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  • Research Fellow, Data, Policy & Administration

    Posted: 04/03/2022

    Part Time

    Job Summary

    Rhode Island School of Design is looking for a part-time term Research Fellow, Data, Policy & Administration to join its Research and Partnerships Office. RISD Research sustains the school’s culture of inquiry by offering a platform for research initiatives, providing opportunities for programming, training, and publication, and encouraging collaboration among students and faculty. With diverse types of research and partnerships, RISD Research contributes new insight and advance practice through the exploration of materials, techniques, contexts, and ideas. This position is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with the Director of Research in envisioning and developing strategic plans, systems, policies, and procedures to enable the future growth of RISD Research.

    The Data, Policy & Administration Fellow will have work responsibilities within the Research office in the area of data, policy, and administration. The Fellow will also design a research project related to their interests and receive modest research funding to be used toward their research agenda. They may seek additional external sponsorship and choose to work individually or collaboratively. This position will offer an immersive experience for professional growth by the Fellow as community-engaged artists, designers, researchers, administrators, and thought leaders who are prepared for local and global impact. Fellows will be supported by and report to the Director for Research.

    The Research Fellow for Data, Policy, and Administration will perform the following work activities:

    Essential Functions

    • Advise and collaborate with the Director in envisioning and developing strategic plans, systems, policies, and procedures to enable the future growth of RISD Research.
    • Collect, analyze and disseminate current and historical data related to research and grants administration, as well as various types of institutional, art/design education, governmental, community, industry, and socio-economic data.
    • Identify and follow trends, laws, and regulations across various economic sectors as they relate to RISD Research strategic priorities and planning. Make policy recommendations on research administration, sponsored research, public and private funding in higher education. Contribute to reports, presentations, webinars, and other communications.
    • Collaborate in the development and content management of RISD Research Resource (R3), a repository of databases and information on research policies, forms, templates, and other tools and information. Advise in the development of information systems and databases to strengthen RISD Research’s work. Maintain information systems.
    • Provide support, training, and webinars on data management, analysis, and visualization for various internal and external stakeholders.
    • Develop a research project/portfolio related to the Fellow’s interest. Each Fellow is expected to maximize their access to faculty and resources and to align their work with RISD strategic priorities of “just societies,” “sustainability,” and “new ways of making and knowing.”
    • Contribute to positive cultivation and engagement of internal and external relations.

    Additional Functions:

    • Collaborate in planning and curation of speakers, symposiums, workshops, projects, webinars, and events meant to connect RISD’s community to novel ideas, practices, and happenings across the research ecosystem.
    • Supervise graduate assistants and undergraduate student workers in areas of data collection, analysis, and visualization using various software and tools for providing information to presentations, reports, websites, social media, et al.
    • Advise RISD students on issues such as data collection and analysis, quantitative methodologies, ethics, among other forms of guidance.
    • Other tasks as assigned.


    • Experience in grant or research administration, conducting research studies, or policy
    • Experience with databases, data collection, analytics, data visualization, or data tools
    • Experience working with BIPOC or other marginalized communities or in addressing anti-racism, social justice, or sustainability issues
    • Knowledge of transformative, participatory, Indigenous, or other decolonial research methodologies and techniques
    • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)

    Click here for more information and to apply.


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