Fall 2020 Faculty Guide

The RISD Museum staff looks forward to providing curricular support for your coursesin-person, virtual, or hybrid; synchronous, asynchronous, or both. In Fall 2020, we recognize our university partners are working within a variety of institutional solutions to the constraints of the pandemic. We are committed to flexible, innovative strategies for continuing existing partnerships or working together for the first time. Explore suggested models below, then reach out to us to realize your ideas or develop new pedagogies. Details about in-person visiting guidelines are not yet finalized; additional details will be added to this page regarding ticketing and entry procedures, contact tracing, and an opening date once announced. All visitors will be expected to comply with RISD’s protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing.

First, reflect on:

  • What are your learning goals for the museum experience?
  • Are you teaching online, in-person, or hybrid?
  • Are you teaching synchronously or asynchronously?
  • How many students do you have, and in what ways would you like students to engage with each other through your museum experience?
  • Do your students require any accommodations?

Next, consider the following suggested engagement formats:

Reach out to us at museum-academic@risd.edu to discuss any of these possibilities. Starting in early August, you can request a virtual visit with curators, educators, conservators, or other staff online, many of whom will continue to work from home through the fall. We’re happy to help you determine the best way to connect, point you to relevant digital content or works in the collection, review detailed visiting procedures for the fall 2020 semester, help you develop a self-guided assignment, describe how we can set up conversations via Zoom or an asynchronous platform, and more.


Virtual Open Hours and Office Hours

The staff of our Costume & Textiles and Prints, Drawings & Photographs study centers have transitioned their weekly open hours to a virtual format, and staff from conservation, education, installation, and other curatorial departments are now also offering weekly virtual office hours. Students are welcome to schedule half-hour Zoom meetings to learn more about museum practice and to view images and discuss objects in the collection to support their research and inspire their creative practice. 

The following departments are currently offering office hours:
Costume & Textiles; Prints, Drawings, & Photographs; Asian Art; Ancient Art; Decorative Arts & Design; Painting & Sculpture; Conservation; Education; Preparation and Installation

Learn more and request a one-on-one Zoom meeting here.