Assistant Professor, MFA Design Program, Ranked Non-Tenure, Part Time
California College of the Arts
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing and literature. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, social practice, film, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school's motto of "Make art that matters." Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.
The MFA Design Program is an open site for the investigation of contemporary design practice. Built on a firm foundation of technical skills, pushing the limits of cutting-edge tools and technologies alongside traditional craft-based techniques, MFA Design students work to reimagine the methods, modes, and meanings of design in contemporary culture. Whether intended to be commercial, civically minded, personal, experimental, or all of these, work here is challenged to be technically sophisticated, culturally engaged, and even socially disruptive. It is research driven and richly informed based on a thorough examination of users and contexts. It is also both formally and conceptually inventive. MFA Design provides its students with foundational technical, formal, and conceptual skills alongside contextual understanding. It prepares its students for a range of personal, private, and public careers in design, including advanced work in creative leadership, whether in commercial, civic, and curatorial arenas. Grounded in personal exploration, MFA Design is educating a new generation of design leaders.
As the MFA Design Program at CCA continues to evolve and grow, we are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced industrial design professional to work with us. This position will play a critical role in working with the program chair on the vision and mission of industrial design for the Design MFA Program. In addition, this position is expected to work with the program chair in developing community partnerships, program-wide strategic planning, building job placement and alumni resources, guiding faculty, securing sponsored projects, collecting media and other evidence of student work, and expanding the profile of the program nationally and internationally.
Industrial Design: Digital Fabrication
The focus of this position is the integration of digital and experimental fabrication techniques in industrial design practice. Areas of research and practice could include: market ready prototyping, mass customization, material research, robotics, Internet of Things development, multi-axis tools, 3D printing technology, or experimental process. Applicants should address the roles that design and technology play in their design practice. This position will enhance our mission to connect students to product development industries, emerging forms of 3D making, and rapid prototyping methods in both traditional and digital fabrication methods.
A Master or terminal degree in industrial design; related fields in three-dimensional design will be considered, including furniture design, sculpture, or product design
At least five years experience in teaching or equivalent professional experience; application should address this professional and teaching experience; teaching experience to include teaching within a studio environment
A strong background in form and material investigation, with a critical understanding of the role of products, materials, and technology in the discipline of industrial design
A desire and proven track record of diverse, global, and national presence in the practice of industrial design that accurately represents societal need
Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, and the application review process will begin March 17, 2017. The interview process will take place throughout the months of March-May. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The selected finalist will begin the position in August 2017.
Qualified applicants must complete the online application through this link https://cca.submittable.com/submit/79305/mfa-design-program-assistant-professor-industrial-design-digital-fabrication by uploading the following materials:
One-page cover letter
Brief personal statement explaining the applicant's creative and educational philosophy, highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
Portfolio of professional work
Evidence of teaching effectiveness (as applicable, please include syllabi, evaluations, and examples of student work)
Three professional references, one preferably academic, including contact information
Should you need to contact us regarding your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following in the Subject of your email: RNT Search DE16172.
As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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