ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROGRAM
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 Industrial Design program at CCA offers a fully accredited four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design. Industrial Design is among the fastest growing programs at CCA and reflects the dynamic nature of the field. Increasingly, as a program, we see an opportunity to include diverse, global and unheard voices in the practice of industrial design. Our curriculum supports cultural analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration. Specific areas of interest include sustainability, urban mobility, user centric design, entrepreneurship, community engagement, along with a strong legacy in craft and making. For more information about the program mission, visit http://www.cca.edu/academics/industrial-design
CCA is situated in the San Francisco Bay Area at the intersection of art and technology, of progressive design for manufacturing and DIY, of global awareness and local engagement. The Bay Area is a growth center for a range of sectors, including high-technology, social media, green industry, outdoor recreation, biotech, health and medicine, innovative non-profits, humanitarian design, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. These densities of activity provide unmatched opportunities for curriculum development and professional relationships.
The CCA Industrial Design program is seeking candidates for part-time, ranked, non-tenure-track Assistant Professors to begin in Fall 2017. In addition to teaching and participating in all levels of the undergraduate Industrial Design program, these positions may require teaching courses in the First Year Program.
This position will play a critical role in providing program development within one or more curricular areas. These include, but are not limited to:
Design studio and seminar courses on cultural and historical content, design research and user-needs contextualization: An ideal candidate is actively researching, publishing and educating cultural context for design, questioning technology, and innovating & designing solutions for social impact. These qualities support courses such as History of Industrial Design, Design and Culture, and Design Ethics.
Design studio (foundation level) and early skills courses: An ideal candidate demonstrates proven pedagogy applicable to first-year/sophomore-level industrial design studios, and skills courses such as: analog and digital sketching techniques, sketch models and entry level model making, as well as a capacity to steer curricular and pedagogical change within these areas of expertise.
In keeping with the college's commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who will cultivate an equitable studio environment and a diverse curriculum. In addition, responsibilities include participating in program service and leadership, curriculum design, admissions, serving on committees and college-wide service. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for the craft of creating thoughtful and meaningful designs, a capacity to integrate interdisciplinary learning, diverse and global perspectives, an interest in leading students to engage with community issues, and a commitment to teaching within the creative environment of an art, design, and architecture college.
A terminal degree in industrial design or a relevant field (and/or equivalent industrial design experience)
6 years professional experience and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience as demonstrated by student evaluation
Flexibility to work across disciplines, with strong communication skills, and ability to collaborate and develop courses with other programs
Capacity to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college
A teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies.
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 at this address https://cca.submittable.com/submit/79309/industrial-design-assistant-professor-ranked-non-tenure-part-time 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
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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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