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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professor, Fashion Design Program

Tenure Track, Full Time

October 2018


COLLEGE

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.


PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Fashion Design Program is a creative laboratory that cultivates visionary thinking, proposes disruptive design solutions, and creates new aesthetics reflecting the zeitgeist and context of design in the 21st century. We see the role of the fashion designer shifting rapidly. As a result, students in Fashion Design learn to work in a traditional studio context, as well as on cross-disciplinary teams. The Fashion Design Program embraces new technologies, uses sustainability goals as points of innovation, and spearheads new systems of making, distributing, and experiencing fashion.

CCA's Fashion Design Program is an open site for the investigation of contemporary fashion design practice. The curriculum emphasizes idea-driven design and encourages students to build a strong conceptual foundation alongside advanced skills in traditional craft-of-fashion techniques. 

Fashion Design students can reimagine the methods, modes, and meanings of fashion design while building skills that are relevant to advancing contemporary practice by taking advantage of CCA’s interdisciplinary, state of the art campus. The Program prepares students to pursue commercial, critical, experimental, socially conscious, and civically engaged work through rigorous research into dressing systems, people, society, culture, history, technology, craft, materiality, and sustainability. 


POSITION SUMMARY

The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts seeks applicants for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor to begin in fall 2019. This position will support the integration of traditional, sustainable, digital and experimental methods for fashion design practice through their teaching and curricular development. The ideal candidate will have an active practice and bring experience in areas such as market-ready design, mass-customization, material innovation, embedded/wearable technology, sustainability, zero waste, computer-aided design, and digital fabrication. Applicants should be able to address the roles that design, technology, and sustainability play in their design research/practice. 

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their statements of teaching philosophy, candidates should address their proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. 

This position entails teaching five courses each year and performing college-wide, divisional, and program service. The candidate may teach in other undergraduate and graduate programs at CCA as is appropriate to their skills and expertise. In partnership with the Program Chair, they will contribute to defining the future vision and mission of the Fashion Design Program. This position will enhance our mission to connect students to the current fashion industry as well as emerging opportunities in the realm of 3D making, distributed production, new digital platforms, emergent dressing systems, and business models which decouple revenue from declining natural resources. The candidate’s ongoing professional profile should enhance the visibility of the program and school, nationally, internationally and globally. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Terminal degree in related field
  • Evidence of research directly relevant to advancing contemporary practice in the field 
  • Emerging recognition at the national and/or international level in the field of fashion design and/or fashion research 
  • Strong portfolio of design work/research
  • Two years of post terminal degree college-level teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in areas such as market-ready design, mass-customization, material innovation, embedded/wearable technology, sustainability, zero waste, computer-aided design, and digital fabrication
  • Experience working with diverse groups


SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications must be received by January 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
  • Artist statement/Statement addressing professional practice
  • Portfolio - 15-20 images and/or 10 mins of video
  • Up to 3 Pdfs of relevant published scholarly work (Optional)
  • Contact information for three professional references

Samples of student work, course descriptions or and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.  

EEO Statement

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.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professor of Digital Film and Media Production, Film Program

Tenure Track, Full-time

October 2018


COLLEGE

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in fine arts, architecture, design, visual studies, writing, and literature.  The college also has graduate programs in film, fine arts, architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, 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. 


PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Film Program and Graduate Film Program, both housed within the Fine Arts division, develop students’ distinctive voices as contemporary filmmakers. The curriculum encourages students to take formal risks, to push the medium of film into new territory, and to explore their individual vision. Our courses focus on cinematic craft, strong narrative foundation, and professional practice, which enable students to successfully realize their films and continue their development after graduation. Students in the Film and Graduate Film Programs create work in a wide spectrum of forms, including non-fiction, dramatic, alternative, and hybrid works.

The Film Program faculty is comprised of internationally renowned filmmakers and artists, including recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, Academy Awards, and Emmys. Program faculty have close professional associations with the Sundance Institute, BAMPFA, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, A.C.T. , San Francisco Cinematheque, and many other Bay Area institutions. Our program attracts world-class visiting artists and lecturers through its signature series Cinema Visionaries, including such maverick film industry talents as Barry Jenkins, Yance Ford, Julie Dash, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Werner Herzog, Laura Poitras, David Lowery, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Michael Moore.

The program takes advantage of the unique histories and the current moment of the Bay Area with an emphasis on interdisciplinary dialogue, hybrid culture, social conscience and a dynamic focus on the schools’ location on the Pacific Rim. Our San Francisco campus is embedded amongst world-class galleries, arts institutions, and technology companies.


POSITION SUMMARY

The Film Program at California College of the Arts seeks applications for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of digital film and media production to begin in fall 2019. 

We seek a visionary educator-practitioner who is deeply connected to contemporary and emerging filmmaking practices. The successful candidate will have an expansive notion of filmmaking and an openness to hybrid forms. Experience with new directions in motion-picture practices, including expanded video installation, web-based filmmaking, interactive, and VR film platforms, is also desirable. 

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their letters of application, candidates should address their proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. 

Teaching responsibilities are equivalent to five course lines per year and cover a full range of classes, from undergraduate introductory-level studio courses to graduate-level seminars and critiques, housed in the undergraduate Film, Graduate Film, and Graduate Fine Arts Programs. This position is required to teach fundamental hands-on production courses that cover the full spectrum of production skills, in addition to upper level courses that deal with aesthetics and conceptual aspects of filmmaking. 

Working closely in collaboration with colleagues, the ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to the task of teaching and developing innovative curriculum in order to foster the next generation of artists to achieve brilliance in the 21st century. We value intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching. Candidates for this position must possess the ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college, as well as the ambition to emerge as a leading voice in the direction of the college. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree
  • Professional activity, including screenings, distribution, press, published writings, invited artist talks, residencies, awards, etc. 
  • Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, preferably with experience working with diverse groups
  • Two years of post graduate school college-level teaching experience, with evidence of teaching effectiveness 
  • Experience working with and teaching film media and production, including the use of digital technology
  • Experience in areas of film production such as screenwriting, producing, cinematography, sound design, and related practices
  • Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies that engage changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes
  • Strong communication skills 


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate level teaching experience
  • Evidence of flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs


SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications must be received by January 6, 2019 at 11:59 PST.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching philosophy, highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration and cultural competency
  • A biographical narrative describing your professional career trajectory
  • A sample of writing, such as a screenplay, published articles, or other professional examples (optional)
  • Link to a website with examples of professional work:
    • 3-5 work samples, of which at least one is a completed film, including, for example, sound works, project websites, documentation of installations or site-specific work, or other examples
  • Contact information for three professional references

Samples of student work, course descriptions or and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.  


EEO Statement

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.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Chair, Graduate Interaction Design Program

Open Rank Faculty Position, Full Time

October 2018


COLLEGE

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.


PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Graduate Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts was founded in 2015.   It is an intensive, highly competitive, one-year Master of Design (MDes) program for students with prior experience in design or a design-related field. Interaction Design is one of the most dynamic and expanding fields of professional practice today and is a key area of growth for the College.  

The mission of the program is to empower students to humanize technology through design. We do this through a curriculum that imparts a bold mix of design craft, strategic vision, and leadership skills. Our emphasis on leadership enables graduates to have a greater impact on the culture of teams and organizations, and in turn, positively affect the larger culture. We learn by doing, and while much of the education takes place in a collaborative, studio-based environment, a significant portion is oriented toward the surrounding world. We consider the city of San Francisco as an extension of our campus, and we work with community partners to practice design and leadership skills in a real-world setting. 

We recognize the importance of including diverse voices in the practice of interaction design.  Our faculty consists of design leaders drawn from outstanding companies in the San Francisco Bay area, and our students join us from around the world. 

The Graduate Interaction Design Program is part of the Design Division, which consists of undergraduate programs in Illustration, Furniture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, and Industrial Design, as well as a multi-disciplinary Graduate Design Program and Graduate Design Strategy Program.   


POSITION SUMMARY

The chair is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of the program within the context of the Design Division and the college.

The Chair is responsible for ensuring program relevance, educational excellence and ongoing successful operations. Responsibilities include planning, oversight, and operational management of the program’s curriculum, budget, and initiatives, as well as organizational leadership for staff, faculty, and students. The Chair is responsible for staying actively involved with both the curriculum and professional fields related to the Program’s graduates. 

The Chair reports directly to the Dean of Design and works to achieve programmatic, divisional, and institutional goals in partnership with key offices including Academic Affairs, Admissions, Alumni Relations, Marketing, Communications, Facilities, and the offices of the Provost and the President. As this is a faculty position, the Chair is expected to teach in the program.


SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Curriculum

  • Lead faculty in developing and implementing program curricula and identity.
  • Ensure curricula comply with specialized and primary accreditors’ guidelines.
  • Lead regular assessment of student learning in partnership with faculty and use results to inform strategic decisions to improve curricula, facilities, technology use, staffing, etc.


Program

  • Devise, prepare, and monitor program budget in support of learning outcomes and the program mission.
  • Work with faculty and Deans to develop program goals, strategies, and metrics consistent with college and program missions. Conduct ongoing progress evaluation.
  • Work with the Dean and academic director’s office and appropriate staff to determine and communicate staffing, facilities, equipment, and other program needs.
  • Provide the academic directors with a timely, accurate, and appropriate course schedule.
  • Work with academic staff to manage the day-to-day running of the program.
  • Ensure that faculty in the program have accurate and appropriate teaching loads based on their appointments.
  • Ensure all program’s administrative documents are submitted accurately and in accordance with timelines, including goals documents, course schedule, budget, and course syllabi.
  • Maintain a program that responds to the needs and goals of a culturally diverse student and faculty community and is relevant to the rapidly changing respective professional fields.
  • In cooperation with the Dean of Design, build a portfolio of external partnerships to enhance and define student experience.


Faculty

  • Identify, recruit, and make hiring recommendations for qualified faculty while maintaining a sustainable curricular model.
  • Assess program faculty composition in light of diversity, visibility, and program goals and teaching effectiveness.
  • Develop a multi-year hiring plan and provide written recommendations for new positions, promotions, and hires.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluation of all program faculty.
  • Manage, mentor, and support faculty in their roles as teachers, mentors, and practitioners.
  • Participate in the formal review process through Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure for all program faculty.
  • Effectively implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement for covered faculty.
  • Lead regular program meetings with the ranked faculty.


College-wide

  • Build a strong community with regular, open communication between students, faculty and staff.
  • Work collaboratively with the Enrollment Management to establish and reach enrollment goals by developing and implementing effective student recruitment strategies.
  • Develop and manage, with associate chairs, key partnerships internally including: facilities, career services, alumni services, communications, enrollment management, and financial aid.
  • Attend and represent the program at all required Academic Affairs, Enrollment, Alumni, and Advancement-related events.
  • Work with the Marketing/Communications and Alumni Offices to increase college and program visibility through promoting up-to-date student, faculty and alumni achievements.
  • Attend mandatory chairs trainings, as well as all college- and division-wide chairs meetings.
  • Communicate with other chairs to foster effective use of resources around public programs, events and exhibitions.
  • Be responsive to requests for program-related information or input from college-wide staff in a timely manner.


Professional

  • Establish and enhance academic and professional networks for the program.
  • Attend conferences and stay up to date with issues relevant to the field.

Other duties specific to the program’s needs, as required.


CANDIDATE QUALITIES

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a forward-thinking view of design education, have a substantial understanding of contemporary practice, and a proven record of success in an applicable professional field such as design leadership, design for social impact, systems design, IxD, UX, and AI. The successful candidate will be a well-connected design thought leader, ideally with prior teaching or administrative experience in a dynamic academic environment. They will have worked with culturally diverse groups and demonstrated an understanding of issues of sustainability and social impact from a global perspective. They will be an experienced collaborator, an excellent communicator and a good listener who is receptive to multiple points of view. They will evidence an ability to make informed decisions that maintain high ethical standards and demonstrate respect for colleagues, peers and stakeholders. They will have a commitment to advancing design education in alignment with a vision of the critical role and the responsibility that designers have in humanizing technology.  


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Evidence of successful leadership in an academic or professional environment
  • Three years of  professional design experience 
  • Three years of recent teaching experience at the college level
  • Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Experience managing professional networks in design and other fields
  • Professional and/or academic experience in collaborative interdisciplinary contexts, project-based community engagement, social impact, participatory design, design advocacy or design research


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D, Masters, or terminal degree in studio-based design, design strategy, business or a relevant technical discipline. Candidates with a non-terminal degree but with significant professional experience and a significant record of achievement will also be considered. 
  • Experience working with diverse groups


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
  • Statement addressing professional practice
  • Portfolio - one 15-20 page pdf file and/or up to 10 minutes of video (required)
  • Up to 3 Pdfs of relevant published scholarly work (optional)
  • Link to a website with examples of professional work (optional)
  • Contact information for three professional references

Additional materials may be requested by the search committee at a later date.  


EEO Statement

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.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professor, Photography Program

Tenure Track, Full Time

October 2018


THE COLLEGE

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.


PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Photography Program at CCA approaches photography as an expanded field encompassing the deep historical context of the medium. Through a balance of theoretical, technical, art historical, and conceptual curriculum, Photography students explore a wide range of forms and media while developing an individualized practice of sustained curiosity and creative dexterity. Students benefit from engaged mentoring, small class sizes, and access to traditional wet darkroom labs, senior studios, state of the art digital imaging facilities, and individual senior shows. 

Recent visiting faculty include Charlotte Cotton, Richard Barnes, Esther Teichmann, and Deanna Lawson. The Photography Program lecture series recently hosted Stanya Kahn, Nick Waplington, Aaron Schuman, Idris Khan, Uta Barth Joel Sternfeld, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, David Levi Strauss, and Collier Schorr and Simon Baker. Students benefit from the robust photography community in the Bay Area, which includes Pier 24, the Fisher Collection, Fraenkel Gallery, SF Camerawork and the newly expanded photography collection at SFMOMA. 


POSITION SUMMARY

CCA is seeking candidates for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position for the Photography Program to begin August 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate a vibrant emerging art practice and professional activity, with evidence of increasing stature within national or international artistic dialogues. 

Candidates should be versed in a wide range of issues affecting contemporary art practice and possess a strong desire to advance the discourse of art and photography in a broad cultural and educational context. We seek candidates who possess a working knowledge of digital media as it pertains to photography and an interest in developing a model studio environment that can bridge traditional and contemporary technologies. 

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their letters of application, candidates should address their proven record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. 

Teaching responsibilities are equivalent to five course lines per year and cover a full range of classes, from undergraduate introductory-level studio courses to graduate-level seminars and critiques, housed in the Photography, Graduate Fine Arts, and First Year Programs. Working closely in collaboration with colleagues, the ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to the task of teaching and developing innovative curriculum in order to foster the next generation of artists to achieve brilliance in the 21st century. We value intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching. Candidates for this position must possess the ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college, as well as the ambition to emerge as a leading voice in the direction of the college. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree
  • Evidence of professional activity, including solo and group exhibitions, performances, screenings, press, published writings, invited artist talks, residencies, awards, etc. 
  • Experience working with and teaching photographic media, including the use of digital technology
  • Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, preferably with experience working with diverse groups
  • Two years of post graduate school college-level teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies that engage changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes
  • Leadership potential, with strong communication skills and the flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate level teaching and/or mentoring experience


SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications must be received by January 6th, 2019 at 11:59 PST. 


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching philosophy 
  • Artist statement covering current research and practice 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Portfolio of work with captions (up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of video) 
  • Names and contact information for three professional references 

Samples of student work, course descriptions or and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.  


EEO Statement

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.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art History and Theory; Visual Studies Program

Tenure Track, Full-time

OCTOBER 2018


COLLEGE

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.


PROGRAM SUMMARY

The Visual Studies Program, housed within the Humanities and Sciences division, provides general education for all undergraduate students at the College and nurtures the professional practices of Visual Studies majors and minors. Our courses cover fine art, craft, architecture, design, material culture, film, new media, comics, and popular culture from an expansive array of historical periods and geographic regions. 

The curriculum trains students to contextualize, analyze, evaluate, and interpret a broad range of imagery and objects. Students not only gain foundational knowledge of art histories and theories, they also engage with the social, political, cultural, and global dimensions of visual culture. Visual Studies courses are designed to enhance student skills in visual literacy, cultural literacy, critical thinking, and writing. 

Visual Studies is deeply interconnected with other areas of the college, and many of our faculty teach in other undergraduate programs as well as graduate programs in visual and critical studies, curatorial practice, fine arts, film, design, comics, and architecture.


POSITION SUMMARY

The Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts seeks applicants for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in modern and contemporary art history and theory to begin in fall 2019. 

The successful applicant engages cultural, global, or transregional dimensions of the arts through the lens of visual and cultural studies, race theory, or postcolonial studies. Specialization and scholarship related to indigenous cultures, African Americans, US artists of color, African diasporas, trans-Atlantic networks, Caribbean, or Central America is strongly preferred. We welcome applicants whose focus will enhance our current program offerings.

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students.  In their statements of teaching philosophy, candidates should address their proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. 

The position entails teaching five courses per year and performing college-wide, divisional, and program service. Additional responsibilities may include the directing senior theses and working closely with students majoring and minoring in Visual Studies. A demonstrated capacity to teach seminars at the graduate level and mentor graduate students is also desirable. We welcome applicants whose research practice and pedagogy promise to connect with the College’s fine art, design, architecture, and writing students and faculty. Interdisciplinary teaching and research experience is a plus. Candidates for this position must possess the ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college, as well as the ambition to emerge as a leading voice in the direction of the college. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in Art History, Visual Studies, or related field
  • Professional activity in area of expertise
  • Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, preferably with experience working with diverse groups
  • Two years of college-level teaching experience, with the ability to teach introductory courses, 200-level electives, 300-level seminars, and graduate seminars in their area of expertise


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated experience in teaching critical writing, critical theory, and methodology through active student engagement 
  • Specialization and scholarship related to indigenous cultures, African Americans, US artists of color, African diasporas, trans-Atlantic networks, Caribbean, or Central America 


SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications must be received by January 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • Letter of interest highlighting research interests and areas of specialization
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Writing Sample (PDF version not exceeding 25 pages)
  • Contact Information for three professional references (name, title, address, phone number, email address)

 Additional materials may be requested by the search committee at a later time.

Should you need to contact us regarding your application, please email emilyalexander@cca.edu 


EEO Statement

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.

This application is due: 15 February 2019

Notification of decision: 15 March 2019 (approximate)


ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED.

OVERVIEW:

The Curricular Development Grant supports significant, strategic, and impactful projects that develop and/or enhance curriculum and pedagogical approaches to address learning priorities. The total grant budget will be $20k annually.

All grant proposals must have a divisional sponsor. This ensures proposals have adequate support to succeed and are vetted for strategic impact. In general, two awards of up to $10k will be made annually; each division can propose one project for up to $10k in funding. Programs may partner with another division/divisions to sponsor a second proposal. Selected proposals will be funded for the full proposed amount. Proposal applications are due in February and awards will be announced by the end of March. 

Proposals are reviewed by the Curriculum Committee and ranked based on a clear scoring system that will be provided to all in advance. Projects cannot be partially funded. The CC provides its ranked list to the provost who reviews the proposals and rankings to make a final decision. The CC will also provide constructive feedback for each proposal.

Each proposal will designate a ranked faculty liaison to Academic Affairs for the duration of the project. The liaison role is not compensated, so it will count as service. The liaison will provide brief, regular updates to the provost during the grant and produce a brief summary report at the conclusion of the grant cycle. There may also be a presentation of the projects following the conclusion of the grant cycle.

Proposals should explicitly align with at least one of the following list of strategic priorities (subject to annual updating):

  • Sustainability
    • Example: Researching and developing a plan to move towards zero waste in a program’s studio classes and developing a template that other programs could follow to do the same.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Example: Identifying and developing curricular areas where more diverse perspectives need to be included to provide students with a more comprehensive and inclusive view of the discipline. Providing training and materials that help faculty to incorporate such contributions.
  • Unified Campus
    • Example: Developing the concept of “neighborhood” course offerings and training faculty in the use of tools/methods in adjacent practices to promote interdisciplinary approaches.
  • English Language Learner Success
    • Example: Training instructors to revise courses using universal design principles and new materials/approaches that promote successful learning for English language learners.

Proposals may seek funding for activities such as retreats to revise curriculum and/or develop new course modules and materials, pedagogy trainings, site visits, consulting, learning ways to leverage new technologies, workshops, and attending conferences as well as for things like subscriptions or memberships. Lead faculty proposers may receive up to 10% each of the overall proposal budget as a stipend for their work. 

Proposals will provide a detailed budget accounting for all expenditures; divisions or other entities may choose to provide additional funding that can be noted in the budget. 

In addition to the priority areas identified above, proposals are asked to articulate:

  • Connections to strategic goals (see CCA Strategic Plan, the Academic Pathways report, divisional deans goals, and/or provost’s goals); 
  • Evidence of the need for the proposed initiative;
  • A vision of the initiative’s impact on students and their learning;
  • A definition of project success and a plan to assess it;
  • An accounting of the initiative’s lasting impact and ability to serve as an exemplar/pilot for broader change if applicable;
  • An explanation of how the initiative aligns with successful practices or builds on other models of good practice; and
  • If applicable, ways the initiative addresses the needs of a broad range of students.

Ideally, work would begin as soon as practical following the awarding of the grant to build on momentum achieved in the proposal process; and initiatives should be complete-able by the end of the subsequent academic year.


This application is for travel between: 15 FEBRUARY 2019 through 15 FEBRUARY 2020

Deadline for applications: 1 FEBRUARY 2019

Notification of decision: 15 FEBRUARY (approximate)


ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED.
Overview
Faculty Development Grants (formerly the travel and professional grants) are intended to support faculty in their growth as instructors and professionals in their fields. Faculty Development Grants will replace both the travel and professional development grants to streamline the process and provide greater opportunity to faculty.
Any faculty member (except visiting and distinguished professors) may apply for the FDG in any of the three rounds of proposals. The funds may be used to support any of the following activities:
 

  • Travel to a conference, training or workshop (airfare, lodging, rental car, mileage, public transportation)
  • Registration fee for a conference, training or workshop
  • Subscription or access costs for professional work
  • Production or materials costs for professional work
  • Payment for services connected to your professional work, if it can be invoiced

 Faculty Development Grants may not be used to reimburse faculty for their own time or work.
The maximum award amount is $2,500. Faculty may apply at each round, but may only be awarded one grant per year. Selected proposals will be funded at their full proposed amount, up to $2,500K.
FDG grants are not retroactive and cannot cover expenses already spent. However, faculty may apply during any round for expenses planned up to 12 months after the awards are made. Faculty must submit reimbursement documentation within two weeks post travel (for travel-related expenses) or two weeks of expenditure (for all other expenses). Upon notification of award, awardees must meet in person with the Manager of Academic Affairs to receive clearance to use their funds. 

Deadline for application: 15 January 2019

Travel window: 30 January 2019 – 15 May 2019

Notifications sent: 30 January 2019 (approximate)​

Report and expenses due: Two weeks post travel


CCA Student Travel Grants are awarded to select student applicants to help fund

travel related to their coursework. Funding may go towards speaking at a

conference, conference attendance, or research-related travel, and a clear

correlation between the trip and the student applicant’s studies at CCA must be

made. This grant is not for travel expenses related to study abroad courses.


The maximum award for an individual travel grant is $500. The grants are

competitive; not all students applying for a grant will receive one.


Grants are for travel that has yet to occur at the time of submission. (Retroactive

grants will not be awarded.)


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