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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professors, Animation Program

Tenure Track, Full Time

California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA


California College of the Arts (CCA) is seeking candidates for up to two full time, tenure track Assistant Professor positions in the Animation Program to begin in August 2022.

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, we seek candidates who cultivate and support an equity focused creative and scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly diverse and  international student body inclusive of a large demographic of first generation college students. Successful candidates will also demonstrate a vibrant creative practice, a passion for excellent teaching and an extensive commitment to professional activity. We will consider artists and practitioners with robust animation experience in independent or studio art animation and drawing or moving image work, traditional or digital, fine arts contexts and/or emergent technologies like gaming, VR and AR. Candidates should be deeply engaged with the fundamentals of animation, the historical questions and concerns of the medium and be articulate in the classroom, astute during critiques, and committed to animation as a form of cinematic storytelling, experimentation and personal expression. They should be aware of contemporary studio and artistic practices and be able to effectively teach a diverse group of students across all levels of the undergraduate and graduate experience. Candidates should be dedicated to mentoring animation’s future creative leaders in culturally competent ways and preparing them to assume vital roles in animation and related creative fields.

Faculty will be expected to teach a combination of classes across traditional and digital tools, storytelling and experimental approaches, media history and production methods. In addition, responsibilities include participating in program service and leadership, curriculum design, admissions, serving on committees and collegewide service as a governing ranked faculty member.


Program Summary

Animation program students develop a personal voice and practical expertise by exploring a wide range of classes centered on pre-production, production, traditional animation, and digital skills. The program's course of study focuses on skill building and collaborative animation production that includes: intensive animation exercises, experimentation, character and performance study, storytelling, personal expression, and interactive media. Our program offers an intensive hands-on making experience coupled with a broad exposure to the liberal and fine arts, and prepares our students for a lifetime of creative work.  We nurture individual talents and skills while striving to merge new technologies with traditional methods. Our faculty members bring a diverse teaching style and a broad range of real world experience, which allows them to train and inspire our students to become leaders in the field of animation. More information about the Animation Program can be found at: http://www.cca.edu/fine-arts/animation.


The College

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent nonprofit art college located in the vibrant Bay Area with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing.  The college also has graduate programs in architecture, design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, 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 and experiential 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. With current campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, and plans to fully unify in San Francisco well under way, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full time students.


Minimum Qualifications

  • M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree
  • Proven track record of working in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, experience working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse experiences and cultural practices
  • Evidence of a vibrant art practice including exhibition record, festival screenings, or working through alternative content delivery in social engagement and/or relevant professional experience in animation or related industries
  • Flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs
  • Ability to balance professional practice with teaching participation in the governing of the College
  • Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision, incorporates innovative strategies addressing changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes and has a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Evidence of collaborative leadership skills and experiences


Preferred Qualifications

  • College level teaching experience beyond graduate school


Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Application Deadline

Applications must be received by January 9, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST.


Application

Applicants must complete the online application by submitting the following materials:

  • Letter of interest highlighting experience, engagement, and qualifications relative to criteria detailed in the position description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One page statement of teaching philosophy
  • Digital portfolio demonstrating professional work. Ideal portfolios include 5-10 minutes of video and up to 10 still images.
  • 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


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, Graduate Interaction Design Program
Ranked Renewable, Part-time
APRIL 2021


PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Graduate Interaction Design Program (MDes) at CCA is a one-year, intensive STEM designated program built to provide graduate students with the tools to create better relationships among people, products, and environments worldwide. Now entering its seventh year, MDes graduates flourish at the intersection of craft-based design skills, systems thinking, leadership development, collaboration and communication skills, and human-centered technology — all with measurable social and business impact.

At the heart of the program is the Social Lab. Students and faculty partner with community organizations and nonprofits to collaboratively identify their community’s needs, then co-create, co-design, implement, and measure social change. One recent Social Lab project included co-creating a tangible leadership development program for a youth arts center, including activities designed to help kids (age 7–18) develop self-awareness and confidence. Another Social Lab collaboration was with the African American Art & Culture Complex, co-designed with CCA Architecture students, resulting in a beautiful parklet that celebrates the organization’s mission in developing unique public programming.

The MDes graduate possesses:

  • critical thinking and reasoning abilities,
  • an understanding of core design practices of rigorous research and analysis, practical prototyping, iterative visual and physical form, and storytelling skills,
  • awareness of greater systemic context and ramifications of 2nd and 3rd order user impact,
  • and how their inherent qualities contribute to the shape and productivity of project teams, and ultimately, to an organization’s bottom line.

As such, they gain positions along a continuum of practice, often becoming leaders in their fields — they set up independent studios, contribute deeply to civic life, further their entrepreneurship in startups, make impacts in enterprise software technology, and much more.

Located in San Francisco, the ecological, cultural, and technological capital of California, CCA’s MDes faculty are working professionals and design leaders with regional, national and international influence. Through their teaching and networks, they expose students to diverse design opportunities and encourage each one of them to develop a personal point of view that is culturally astute and socially minded.


POSITION OVERVIEW
The MDes program is seeking candidates for a part-time, ranked, benefits-eligible, ranked renewable (RR) position at the assistant professor level to commence teaching starting with the Fall 2021 semester.

RR faculty teach 3–4 courses per year, requiring faculty to balance teaching responsibilities and service to the college with continued professional practice relevant to their teaching. RR faculty are appointed for three years, and their appointments are renewable thereafter pending successful review or promotion.

An individual in this role will join the College’s diverse faculty population that spans the breadth of contemporary design, craft, architecture, fine arts and the humanities. The ideal candidate will have the capacity to teach across the MDes curriculum, which operates over 12 months in three back-to-back semesters. Individuals with diverse expertise can also share their knowledge with students in other programs through participation in critiques and end of semester reviews.

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 foster a curriculum with diverse perspectives. In addition, RR faculty 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 design, 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 and design college.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE
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.

Founded in 1907, CCA is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, 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 and design 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. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,700 full-time students.


ABOUT THE ROLE

Future focused

An ideal applicant is an individual knowledgeable about the design industry writ large, steeped in the theories and practices of interaction design, and committed to helping to forecast issues and considerations for the not-too-distant future. These considerations may include:

  • Holistic, multi-modal design thinking and doing
  • Diversifying our curriculum, inclusive of underrepresented voices and views
  • Centering, speaking to, and teaching about vulnerable populations
  • Cross-disciplinary collaboration in distributed teams
  • Reframing constraints of form and function given emerging technologies
  • Communication for business impact and social justice
  • Ethics of machine learning and artificial intelligence
     


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree in design or a relevant field
  • A minimum of five years professional experience in interaction design, as evidenced by a strong portfolio with exceptional interaction design work, and/or demonstrating UX design experience leading iterative human‐centered research activities
  • Evidence of successful teaching in a culturally competent manner
  • Capacity to teach specific MDes program courses, especially Design People and Society (design and user research), Leadership by Design (individual and team leadership), Systems, and Prototyping (physical and digital prototyping)
  • Evidence of commitment to using design to effect positive change in areas such as design for social justice, digital citizenship or, digital literacy (demonstrated through the candidate’s professional work, teaching, research output, or volunteer activities)

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Evidence of successful teaching at the college level
  • A graduate degree
  • A global perspective
  • Interest and capacity to create an elective course of your own design

 

REPORTS TO

Chair of Master of Interaction Design (directly)

Dean of Design (indirectly)


LOCATION

Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States. CCA is delivering course content primarily online until returning to campus is safe. Candidates must be local to the Bay Area by spring 2022.


SALARY
Commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
 


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Application review will begin on May 24, 2021.  Search remains open until complete. Position start date is August 2021 in advance of the incoming student cohort.

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

  • A cover letter in which you address your qualifications for the position
  • A teaching statement that describes your philosophy, teaching objectives, and pedagogical approach
  • A separate one-page point of view on where interaction design is and where it needs to go
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as syllabi, workshop activities, teaching evaluations, or examples of student work
  • Portfolio of professional work (ideally a link to a website)
  • Optionally, links to any examples of prior talks or recorded lectures

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Questions about the position can be directed to Josh Silverman, Chair, josh@cca.edu. Additional materials may be requested by the search committee at a later time.
 


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.

For the Fine Arts Junior Review, you’ll be uploading selected recent works / projects into a 5 to 8-minute presentation. Each student will meet (virtually) via Zoom with a three to four member panel for a thirty-minute review of their work. Students are required to present their artist statement and engage with the faculty panel in discussion of their artwork. Your Junior Review is an opportunity to evaluate your artistic and educational development and prepare for their senior year.


Basic Requirements 

Your presentation should include: 

  • An introductory title slide: Name/Major 
  • Artist statement - 2-3 paragraphs in length 
  • 10 slides with images of select project(s) 
  • Assemble your presentation using the template provided here: Google Slides version /  Keynote Version


For more detailed information, please review the Fine Arts Junior Review Presentation Guidelines


Please contact fine-arts-undergrad@cca.edu with any questions. 

For Animation Junior Review, you’ll be uploading you reel minute presentation. Each student will meet (virtually) via Zoom with a three to four member panel for a thirty-minute review of their work. Students are required to present their reel, statement and engage with the faculty panel in discussion of their artwork. Your Junior Review is an opportunity to evaluate your artistic and educational development and prepare for your senior year.

Your Artist Statement should include:

  •  No more than 2-3 paragraphs



Basic Requirements for your Reel:

  • An edited 5 minute (maximum) reel that showcases your strengths and interests as an animator
  • Put your strongest work first! 
  • Don’t include everything you’ve done, be selective
  •  You can include animatics/storyboards in your reel if they are an important aspect of your work
  • You can include drawings and/or character designs in your reel if they are an important aspect of your work
  • Export your reel with H.264 compression as an .mp4 or .mov



You can also include up to 10 slides with still images:

  • You may show up to 4 images on one slide
  • You can use these slides to show drawings, sketches, character designs, concept art, storyboards, or any other work of your choice
  • You may include images that show your thinking process and how you explore and develop your ideas. This includes thumbnail sketches, tests, iterations, research, and revisions.
  • The whole presentation should be saved as a .pdf file and uploaded to Submittable. Please also submit your animation reel (.mp4 or .mov) separately as a backup to your web links.



For more detailed information, please review the Animation Junior Review Guidelines.


Please contact Okailey Okai (ookai@cca.edu) with any questions. 

Each year, the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design identifies ten graduating seniors with exemplary skill in craft to receive a $15,000 Windgate Fellowship award. This past year's fellows were selected by four panelists from 92 applicants. Each participating university is able to nominate two students to apply to the CCCD. This application is for seniors interested in being considered as one of CCA's nominees.  


To be eligible, you must be a senior graduating in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, and work in a craft medium.


The Fellowship is only open to applicants who are U.S. citizens or in the process of applying for citizenship.


Applications are due by midnight, Sunday, October 31, 2021.
It is highly recommended that you review the work of previous Fellows on the CCCD's website, available here, before submitting your application.

The CCA Illustration Program and the Alumni Association are excited to invite you to submit new or recent pieces to our Biennial Illustration Alumni/Faculty Exhibition!
This event at the Hubbell Street Gallery on January 19th - February 11th.

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Title: Hello WE'RE ILLUS  
Theme: We will present an array of images, objects, and digital media highlighting the diversity of contemporary practice of alumni and faculty. We are looking for unusual work- Illustration jobs and personal pieces. These might include: art not considered traditional illustration, sketchbook experimentations, dream-inspired artwork, personal obsessions, extreme caricatures, motion/animation, abstract pieces, hyper realism, surrealist art, installations, sculptures, costumes, toys, dolls, VR/AR, murals, etc. We'd love to see work from time spent in lockdown, or recent works. 


Submissions Due to 'Submittable' by Wednesday, December 1st:
Because space is limited, the exhibition is a juried show. The creators of selected pieces will be notified during the week following the submission deadline and asked to deliver the work ready for installation in mid January.
Please e-mail the Assistant Chair of the Illustration program, Michael Wertz, if you have any questions or concerns at mwertz@cca.edu
We’re looking forward to seeing your work!

California College of the Arts