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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Assistant Professor, Fashion Design Program
Non-Tenure Track, Part Time
San Francisco, CA

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 undergraduate Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts offers a leading, studio-based, undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Our progressive philosophy is to shape a more sustainable future for the field by re-imagining fashion design education and contemporary practice. 

CCA’s Fashion Design Program is driven by conceptual rigor, the spirit of experimentation, and the craft of making. The rigorous studio-oriented curriculum encompasses critical thinking, traditional tailoring, material exploration, ideation, 2D to 3D product engineering, and multi-disciplinary visual communication. 

We graduate independent designers who possess deep practical knowledge and critical awareness of their evolving role as socio-cultural leaders. Our students learn how to be adaptable to a range of responsibilities relevant to today’s dynamic and fast changing fashion sector and the design landscape as a whole. CCA fashion alumni are astutely aware of the contexts in which they work, and have a sensitivity for who they are designing with, and for. As such, they gain positions along an arc of practice, often becoming leaders in the field—they set-up independent studios, have become published writers, and are working in larger collaborative settings in design innovation, sustainability, product development and technical design.

Located in San Francisco, the ecological and cultural capital of California, CCA’s fashion 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 fully committed and culturally competent.


POSITION SUMMARY
The Fashion Design Program seeks candidates for a part-time, ranked non-tenure position as Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2020. The position requires a commitment to continued professional work and participation in college-wide service. 

We seek candidates with a strong fashion design portfolio, technical expertise in tailoring or garment construction/engineering, a proven record of professional practice or research through practice, and broad knowledge of the contemporary fashion industry. We are especially interested in candidates that embody a commitment to sustainability and diversity through their own work and teaching. 

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, at the undergraduate level, 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 successful candidate will demonstrate a forward-thinking approach to fashion education and have previous experience leading hands-on studio design courses. This position requires candidates who can teach conceptual, visual and tactile/textile development alongside 2D and traditional and/or experimental 3D design processes. 

Contemporary fashion design practice is a shifting and dynamic landscape. To keep pace with these changes and to shape the critical discourse around them, design education must continue to evolve. This position will support the ecological, creative and interdisciplinary trajectory of CCA’s innovative undergraduate Fashion Design curricula. The successful applicant will participate in course development, program evaluation and contribute to the curriculum which is grounded in both traditional and experimental approaches to making. 

Ranked, non-tenure faculty positions are filled by three-year renewable appointments and specifically designed for regional practitioners. Ranked, non-tenure faculty teach between three and four classes per year and provide service to the program, division and/or college.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent professional training in fashion design, textile design and/ or tailoring/garment engineering
  • Minimum of three years professional experience in fashion design, or a closely related area of practice
  • Expertise in one of more areas including market-ready design, bespoke design or tailoring, mass-customization, material innovation, embedded/wearable technology, sustainability, zero waste, computer-aided design, digital pattern-making and digital fabrication
  • Evidence of successful teaching in a fashion design-focused undergraduate studio program
  • Strong portfolio of fashion design, textile design and/or garment construction/tailoring
  • Evidence of teaching in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective 
  • Experience working with diverse groups

  

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate training or degree 
  • Emerging recognition at the regional, national and/or international level in their field of practice 
  • Experience working with English Language Learner (ELL) students

  

SALARY
Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications must be received by March 1, 2020 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 that addresses professional practice and research agenda
  • Artist statement addressing professional practice and/or research
  • Portfolio of professional work: 15-20 images or link to website
  • Contact information for three (3) 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

Chair, Graduate Interaction Design Program

Open Rank Faculty Position, Full Time

San Francisco, CA

Deadline: Priority deadline for initial review is October 28th. Position open until filled. 

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 is a highly competitive, one-year (12 month), intensive Master of Design (MDes) program for students with prior experience in design or a design-related field. Founded in 2015, this vanguard program educates practitioners for one of the most dynamic and expanding fields of professional practice today. As a key area of growth for the College there are opportunities for envisioning new pathways.  

CCA is immersed in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, an innovation capital and “ground zero” for design, cultural production and social impact. This program is a leader in bringing diverse voices to the practice of interaction design and our faculty are leading practitioners drawn from outstanding companies and studios in the San Francisco Bay area. The student population is global with alumni in key positions locally and internationally. 

The mission of the program is to empower practitioners to humanize technology through design. We do this through a curriculum that imparts a bold mix of design craft, strategic vision, social impact, and leadership skills. Our emphasis on leadership enables graduates to have a greater impact on the culture of teams and organizations. At CCA we learn by doing. The education takes place in a collaborative, studio-based environment, and through partnership with external organizations and companies. The city of San Francisco is an extension of our campus - we practice design and leadership skills in a real-world setting. 

The Graduate Interaction Design Program is part of the Design Division, which consists of six undergraduate programs in Illustration, Furniture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, and Industrial Design, and two additional graduate programs, an interdisciplinary MFA in Design and an MBA in Design Strategy. 


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 contemporary practice. 

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 the 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 the Dean to develop program goals, strategies, and metrics consistent with college and program missions. 

● Work with the Dean and academic director’s office and appropriate staff to determine and communicate staffing, facilities, equipment, and other program needs.

● Produce 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. 

● Assess program faculty composition in light of diversity, visibility, and program goals and teaching effectiveness.

● Conduct regular performance evaluation of all program faculty.

● Manage, mentor, and support faculty in their roles as teachers.

● Provide letters of recommendation for program faculty undergoing promotion reviews.  

● Effectively implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement for covered faculty.

● Lead regular program meetings with program faculty.

College-wide

● Build a strong community with regular, open communication between students, faculty and staff.

Work collaboratively with Enrollment Management to establish and reach enrollment goals by developing and implementing effective student recruitment strategies.

● Build working partnerships with internal offices including: facilities, career services, alumni services, communications, enrollment management, and financial aid.

● Attend and represent the program at 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-wide and division-wide chairs meetings.

● 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.  

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


CANDIDATE QUALITIES:

The ideal candidate will be a well-connected design thought-leader with a proven record of professional success in IxD, UX, AI, systems design, design for social impact, or design leadership.  

We seek candidates with leadership experience who have worked with culturally diverse groups. Prior experience in teaching and/or academic administration is preferred. Suitable applicants will have experience with team-based design, and/or collaborative working processes, and a developed point of view on contemporary issues such as humanizing technology, sustainability, social justice, AI, emerging technology, and/or trust/ethics.  Candidates should be well-organized and possess superior management and administrative skills.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor degree in design, design strategy, business or a relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of successful leadership in an academic or professional environment
  • Five years of professional experience in IxD, UX, AI, systems design, design for social impact, design leadership, or a relevant discipline. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent management and administrative skills, either in academic or industry
  • Experience working with diverse, multi-cultural groups


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field and/or equivalent experience/training 
  • Effective teaching experience. 
  • Experience with team-based design, or collaborative working processes
  • Experience working on projects related to either humanizing technology, sustainability, social justice, ethics/trust, AI or emerging technology


SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Priority deadline for initial review is October 28th. Position open until filled. 


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest highlighting points of excellence in your professional practice and/or academic experience that would underpin your suitability for this role 
  • Evidence of professional practice: Submit any one, or a combination of the following: Portfolio (pdf file), website, up to 10 minutes of video, Pdfs of published work
  • 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.

Deadline for applications: MAY 1, 2020

This application is for travel between: MAY 15 2020 - MAY 15 2021
Notification of decision: MAY 15 (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 $2000. 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 $2000. 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.

 Please see the Faculty Development Grant web page for further information regarding selection and evaluation criteria. 

Deadline for application: 31 May, 2020
  Travel window: 15 June 2020 – 15 September 2020
  Notifications sent: 15 June 2020 (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.)

 Please visit the Student Travel Award Portal page for more information. 

This application is due: 15 March 2020
Notification of decision: 1 May 2020 (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. 

The annual CCA Commencement Exhibition serves as the centerpiece of CCA’s commencement weekend and highlights a diverse selection of work by graduating students in Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences. The 2020 exhibition and related events will take place in CCA’s main nave, N classrooms, entryway, and presentation space over Commencement weekend, May 14–17, with a college-wide celebratory Commencement reception on the evening of Friday, May 15th from 6–10pm.

All graduating students are invited to submit proposals for new large-scale installations for the main nave during the annual Commencement Exhibition. Proposals should be for 3D projects that are freestanding, performative, or site-specific. We encourage students to look for underutilized spaces in the nave when proposing site-specific work. The project does not have to exist physically yet, but we do need to see a sketch, drawing, or rendering within your proposal. Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that branch across majors and disciplines are welcome, as long as the team includes at least one graduating student. Applicants may be contacted for additional information during the course of the application review process in order to ensure feasibility and project success. Please read the FAQ before applying

Approximately 6-10 installations will be selected, and may be eligible for up to $500 each in materials and installation support. Funds cannot be used to reimburse for work that has already been fabricated, but it is acceptable to apply for funds to enlarge or modify an existing work, project, or model.  Students will be required to sign an exhibition agreement before obtaining funds, and must be available to install onsite within the timeframe of May 11–13 and be onsite to deinstall May 18. For additional questions, please e-mail exhibitions@cca.edu.

Please note: If you are interested in applying with an existing individual artwork to participate in the Commencement Exhibition, you should use this application. You are allowed to complete both applications (but please apply with different works).

This application is for Bachelor of Fine Arts Seniors graduating in the Fall of 2020 or Spring of 2021 to apply for a Senior Thesis Exhibition. If you are planning to have your exhibition at a CCA Exhibitions gallery you must apply by March 22. If you have questions in regards to your expected graduation date please make sure to contact your Academic Advisor. If your expected graduation date changes after you've applied for an exhibition, please make sure to update the Exhibitions department of this immediately so we can adjust the calendar accordingly and make space available to others.
Students must apply for an exhibition space on the campus where their department is housed and where their senior projects courses are scheduled to take place. For example, graduating Senior BFA Painting & Drawing students must apply to exhibit on the San Francisco Campus at the 151 Hubbell St Student Gallery as this is where your program, Senior Projects course, and studios are housed. 

Please read the Senior Thesis Exhibition Application FAQ before applying. Floor plans for the galleries can be found here.
Notification of exhibition assignments for seniors will take place in April. If you do not receive a notification, please contact exhibitions@cca.edu to make sure that your application was received.
Please contact exhibitions@cca.edu with any questions. 

This sign-up form is for CCA students from all programs who are eligible to participate in CCA’s 2020 Commencement Exhibition. This means you graduated in the Fall of 2019 or will be graduating in Spring of 2020. The deadline to sign up is March 22, 2020.

The annual CCA Commencement Exhibition serves as the centerpiece of CCA’s commencement weekend and highlights a diverse selection of work by graduating students in Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences. The 2020 exhibition and related events will take place in CCA’s main nave, N classrooms, entryway, and presentation space over Commencement weekend, May 14–17, with a college-wide celebratory Commencement reception on the evening of Friday, May 15th from 6–10pm. All students who sign up by the deadline are eligible to participate.

We recommend that you apply with existing work. Please propose 3 works/projects, in order of preference. The Divisional Curator from your division will make the final selection. All students who propose feasible work will be included, but the Divisional Curator makes the final selection of work based on available space, mediums, media, etc. Works can be 2D, 3D, video, installation, performance, lecture, social practice, writing and written text, installation, fashion and textiles, and more. We encourage you to apply with works in a range of scales, as we may not be able to fit in all large works. Architecture Students: if you are applying with your thesis work, please divide your submissions into a drawing, a model, etc. as opposed to submitting your entire project as one item.

For additional questions, please e-mail exhibitions@cca.edu before 3pm on March 19, 2020 and we will be happy to assist you. We cannot guarantee we'll be able to respond to inquiries received the day of the deadline. Some of your questions may be answered in the Commencement Exhibition FAQ here.

Please note: If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a large-scale installation in the main Nave either as an individual or a student collaboration, you need to complete a separate application here. You are allowed to complete both applications, but please apply with different works. If you are not selected for a large-scale Nave installation, you may still participate in the Commencement Exhibition. 

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