The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time Chair of Fine Arts. This position reports to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. The Chair is a full-time faculty member with responsibility for the overall management and future direction of the Fine Arts Department, including the development and oversight of curriculum and student outcomes, as well as the department’s faculty, staff, facilities, and budget. The Chair also teaches two classes each semester. Rank and compensation are commensurate with experience. Start date: Fall 2018.
The CCS Fine Arts Department embraces a pluralistic approach to contemporary art making, modeling current practice whereby artists are no longer defined by—nor confined to—a single medium or material. Students learn traditional methods but also contemporary and experimental approaches to creative work. The Fine Arts Department encompasses a full range of artistic mediums, from stone carving, bronze casting, book arts and letterpress, to digital and time-based media, installation, and performance art, as well as social practice. Students may concentrate on a single discipline, move between them, or mix them together to create an individualized artistic practice. The department maintains dedicated studios for painting, printmaking, and sculpture, and avails itself of the College’s considerable capacities for creative production, from traditional art forms such ceramics, glassblowing, and foundry, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. Current enrollment is 64.
Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions
In collaboration with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Fine Arts faculty, develop and propagate appropriate student outcomes, learning objectives, and curricula to ensure the education of artists who are positioned to succeed in the field;
Recruit, develop, and inspire a cohort of full-time and adjunct faculty whose pedagogy and research support the highest standards of fine arts education, including performance evaluations and recommendations concerning contracts, teaching assignments, and rank advancements, as applicable;
Develop the Fine Arts Department annual budget and monitor ongoing expenditures within approved categories and limits;
Collaborate with the Registrar and the Office of Academic Affairs in class scheduling, class cancellations, and other detailed matters relating to the administration of the academic calendar;
Collaborate with Institutional Advancement in developing relationships with various stakeholders to promote the department, its faculty, and students;
Perform the duties of a full-time faculty member, including teach two classes per semester during the academic year, advise and mentor students, serve on faculty committees as assigned, and participate in faculty governance and other activities of the Department and College, as requested; and
Maintain a professional practice and personal research agenda to keep abreast of best practices, techniques, and trends in the discipline and ensure that pedagogy at CCS remains at a superior level.
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates must have a terminal degree (i.e., MFA or doctorate) in a fine art practice (i.e., painting, sculpture, new media, intermedia, etc.) with a minimum of five years college administrative and teaching experience.
Additional qualifications include:
Strong profile as an active, practicing artist with strong exhibiting records, publications, and other evidence of professional accomplishment;
Solid knowledge of traditional and nontraditional media in traditional studio, post-studio, and virtual environments;
Solid knowledge of contemporary art theory and practice, including social practice, community outreach, and other participatory practices, along with an established global, multicultural orientation;
Ability to manage highly confidential student, faculty, and other matters with appropriate discretion; and
Superior oral and written communication skills.
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution based in Detroit, the only US city to have the UNESCO City of Design designation. It is located in midtown Detroit next to the encyclopedic Detroit Institute of Arts. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and other cultural amenities are within walking distance. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 12 majors: Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design, Entertainment Arts, Communication Design, Crafts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design, as well as certification in Art Education. It also offers a Master of Fine Arts in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design.
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Priority will be given to those who apply by February 28, 2018.
A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, digital portfolio including samples of professional, independent projects, and student work (if applicable) should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “BFA Fine Art Program Chair” in the subject line.
The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
About College for Creative Studies
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors: Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master of Fine Arts in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design.