Chair, Illustration and Comics & Narrative Practice

Columbus, Ohio
Jan 03, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Columbus College of Art & Design is seeking a leader for its long-standing and respected Illustration program and its new innovative program in Comics & Narrative Practice. These project-based curriculums provide talented young artists, designers and storytellers with the tools to achieve successful careers and practices in a variety of creative fields. With over 200 students, these programs also work with other areas of the college such as CORE studies, Animation, and Graphic Design to provide a robust education that prepares students technically, conceptually and professionally for meaningful pursuits in the Illustrative Arts, including print and digital publishing, design applications, business and educational communications, self-publishing, and entertainment media. Our goal is to educate artists who are imaginative and critical, capable of entrepreneurial initiative and collaborative engagement, and who are ultimately playfully, thoughtfully and critically involved in the discourse of society.

CCAD is looking for a dynamic and engaged chair for those programs with significant professional illustration/design experience and networks, who is energized by the challenge and promise of this opportunity. The successful candidate will work closely with other program chairs and upper administration to guide these programs, maintaining and developing their visions and personalities, engage with their faculty, and mentor their students. The college is looking for an individual who understands the importance of creativity for commerce as well as culture, and the value of strong business and narrative skills to the creative economy. Industry experience is essential and academic teaching and managing experience is required. 

In Practice: We seek a colleague who is actively engaged in the contemporary art & design world though proven leadership and experience. A knowledge base including current illustration, design and comics practices and methodologies, business understanding, and a fluency in cultural trends and educational practices is essential. 

In Teaching: We value educators who are empathetic with creative high achieving students of diverse skills and backgrounds, and energized by working with them within a project-based real-world environment.

In Service: We expect counsel in curriculum development, faculty recruiting, course scheduling, advising, and governance within the Illustration and Comics departments, college, and field at large. The successful candidate will be expected to teach select courses in the departments, administer the Illustration and Comics & Narrative Practice programs, and coordinate with internal and external partners. We welcome candidates who will diversify our curriculum and our faculty in regards to race, gender and ethnicity.


Position: Chair: Associate/Full Professor, full-time

Qualifications: A terminal degree in an appropriate field or demonstrated significant professional activity equivalent to a terminal degree is required. Experience in higher education is required.

Application Deadline: Priority given to candidates who apply by January 12, 2018.

Date of Hire: Summer 2018

About CCAD: Columbus College of Art & Design, founded in 1879, is one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the United States with more than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students choose from 12 majors: Photography, Industrial Design, Contemporary Crafts, Advertising & Graphic Design, Comics & Narrative Practice, Animation, Illustration, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Studio Art with Emphasis in History of Art & Visual Culture and Film and Video. Graduate curriculum includes a Master of Fine Art (New Projects) and a Master of Design (Integrative Design). With strong exhibition and visiting artists programs and a commitment to the integration of business and art, CCAD is a leader in art and design education.

About Columbus: Columbus is among the Top 10 best U.S. cities for new college grads and one of the top 10 creative scenes in the country as well as one of the 15 most affordable cities in the U.S. As one of the nation's largest college towns Columbus is the type of city where creative activities flourish. Of particular interest to illustrators and comics artists are The Billy Ireland Museum, the world's largest academic research facility documenting and displaying original and printed comic strips, editorial cartoons and cartoon art, and the annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus festival (CXC), a literary festival for comics and cartooning held every fall. There are eight distinct cultural districts that surround CCAD and there are more than 165 restaurants, pubs, and clubs in downtown alone. CCAD is a campus community located in the heart of this vibrant city.

EEO Statement: As an educational and cultural institution, a culture of equity and inclusion is not an add-on at CCAD, rather it is central to how we define creative excellence and the health of our institution. CCAD believes 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. CCAD sees Art & Design as universally inclusive and inherently unbiased. CCAD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


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