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Full-time Faculty in Design and Social Practice

Columbus College of Art & Design
Columbus, Ohio
Commensurate with experience

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Full-time Faculty in Design and Social Practice


Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is seeking an innovative thought leader and educator for a new full-time open-rank faculty position in Design and Social Practice. CCAD is looking to this role to bring design-thinking, service learning, equitable design concepts, actions, and experiences to existing degree programs, as well as to an emergent interdisciplinary certificate in Equitable Design. Candidates with expertise in working with community partners (in particular, the nonprofit sector), service learning, built environments design, socially sustainable/environmentally focused work, particularly as it relates to a creative design practice, are encouraged to apply.


We desire applications from candidates with a record of teaching experience; proven skill in course development; a commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive design and design pedagogy; and a track record of excellent creative practice. In this position, the faculty member will develop and/or teach courses in social design, design equity, and service learning work; therefore, the ability to build, test, and innovate courses and programs within the structure of an academic institution is embedded in the responsibilities of this position.


All CCAD faculty have access to a variety of internal funding sources in order to support professional practice (travel, research, projects), including the Griffith Big Project Fund that supports new making and research projects. Faculty also have the ability to continue to work remotely from Columbus with their clients.


Duties and Responsibilities:

This faculty member will take a leadership role in building programs and coursework that touch, broadly, on social innovation and design equity. To that end, they will teach between 3 and 6 graduate or undergraduate courses per year, particularly focused around the Women of Color Equity in Design Certificate as well as the undergraduate Design for Social Practice course/s. As part of that teaching responsibility, they may also be asked to deliver short form continuing education courses or workshops in the same subject area.



A bachelor's degree is required, as is strong professional experience in community-based design work, social innovation, and/or a graduate degree in a relevant discipline.


A completed application will include:

  • A cover letter that articulates the ways their experience fits the role as well as:
    • a diversity statement outlining their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (an application without a diversity statement will not be considered).
  • A CV including
    • names/contact details for three references
    • a link to a portfolio of professional work
  • Additional materials may be requested of candidates later in the interview process.


If applicants have any questions regarding the position, they are encouraged to contact the search committee chair, Kelly DeVore, [email protected] Review of applicants will begin on January 15, 2022, but applications will continue to be received and reviewed until the position is filled.

CCAD Vaccination & Booster Requirement Notice


Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, CCAD is implementing a vaccination & booster requirement policy for its students and employees.

All employees, including on-campus, hybrid, or fully remote status, are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccination and booster shot (if eligible) as determined by CCAD and provide proof of their fully vaccinated/up to date status upon hire.

Reasonable Accommodation: Employees in need of an exemption from this policy requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must request a Request for Accommodation form from Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process. Accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and/or granted where they do not cause CCAD undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to Human Resources at [email protected]

*CCAD reserves the right to modify, supplement, revise, or rescind any part of this notice as it deems necessary or appropriate with notification.


About CCAD:

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, accredited, and nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs in a variety of visual art and design disciplines, a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and commerce at the highest level. At the core of CCAD is The CCAD Way, one of Creative Collaboration, Intentional Inclusivity, and Proven Potential. Our Core Values of Respect, Positivity, Inspiration, and Accountability unite us. CCAD's Presidential Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion works to help CCAD grow with intention into a more inclusive and equitable institution. Learn more at

About Columbus:

As the 14th largest city in the country and the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, Columbus is collaborative, open, and dynamic. Between incredible arts and entertainment, exciting collegiate and professional sports, and a spectacular downtown riverfront of sprawling greenspace, Columbus has something for everyone. Here, you'll find all the culture and amenities you'd expect in a major city, with the friendly and approachable attitude of the Midwest. Franklin County, where Columbus is located, is the epicenter of the state's political, economic, and social presence and is home to 1.3 million residents with a median age of 34. Columbus is a top city for equality and was the recipient of a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in 2020. And central Ohio is serious about higher education: the Columbus region is home to 52 college and university campuses, with 22,000 annual college graduates. Because CCAD is closely tied to the city's numerous art and design spaces and ever-expanding districts, you'll have plenty of places to experience creativity and showcase your own.

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. At CCAD, we are determined to foster an environment of inclusion and equity. CCAD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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