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Assistant or Associate Professor, Art History/Design History/Visual Culture, Liberal Arts Departmen

College for Creative Studies
Detroit, Michigan
Commensurate with experience

STATUS:           Full time
DIVISION:     Undergraduate Studies         
REPORTS TO:     Chair, Liberal Arts  

Position Description
The Liberal Arts Department at The College for Creative Studies invites applications for a full-time faculty position with expertise in art history, design history, and/or visual culture. This position reports to the Chair of the Liberal Arts Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The faculty member is responsible for developing and teaching courses as assigned at the undergraduate level. The faculty member works with the Department Chair to provide ongoing evaluation and enhancement of the program curriculum and contributes to the development of new curriculum and program opportunities.  The faculty member maintains an active role in the Liberal Arts Department and supports the CCS learning community at large.  The start date is fall 2024.
•    Teaching: We seek an outstanding educator with a growing record of pedagogical achievement and professional development. The ideal candidate is an engaging, insightful, dynamic speaker who can inspire students and create an inclusive learning environment that respects the needs and perspectives of all individuals. The post requires in-person teaching on campus and is not remote. The faculty member will teach three classes per semester.
•    Active Scholarship: The ideal candidate maintains active scholarship, has a growing publishing record and a clear plan for ongoing research.
•    Broad Competencies: The department seeks someone with the capacity to teach a range of survey courses as well as specialized courses in art and design history. The department has regular teaching needs in Western, Asian, African, and American art histories, as well as the history of modern design, animation, video games, illustration, crafts, fashion, graphic design, film, photography, interior design, etc. – the ability to move comfortably in a number of these areas is essential. 
•    Curriculum Development: The ideal candidate has a record of collaboration with colleagues developing and refining curricula, incorporating the latest trends, technologies, and methodologies. 
•    Technical Expertise: A comprehensive understanding of Canvas and online course design principles is essential. A readiness to assist colleagues in this regard is also desirable.
•    Mentorship: Experience providing guidance and mentorship to adjunct faculty is an advantage.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates must hold a doctorate degree in art history, design history, or visual culture and have at least three years of post-doctorate, post graduate assistantship teaching experience in a relevant field. 

Additional qualifications include: 

•    Documentation of effective course development and delivery, from initial concept, to syllabus, to student or administrative course evaluations.
•    Documentation of proven technical proficiency with Canvas or similar, evidence of teaching and developing successful, entirely online courses, undertaking training and certification.
•    Evidence of recent scholarly activity, including significant publications in relevant areas, as well as awards, grants, invited talks, etc.
•    Documentation of participation in professional development activities, such as seminars, training, etc.
•    Documentation of outstanding teaching – this might include awards, evaluations, publications or presentations about teaching methods, etc.
•    Proven track record of effectiveness in teaching neurodiverse students and those from diverse backgrounds – this might include undertaking relevant training, student or administrative evaluations.
•    Successful candidates must be demonstrably committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to maintain a stationary position, use a computer and other office equipment, and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and virtually.  Frequent interaction with others, including staff, faculty, students and third parties is required.  The employee may occasionally be required to move files or other objects weighing up to 25 pounds, including from low and high places.  The ability to move around within the office and between buildings on campus, attend off-site meetings and events, and travel between Ford Campus site to Taubman Center site are required.  CCS will make reasonable accommodations that will allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About CCS
The 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 13majors:  Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master's degree in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design.  
To apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately – priority will be given to those who submit materials prior to March 25th 2024.
Please submit a cover letter addressing your fit with the qualifications and experience needed for this post, a CV, and a portfolio of materials documenting the qualifications and experience outlined above, including student evaluations, and the names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references who can be contacted during this search and can speak specifically to teaching ability and scholarly profile.  
Applications should be sent to cc’ing Official transcripts will be required at a later stage. 

         CCS website:
The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization.  CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.

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