California College of the Arts (CCA) is an ambitious art and design school committed to its legacy while boldly facing the future. Located in the design center of San Francisco, we recently unified the college's two campuses, bringing all of our studio art, design, architecture, and writing programs together in one vibrant urban neighborhood hub. We are currently in the construction phase of expanding our campus with a new building designed by the award winning architecture firm Studio Gang. This new build enhances our remodeled campus by creating new adjacencies and interactions while inviting yet-to-be-discovered modes of making, teaching and learning. The new campus is a flexible platform for learning that's purposeful without being prescriptive and prime for creating, collaboration, innovation and thoughtful inquiry. CCA enrolls students from 41 countries and 43 states and is ranked among the top 25 most diverse colleges in the U.S.
California College of the Arts seeks applicants for an open rank (assistant, associate, or full professor commensurate with experience), full-time faculty position to chair the BFA in Graphic Design program beginning in August 2023.
In keeping with CCA's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to cultivate an equity-focused creative and scholarly environment. As we expand the graphic design curriculum to fully include the histories, experiences, and methods of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and LGBTQ+ designers, we will look to our next program chair to lead this work.
Through visionary leadership, curricular strategy, and professional and community engagement, the chair of Graphic Design plays an essential role in shaping the practices of students whose work will map the future of the field and the extent of its impact. Successful candidates will approach the development of curriculum as a creative and intellectual opportunity and demonstrate a capacity to incorporate diverse perspectives in directing pedagogy and building community. They will demonstrate a vibrant graphic design practice (broadly considered), a passion for excellent teaching, and prior experience in curriculum development or academic leadership. They will have worked with culturally diverse groups and demonstrated an understanding of design's role in shaping society and culture through the lens of critical issues such as technology, sustainability, and accessibility.
The chair is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of the Graphic Design program with support from an assistant chair and divisional staff. The chair ensures program relevance, educational excellence, and ongoing successful operations. Responsibilities include planning, oversight, and management of the program's curriculum, budget, and initiatives; organizational leadership for faculty, students, and staff; and faculty recruitment and development. The chair is responsible for staying actively involved with both the curriculum and relevant professional fields.
Program chairs have a three to five year renewable appointment, with the option to return to faculty at the end of the leadership appointment. Full time faculty appointments teach five courses an academic year, and chairs receive teaching release according to the size of their program. This position 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 and Communications, Facilities, and the offices of the Provost and the President. As this is a faculty position, the Chair is expected to be able to teach courses in the program.
The Graphic Design program at CCA offers a fully accredited four-year undergraduate
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with the option to minor in Computational Practices, Ecological Practices, History of Art and Visual Culture, or Writing and Literature. The program is housed with the Design Division alongside BFA programs in Interaction Design, Fashion, Illustration, Furniture, and Industrial Design, as well as three graduate programs: MFA in Design, MDes in Interaction Design, and MBA in Design Strategy.
With a history of teaching excellence at the forefront of the field, the program is dedicated to conceptual and skill-based problem-solving grounded in practical knowledge, critical awareness, and social and cultural engagement. Guided by an active and accomplished faculty, students are exposed to diverse design perspectives and practices and encouraged to develop a culturally competent and personally committed point of view.
The program's curriculum integrates thinking and making, strategy and execution. It educates designers who question premises and challenge convention. Promoting design as a force that engages the world, the program involves students in the contexts that lend their work meaning and value. With a faculty practicing in a broad range of modes and sectors, CCA's Graphic Design program is uniquely positioned to participate in the Bay Area's influential movements of social and technological change.
Terminal degree or its equivalent in graphic design or a related field
Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in design
Evidence of effectiveness in academic administration (or a closely related field)
Clear history of professional practice and/or scholarship and teaching
Proven track record of teaching, leading or working with diverse groups in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective
Experience developing innovative and inclusive curriculum
Education philosophy that demonstrates an informed pedagogical vision and incorporates emergent strategies addressing evolving economic and technological landscapes
Please be sure to address the Preferred Qualifications below in your cover letter.
A wide-screen view of contemporary practice in graphic design, encompassing transforming practices, design research and strategy, interdisciplinary collaboration, critical pedagogies, and engagement with emerging technologies
Experience with developing hiring plans and cultivating a strong faculty network or design team
Experience successfully supporting diverse teams, and/or building a strong community through regular, open communication.
Ability or potential to develop culturally responsive curriculum and instruction that incorporates differences in individual experiences, cultural, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity.
Applications must be received by January 9, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific.
A letter of interest that addresses minimum and preferred qualifications, their vision for the future of graphic design education and their philosophy of leadership, pedagogy, and administration
Portfolio of professional work or research
Evidence of teaching effectiveness (as applicable, please include syllabi, evaluations, and examples of student work)
List of three professional references with contact information, preferably with one from an academic environment
We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications listed above. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply.
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art and design 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, 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. The CCA campus, located in San Francisco, currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students and has embarked on a major campus expansion project that unifies the college in one urban neighborhood and ensures its academic excellence for the next century.
San Francisco, California
Commensurate with experience. All ranked positions include a comprehensive benefits package.
Lead faculty in developing and implementing innovative and inclusive program curricula.
Collaborate with other CCA programs and external partners on curricular initiatives.
Ensure compliance with accreditation standards and oversee the program's continual self-assessment.
In collaboration with the Dean of Design and with support from the assistant chair and divisional staff, direct all aspects of the program's academic and administrative operations.
Foster a strong studio culture and timely, expansive vision of contemporary design through co-curricular programming and initiatives such as workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and publications.
Build a strong community with regular, open communication between students, faculty and staff.
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 professional field.
Increase program visibility through promoting student, faculty, and alumni achievements.
Manage program budget, course schedule, and day-to-day operations.
Work with faculty and Deans to develop program goals and evaluate progress.
In cooperation with the Dean of Design, build external partnerships with professional and community organizations to enhance and define student experience.
Identify, recruit, and make hiring recommendations for qualified faculty.
Assess program faculty composition in light of diversity and inclusion.
Develop a multi-year hiring plan and provide recommendations for new positions, promotions, and hires.
Conduct regular performance evaluations for faculty undergoing review.
Manage, mentor, and support faculty in their roles as teachers.
Effectively implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement for covered faculty.
Lead regular faculty meetings.
Develop and manage key internal partnerships, including: Academic Affairs, Admissions, Alumni Relations, Career Development, International Student Affairs and Programs, Marketing and Communications, Facilities, Financial Aid, and Technology Services.
Attend and represent the program at relevant college-wide events.
Attend chair trainings and meetings.
Partner with other chairs to create interdisciplinary public programs, events and exhibitions.
Other duties specific to the program's needs, as required.
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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. 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. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.