The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time Chair of Art Education. 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 Art Education 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 Art Education Department is a unique, studio-based Visual Arts Teacher Certification program that combines an internationally recognized BFA degree with teacher preparation courses. Art Education at CCS is a hands-on, innovative teacher certification program that focuses solely on the learning and teaching of art and design. The curriculum combines rigorous studio and education classes with core liberal arts courses to prepare students to teach throughout the United States. Students gain hands-on experience onsite at art- and design-based charter school, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA: SCS), in addition to schools throughout the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Students with an earned BFA are able to complete a 27-credit Visual Arts Teacher Certification in two years or less. CCS graduates with a BFA degree and a Teaching Certificate in Art Education are highly sought after through the Michigan Reciprocity Agreement. While enrolled, students have access to the College’s 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.
Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions
In collaboration with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, develop and propagate appropriate student outcomes, learning objectives, and curricula to ensure the education of artist-educators who are positioned to succeed in the field;
Recruit, develop, and inspire faculty whose pedagogy and research support the highest standards of art education, including performance evaluations and recommendations concerning contracts, teaching assignments, and rank advancements, as applicable;
Develop the Art Education 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;
Work with Marketing and Enrollment Services in student recruitment;
Collaborate with Enrollment Services and Continuing Education in developing relationships with various stakeholders to promote the department, its faculty, and students;
Perform the duties of a full-time faculty member as described in the Handbook for Full-Time Faculty, 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;
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;
Oversee preparation and submittal of annual State and Federal reports;
Attend quarterly DARTEP and Michigan Independent Education Preparation Institution meetings;
Develop a Master of Art Education program in collaboration with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies;
Host bi-annual Advisory Council meetings; and
Maintain partnerships with K-12 public and private districts in the Metropolitan Detroit Area per State and National requirements.
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Art Education, Aesthetics Education, Higher Education, or a related field at the time of appointment, as well as a combination of 5-10 years K-12 teaching and full-time college-level teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships, as well as a demonstrable record of achievement in scholarship and/or creative work.
Additional qualifications include:
Experience in student teacher placement and supervision and certification requirements and process?
Experience with accreditation (CAEP/NCATE/InTASC) and implementation of performance assessment;
Knowledge of current theories in art education, visual culture, and contemporary studio arts and design?
Experience working with diverse populations and integrating higher education with Community Arts Education?
Demonstrated experience incorporating technology, digital arts, and/or design into Art Education curriculum?
Expertise in technology applications in visual arts and/or design education, including online course management systems;
Ability to manage highly confidential student, faculty, and other matters with appropriate discretion; and
Superior oral and written communication skills.
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.
Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.
How to apply: 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 April 30, 2018.
A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and URL portfolio or DVD with samples of professional and student work should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Art Education 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.