Assistant/Associate Professor, Interaction Design


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Education October 28, 2014 California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA, USA

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JOB # 2272

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, 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. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.

The Graduate Program in Design at CCA offers students the opportunity to work with thought leaders across interaction, industrial, and graphic design. In addition to a rich tradition of discipline-specific and topical courses, the program is a pioneer in offering cross-genre studios, where students gain practical and conceptual exposure to all three disciplines. Design research is a cornerstone of the program, offered as both a core class and as an advanced elective. Faculty in the Graduate Program in Design maintain active outside practices. This model allows students to study with faculty engaged in robust and influential work, creating a vibrant and dynamic learning environment.

The MFA Program at CCA continues to evolve and we are looking for an enthusiastic, experience IxD professional to work with us. We want to increase our reach to humanize technology by educating students to apply the powerful interaction design expression skills to shape technology and improve our world. The focus is on learning investigative research, systemic thinking, behavior shaping, creative prototyping, technical craft skills (wireframes, flows, visuals, motion, and coding) as well as best-practice leadership and process skills from our own Silicon Valley community and beyond (design thinking, agility, lean, leverage, etc.). We also see a critical opportunity to include diverse, global and unheard voices into the practice of interaction design to be more representative of actual societal need.

The Graduate Program in Design offers a fully accredited Master of Fine Arts degree, as well as an MFA/MBA degree in conjunction with CCA’s Design Strategy program.

CCA seeks candidates for a part-time ranked, non-tenure position of Assistant/Associate Professor to teach Interaction Design in the Graduate Program in Design. Ranked, non-tenure faculty positions are designed for regional practitioners, who are appointed for three-year renewable terms. The program is looking for an Assistant/Associate Professor to teach two to four courses per year, beginning Fall 2015.

In keeping with the college’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who will cultivate an equitable studio environment and a diverse curriculum. The successful candidate will lead curriculum development in the area of Interaction Design and offer guidance on the field in the program.

This position requires active participation in course planning and community building and may also involve external relations: community partnerships, program-wide strategic planning as well as building job placement and alumni resources, secure sponsored projects, collect media and other evidence of student work, and expand the profile of the program nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will embrace thesis advising and/or thesis committee work, contribute to general curriculum evaluation and development, and participate in recruiting and admissions activities as needed.

A MFA or PhD degree in the area of Interaction Design, or related field, with a minimum of three years combined teaching and professional experience in the field.

The ideal candidate has strong track record of interaction design success and experience in applying their skills toward projects with community partners. These skills might be in the social design, social entrepreneurship or similar communities. You would be asked to bring your craft skills and your leadership and partnerships skills to teach in the graduate program.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Depending on course load, may include a comprehensive benefits package.

Deadline for applications is November 14, 2014.

application instructions:
Interested candidates need to submit the following in .pdf format electronically:
– A formal letter of application
– A brief statement of teaching philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
– A curriculum vitae
– A portfolio of professional work (ideally a link to a hosted site)
– Examples of course syllabi and student work
– Student evaluations of recent courses taught at the college level
– Three names of reference, including contact information

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California College of the Arts
Human Resources (Job #2272)
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CCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.