Chair of MFA Interaction Design at CCS, USA

The College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, USA
Open till filled, initial application deadline: November 18,2019

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a Chair of MFA Interaction Design. This position reports to the Dean of Graduate Studies within the Graduate Studies Division. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We are seeking a dynamic, energetic and experienced individual to lead the MFA Interaction Design program.

The department chair is a faculty member, administrator, and leader. You will be able to demonstrate high levels of creativity, with in-depth technological knowledge and the application of coding as a creative medium. You will have experience of professional practice and be able to prepare our students for employment or as independent creative practitioners. You will be an experienced teacher and academic leader and be able to oversee and deliver an exceptional student learning experience.

Based in the heart of Detroit, CCS is a global leader in art and design education, with world class technical facilities, studio spaces and faculty. Detroit is the USA’s only UNESCO City of Design and currently experiencing an extraordinary transformation and revival. Many artists and makers have relocated to the city in recent years and now is a very exciting time for an ambitious interaction designer to move here and advance their academic career and creative practice.

Program Description

With a focus on making, the MFA Interaction Design program at CCS teaches students to creatively explore technology-led interactions between humans and the objects, spaces and interfaces that constitute our daily surrounds. The program offers a 60-credit curriculum with creative design studio courses providing a playful and experimental space to provoke discourse and debate through hands-on practice. The curriculum emphasizes:
● Making, sketching and prototyping with hardware and software
● Informed critical and speculative design enquiry
● Practical and applied design with live/sponsored projects
● Contextual, user-centered and practice-led research methods
● A multi/transdisciplinary perspective on theory and practice
The curriculum regularly integrates industry-sponsored projects designed to mirror the professional studio and current business challenges. The final academic year will conclude with the Graduate Thesis, designed to help students execute a body of work that is the culmination of their graduate studies and experience.

Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions

The Chair will teach two graduate courses per semester and be responsible for:
● Further developing the graduate academic curriculum and keeping the program abreast of new and emerging technologies and industry advancements
● Developing external relationships and partnerships
● Hiring and managing graduate faculty
● Managing the overall learning experience and leadership of the Graduate Interaction Design program
● Recruiting a diverse student body in collaboration with the Admissions Director of Graduate Studies
● Academic guidance and advising of graduate students
● Contributing to the development of practice-led research at CCS
You will need to be available for teaching some evenings and prepared for occasional overnight travel. We value diversity and welcome applications from around the world. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and we offer a generous relocation package.

Qualifications and Experience

Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, you will be a highly accomplished practitioner with proven experience in interaction design across a wide range of industries and/or research projects. You will be familiar with global trends and have the ability to link design education to emerging economic industry as well as technology currents. You will have:
● A Master’s Degree (MFA, MBA, MS) in Interaction Design, Creative Computing, or other creative/technology-related fields
● A Bachelor’s Degree will be considered if the candidate has a significant amount of professional experience in the area of Interaction Design
● Teaching experience at the college or graduate level in a studio/creative lab learning environment
● In depth knowledge of coding, making, and prototyping with software and hardware (e.g. Arduino and Raspberry Pi)
● Experience of practice-based research and/or consultancy
● Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague

About CCS
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.

To apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The initial deadline for applications is 4pm (USA Eastern Time) on Monday, November 18th. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.

A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and URL portfolio with samples of professional and student work should be sent to: hr@collegeforcreativestudies.edu with “Chair of MFA Interaction Design” 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.

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