Assistant Professor, Fashion Design Program
Tenure Track, Full Time
The Fashion Design Program is a creative laboratory that cultivates visionary thinking, proposes disruptive design solutions, and creates new aesthetics reflecting the zeitgeist and context of design in the 21st century. We see the role of the fashion designer shifting rapidly. As a result, students in Fashion Design learn to work in a traditional studio context, as well as on cross-disciplinary teams. The Fashion Design Program embraces new technologies, uses sustainability goals as points of innovation, and spearheads new systems of making, distributing, and experiencing fashion.
CCA's Fashion Design Program is an open site for the investigation of contemporary fashion design practice. The curriculum emphasizes idea-driven design and encourages students to build a strong conceptual foundation alongside advanced skills in traditional craft-of-fashion techniques.
Fashion Design students can reimagine the methods, modes, and meanings of fashion design while building skills that are relevant to advancing contemporary practice by taking advantage of CCA’s interdisciplinary, state of the art campus. The Program prepares students to pursue commercial, critical, experimental, socially conscious, and civically engaged work through rigorous research into dressing systems, people, society, culture, history, technology, craft, materiality, and sustainability.
The Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts seeks applicants for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor to begin in fall 2019. This position will support the integration of traditional, sustainable, digital and experimental methods for fashion design practice through their teaching and curricular development. The ideal candidate will have an active practice and bring experience in areas such as market-ready design, mass-customization, material innovation, embedded/wearable technology, sustainability, zero waste, computer-aided design, and digital fabrication. Applicants should be able to address the roles that design, technology, and sustainability play in their design research/practice.
In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their statements of teaching philosophy, candidates should address their proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices.
This position entails teaching five courses each year and performing college-wide, divisional, and program service. The candidate may teach in other undergraduate and graduate programs at CCA as is appropriate to their skills and expertise. In partnership with the Program Chair, they will contribute to defining the future vision and mission of the Fashion Design Program. This position will enhance our mission to connect students to the current fashion industry as well as emerging opportunities in the realm of 3D making, distributed production, new digital platforms, emergent dressing systems, and business models which decouple revenue from declining natural resources. The candidate’s ongoing professional profile should enhance the visibility of the program and school, nationally, internationally and globally.
• Terminal degree in related field
• Evidence of research directly relevant to advancing contemporary practice in the field
• Emerging recognition at the national and/or international level in the field of fashion design and/or fashion research
• Strong portfolio of design work/research
• Two years of post terminal degree college-level teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness
• Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective
- Experience in areas such as market-ready design, mass-customization, material innovation, embedded/wearable technology, sustainability, zero waste, computer-aided design, and digital fabrication
- Experience working with diverse groups
Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Applications must be received by January 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.
Interested candidates may apply via an online application available at this address:
Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:
• Curriculum vitae
• Letter of interest
• Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
• Artist statement/Statement addressing professional practice
• Portfolio - 15-20 images and/or 10 mins of video
• Up to 3 Pdfs of relevant published scholarly work (Optional)
• Contact information for three professional references
Samples of student work, course descriptions or and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.
As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.