Assistant Professor, Fashion Design Program

California College of the Arts k

Oakland, CA

Nov 20
Job Description

Assistant Professor, Fashion Design Program
Tenure Track, Full Time
October 2018

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.

EEO Statement
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.

California College of the Arts

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 and literature. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, social practice, 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. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.

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