November 20, 2012

Chair of Fine Arts

College for Creative Studies

The College for Creative Studies invites applications for the position of Chair of Fine Arts.  The Chair reports to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and is responsible for the management and future direction of the Fine Arts department.

The position requires a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative leader with a strong record of accomplishment in education administration, art practice, and teaching. Candidates must have an MFA in a fine art practice (i.e., painting, sculpture, new media, intermedia, etc.) with a minimum of five years college administrative and teaching experience. Applicants must be active, practicing artists with very strong exhibiting records and publications. The preferred candidate will be well versed in traditional and nontraditional media in traditional studio, post-studio, and virtual environments. A solid knowledge of contemporary art theory and practice, including relational aesthetics, community outreach, and other participatory practices, and an established global, multicultural orientation are other qualities being sought.

CCS is a private, nonprofit institution located in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center with a world-class encyclopedic museum, contemporary art museum, commercial and cooperative galleries, and affordable studio space nearby. The College is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading art and design schools with state-of-the art facilities to support the complete range of art making, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and rapid prototyping output tools. The College’s location in one of the world’s cutting-edge urban environments provides a perfect laboratory for investigating various modes of art making and their interface with diverse audiences, communities, and environments. The College currently enrolls over 1,300 degree students in 12 majors: Advertising, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Product Design, Photography, and Transportation Design.

The College values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, and digital samples of their work and the work of their students on either CD or via online file-sharing (Dropbox or YouSendIt preferred) to:

College for Creative Studies
Attn: Human Resources – Fine Arts
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034
[email protected]

The search is currently open and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Priority will be given to those who respond before December 15, 2012.

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