Assistant Professor, Printmaking
Tenure Track, Full-time
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.
The Printmaking Program at CCA embraces a full range of media and concepts as part of contemporary art practices and dialogue. Students explore the depth and breadth of possibilities of print and book arts to develop an individual and sustained pathway as an artist, whether printmaking is the central practice, or the support for other processes. Students are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary projects across the fine arts programs, as well with the other disciplines in the college such as design and writing. They benefit from engaged faculty mentoring, small class sizes, access to a variety of labs and support curriculum, senior studios and individual senior shows. The strong, skill based curriculum builds technical competence leading to advanced work in the field. Along with the technical aspects of the courses, the faculty teach aesthetic strategies, content development, critical skills and historical/contemporary perspectives. The Printmaking Program leverages the unique histories and current cultural climate of the Bay Area to emphasize interdisciplinary dialogue, cultural hybridity and social awareness, taking full advantage of the college’s location on the Pacific Rim.
CCA invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Printmaking Program to begin August 2017. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching, a theoretical and historical understanding of the field, and a professional practice in the visual arts with expertise in one or more areas of print media: intaglio, lithography, relief, screen printing, monotype, book arts, and digital and photo-print processes. The successful candidate should demonstrate robust professional activity with increasing stature at a national and international level. We seek to hire dynamic individuals who are deeply engaged with the fundamentals of printmaking, articulate and critical in the classroom, and passionate about print as a form of visual expression and social engagement. Candidates should be well versed in contemporary art practices, multidisciplinary approaches, and emerging technologies in the expanded field of printmaking.
The ideal candidate will further the discourse of printmaking in broad aesthetic, conceptual and educational contexts. The candidate should be able to help students develop a sound conceptual practice and deepen their technical skills. The successful candidate will be proficient in digital processes and output and help forward the role of technology in the program. This position will be expected to teach across all levels of the undergraduate curriculum in some combination of beginning, intermediate and advanced level printmaking courses as well as the Graduate Program in Fine Arts. An interest and ability to teach successfully in the college’s First Year Program and other interdisciplinary courses is necessary. In addition, responsibilities include program and college-wide service and leadership, participating in curriculum design, admissions and recruiting, and committee membership.
In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum. With an increasingly international student body and a commitment to domestic diversity, candidates should have a 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. The ideal candidate will engage critical strategies and/or research methodologies that promote social and intellectual inquiry, and their teaching, service or public outreach will have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
- M.F.A. or equivalent terminal degree
- At least two years of college-level teaching experience, preferably including work with first year students, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
- Experience working with and teaching various levels of printmaking and print media
- Proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, preferably with experience working with diverse groups
- Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies that engage changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes
- Significant professional activity, including solo and group exhibitions, performances, screenings, press, published writings, invited artist talks, residencies, awards, etc.
- Ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college
- Leadership potential, with strong communication and interpersonal skills along with the flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs
Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
Applications must be received by January 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.
Interested candidates may apply via an online application available at this address: https://cca.submittable.com/submit/629e93d7-b569-4dcf-b3b7-baa14ab3adb0/printmaking-assistant-professor-tenure-track-full-time
Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:
– Letter of interest
– Teaching philosophy
– Artist Statement covering research and practice
– Curriculum vitae
– Portfolio of up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of video
– Three professional references
Should you need to contact us regarding your application, please email PrintFacultySearch@cca.edu.
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.