Product Design Full-Time Faculty

Full -Time 
DIVISION: Academic Affairs, Product Design
REPORTS TO:  Product Design Chair

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time faculty member with expertise in product design. This position reports to the Chair of the Product Design Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The faculty member is responsible for providing appropriate pedagogy to ensure student success in the field and assisting the Department Chair in expanding and growing the department. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Teach three classes per semester during the academic year in the full range of product design, including studio courses, research-based sponsored projects, skills-based courses, and sustainable and environmentally responsible design processes. Advise undergraduate students with a focus in product design. The faculty member works closely with the chair to improve and implement course content and to promote the program and its graduates on a national level. Additional responsibilities include cultivating and maintaining strong relationships within the local and national product and industrial design industries, and assisting with developing resources for the department. Continued professional activity and growth and service at the department, college, and professional community are also required.


Applicants must possess a terminal degree (MFA or an equivalent degree) in Product or Industrial Design. (Candidates with an undergraduate degree and substantial professional experience and demonstrable skills may also be considered.) Candidates are expected to be active, practicing professionals with a distinguished record of excellence in product design and leadership ability, and should possess a strong desire to make significant contributions to the design practice and education. The success candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum of five years professional experience in design practice and research
  • Minimum of two years college teaching experience
  • Solid 2D/3D visualization skills
  • Communication storytelling and problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of traditional design principles and of the emerging opportunities in the area of interaction, entrepreneurship, and social innovation
  • Preference given to candidates who demonstrate knowledge and commitment to design issues related to sustainable processes, participatory design, and research projects.

About the Department:

The Product Design department offers a fully accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design. The department has nearly 150 undergraduate students enrolled and it is expected to continue to grow. The program aims to ensure that each graduate possesses the skills to be effective in a team environment, take initiative, lead, make ethical decisions, interpret the socio-economic factors that drive change, create aesthetically pleasing work, and be problem-solver who is flexible and adaptive to rapid change - a graduate who is an innovator and creative thinker and a future leader.

About CCS:

College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is considered one of the nation’s leading art and design colleges. CCS has state-of-the art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in eleven majors: Advertising, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Crafts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. A new BFA in Fashion Accessories Design will launch in fall 2015. It also offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design, and Transportation Design. (See These programs are based in a unique and dynamic interdisciplinary environment that provides students with the ideal educational setting; the success of the alumni validates the quality of the program.

About the Location:

CCS is located at the center of Detroit’s creative and cultural hub. The Walter and Josephine Ford Campus is next to the world-class encyclopedic Detroit Institute of Arts, and near to the new Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education is one mile north in a 760,000-square foot National Register of Historic Places building designed by Alfred Kahn. Business Insider magazine has named Detroit “One of the 15 Hottest American Cities of the Future” with Forbes naming it one of the “10 Up-and-Coming Downtowns.” Detroit’s Creative Corridor is home to 4,000 creative sector employees, 200 individual creative sector companies, and $640 million in aggregate annual revenues. The Detroit region features a robust creative industry sector, including production studios, advertising agencies, and other media communications concerns. Metropolitan Detroit has the highest concentrations and quantities of commercial and industrial designers of all U.S. metropolitan regions. Detroit’s professional creative industry is the third largest private sector employer in the city, employing approximately 12,300 individuals.

How to apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.

Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format:
Resume, a letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, a portfolio of professional works, list of courses taught with course syllabi and sample of student work should be submitted to:

College for Creative Studies
Office of Human Resources
Re: Product Design Full-time Faculty search
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034

Product Design department site:

Product Design Facebook page:

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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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