Adjunct Faculty – Art History and Visual Culture


STATUS: Part time, Adjunct
DIVISION: Undergraduate Studies
REPORTS TO: Chair of Liberal Arts



The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for an adjunct faculty member to teach Western Art History and Visual Culture and/or Visual Narration: Asia. The ideal candidate will have relevant experience teaching at the college or university level and be able to teach both on campus and remotely. Teaching is needed for the following courses this Fall Semester.


This course is a survey of Western Art and visual culture from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth-century. Other than to present an outline history of Western art, this course seeks to introduce students cumulatively to the critical concepts and vocabulary in the study of art history, visual culture, art appreciation and historiography of art, that is, the study of the writing about art and its history. The course will seek to introduce students to historically relevant accounts of the philosophical, religious, poetic and technological contexts of art as well as to introduce new forms of historical thinking on the relevance of the recognition of social, political and economic, (race, class and gender)in the understanding of both the making of art and its audience.

 VISUAL NARRATION: ASIA, Thursdays from 4-6.45pm

This course is an introduction to Asian visual culture through a series of case studies in visual narration in a wide variety of media and formats from India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan. At the same time, the course seeks to locate individual narratives in the larger narrative traditions and the socio-political contexts from which they emerge. The focal narratives range from painted and sculpted cycles in the architectural space of public monuments, to individual hand scrolls and manuscripts that have more limited and private audiences and viewing protocols. This course examines each work of art in its particular cultural contexts, including its patron, maker, and original consumers. Students study the use of visual narratives in the construction of ideals by emperors, religious devotees and scholars construct. In this light we will study visual narratives that have accompanying verbal texts as well as those that stand alone.


  • Teach and successfully deliver a maximum two sections per semester;
  • Prepare syllabus for the review of the Department Chair;
  • Complete all teaching and other training workshops as required by the College;
  • Attend all Liberal Arts Department meetings;
  • Attend support meetings with Liberal Arts Chair, as necessary;
  • Deal promptly with all administrative responsibilities attached to this work.


  • MFA with specialty relative to the course being taught or other Master’s degree with at least 18 graduate credit hours relative to course content being taught is normally required;
  • However, candidates with significant, extensive, and relevant professional experience may also be considered — further details of CCS’s credentialing policy can be found here;
  • Teaching experience at the college- or graduate-level is required;
  • Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations.


This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to maintain a stationary position, use a computer and other office equipment, and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and virtually.  Frequent interaction with others, including staff, faculty, students and third parties is required.  The employee may occasionally be required to move files or other objects weighing up to 25 pounds, including from low and high places.  The ability to move around within the office and between buildings on campus, attend off-site meetings and events, and travel between Ford Campus site to Taubman Center site are required.  CCS will make reasonable accommodations that will allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. 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 13 majors:  Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master’s degrees in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design.  




To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should send a resume and a letter of application outlining relevant experience and qualifications to:
CCS website:




The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization.  CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.