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Art History/Visual Culture– Full-Time Faculty

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time faculty position in the Department of Liberal Arts with special expertise in any or all of the following: art history/ visual culture, visual anthropology and/ or aesthetic philosophy. This position reports to the Chair of the Liberal Arts Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The full-time faculty member in art history/visual culture is responsible for developing and teaching courses as assigned at the undergraduate level and is responsible for maintaining a superior pedagogy in the field. The faculty member works with the Department Chair to provide ongoing evaluation and enhancement of program curriculum as it relates to the field of art history/visual culture, as well as contributes to development of new curriculum and program opportunities. The faculty member maintains an active role in the CCS Liberal Arts Department governance, and supports the CCS learning community at large. The faculty member teaches three courses per semester. Rank and compensation are commensurate with experience. Start date: winter 2021.


The Liberal Arts Department at CCS offers students a body of knowledge and a variety of skills that address the professional demands of the twenty-first century. The comprehensive breadth of Liberal Arts Department courses at CCS provides students many opportunities to explore and synthesize a complex array of interdisciplinary crosscurrents to benefit creative endeavors. The Liberal Arts Department also inspires life-long curiosity and eagerness to learn through its many course offerings and experiences. This curiosity, in turn, will allow students to assume responsibility as ethical, active participants within the larger global community.


  • Perform the duties of a full-time faculty member as described in the Faculty Handbook:
    • Teach three classes per semester during the academic year
    • Develop curriculum, including online classes, as appropriate
    • Advise students and adjunct faculty, serve on faculty committees as assigned
    • Participate in faculty governance and other activities of the Liberal Arts Department and the College, as requested.
  • Perform duties associated with re-accreditation support.
  • Perform duties associated with various Liberal Arts Department assessment initiatives.
  • Maintain active scholarship and publishing, with an intent to pursue further research.


Candidates must hold a doctorate degree in art history, visual culture, or a closely related discipline with an emphasis on the visual and/or aesthetics, and have at least three years of post-doctorate, post graduate assistantship teaching experience in any/all of the following subjects at the college-level: art history/ visual culture, visual anthropology, or aesthetic philosophy at an accredited school or department of art, art history, design or related field. Special preference will be given to teaching experience at colleges of art and design.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Documentation of effective course development (including online development) from initial concept, to syllabus, to student or administrative course evaluations/ class observation.
  • Documented recent scholarly activity, awards, grants
  • Documented participation/ leadership in professional development activities: seminars, training, etc.
  • Proven track record of effectiveness teaching students from diverse backgrounds
  • Proven track record of effectiveness in teaching students with learning challenges
  • Ability to design and teach online classes, including hybrid classes
  • Documented technical proficiency in managing electronic media: LUNA visual imagery or equivalent, Blackboard or equivalent
  • Active scholarly practice with an intent to pursue further research


The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s University Prep Art & Design is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.  A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research, samples of professional and student work, and the contact information for three references should be sent to:  hr@collegeforcreativestudies.edu">hr@collegeforcreativestudies.edu with “Full-Time Art History-Visual Culture Faculty” in the subject line. References will be contacted for finalist candidates only; advance notice will be given. Official verification of academic credentials will be required as a condition of hire.

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.