Assistant or Associate Professor of Art Education


STATUS: Full-Time
DIVISION: Art Education
REPORTS TO: Chair of Art Education



College for Creative Studies (CCS) is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and experienced individual to join the Art Education Department. We invite applications for a full-time faculty appointment, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to commence Fall of 2023. CCS recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The Department of Art Education seeks a colleague to enhance and advance the department’s record of innovation, someone with administrative and leadership experience, committed to playing an active role in supporting innovative art and design education in urban public schools and arts education initiatives throughout the Detroit area, and the state.

We are seeking a visionary and collaborative art educator to teach courses in art education, collaborate with the regional art education community, design and supervise field placements in schools, advise and inspire students, serve on department and university committees, as well as establish and maintain a strong program of ongoing, peer-reviewed research and scholarship. One of the important expectations is to become an ambassador and lead collaborative efforts with public schools and enhance the relationship with the department and the community. Based in the heart of Detroit, CCS is a global leader in art and design education, with world-class technical facilities, studio spaces and faculty.

The Art Education Program

CCS offers a K-12 Visual Arts Teacher Certification Program for undergraduate BFA students, a Post Baccalaureate Program for professionals who wish to earn teaching certification, and a 30-credit low residency MA degree.

The Art Education program at CCS combines an internationally recognized BFA degree with dynamic and innovative teacher preparation courses. In keeping with the CCS mission of producing the finest artists in their respective fields, the Art Education Department prepares teacher candidates to be leaders in diverse educational communities and beyond through a rigorous professional program in content and pedagogy that fosters a love of teaching and learning, understanding of learner-centered needs, and mastery of studio/classroom best practices. 

Nurturing an ethic of excellence, the Graduate Art Education program at CCS embraces collaborative endeavors while fostering response/ability to a community of diverse learners. The MA in Art Education cultivates advanced pedagogy skills, visionary artistry, and rigorous action research methodologies to equip practicing professionals in art education with tools to meet the needs of global 21st century learners and become leaders in the field.



  • Teach six courses a year, inclusive of online, face to face, undergraduate and graduate art education courses and other courses as assigned.
  • Work closely with the Program Manager on all field placements for courses and for student teachers.
  • Maintain an active research program/professional practice at local, national, and international levels 
  • Play a central role in departmental program, curriculum, and project development including present and future accreditation.
  • Serve on college committees and contribute to the intellectual vigor of the college and community, work with external partners and funders to support and develop art and design educational programs, with particular emphasis on K-12 and collegiate teaching. 
  • Work collaboratively with Continuing Education to develop experiential opportunities for Art Education students and oversee certificate programs for K-12 educators



  • Terminal degree (PhD or EdD) ABD and a Master’s degree with extensive experience will be considered
    Minimum of 3 years of successful art teaching experience in the K-12 US school system (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in art and design education
  • Command of contemporary theoretical and pedagogical practices in art and design teaching and learning, especially for children and youth.
  • Experience with practicum and clinical teaching supervision   
  • Familiarity with state standards governing teacher education program approval and teacher licensure
  • Ability to work supportively  with students,  faculty, staff, clinical educators and alumni in the maintenance and development of a professional learning community
  • Confident leadership and communication skills, with proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated experience in the integration of new media technology in the teaching and learning environment
  • Evidence of a high level of creative practice and/or research agenda   
  • Experience teaching in K12


  • Multiple years full-time teaching art or design in an urban public school, with appropriate certification
  • Experience in art education teacher education at the college level.
  • Evidence of involvement in innovative program/curriculum design   
  • Experience in grant writing and/or grant funded programming  
  • Experience working in a range of learning sites, i.e., college, school, museum, community
  • Experience and understanding of standards-based teacher preparation (e.g., edTPA,  InTASC).
  • Interest and/or experience teaching/working within studio areas that exist and/or complement the needs of the department
  • Experience with accreditation




This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



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.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are Core Institutional Values.

As a leading college of art and design, we recognize the value diversity brings to making, designing, creating, and expanding spaces for social discourse. 

The College for Creative Studies represents a diverse community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities, and worldviews that recognize differences of culture and circumstance. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are interlaced into our Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan.

We are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, scholarship, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, and intersectional individuals are encouraged to apply. 

The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.  Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.



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 and the environment. 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 Graduate degrees in Art Education, Color and Materials Design, Design for Climate Action, Motion Design, Transportation Design and UX Design; and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Crafts and Material Practice, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Design, Film, Illustration, Interior and Environmental 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.




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, research statement, list of three professional references, and URL portfolio with samples of professional and student work if applicable should be sent to: with “Professor of Art Education” in the subject line. Official transcripts/certificates for degrees are required as a condition of hire.
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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. 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. Discrimination, including harassment, because of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law is strictly prohibited. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.