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Chair of Liberal Arts


STATUS: Full time
DIVISION: Academic Affairs
REPORTS TO: Dean of Undergraduate Studies
SUPERVISES: Liberal Arts Faculty, Program Manager


The Chair reports to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and is responsible for the management and future direction of the Liberal Arts department.

The Department Chair is a faculty member, administrator, and leader. The successful candidate will be a dynamic leader with a strong record of accomplishment demonstrating high levels of scholarship, with in-depth knowledge of areas of contextual and critical studies relevant to art, craft and design. This may include: art and design history; critical theory; curation; material culture; media studies; philosophy, sociology, or anthropology; or creative entrepreneurship.

They will have a record of published works and the ability to advance the professional intellect of students in creative practice. They will be an experienced teacher and thought leader and be able to oversee and deliver an exceptional student learning experience.

Preferred candidates will present evidence of teaching excellence and demonstrate an interest in faculty development. They will be well equipped to address the fundamentals of a holistic liberal arts education and possess the ability to imagine and implement innovative curricula. They will have excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, plus have the ability to advocate for the Liberal Arts department and work collaboratively with the other academic departments and College offices, such as Admissions and Marketing.
The ability to drive, plan, and implement innovative learning technologies, as well as online programming is essential.


The Chair of Liberal Arts will teach three classes per academic year. They are expected to contribute to the College’s emerging research profile through published outputs, as well as faculty development and mentoring. They will be responsible for:

  • Managing the overall learning experience and leadership of the Liberal Arts program
  • Enhancing and further developing the liberal arts curriculum; keeping subject matter relevant and abreast of current critical debates and contextual themes
  • Developing complementary minors and tracks
  • Driving curricula and pedagogic innovation for LMS usage and online programming
  • Liaising with BFA department chairs on the development of curricula content, and integration of theory and practice
  • Developing external relationships and partnerships with the city’s cultural institutions
  • Liaising with partner colleges and outreach programs for recruitment and articulation
  • Developing foundational academic study skills
  • Developing personal and collaborative research projects and outputs for dissemination in the academic community
  • Hiring, managing, and mentoring Full time and Adjunct Instructors
  • Providing academic guidance
  • Mentoring of staff and faculty in scholarship and research
  • Participate in College-wide activities, including: commencement; Committees; faculty assembly; and reaccreditation
  • Participate in the annual Student Exhibition Opening and other externally facing events.

The successful candidate may need to be available for teaching some evenings and for occasional overnight and international travel. CCS values diversity and welcomes applications from around the world. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience, and CCS offers a generous relocation compensation


The program Chair will be an accomplished academic, teacher, and researcher. The candidate will have:

  • A doctoral degree
  • Teaching experience at the college level
  • Knowledge and expertise in an academic field(s) contextually and thematically relevant to art, craft, and design professional practices.
  • The ability to organize complex programing of classes across the College’s undergraduate community
  • An established research profile, evidenced through publication
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague
  • Working knowledge of instructional design for online teaching and learning is desirable Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor


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’s degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 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. 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 initial deadline for applications is 4 p.m. (USA Eastern Time) on [Wednesday, June 30, 2021]. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.

A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and URL portfolio with samples of professional work and research should be sent to:  with “Chair of Liberal Arts” in the subject line. Official transcripts/certificates for degrees are required as a condition of hire.



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.