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Graduate Studies Adjunct Faculty – MA & MFA Design for Climate Action

STATUS: Part-Time
DIVISION:
Graduate Studies
REPORTS TO: Dean of Graduate Studies & Research
SUPERVISES: N/A
FLSA STATUS: Exempt

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

CCS Detroit is seeking new Adjunct Faculty members to teach on our new MA and MFA Design for Climate Action programs. Preparation and planning will start in January for teaching in Fall 2022

 

THE PROGRAMS:

With the last decade being the hottest on record, the climate change emergency is widely documented and at the forefront of current socio-political debate and activism. Today’s designers require specialist knowledge and skills to advance a paradigmatic transition to non-polluting, carbon off-setting processes and circular systems to reverse global warming and create a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable future for the planet.

The Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Design for Climate Action programs will teach students to think and work creatively with zero-waste materials and processes, environmental and biophilic interventions, community co-design initiatives, and circular economic thinking. Businesses and corporations are increasingly playing an important role in carbon sequestration and the proposed programs aim to develop designers who can work with them in furthering sustainable goals and strategies.

The programs are intended for designers, makers, artists, architects, engineers, and systems planners and will enable them to facilitate climate action and mediate interdisciplinary teamwork. Whether working with the design of products, civic or business systems, the natural environment, or designing out waste, students will develop an in-depth understanding of cradle-to-cradle, low energy, and circular economic principles through live and applied projects.

CCS offers a 60 credit terminal MFA degree and a 30 credit initial MA degree. Students may take either program in full- or part-time mode.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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 sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

 


THE ROLE

Graduate Studies at CCS is seeking accomplished professional design practitioners, architects, planners, policymakers, project managers, engineers, environmental scientists, and academics with proven experience and knowledge in sustainability and related areas, including: 

  • Carbon-zero systems and infrastructures
  • Decolonized and non-Anglo-European knowledge systems
  • Fiscally oriented carbon-zero efficiencies
  • Zero-waste materials and processes, industrial symbiosis, and closed-loop manufacturing
  • Circular economies, provenance and longevity
  • Climate change policy and politics 
  • Renewable energy
  • Strategic and systems thinking
  • Sustainable transport infrastructures
  • Community co-creation
  • Stewardship of the urban and natural environment (biophilic design)
  • Sustainable agriculture and farming
  • Carbon neutral entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Written Thesis supervision

 

Under the direction of the Graduate Dean, Adjunct Faculty will teach courses that will involve the following essential accountabilities: 

  • Preparation of new teaching materials; 
  • Teaching through lectures, studio instruction, seminars and/or off-campus visits
  • Use of the College’s learning management system (Canvas) 
  • Teaching online (synchronously and asynchronously)
  • Overseeing live and sponsored projects
  • Assessment and feedback

Adjunct Faculty need to be available for teaching in the evenings and/or weekends, and will also be expected to attend occasional meetings and personal professional development sessions.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: 

  • Extensive professional experience in industry and/or academic research
  • A terminal degree (PhD or Master’s) is preferred
  • An initial Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree will be considered for candidates with significant and extensive relevant professional experience
  • Teaching experience at the college- or graduate-level is not essential, but preferred
  • Excellent and delightful interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague in accordance with CCS’s values

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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.

 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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 sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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.

 

ABOUT CCS

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. The college also offers masters degrees in six areas: Art Education, Color and Materials Design, Design for Climate Action, Motion Design, Transportation Design and UX Design. 

 

How to Apply

For an informal conversation, contact Dr. Ian Lambert, Dean of Graduate Studies – ilambert@collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will continue until suitable candidates are hired.

A cover letter, resume/CV, and URL portfolio or samples of professional project work should be sent to hr@collegeforcreativestudies.edu with “MA and MFA Design for Climate Actionin the subject line. Official transcripts/certificates for degrees and professional references are required as a condition of hire.

Department Website:    https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/academics/graduate-programs/

CCS website:     https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/


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. 3/12/19