Transportation Design Full Time Faculty

 

STATUS: Full-Time
DIVISION: Transportation Design
REPORTS TO: Chair of Transportation Design
SUPERVISES: N/A
FLSA STATUS: Exempt

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The College for Creative Studies is seeking an outstanding transportation visionary, with OEM Transportation Design experience and passion for sharing your knowledge.  The future relies on creativity and our dynamic and international team of educators and students are imagining new transportation forms, uses and processes. We seek someone who is committed to making the future a better place, and passionate about how design can shape thinking toward that goal. You will be influencing 21st century college curriculum for tomorrow’s mobility leadership, and then teaching it to the most talented students in the world.

This position opening is for a full-time faculty member in the Transportation Design department. The primary focus of the successful applicant will be to develop and teach leading 3D digital design practices for interior/exterior and contextual design scenarios. This position reports to the Chair of the Transportation Design Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience.

POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Teach three classes per semester and mentor undergraduate students in transportation design, during the two-semester academic year
  • Be a digital platform “super-user” and lead the department in advancing and coordinating use, application and growth of our digital and VR platform pedagogy.
  • Participate in the continuous development of the undergraduate transportation design curriculum.
  • Represent the department professionally in maintaining strong corporate partnerships for sponsored projects, internships, and full-time positions for students.
  • Collaborate and communicate as a team member of the department and the larger CCS community, faculty and staff.
  • Summer projects, workshops, promotional travel during summer break (negotiable).

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Preferred candidates will have a terminal degree (i.e., MFA, MDes, or equivalent exemplary professional experience) in industrial or transportation design. Candidates with an undergraduate degree and a proven track record of industry success or teaching experience with demonstrable skill-sets, will also be considered. The preferred candidate will have 7+ years of experience in the professional transportation design field, with international work experience, and college teaching experience desirable.
Required skills include: 

  • Fluency in the product development and design processes as related to transportation, mobility or automotive design
  • Exemplary 2D and 3D visualization skills, including traditional and digital sketching, rendering, modeling, animation, VR and mock-up creation.
  • The ability to demonstrate advanced interior and exterior conceptual design ideation processes in digital formats.
  • Expert knowledge of VR conferencing, shared VR work environments, digital 3D rendering, animation
  • Fluency in Sub-D modeling e.g. Autodesk Alias, Blender and VR Alias or Gravity Sketch platforms etc.
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for sustainable design and its potential for social and global impact 
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, and a passion for being an integral part of a team. 

Preferred skills include:

  • Fluency in digital collaboration platforms e.g. Gravity Sketch, Miro, Bluescape
  • “Super-user”, experimental user, early adaptor of emerging digital creation platforms.
  • Knowledge of applied ergonomic/human factors principles 
  • Knowledge of UX/UI design, motion and 3D story telling techniques and scenarios
  • Experience with advanced concept projects through series production parameters.

 

WORKING CONDITION

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 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.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The CCS Transportation Design Department is a global leader in transportation design education with graduates employed at OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers worldwide. The department offers both the Bachelor degrees and currently enrolls some 150 students at the undergraduate level. Students are offered three areas of specialization; automotive design, vehicle design and mobility design, which focuses on speculative opportunities for multimodal systems of shared use transportation. There are currently four full-time faculty, a full-time model / fabrication coordinator, as well as the department chair and our department administrator. The department has outstanding facilities, including cutting edge digital VR visualization systems, large open studio spaces and a very well-equipped model / fabrication shop. Industry sponsored projects are typically part of the upper level studio work. Study abroad agreements are in place with schools globally, as well as a robust internship program. The department is located in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, a 760,000-square foot National Register of Historic Places building designed by Alfred Kahn and the birthplace of American automotive design under Harley Earl, the first head of design for General Motors

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.    

 

To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format:
Resume, portfolio, and letter of application should be submitted to: hr@collegeforcreativestudies.edu 
CCS website: http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/

 

 

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.