New Faculty Round-up: Appointments in Undergraduate Studies

The College for Creative Studies announces new full-time faculty appointments for the Fall 2018 semester.

Valerie Jenkins

Valerie Jenkins is Associate Professor and Chair of Fine Arts. A visual artist and educator for more than 25 years, she comes to CCS from Minneapolis, where she served as a Visiting Professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Jenkins served as Chair of Fine Arts for the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, for 14 years.

Hojoon Kang

Hojoon Kang, previously an instructor, is Assistant Professor of Transportation Design after serving as Senior Exterior Designer at Ford Motor Company. Prior to Ford, Kang worked at Chrysler, General Motors, and Kia in the exterior and interior studios. He has degrees from Art Center College of Design and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea.

Melissa McCann

Previously a visiting lecturer, Melissa McCann joins the College full-time as Assistant Professor of Entertainment Arts. A 2010 CCS alumna, McCann has worked in the industry across the country and is the owner of local animation and design studio Eat Rice Studios.

Eleanor Oakes

Founder and Executive Director of Darkroom Detroit, a nonprofit dedicated to improving photography education, Eleanor Oakes is Assistant Professor of Photography. Oakes received her MFA from Stanford University and her BFA from Princeton University. She served previously as Coordinator of Special Projects and Programs in the photography program at the School of the Visual Arts in New York.

Patrick Schiavone

Renowned designer and CCS alumnus Patrick Schiavone (’88, Industrial Design) has joined the College as Visiting Associate Professor of Product Design. From 2010–2018, Schiavone was Vice President of Global Design and User Experience at Whirlpool Corporation. He came of age professionally at Ford Motor Company, serving most recently as Director, North American Truck, SUV and CUV Design, where he led the redesign of three generations of the award-winning F-150 truck.

Kelly Slank

Previously an instructor in MFA Color and Materials Design, Kelly Slank is Assistant Professor of Interior Design. Slank earned a BFA in Interior Design from Wayne State University. Prior to joining CCS, Slank worked as a color and materials designer for Nike and Ford Motor Company and founded a design consultancy, Slank Design, in 2013.

Jason White

CCS alumnus Jason White (1999) is Assistant Professor of Transportation Design. Prior to joining the College full time, White taught Transportation Design, Portfolio Development, Visual Communication, Human Factors and Design Theory, among other subjects. While a designer at Ford Motor Company, he worked on the 2007 Ford Super Duty and the 2008 Escape. After a three-year stint at Hyundai, White returned to Ford as a Senior Designer for Lincoln, where he designed the 2016 Lincoln MKX interior.