The College for Creative Studies is seeking a dynamic, energetic, and experienced individual to lead the MFA Interaction Design program.
You will be able to demonstrate high levels of creativity, with in-depth technological knowledge and the application of coding as a creative medium. You will recognize design as an empowering factor in advancing societal and environmental change. You will have experience of professional practice and be able to prepare our students for employment or as independent creative practitioners. You will be an experienced teacher and academic leader and be able to oversee and deliver an exceptional student learning experience.
The MFA Interaction Design program teaches students the principles and techniques used in designing effective technology-led interactions between humans and the objects, spaces and interfaces that constitute our daily surrounds. The program offers a 60-credit curriculum that is unique in the specific ways it integrates user-centric research, business practices, and creative design studio courses to simulate the professional environment in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes:
Practice-based creative studio learning with hands-on experience of sketching and prototyping with hardware and software;
The teaching of interaction design theory and its various technological applications with respect to a range of design solutions;
The usage of current user-centered research methods, tools, and techniques related to understanding human behavior, performance, and cognition and their impact on user adoption;
The execution of functionally appropriate and aesthetically compelling interaction design solutions that respond to user needs and to current and emerging market opportunities;
A broad awareness of issues, trends and developments in business, technology, design and other related areas in order to succeed in a dynamic future.
The Graduate Interaction Design curriculum integrates interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as industry-sponsored projects designed to mirror the professional studio and current business challenges. The final academic year concludes with the Graduate Thesis, designed to help students execute a body of work that is the culmination of their graduate studies and experience.
Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions
The Chair will teach two graduate courses per semester and be responsible for:
Further development of the graduate academic curriculum and keeping the program abreast of industry advancements;
Hiring and managing graduate faculty;
Managing the overall learning experience and leadership of the Graduate Interaction Design program;
Recruiting a diverse student body in collaboration with the Director of Graduate and International Admissions;
Academic guidance and mentoring of graduate students;
Serving as thesis advisor to graduate students; and
Developing strong corporate, foundation, and other external partnerships.
We value diversity and welcome applications from around the world. We offer an attractive salary commensurate with experience and a relocation package.
Qualifications and Experience
Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, you will be a highly accomplished design professional with proven experience in interaction design across a wide range of industries. You will be familiar with global trends and be able to link the core competencies of interaction design education (i.e., aesthetics, research, user experience, coding, and their commercial application) to emerging markets and technology. You will have:
A Master's Degree (MFA, MBA, MS) in Interaction Design, Creative Computing, Entertainment Arts or other digital media-related fields. A PhD is desirable but not essential. A Bachelor's Degree will be considered if the candidate has significant professional experience in Interaction Design with in-depth understanding of user-centered research, usability testing, product evaluation, and their application as demonstrated in a portfolio of work;
Teaching experience at the college or graduate level in a studio/creative lab learning environment;
In-depth knowledge of coding, programming, and prototyping with software and hardware (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.);
In-depth knowledge of prototyping at various levels, from low-level cardboard prototypes, to high-fidelity working products/applications/systems;
Experience in practice-based research and consultancy;
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague;
Ability to work across departments in interdisciplinary collaborative projects both internally and externally.
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 of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, 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 Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies 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 search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.
A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and URL portfolio or DVD with samples of professional and student work should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “MFA Interaction Design Chair” in the subject line.
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.
About College for Creative Studies
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 Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master of Fine Arts in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design.