Vice President for Strategy and Communications

The Vice President of Strategy and Communications evaluates the College’s strategic positioning and advances initiatives and partnerships to ensure the College’s long-term adaptability and relevance in the face of changing social and economic conditions. In addition to supporting the development and implementation of CCS’s strategic plan, the Vice President  supervises CCS’s external-facing offices, including Community Arts Partnership, Design Core Detroit, Marketing and Communications, and Office of Partnerships. Ultimately, the Vice President is responsible for stewarding and advancing CCS’s brand.

Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer

Reporting to the President, the Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for advancing a diverse and equitable campus culture and oversees diversity, equity and inclusion efforts which guide campus-wide decisions, practices and policies. In addition, the Assistant Dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion is responsible for administering the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct, including Title IX, and its implementing procedures.

Course Release


Course releases are a one course reduction in a full-time faculty teaching load. They are provided to faculty members to further the faculty members scholarship, research, and/or creative activity.

These releases are intended to recognize both past accomplishment and future promise. Course releases do not relieve the
faculty member from other responsibilities to the College, including advising, serving on committees, participating in departmental business, etc. In other words, course release does not constitute a sabbatical term. Faculty members are expected to continue to be in residence and carry out their other duties during the term in which they have a course release.

Generally, the chair, or designee of a department will determine if requests for course releases will or should be considered based primarily on:

  • Department needs (curriculum schedule, number of faculty on leave, course enrollments etc.)
  • Individual faculty needs (teaching evaluations, research demands, administrative or service assignments, performance, etc)
  • Availability of suitable teaching replacements


  1. No more than 1 full-time faculty per department may apply for a course release per academic year.
  2. The number of available course releases per year is contingent upon approved sabbatical applications each year. That is, course releases will be funded by whatever funds remain after sabbaticals are approved for a given year. If sufficient funds do not remain, no course release will be given.
  3. Only those full-time faculty members who have received a meets/exceeds rating in instructional quality/college service/professional practice in their annual self–appraisal at least two of the past three years and at least meets/exceeds in the third year are eligible.
  4. Prior accomplishments in instructional quality/college service/ professional practice, as reflected in the faculty’s annual self-appraisal, shall be considered for evaluation. The following should be considered for evaluation:
    1. Professional activities that include but are not limited to journaled articles, book writing, juried art shows, design exhibitions, consulting, research, presentations, etc. For a full list of qualifying department specific activities, please read the “Criteria for Professional Practice Guidelines” found on Blackboard under Faculty Review Committee.
    2. Specific accomplishments in securing contracts and grants (i.e., funded projects).
    3. The full-time faculty member’s scholarly agenda as articulated in his/her annual self–appraisal.
  5. A full-time faculty member who receives a course release does not become eligible for a second course release until they have completed three academic years since the course release was granted.
  6. A full-time faculty member who receives a sabbatical does not become eligible for a course release until they have completed three academic years since the sabbatical was granted.
  7. Receiving a course release does not affect a faculty member’s ability to apply for and receive sabbatical in accordance with the guidelines and schedule set forth in the Faculty Handbook.
  8. Full-time faculty are eligible for a course release after three years of full-time employment at the College.
  9. The full-time faculty member’s annual self–appraisal over the course of two years will explicitly take into consideration the fact that they were granted a course release. Evidence of outcomes must be documented.
  10. Within thirty (30) days of the end of the semester in which the course release was granted, the faculty member shall submit to his/her chair, dean, and the Provost, a concise written appraisal regarding his/her accomplishments. If not provided, faculty will not eligible for future course releases.

Deadlines for Application

Fall Semester

April 30; Course Release Application Deadline
May 15; Faculty and Development Committee Decisions are Announced

Winter Semester

September 15; Course Release Application Deadline
October 1; Faculty and Development Committee Decisions are Announced

Guidance Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

The College for Creative Studies observes 14 federal holidays and observances. The College acknowledges religious holidays and observances are important to our community members, and requests that every reasonable effort should be made to help students avoid unfavorable academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements, including religious holidays and observances not included on the Religious Holidays list. Some religious days of observance affect the ability of CCS community members to participate in classes, work, and various activities because of specific work and/or food restrictions associated with those days.

For members of our community who practice faiths with restrictions on their daily life and work at the College, accommodations should be made accordingly. 

Guidance for Students

Students are not relieved from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence, if an absence from classes or examinations occurs as a result of religious reasons. When religious observances cause a student to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments, faculty are expected to provide reasonable accommodations, if possible. Students must provide a written notice at least two weeks prior to any religious holy day or cultural observance. If the absence must occur within the first three weeks of a semester or session, the student must  provide written notice one week in advance of the absence.

Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should a disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair and the Dean of Academic Affairs. Final appeals will be resolved by the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Guidance for Educators

CCS Educators whose classes conflict with their own religious obligations should work with their Chair and Program Manager to find a substitute for the course or initiate steps for coursework to be covered within another class time. Faculty are expected to provide these dates to the Chair and Program Manager prior to the start of the academic term. Alternative arrangements should not inconvenience other students, staff, or faculty. Employees should make every effort to avoid scheduling assembly meetings and campus-wide events on religious holidays. It should be noted that some holidays extend over many days.  Staff members who observe religious holidays that are not on the current CCS holiday/observance schedule may use Paid Time Off (PTO). Please adhere to CCS PTO guidelines when submitting PTO requests.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance, please consult with your supervisor.

Faculty Credentials and Equivalent Tested Experience

The College for Creative Studies adheres to The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) guidelines on Determining Qualified Faculty Through HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices. These guidelines state that institutions will use credentials as the primary mechanism to ascertain minimal faculty qualifications. HLC recognizes that tested experience also may be considered in determining faculty qualifications.  The following guidelines apply to all faculty members whose primary responsibility is teaching, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, dual credit, and/or temporary faculty.


Faculty credentials refer to the degrees that faculty have earned that establish their credibility as content experts and thus their competence to teach that content in the classroom.  Common expectations for faculty credentials include the following:

  • Faculty teaching should have completed a program of study in the discipline or subfield (as applicable) in which they teach, and/or for which they develop curricula, with coursework at least one level above that of the courses being taught or developed. Completion of a degree in a specific field enhances an instructor’s depth of subject matter knowledge and is easily identifiable.
  • Faculty teaching in undergraduate programs should hold a degree at least one level above that program in which they are teaching. If a faculty member holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline other than that in which he or she is teaching, that faculty member should have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline in which he or she is teaching.
  • Faculty teaching in graduate programs should hold the terminal degree determined by the discipline and have a record of research, scholarship or achievement appropriate for the graduate program.
  • Faculty guiding doctoral education should have a record of scholarship and preparation to teach at the doctoral level. Research and scholarship should be appropriate to the program and degree offered.

Faculty Credentialing Table

DepartmentLevel Being TaughtCourse LevelsRequirement
Art Practice
Communication Design
Craft & Material Studies
Entertainment Arts
Fashion Accessories Design
Interior Design
Liberal Arts
Product Design
Transportation Design
BFA Undergraduate100-400MFA with specialty relative to course content being taught or other Master’s degree with at least 18 graduate credit hours relative to course content being taught
Art EducationTeacher Certification

MA Graduate

500 – 700
MA with state teaching certification or MAAE or MFA in art, studio art, or art education

MFA or Ph.D in Art Education
Color and Materials Design
Interaction Design
Systems Design Thinking
Transportation Design
MFA Graduate500 – 700MFA or Ph.D with specialty relative to course content being taught or other Master’s degree with at least 18 graduate credit hours relative to course content being taught

Tested Experience

According to HLC, “Tested experience may substitute for an unearned credential or portions thereof.” Criterion B.2, Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support, states that “when faculty members are employed based on equivalent experience, the institution defines a minimum threshold of experience and an evaluation process that is used in the appointment process.” Consistent with HLC policy, “experience should be tested experience in that it includes a breadth and depth of experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline in which the faculty member would be teaching.”

Equivalent Tested Experience Table

For a faculty member to be considered eligible to teach, they must have completed 18 credits toward the educational credentials listed on the Faculty Credentialing Table or provide evidence of one of the below qualifications. Faculty must receive a score of “3” in ONE of the below categories for activities within the last ten years.

Indicate the creative output expertise evidenced in the candidate’s portfolioNo ExperienceBeginner (Fewer than 3)Average
Above Average (10+)Advanced (10+ National and/or International)Not Applicable (N/A)
Exhibitions and/or Performances123456
Lecture/Presenter/Visiting Artist/Panelist/Keynote123456
Publications of Artistic Work (i.e. short story, poem, illustration etc.)123456
Curatorial experience123456
Professional Awards/Memberships123456
Indicate the candidate’s professional qualifications (evidence must be on CV or resume)No ExperienceBeginner (Fewer than 3 years)Average (3-5 years)Above Average (5-10 years)Advanced (10+ years)Not Applicable (N/A)
Professional Experience123456
Professional-level Projects or Consulting123456
Workshops, Training, or Seminars123456
Indicate the candidate’s teaching qualifications (evidence must be on CV or resume)No experience teaching at the College levelBeginner (Less than 4 semesters of experience)Average (4-5 semesters of experience)Above Average (More than 5 but less than 10 semesters of experience)Advanced (More than 10 semesters of experience)
Teaching at the College level12345
Indicate the candidate’s research experience (evidence must be offered on CV or resume)No ExperienceBeginner (1-2 conference papers, 1-2 journal publications, 0 monographs or book chapters)Average (3-4 conference papers, 3-4 journal publications, 1+ monographs or book chapters)Above Average (4-8 conference papers, 5-8 journal publications, 1+ monographs or book chapters)Advanced (9+ conference papers, 9+ journal publications, 2+ monographs or book chapters)Not Applicable (N/A)
Conference Papers123456
Journal Publications123456
Book Chapters123456

Determining Faculty Credentials or Equivalent Tested Experience

Once a faculty search process is initiated, the Department Chair develops a position description in consultation with the appropriate Dean. Throughout the search process, the CCS Faculty Credential Table should be used to evaluate candidates according to HLC’s Determining Qualified Faculty requirements. The Faculty Credential Table should also be used to assess qualifications for adjunct instructors as well as dual enrollment faculty. If a candidate does not meet the minimum required credentials as outlined in the table, the rubric for Equivalent Tested Experience should be used to determine whether or not the candidate is qualified in lieu of having the appropriate credential.

Process for Documenting Faculty Credentials or Equivalent Tested Experience

Once the Department has made an assessment on the faculty members credential or equivalent tested experience that information is submitted by the Department Chair or Program Manager to the CCS Human Resources Department.  Departments, in conjunction with Human Resources, will ensure that written documentation is maintained for each current or future faculty member hired through tested experience verifying that s/he meets the minimum expectations for tested experience established by the department. This applies to all faculty, including adjunct, part-time, and dual enrollment instructors. Additionally, all new faculty should be provided with an electronic copy of the CCS policy and procedure for reviewing and approving tested experience minimum standards.

These requirements are not a mandate from our accreditor to terminate or withhold contract renewals for current faculty members. HLC expects that the College for Creative Studies will work with faculty who are otherwise performing well to ensure that they meet HLC’s requirements.

Department Chairs

Teaching Load

Department Chairs are required to teach two 3-credit courses each semester.


The Department Chair is a faculty member, administrator, and leader. The department Chair is responsible for planning and managing the educational objectives and the human, financial, and physical resources of his/her department. The Department Chair, working closely with the faculty of the department, sets standards of excellence and maintains the quality and reputation of the department, encourages innovation to sustain the department’s vitality, encourages cohesion and harmony within the department, supports formal and informal interdisciplinary activities and programs, and is a vigorous advocate for the department’s faculty and programs. As a member of the faculty, the Department Chair is expected to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a faculty member as described in this handbook, although the number of credits a Chair teaches will be affected by the administrative release time a Chair receives. In addition, the Department Chair’s duties are as follows:

  1. Faculty/educator
    1. Duties and responsibilities of Full-Time Faculty
  2. Direct and support faculty development
    1. In consultation with the faculty member, set development goals, motivate and encourage professional development and conduct annual performance reviews in accordance with established College procedures, including preparing a written evaluation of each faculty member using the established template.
    2. Advocate on behalf of faculty in the support of professional development goals.
  3. Curriculum development
    1. Provide leadership in the development of courses and programs of study.
    2. Approve the syllabi of all courses and independent study offered by department faculty.
    3. Communicate approved curriculum requirements and changes to the Academic Advising and Registration Office.
  4. Planning/managing
    1. Hold and preside over regular department meetings throughout the academic year, preparing the agenda, and posting Department minutes to a college archive.
    2. Make written recommendations to the Faculty Review Committee (FRC) and the appropriate Dean regarding promotion in rank, renewal of contracts, or dismissal.
    3. Coordinate with the Program Manager to develop the teaching and course schedule of the department after consultation with the faculty, and subject to the approval of the appropriate Dean, ensuring that the workloads, teaching, and departmental responsibilities are equitably distributed.
    4. Recruit new faculty, in accordance with institutional policy and in consultation with the appropriate Dean and Provost.
    5. Acquaint new faculty members with department policies and procedures.
    6. Develop in consultation with departmental faculty and the appropriate committees, long-range plans, and departmental objectives.
    7. Develop, prepare and administer the yearly budget in consultation with members of the department.
    8. Assure that students’ progress is evaluated and tracked, according to College policies, and that students receive timely reports of their progress.
    9. In partnership with members of the department, develop and coordinate the department’s mentoring program.
    10. Prepare the department’s monthly report.
    11. Review student and faculty concerns arising within the department and handle them in accordance with College policies and, when necessary, in consultation with the Office of the Provost.
    12. Manage the facilities of the department.
    13. Hire departmental support staff according to institutional procedures, supervise their duties and evaluate their performance.
    14. Participate in the recruitment of new students to the College.
    15. Partner with the Admissions Office in the screening and evaluation of applicants.
    16. Participate in the Chairs’ meetings as a partner in developing College governance and policy.
    17. Plan activities to augment the academic program by securing visiting artists, critics, lecturers, exhibitions, workshops, and international study programs.
    18. Coordinate responsibilities regarding accreditation requirements, assessment, strategic planning, and program evaluations.
    19. Support and facilitate interdisciplinary activities between departments, other colleges, and universities.
    20. Partner in the development and assessment of the college retention plan.
    21. Delegate responsibilities as appropriate to support the mission and goals of the department.
    22. Support student international study opportunities working with individual students, international institutions and the Office of International Student Services at CCS.
    23. Develop, facilitate, approve and manage, when appropriate, international programs through the College for Creative Studies.
  5. External Relationships
    1. Coordinate the department’s efforts and work with the Office of Career Services regarding internships and employment opportunities.
    2. Partner with Institutional Advancement (IA) to develop learning opportunities through sponsored research projects.
    3. Facilitate entering student work in national and international art and design competitions.
    4. Maintain and develop contacts in industries and professions for which the department educates students and stay abreast of changes in those fields that may affect the department’s educational mission.
    5. Partner with IA in developing the tools and communications necessary to achieve the department’s marketing and PR goals.

Assist and encourage student and faculty participation in community art and design partnerships.

The appropriate Dean, Provost or President may assign other duties from time to time, following consultation with the Chairs.


Each year, the Chair completes an Annual Report as a self-evaluation. The appropriate Dean provides written responses within the same document. The Dean also seeks comment from the full-time faculty and program managers as regards the Chair’s performance. Afterward, a meeting between the Chair and the appropriate Dean is conducted to review the evaluation.

Calendar Year Responsibilities

The Department Chair’s responsibilities for administering the department extend throughout the calendar year. The departments remain open during the summer; and numerous activities occur on campus, including summer classes, planning and preparation for the coming academic year, admissions, readying of facilities, long-range planning, and community education. While Department Chairs determine their own schedules during the summer, they continue to take all necessary steps to maintain the operations of the department and honor reasonable requests from the President, Provost, appropriate Dean, and other administrators to attend to College responsibilities.


Chairs are appointed annually by the President on the recommendation of the appropriate Dean and Provost and serve at the pleasure of the President. Chair reports to the appropriate Dean.

Independent Study

An Independent Study is available to undergraduate students who are at Junior or Senior level standing and first and second year graduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. The student may receive approval to work in an area or on a project that is not otherwise offered or addressed in the curriculum. Students may receive credit toward graduation for no more than 6 credit hours.

  • The student must complete an Independent Study Form. Please see the Academic Credit Opportunties page for more information.
  • The student must submit a minimum 150-word Independent Study Proposal, along with the Independent Study Approval Form, to the faculty member overseeing the Independent Study. The proposal should state the reason for the independent study and their plan for study, including topics to be covered and goals.
  • The faculty member appointed to oversee the Independent Study must write an Independent Study Syllabus with a detailed course description, learning outcomes, assignments, meeting dates (minimum of four), due dates, and grading criteria.
  • Students must submit the Independent Study Proposal and the completed Syllabus from the faculty member to the Department Chair. The Department Chair approves of the Student’s proposal, the Independent Study and the Syllabus with a detailed course description, learning outcomes, assignments, meeting dates (minimum of four), due dates, and grading criteria.
  • The Independent Study Approval Form, with faculty and Chair signatures, must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for final approval by the Undergraduate Dean, Graduate Dean, or the Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • The student takes the final approved form to the Academic Advising and Registration Office in order to register for the Independent Study. Independent Study forms must be turned in no later than the final day to add a class of the semester in which the Independent Study is to be taken.

Terms of Employment for Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty receive an email letter that incorporates the class taught, rate of pay, and contact hours. All adjunct faculty are invited to a new faculty orientation that reviews policies, duties, responsibilities, and other information contained in the CCS faculty handbook. The handbook is available on Blackboard.

In certain circumstances, an adjunct faculty member may be employed without an email letter of appointment. Adjunct faculty are appointed on a semester-by-semester basis at the sole discretion of the Department Chair. An appointment for one semester does not guarantee an appointment for any subsequent semester. Adjunct faculty may be terminated for cause at any time during a semester. Such causes may include but are not limited to: academic falsification of credentials or work product, professional or personal misconduct, incompetence, and failure to perform teaching responsibilities and/or other assigned duties. Adjunct faculty terminations are handled by the Department Chair in consultation with the appropriate Dean.

CCS Alumni Teaching at the College

In order to ensure that an individual has developed the appropriate background and skill to qualify as an instructor, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies may be hired as an adjunct faculty member only after having three years of direct or related work experience.

Administrative Staff Teaching at the College

Administrative staff may, from time to time, teach classes in the degree, Pre-College and Continuing Education, and Community Arts Partnerships Programs. Administrative staff may teach classes in these programs providing the classes do not interfere with their primary responsibilities and scheduled work times. Administrative staff may not teach any classes scheduled prior to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday unless otherwise approved by the appropriate Dean or the Associate Provost.

Adjunct Review Process

New faculty are reviewed by the Department Chair during the semester through a classroom observation evaluation. Faculty are evaluated on planning/preparation, creating a positive learning environment, content deliver, achieving learning outcomes, and communication style. A semester-end evaluation is completed after the course concludes, which determines whether faculty will be retained. An action plan is included, if needed, for performance improvement. This process may be repeated in subsequent semesters should the Department Chair determine the need.

Missed Classes

Adjunct faculty who cannot meet a class for valid reasons must contact the Department Chair or the Program Manager, as well as make all determined efforts to provide each student with as much advance notice as is realistically feasible. In the event of prior knowledge of valid inability to meet a class, the Department Chair is required to arrange for a substitute instructor with a current full-time or adjunct faculty, or a member of the department’s adjunct “pool,” or schedule an equivalent make-up class period. If an adjunct faculty member misses class due to illness or another valid reason approved by the appropriate Chair, and an adjunct serves as a substitute instructor, the College will provide appropriate remuneration for the substitute. Adjunct faculty who miss classes will have their pay reduced by a pro-rated amount for that class. The Program Manager should initiate a payment request for the substitute. The request should be signed by the Department Chair and forwarded to the appropriate Dean’s office.

Program Manager

The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for providing administrative support to the Chair and faculty of the department and facilitating the delivery of educational and support services to the department’s students. The Manager organizes and administers routine office functions, including scheduling, budgets, ordering and purchasing, and communications. The Program Manager reports to the appropriate Chair. The Assistant Provost coordinates the activities of the PM’s and resolves any issues in regard to their responsibilities.

Image Collections

Luna is the digital software that organizes CCS’s extensive digital image collections. A login and password are required to obtain institutional content.

There are two collections:

  1. CCS Images for Teaching which is our local collection and consists of approximately 65,000 images, and AMICA, which consists of digital images contributed by twenty-one art museums.
  2. Additionally, Luna Commons is a group of free access collections enabled by the software company. An external search tool also allows users to pull in images from Flickr. Faculty must obtain basic training and sign a contract in order to obtain high-resolution images suitable for classroom use. Visual Resources provides search help and fills image requests – both general and specific.