Position Description

Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication Design

STATUS: Full time
DIVISION: Undergraduate Studies
REPORTS TO: Chair of Communication Design

Position Summary

Communication Designers are trans-disciplinary by nature. We make things that you see, read, touch, and experience every day. Our visual messages can live seamlessly on the static page, a dynamic screen, or a user interface.

The CCS/CD department is a collaborative team of educators looking for candidates that can bring excellence in design education, teaching at all levels of our BFA communication design program, while also maintaining a theoretical and/or professional design practice.

CCS is located in the city of Detroit, and as such the department has established diverse community/industry partnerships within the metro area. Through these partnerships, we have embedded in our curriculum, experiential learning opportunities that encourage student engagement in client-based projects that often support interdisciplinary classes with other departments within the college. These experiences help students recognize the diverse cultures, complex contexts, and social impact design has in industry, community building, and thought leadership.

Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions

  • Teaching in the Communication Design Department integrating different learning modes such as in-person, hybrid and remote when necessary.
    • Collaborate on curriculum development and assessment.
    •  Provide classroom instruction, classroom management like attendance, grading, student communication, integration of learning management software, preparation of course material including class syllabi, project/assignments, and exams, guiding classroom critique, consulting with students, replying to students’ inquiries, and facilitating course evaluations
    •  Mentoring students beyond the classroom
    •  Serve on College-wide and department committees as appropriate
    •  Maintain a theoretical and/or professional design practice
  • Other Responsibilities and Service Opportunities:
    •  Support processes that identify guest lectures, visiting designers, publications, and student competitions
    •  Support students in developing career plans + portfolio development
    •  Assist with student exhibitions, web and social media content
    •  Support processes that create visibility and recognition for the program among prospective students, the design community, creative industries, and potential donors and sponsors
    •  Maintain external relationships with designers and leaders experienced with issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity
    •  Consider interdisciplinary opportunities with other CCS departments on campus or elsewhere.

Qualifications and Experience

  • MFA degree in communication/graphic design preferred, from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional design experience
    • Experience with design education + teaching practice
    •  Experience in professional studio practice within the communication design field
    •  Experience working on systemic-media communications, design direction, branding, strategy, applied to UxD, motion, and print.
    •  Demonstrated commitment to building innovative approaches to communication design education and personal studio practice.
    •  Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and recognize the confidential nature of higher education, as well as requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
    •  Demonstrated experience in and commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within CCS’s diverse community/industry partners.

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 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.

Application Procedure/Additional Information

The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format TOhr@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

  1. Letter of Interest. Briefly address all qualifications related to design research, teaching experiences, and contributions (past or present) to enhance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in these areas of design. 
  2. Teaching Statement/Philosophy
  3. Professional work: please include a web address or link within the Letter of Interest where design work can be viewed
  4. Student work: please include a web address or link within the Letter of Interest where design work can be viewed
  5. Curriculum Vitae with a list of three professional references

         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.  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.  Discrimination, including harassment, because of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law is strictly prohibited.  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.

About CCS

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, Systems Design Thinking, 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 University Prep Art & Design 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.

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.

posted on January 28, 2022 at 2:12 pm