Assistant Professor, First Year Studio and English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist, First Year Core Studio Program
Tenure Track, Full Time
San Francisco, CA
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing and literature.The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, social practice, film, visual and critical studies, and writing.Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school's motto of 'Make art that matters.' Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.
The CCA First Year Program serves the entire undergraduate population and plays an integral role in preparing students for work in their majors. The curriculum is made up of core studio courses emphasizing a breadth of skill-acquisition, experimentation, community building and critical thinking. Through a year of in-depth cross-disciplinary study via studio and seminar courses, as well as extra curricular activities and community building opportunities, the first-year experience at CCA builds a strong studio, academic and peer foundation that resonates throughout a student's entire education.
Students benefit from engaged faculty mentoring, small class sizes, and access to traditional and state of the art labs, studios, facilities, and exhibition opportunities. Through a balance of theoretical, technical, art historical, and conceptual curriculum, CCA students explore a wide range of forms and media while developing an individualized practice of sustained curiosity and creative dexterity.
The First Year Program is made up of approximately thirty-five faculty from all four academic divisions of the college, Architecture, Design, Fine Arts and Humanities & Sciences. The faculty are all practitioners in their respective creative fields and most of them teach across the college in various disciplines.
The First Year Core Studio Program at California College of the Arts seeks applicants for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in First Year Core Studio specializing in studio art or design and English Language Learning (ELL) pedagogy to begin in fall 2020.
The College seeks an accomplished artist or designer witha proven track record of professional practice and a dynamic teacher committed to multilingual student success. The candidate will be a specialist in ELL pedagogy with expertise in teaching foundation-level courses for first-year artists, architects, writers, and designers from multilingual and diverse backgrounds.
The successful candidate will teach and support a robust undergraduate first year core studio curriculum that encompasses both traditional tools and new technologies as well as innovative pedagogy, social engagement, and critical discourse. They will help guide college-wide efforts to create an overall educational experience that promotes multilingual student success from the first year through the graduate level.
In keeping with CCA's commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large contingent of first generation college students.
This full-time teaching and administrative position will be equivalent to teaching five courses per year. All ranked faculty perform college-wide, divisional, and program service. Responsibilities will include training tutors, developing ELL curriculum, and engaging in college-wide initiatives focused on multilingual student success.
Candidates for this position must possess the ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college, as well as the ambition to emerge as a leading voice in the direction of the college.
MFA or other advanced degree in studio art, design, or a related field
Professional activity in area of creative expertise
Professional expertise in ELL pedagogy
Demonstrated engagement with the intersection of studio and ELL pedagogy
Two years of college-level teaching experience, with the ability to teach first year foundation level studio courses
Evidence of teaching in a culturally-competent manner with experience working with multilingual learners and diverse groups
MA or PhD in Applied Linguistics or related field
MA or SIT certificate in TESOL
Demonstrated experience in teaching foundation-level art and design courses
Specialization and scholarship related to English Language Learning pedagogy and multilingual student success
Active and sustained participation in TESOL or related organization(s)
Experience designing curriculum to support multilingual students
The ability to help foster a collaborative working environment that builds community, achieves results, and supports student success
Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following
Letter of Interest
One-page Teaching Statement reflecting demonstrated engagement with the intersection of studio and ELL pedagogy
Professional Samples in Art or Design (up to 20 images/pdfs and/or website url)
2-3 Sample Syllabi
Contact Information for three professional references (name, title, affiliation,
phone number, email address)
As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.