Note: To add or delete images only, skip to Gallery Images.
CCA encourages all its faculty members to upload biographical information. This allows current and future students to see the wealth of talent and experience the faculty represents.
If you are a newly appointed faculty member, please read the faculty bio introduction (below) prior to creating your bio. Bios can be added at any time. Consider bookmarking this page, too, for easy reference in the future.
See Graphic Design faculty member Jennifer Morla's bio for an example of a crisp and clean, engaging bio. She provides a wide array of images of her work in addition to a robust overview of her professional trajectory and accomplishments.
Assistance with Faculty Bio
New or existing faculty members sometimes require assistance with their bio submission. If this is the case, send your faculty bio content to your program's content manager as a single compressed file attachment (containing the Word doc, primary image, and up to 8 images of work, including an image index). Note: Reducing the resolution or size of the images is not necessary.
Faculty Bio: An Introduction
Recommended for all new faculty
Having a faculty bio on the CCA website means you have a searchable presence directly tied to the college. This helps us market the college to prospective students who, along with their parents, often want to know more about the faculty to help then in their decision to apply.
An effective bio contains the following elements (though not necessarily all):
- awards & honors
- business affiliations
- community involvement
- research & teaching interests
Faculty members can log in to the CCA website to create or edit a faculty bio, upload a headshot, add personal contact information (this will appear in the CCA faculty directory), and manage which images of work display at any given time. (Note: Routinely replacing images of work ensures your bio stays fresh.)
Faculty Bio Components
An effective faculty bio contains the following:
- a short biography (300 words or fewer recommended)
- headshot (strongly encouraged)
- up to 8 images of displayed work (images may include book and CD/DVD covers, including other covers of publications that contain your work)
- website URLs (If you wish to list more than one website, place the primary one in the appropriate text field, and any subsequent ones at the bottom of you bio text.)
- contact info: preferred email address and phone number (this info is displayed in the CCA faculty directory)
What About my Curriculum Vitae / Résumé Credits?
CCA's Academic Affairs Office fills in all academic credentials, faculty titles (and changes), and program affiliation(s) for each faculty member.
You cannot edit this information.
For edits to your CCA credentials such as degree affiliations and teaching title, please contact Academic Affairs. (Note: Only completed formal degree credits -- MA, PhD, MBA -- are listed in the credit field, although you are welcome to include any additional in-progress degree endeavors in the body of your bio.)
The following are suggestions for structuring your faculty bio. Most bios adhere to an identifiable order in which information is conveyed, which allows visitors to read the faculty bios with a certain familiarity.
You are, however, encouraged to bring your own personality and wealth of enthusiasm to your bio. It's you, after all.
- general overview of your history with CCA—how long teaching, philosophical tie-in to the college, involvement in other programs of study
- accomplishments either at the college or outside (publications, commissions, exhibitions, work experience, awards and accolades, partnerships, collaborations)
- personal details (where you live, family members, hobbies, other involvements, artist statement)
- uncompleted degrees should be listed last, including titles you hold at other academic institutions
Writing & Style Guidelines
Remember, artwork, exhibitions, periodicals, book titles, and almost all complete standalone works (e.g., short films, plays, journals) are italicized.
This style recommendation and many others are listed in the CCA style guide, which ensures all college-representative content is consistent and follows specific conventions for best readability.
If you cannot locate the answer to a particular editorial question, use the current editions of the following publications:
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition
- The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
See also: Editorial support
To Create a Faculty Bio
Log in to your User Account at http://www.cca.edu/user.
Enter your CCA username and password (the same ones you use to manage your CCA email.
Hit Enter to access the User Profile page. This page displays your current faculty bio information: first name, last name, faculty bio content. (Note: If submitting bio content for the first time, the bio field will be empty.)
Note: If you cannot log in, it may be because your FIRST-NAME INITIAL + LAST NAME, which comprises your full user name, is nonstandard due to an apostrophe (Scarlett O'Hara) or a non-English-language construction (José de la Cruz). If you cannot log in to the system, contact the web team for assistance.
To Edit an Existing Faculty Bio
Log in to the system as described above. Navigate to your profile via your program, or simply add your user name to the end of this URL: http://www.cca.edu/academics/faculty/ PLUS USERNAME (e.g., "jdoe").
Choose Edit Profile at the bottom of the page. (The EDIT tab at the top of the page is for administrative purposes only.)
Edit the text, or if adding a bio for the first time, append your faculty bio text in the text box.
Be sure to review the Email and Phone fields located toward the bottom of the your User Profile. Enter your preferred email and phone contact information in these fields, which will be publicly accessible in your profile as well as in the faculty directory listing.
Be aware changes made to the email and phone fields do not affect your personnel record or carry over to other CCA systems such as Datatel.
Always contact Academic Affairs directly to make any administrative changes such as a change of address or new phone number or email address.
Styling & Formatting
Most bios require little formatting beyond the use of italics (used mostly for titles of works: artwork, books, journals, magazines, newspapers), etc.) or adding a hyperlink.
To italicize text, place a single asterisk (*) on each side of the designated text (no spaces):
*college* = college
To create a hypertext link that directs your audience outside the CCA domain, use an absolute URL (this means the entire URL, including the preceding http://www.cca.edu) by placing the desired linking text within brackets [ ], followed by the complete URL, like this:
If you are linking to another page within the CCA domain, use a relative URL (one that omits the http://www.cca.edu portion of the URL, like this:
Tip: Don't forget the initial slash (/) when using a relative link, as it won't work without it.
Add a Headshot
Headshots are encouraged for all faculty. Headshots make it easier for others to recognize you (students, staff, faculty). If you do not have a headshot, or want a new one, contact the web editor, who can assist you.
Log in to your User Profile at cca.edu/user.
Enter your CCA username and password (the same ones you use to manage your CCA email.
Select the Edit tab at the top of the page
Browse for the desired image. (Don’t worry about sizing your image; the image is automatically sized upon uploading.)
Select Upload. (Note: You must select "Upload" for the thumbnail to load.)
If you select an incorrect image, use the Remove button and repeat the last two steps.
Add a Website URL
Use an absolute URL for listing your professional website in your bio. Offering your audience a glimpse into how you promote yourself is a great way to share more about yourself and complement your faculty bio.
Save & Review
Save your faculty bio and review the body content for accuracy.
(View Changes allows you to return to the top of the page where you can continue making edits, but it’s always best to save your work before reviewing, as it’s easier to fix a saved typo than retype an unsaved page!)
To edit further, return to your User Profile by selecting View or return to cca.edu/user and follow the instructions above.
Gallery images are those images of your work that best represent you and the program in which you teach. Try to select images that focus on a single work. These are more effective than those that depict a work among others in an exhibition space.
Your gallery can display up to eight individual or related images (from a series) at any given time. You may keep more than eight images in your collection, but only eight will appear (as thumbnails) beneath your bio.
To reorder your gallery images, use the arrow icon to the left of a thumbnail to drag it up or down as desired.
(Note: To manage your faculty bio headshot, return to your User Profile and select Edit. Add a new image or replace an existing one.)
Adding Images of Work
Here's how to add images of work to your existing faculty bio gallery. Don't worry about the order -- you can configure the order of your images after you're done uploading:
Log in to your User Account at http://www.cca.edu/user
Enter your CCA username and password (the same ones you use to manage your CCA email
Select the Gallery Images tab (top right side of page)
Choose Add an Image
Enter the image's title and year
Use the Browse feature to locate and Upload an image (you must select "Upload")
Type a brief description (Note: Keep the description short -- 80 characters with spaces -- for best mobile phone display)
Save to return to the Gallery Images admin page, where you may add additional images, or Log out to exit the system
Note: You can change the order of how your images appear by using the drag tool (located to the left of each thumbnail) to move images up or down.
The first eight images placed at the top of your list appear first on the page.
From the Gallery Images admin page, use the Edit tab to modify the title, description, or year for a particular image.
Example of an image description
acrylic, oil, pencil on canvas; 63 x 48 in. (Tip: Be sure to review the CCA style guide for how to properly treat descriptions.
Use markdown code for adding italics: use a single asterisk on either side of text, like this: *Gone With the Wind*, which will appear like this: Gone With the Wind.
In edit mode, you can Remove an image and then replace it. (Note: The Remove feature retains the title, description, and year, so it's intended to replace the existing image with a newer version of the same work.) Upload a replacement image and Save.
If you want to remove an image from your gallery, use the Delete tab at the bottom of the page. (You'll be asked to confirm if you truly want to delete the image.)
Select Add an Image to include additional images, or select View to access your user profile page.
Log out to exit the system.
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