Chair of SICA (Sculpture, Individualized, and Community Arts Programs)

COLLEGE

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, 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.

PROGRAM SUMMARIES

CCA’s Sculpture, Individualized, and Community Arts programs are part of the Fine Arts division, and are dynamic hubs of interdisciplinary pedagogy.

The Sculpture Program addresses the experiential complex of materials, the social and poetic life of objects, and the deep historical context of all cultural production. Through engaged mentoring and a lively exchange with their peers, students explore a diverse range of forms and media in order to develop an individualized practice shaped around sustained curiosity and creative dexterity to craft new conceptual possibilities.

The Individualized Program is for students whose work bridges media and disciplines that fall outside regular program and department structures. The Program encourages cross-disciplinary studies throughout the college’s programs, enabling students to work with diverse faculty in design, architecture, writing, and fine arts programs.

The Community Arts Program is an interdisciplinary, community-based approach to creative practice. The program explores ways artists interact, collaborate, and intervene in a variety of social networks with the aim of building sustainable community relationships, engaging cultural diversity, and stimulating social transformation. Encouraged to experiment with new genres, mediums, and technologies, students create their own set of hybrid practices, adding new ideas to the field of community arts.

POSITION SUMMARY

CCA is seeking candidates for a full-time, open rank position for the Chair of the Sculpture, Individualized, and Community Arts Programs (SICA) to begin Summer 2018. Drawing on extensive studio practice, research, administrative leadership experience, and commitment to contemporary art education and community, the Chair work with the Dean of Fine Arts and fellow faculty leaders across the campus to forge a new vision for a 21st century art education made manifest in a unified San Francisco campus to be completed in the next 4-5 years.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

-       MFA or equivalent terminal degree

-       Evidence of successful academic administrative leadership

-       At least four years of college-level teaching experience, preferably including work with

graduate students, and evidence of teaching effectiveness

-       Specific experience working with and teaching sculptural media, including the use of

digital technology

-       Expertise in contemporary art history and theory

-       Experience managing and supporting faculty in their roles as teachers, mentors, and

practitioners

-       Ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college

-       Proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a

global perspective including leading, facilitating and collaborating with diverse groups

-       Extensive professional activity, including solo and group exhibitions, performances,

screenings, press, published writings, invited artist talks, residencies, awards, etc.

SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications must be received by January 7, 2018 at 11:59 PST.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates may apply via an online application available at this address: https://cca.submittable.com/submit/cca153c6-3f13-4033-a076-6d483c8c5069/chair-of-sica-sculpture-individualized-and-community-arts-open-rank-full-tim

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

- Letter of interest

- Teaching philosophy

- Artist Statement covering research and practice

- Curriculum vitae

- Portfolio of up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of video

- Three professional references

EEO Statement

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.