Assistant Professor Non-Tenure, Furniture and First Year Programs


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.


The Furniture Program focuses on the fertile intersection of the disciplines of furniture design, industrial design, sculpture, architecture, and fashion. The program emphasizes making skills (woodworking, metalworking, upholstery, and industrial fabrication), drawing and computer-based design, and a theoretical investigation of furniture as both functional object and cultural agent. Students develop a conceptually sophisticated and professional body of work suitable for small-scale production runs and gallery exhibitions. Students execute projects both individually and in interdisciplinary groups, gaining experience that prepares them to collaborate with galleries, designers, manufacturers, and contractors in their professional lives.

The First Year Program’s Core Studio courses explore different approaches to creative practice and build the skills necessary to prepare students for their majors. Projects emphasize craft, work ethic, visual literacy, critical thinking, and effective communication. The First Year Program is committed to constructive critique, guided research, diverse expression, and collaborative learning in a cohort of faculty and students working together as an educational community. The program orients students to the rigor of building a creative practice using skills that apply to all programs at the college.


CCA seeks candidates for a part-time, ranked non-tenure position of Assistant Professor in the Furniture and First Year Programs, beginning Fall 2018. Ideal candidates will be able to teach, mentor students, participate in curricular development, foster ties with local and international organizations, and play a leadership role in the Furniture Program. In keeping with the college’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who will cultivate an equitable studio environment and a diverse curriculum.

Successful candidates will be able to teach furniture production methods in a studio environment, from the studio scale to larger scale manufacturing. Additional teaching opportunities within the Furniture Program may include computer drafting, professional practice, production furniture, woodworking, upholstery and metalworking techniques, depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. This position also requires instruction of drawing skills such as drafting, perspective, and rendering. The candidate will also be able to teach at least one class per year in the First Year Program and contribute to its curricular and pedagogical development on a rotational basis.

The position requires a commitment to continued professional work and participation in college-wide service. Ranked, non-tenure faculty positions are filled by three-year renewable appointments and specifically designed for regional practitioners. Ranked, non-tenure faculty teach between three classes and four classes per year.


  • BFA in Furniture required; MFA (or equivalent professional degree and/or experience) preferred

  • At least two years college-level teaching experience

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for the craft of furniture making and an interest in interdisciplinary and global perspectives

  • Significant record of creative work in either studio furniture and/or industry focused furniture design and production

  • Commitment to teaching within the creative environment of an art, design, and architecture college

  • Proven leadership ability desired


Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Applications must be received by February 15, 2018.


Interested candidates may apply via an online application available at this address:

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

  • Cover letter

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Statement of Interest,  explaining creative and educational philosophy, highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration

  • Portfolio of professional work, presented as a link to a website

  • Examples of course syllabi, student work, and student evaluations from recent courses taught at the college level

  • Three professional references, one preferably academic

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.