Assistant Professor, Master of Design in Interaction Design Program


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 MDes in Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts was founded in 2015 and offers a one-year, three semester, studio-based Graduate Master of Design degree for students with a studio practice other than Interaction Design. We are an industry-leading program within the rapidly evolving field of contemporary design, working to shape the critical discourse around technology.

The mission of CCA’s MDes in Interaction Design Program is to increase the capacity to shape, lead, and humanize with technology. We do this by training students to possess a bold mix of human-centered and leadership skills; skills that are expressively powerful, in-demand, and have increasingly high impact in the world. Our emphasis on leadership enables graduates to have greater team and organizational impact. We learn by doing, and while much of the education takes place in a studio-based, collaborative, and playful environment, a significant portion also happens in the real world. We consider the city of San Francisco as part of our campus, and we work with local non-profit community partners to practice studio skills in the local environment.

Importantly, we recognize a critical opportunity to include diverse, global, and unheard voices into the practice of interaction design so that our design responses will be more representative and in tune with societal need. With our home in the creative capital of the tech world, our faculty body consists of local design leaders and our students join us from around the world.


CCA seeks candidates for a part-time, ranked non-tenure position of Assistant Professor in the Masters of Design in Interaction Design Program, beginning in Summer 2018. 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.

This position will help grow the academic and administrative rigor as the program transitions from a new to an established program. The successful candidate will demonstrate a forward-thinking view of design education and high competency in one or more of the following core program areas: contemporary leadership, community engagement, social impact, systems, prototyping, visual, UX or other core area of design. They will have a proven record of professional collaboration, leadership, and the ability to push the limits of practice.

We seek candidates who will participate in course development, program evaluation, and program administration. Successful candidates will help to hone our definition of contemporary design practice, cultivate an equitable studio environment and diverse curriculum, lead students to engage with community issues, and commit to co-creating the innovative environment of an art, design, and architecture college. 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.


  • Masters or terminal degree in studio-based design, business or computer science with a minimum of five years combined teaching and professional experience in the field. A non-terminal degree with significant professional experience and record of achievement will also be considered.

  • Evidence of leadership ability

  • Strong commitment to design education and a keen interest in industry developments

  • Strong teaching record preferred

  • Professional and/or educational experience in collaborative interdisciplinary contexts

  • Project-based community engagement and design writing and research are also desirable 

  • Academic administration experience preferred


Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


The priority deadline for applications is April 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin on this date. Applications will be accepted after April 1st on a rolling basis.


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

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

  • One-page cover letter

  • Curriculum vitae

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

  • Link to a website with examples of professional work

  • Additional images of pdfs of professional work (optional)

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

  • Contact information for three professional references


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.