Job Opportunity: Open Rank Tenure Track Faculty Position in Critical Design History & Theory at California College of the Arts (San Francisco)- Applications due Mar. 4, 2022


Open Rank Tenure Track, Critical Design History & Theory


California College of the Arts seeks applicants for a full-time, open rank tenure track position in critical design history and theory to begin in Fall 2022. This unique position is supported by the divisions of Design and Humanities & Sciences.

CCA strives to expand our design history and theory pedagogy to address the systemic structures and power relations that shape our society. The ideal applicant engages with cultural, global, and/or transnational dimensions of design history and theory. We seek faculty with specialization in design and cultural work of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, decolonial theory, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, and design justice. Additional expertise in queer/trans theory and/or disability studies is also welcome.

We seek candidates who cultivate and support an equity-focused creative and scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly diverse and international student body inclusive of a large demographic of first-generation college students. Successful candidates will also demonstrate a vibrant professional record of research, scholarship, and student-centered teaching.

The candidate will enhance the current design history and theory course offerings and develop additional graduate and undergraduate courses in the divisions of Design and Humanities & Sciences, from our MFA Design’s “Design in Context” track to our college-wide undergraduate media history courses. This faculty member will teach five courses per year, may supervise MFA Design thesis projects, and perform college-wide, divisional, and program service. Tenure track faculty are eligible to apply for full pay full-year sabbaticals.


  • Specialization and scholarship related to design and cultural work of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, decolonial theory, cultural studies, critical ethnic studies, design justice or related fields
  • Established record of professional activity
  • Teaching experience (college-level or equivalent), with the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in design history and theory
  • Advanced degree in design, history, theory, cultural studies or a related field with a design focus


  • PhD in design, history, theory, cultural studies or a related field with a design focus
  • Experience in supporting multilingual learners, first-generation college students, and/or students with diverse backgrounds and learning modalities


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. The CCA campus, located in San Francisco, 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.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Application deadline extended to March 4th at 11:59 PM PST.


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

  • Letter of interest highlighting research interests and areas of specialization
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy
  • One-page statement of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) experience
  • Writing Sample(s)–PDF version not exceeding 25 pages total
  • Contact information for three professional references (name, title, address, phone number, email address)

Additional materials may be requested by the search committee at a later time.

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.

Apply here.


Author: Jacqueline Francis

Writer, educator, curator, arts consultant, and occasional artist in San Francisco, California. Follow me on Twitter @JackieFrancisSF and Instagram--jackiefrancissf

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