CCS invites applications for a full-time faculty member in Undergraduate Transportation Design

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The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time faculty member in Undergraduate Transportation Design.

This position reports to the Chair of the Transportation Design Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division and is responsible for teaching and developing curriculum within the applicant’s area of expertise. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions:

  • Teach three classes per semester during the academic year and mentor undergraduate students in transportation design. The faculty member may also be called upon to teach graduate level transportation design courses, as well as teach in other departments of the College, such as Foundation drawing.
  • Assist in developing strong corporate partnerships for sponsored projects, internships, and full time positions for students.
  • Participate in the continuous development of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Collaborate and work effectively as a team member of the department and with other CCS faculty and staff.
  • Continued professional activity and growth, as well as service within the department, college, and professional community are also required, which may include travel for promotional purposes and leading Transportation Design workshops locally and abroad.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have a terminal degree (MFA or equivalent) in industrial or transportation design. Candidates with an undergraduate degree and substantial professional/teaching experience with demonstrable skills may also be considered. The preferred candidate will have 7+ years of experience in the professional transportation design field, with international work experience, and a minimum of two years college teaching experience.

Necessary skills include:

  • A solid understanding of the exterior and interior design process and industry requirements; strong 2D and 3D visualization skills, including traditional and digital sketching, rendering, models, and mock-ups.
  • Fluency with Adobe Creative Suite and Alias 3D modelling software with additional 3D modelling software knowledge a plus.
  • The ability to demonstrate advanced and near term conceptual design ideation process and sketch / rendering solutions.
  • In-depth knowledge of materials and processes used in vehicle production, as well as an interest in emerging materials and processes.
  • Knowledge of sustainable practices and social responsibility in the transportation industry.

About the department:

The CCS Transportation Design Department is a global leader in transportation design education with graduates employed at OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers worldwide. The department offers both the Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees and currently enrolls some 200 students at the undergraduate level. Students are trained in automotive exterior design, automotive interior design, and vehicles, which encompasses a broad spectrum of non-automotive vehicles such as power sports, medium and heavy duty trucks, construction and forestry equipment, agricultural equipment, industrial equipment, military vehicles, marine, aircraft, and rail. There are currently four full-time faculty, a digital and clay modelling coordinator, as well as the department chair and the department administrator. The department has outstanding facilities, including studio space and a well-equipped model shop. Industry sponsored projects are typically part of the upper level studio work. Study abroad agreements are in place with schools overseas, as well as a robust internship program. The department is located in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, a 760,000-square foot National Register of Historic Places building designed by Alfred Kahn and the birthplace of American automotive design under Harley Earl, the first head of design for General Motors.

About CCS:

College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid protyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in thirteen majors: Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Crafts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master of Fine Arts in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design.

How to apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Priority will be given to those who apply by November 30, 2016.

A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, URL portfolio or DVD, and samples of professional and student work (if applicable) should be sent to:

College for Creative Studies
Office of Human Resources
Re: BFA Transportation Design Full-Time Faculty
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034


Or email: with “BFA Transportation Design Full-Time Faculty” in the subject line


Facebook: College for Creative Studies/Transportation Design

Transportation Design Department website:

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