Cranbrook Academy of Art
Head of Department & Artist-in-Residence – Print Media
Cranbrook Academy of Art, ranked nationally as one of the top graduate programs in art, architecture, and design, is now accepting applications for the Head of Department & Artist-in-Residence (faculty) in Print Media. This position requires a forward-facing vision for the Department that embraces an expansive range of perspectives, from traditional forms of image making and
reproduction to digital processes and experimental methodologies. The Academy seeks a candidate with a broad technical background in printmaking, a commitment to interdisciplinarity, and a strong understanding of the role of print media within contemporary art and culture. Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are the singular leaders of their departments. During the academic year (September–May), the Print Media Artist-in-Residence mentors up to 15 graduate students in a supportive environment composed of ten additional departments: 2D Design, 3D Design, 4D Design,
Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The Artist-in-Residence is given the autonomy to determine the pedagogy of their department and the responsibility for its success. Applicants for this position must be unusually well qualified to provide open, independent learning, resulting in rigorous production, critique, and discussion. It is expected that the Head of Department & Artist-in-Residence will maintain an active professional practice including exhibitions, publications, and speaking engagements. The Head of Department & Artist-in-Residence is provided with a private studio, housing on campus, and competitive benefits in addition to salary. Primary responsibilities of this position include mentorship and teaching as well as administration of the Print Media Department and active recruitment of students.
Successful candidates must possess a vibrant record as a professional artist; a terminal degree in studio art; 5 years or more of college-level teaching (preferred) with dedicated experience at the graduate level; excellent communication and leadership skills; the ability to foster an inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment; and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the field and the Academy. Through its unique educational model, Cranbrook Academy of Art has made a substantial artistic, educational, and institutional impact since it was founded in 1932.
The Academy of Art is part of the larger Cranbrook Educational Community, situated on a 300-acre campus located just outside of Detroit. Founded by George G. Booth and designed by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, Cranbrook is a community of educators, artists, architects and designers, living and working together. Comprising the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Center for Collections and Research, the Institute of Science, and a private school serving students from kindergarten through high school, the Cranbrook Educational Community offers a singularly unique backdrop for teaching and learning. Cranbrook offers competitive compensation and benefits that include medical, dental, life insurance, long-term and short-term disability, and retirement programs with employer contribution. Position commences September 2024. Applications received by November 2, 2023, will be given priority consideration and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Applications consist of two pieces: a single PDF document of candidate materials and a completed Cranbrook Faculty Application form. All fields in the application form must be completed and ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE UPLOADED AT ONE TIME. Applicants will be unable to add additional materials once submitted. The PDF should contain a cover letter, a statement that outlines your approach to teaching at the graduate level, an overview of your vision for the department, and a statement on how your teaching supports an inclusive and diverse community, a curriculum vitae, name and email contact for three professional references, a portfolio of the candidate’s work (20 image samples) and links to relevant websites. This single PDF should be labeled as FirstInitial.LastName.pdf.
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