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We welcome you to discover the ways Cranbrook distinguishes itself from other learning environments and invites students to participate in a long, rich tradition of excellence and achievement. If you are interested in becoming a Cranbrook teacher, we invite you to look at “Teaching At Cranbrook Schools,” and “Parenting At Cranbrook Schools” to discover more about the learning environment at Cranbrook.

Artist-in-Residence/Department Head - Ceramics

Cranbrook Academy of Art, ranked nationally as one of the top ten programs in graduate art education, seeks a new leader for the Ceramics department. The successful Ceramics candidate should demonstrate a strong record as a professional artist at the highest level in the field, have teaching experience at the graduate level and strong interpersonal and communication skills to lead the department of 15 students.

Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are the singular leaders of their departments. They are given the autonomy to determine the department’s pedagogy and the responsibility for its success. At Cranbrook, Artists-in-Residence are not typical faculty members. They are full-time artists and designers who live on campus, and whose personal studios are located within their departments. During the academic year, September-May, the Artist-in-Residence mentors 15 graduate students in a collegial environment including nine additional departments: 2D Design, Architecture, 3D Design, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media and Sculpture. Within the Department, each Artist-in-Residence selects their students, guides the development of each individual and nurtures a productive and interactive environment. The degree program culminates in an exhibition and written masters-statement approved by the department head.

Candidates for this position must be unusually well qualified to provide open, independent learning, resulting in rigorous production, critique and discussion, and inspire research, innovation and experimental paradigms. It is anticipated that the Artist-in-Residence/Department Head will also advocate the program via the web, publication and national/international lectures as an active component of recruiting future students.

Cranbrook is not simply a graduate program; it is a community of artists and designers, living and working together on a campus that was designed specifically for that purpose. Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence are provided with a private studio, housing on campus and benefits in addition to salary.

The Ceramics Artist-in-Residence/Department Head should respect the history of ceramics while embracing the visual and conceptual elements of the field through a wide-range of formats and methods, including new technologies. Conceptual models for Ceramics should be characterized by an interdisciplinary, expansive approach that can be used as an open framework for building new visions that will evolve the future of the discipline.  The department boasts five large, energy efficient, state-of-the-art, Blaauw gas kilns- three fully computerized and two manual, and several medium and small electric kilns. The studio is equipped with all the essentials and more: blunger, hydraulic extruder, tile saws, spray booth, grinders, sandblaster etc. In this way we hope not only to cater to the already established ceramic tradition- we aim for the department to be at the frontline of contemporary ceramic art and design.

Candidates for this position must be working artists with a sustained record of peer recognition; a demonstrated commitment to college-level teaching; a Master’s Degree or higher; excellent communication skills and leadership skills; the ability to provide a productive and interactive learning environment; the capacity to make a significant contribution to their field and to the Academy.

Position commences September 2017. 


Applications consist of two pieces: a single PDF document and a completed Cranbrook Faculty Application form. 

Cranbrook Faculty Application Form.

The PDF should contain a cover letter, departmental philosophy, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. It should also include a portfolio of the candidate’s work (20 images).  The PDF should be labeled with FirstInitial.LastName.pdf

Applications received by October 15, 2016 will be given priority consideration.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Materials should be sent to humanresources@cranbrook.edu 

For more information about the Academy and our programs, please visit our website: www.cranbrookart.edu.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Statement of Non-Discrimination:

Cranbrook is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse work environment. Cranbrook Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law in its programs and activities.

Substitute Teachers - Lower School

Substitute teaching positions are available at Cranbrook's Lower School (Brookside). Brookside is a Pre-K through 5th grade school, which offers substiutes a variety of quality teaching experiences. Substitute teachers must have a Bachelor's degree and teaching experience, with Teacher Certification strongly preferred. Substitute Assistant Teachers must have a background in Education or related field and/or experience with young children. Please note that Cranbrook Schools use PESG for their substitute teachers. To learn more about how you can become a PESG substitute teacher at Cranbrook please follow the link to get started on an application. https://Homeroom.MyPESG.com

Substitute Teachers - Middle Schools

Substitute teaching positions are available at Cranbrook's Boys and Girls’ Middle Schools. The Middle School's mission is to provide a program that has high academic standards in an environment where young people feel encouraged and supported as they learn and grow. A minimum of a Bachelor's degree and teaching experience is required, with experience teaching adolescent girls and/or boys preferred. Please note that Cranbrook Schools use PESG for their substitute teachers. To learn more about how you can become a PESG substitute teacher at Cranbrook please follow the link to get started on an application. https://Homeroom.MyPESG.com

Substitute Teachers - Upper School

Substitute teaching positions are available at Cranbrook's Upper School for all disciplines. Cranbrook provides students with challenging and comprehensive college preparatory education, and offers substitutes a variety of quality teaching experiences. A minimum of a Bachelor's degree and teaching experience is required. Please note that Cranbrook Schools use PESG for their substitute teachers. To learn more about how you can become a PESG substitute teacher at Cranbrook please follow the link to get started on an application. https://Homeroom.MyPESG.com


Critical Studies Fellowship

Cranbrook Academy of Art, a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture seeks applications for residential teaching fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Possibilities exist for one-semester or two-semester appointments. The Academy’s Critical Studies Fellowship program brings scholars from a wide range of fields to work closely with Cranbrook graduate students to explore active intersections of contemporary theory and culture studies with visual art and design practice. 

Art and Design in the Anthropocene

For the 2017-2018 fellowships, the Academy is seeking scholar-educators working in the fields of post-humanism, environmental activism, geo aesthetics, ecocritical theory, and the systems and structures of fusing technology, nature, culture, and bio-politics.  We invite proposals on the impact of human activity on the earth and its effects on creative practice – from materials, thinking, future imaginaries, sustainability- and the geological underpinnings of contemporary culture.

Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between their work and a visual art/craft/design studio practice. The Fellow will have both formal and informal time with students, including public lectures, discussion groups, studio visits and critiques. Opportunities also exist for creative curatorial, research or other projects while in residence.  This position is well-suited to an emerging professional, although all levels are invited to apply. Fellows must reside on campus and be free from other professional duties during the semester.  International applicants are welcome to apply. Please note:  we are not seeking candidates who are primarily studio artists or designers or a proposal of a studio-based series.

Fellowship includes:

Travel allowance toward R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
Housing (private furnished apartment on campus)

Application must be received by December 31, 2016.

 To apply, please compile a single PDF that includes:

  • Completed Application Form:
  • http://www.cranbrook.edu/sites/default/files/uploads/Employee%20Application.pdf
  • Letter of interest (please include an indication of preference for a one or two-semester fellowship)
  • Proposal of a series theme for the teaching-fellowship (please outline 2 lectures and 3 related discussion topics)
  • Academic CV (including bibliography of published work)
  • Links to lectures or presentations available online
  • Names and contact information for three references (must include telephone number)
  • Please title your application PDF with your first and last name (example : marie.curie.pdf)

 Email application to:

Trisha Holt, Academic Programs Coordinator: Tholt@cranbrook.edu

 Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is located on a National Historic Landmark campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  The country’s only independent graduate-only program in visual art, architecture and design, Cranbrook offers an intense and intimate learning experience for 150 graduate students in a community of studio-based programs where Artists-in-Residence mentor students to creatively influence contemporary culture.

For more information, contact Trisha Holt at tholt@cranbrook.edu / 248-645-3363