Tenure-Track Faculty, Photography

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design is seeking candidates for full-time, tenure-track and/or permanent part-time faculty positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Photography Department beginning fall of 2020.

The MassArt Photography Department focuses on the medium as a means of artistic expression in teaching undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. Our emphasis is on personal vision, experimentation, and an understanding of the history of photography and the body of criticism that surrounds it. Students are introduced to a wide variety of necessary tools and become well-versed in the medium’s technical and aesthetic traditions, as well as in the contemporary directions of photography. Our curriculum covers analog and digital production, providing a strong foundation for a career in photographic arts. We are seeking new faculty who will add to the range of our curriculum and who are committed to teaching diverse concepts and techniques as well as to the development of their own artistic work.

The ideal candidate will encourage innovative pedagogical approaches for engaging a diverse body of students while teaching them to think across multiple approaches to photography. We are searching for a colleague with demonstrated teaching/mentoring abilities who will help our students engage with critical discourse, cultural history, and/or creative and social issues. The successful applicant will also demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as a history of working with broadly diverse communities.

  • Teaching and advising undergraduate students in all levels of photography.

  • Participation in college-wide, department, and professional activities including, but not limited to, review boards, committee assignments, department planning, and the organization of annual student exhibitions and publications.

  • Working cooperatively with Photography Department faculty to shape an innovative and integrated curriculum.

  • Opportunities to work with faculty outside the department to create interdisciplinary courses ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions for which faculty are responsible and which fall within the scope of the Strategic Plan.


Minimum Qualifications

In order to contribute to the ongoing vitality of the department and college’s future, applicants are required to have:

  • MFA in Photography

  • College teaching experience beyond teaching assistant-ships, with a specific focus on digital and analogue photographic practices, and an artistic perspective.

  • Capacity to teach several of the following subjects: B&W Darkroom Printing; Large Format Photography; Bookmaking & Photography Book History; Theories of Contemporary Photography; Lighting for Photography; Advanced Digital Printing; Portraiture; Documentary; Studio Based Practice; Alternative Processes; Video; Performance; Installation; or other topics in photography.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Three years of full-time college teaching experience

  • A significant exhibition record

  • Strong proficiency with digital and analogue printing technologies

How to Apply

Submission Instructions:

Applicants must attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 20 digital images of your personal work and 20 samples of your student work. This can be done by using multiple attachments with your job application. Each file cannot exceed 10MB.

For personal work, please include a list of all work sample images with titles, dimensions, dates and medium.

For student work, please submit a list of all student images with level, name of course, institution, and year taught.

It is optional to submit up to 3 URL links to your videos.

*Letters may be requested of the three references that are listed on your application. If you do not wish for a reference to be contacted, please do not enter their information, and provide an alternate reference.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 3, 2020. The positions will be open until filled.

Posted on November 19