Lecturer in Photography
The Department of Art and Art History, founded in 1911, offers BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). What we offer to prospective students: award-winning faculty and outstanding technical and administrative staff; a "best-in-the-west" combination of facilities for making, exhibiting, and researching art across many media; commitment to creative and critical thinking; opportunities to practice innovation across media; and a friendly and supportive community.
Brief Description of Duties
The Department of Art and Art History at San José State University is searching for part-time faculty to encourage critical thinking and iterative concept development within class assignments. We seek candidates with a contemporary, experimental art practice and a desire to have a voice in curriculum development. We are especially seeking a photographer with a well-established record of exhibition and critical practice who might teach our Introduction to Studio Lighting course (PHOT 121). In addition, the selected candidate may teach courses in one or more of the following areas: Contemporary Issues in Photography (degree in Art/Photographic History or equivalent experience required for this course); additional Studio
Lighting courses, including Advanced Studio Lighting and Photographic Illustration; Beginning (digital) Photography and Color (digital) Photography; Image and Idea, concept driven portfolio and exhibition development for gallery and public art distribution settings. Black and White Photography (beginning darkroom), Intermediate Digital Imaging, Advanced Black and
White Photography (intermediate to advanced darkroom), and Advanced Photographic Media (a course with rotating topics that include Photo as Document and Portraiture). Department lecturers are also required to participate in 1-2 faculty meetings each semester and provide assessment data and information to the department. SJSU’s Photography Program is known for its exceptional facilities and the breadth of its offerings in photographic media.
Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.
All Faculty should be organizing their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student connection in a common space as all students are directed to log in to Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have access to this system prior to the semester start date.
Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography. A clear demonstration of artistic achievement, as evidenced by a current record of significant exhibitions that include photo-based media. Teaching experience at the university level is required. An impressive portfolio of creative photo-based work. Strong writing skills and an ability to direct and assess student writing within the context of a studio class. Demonstrate experience and expert level of proficiency in both digital and darkroom photographic practices, including a thorough knowledge of contemporary equipment, materials and chemistry, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as familiarity with Epson printers and software.
For Studio Lighting courses, candidate must also have relevant teaching experience and knowledge of lighting equipment with a digital workflow.
Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.
Teaching experience at the university level with two years of photographic teaching at the university level.
Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.
Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- Letter of application indicating courses of interest along with an explanation of relevant experience
- Curriculum vitae
- Statement of teaching interests/philosophy
- Contact information for three references
- Images representing 20 examples of candidate’s original work (or URL of portfolio site) 6) Images representing 20 examples of student work.
SJSU accepts applications on an ongoing basis for our pool of temporary lecturers. To be considered for Fall 2021 courses, application must be received by July 30, 2021.
San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.
San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.
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