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University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor of Photography

Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posted: August 28, 2015
Application Deadline: January 03, 2016


University of Minnesota
Adam Klein
405 21st Ave S, E208 Regis Center of the Arts
Minneapolis, MN, 55455


The University of Minnesota's Department of Art invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in photography to begin fall semester 2016 (08/29/2016).

Appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota seeks an artist with primary expertise in photography and secondary expertise in digital film and/or video practices. With this new position, we seek to strengthen the Department of Art’s new area of Photography and Moving Images with a new colleague who brings a broad perspective across contemporary image making with competency ranging across traditional and digital image making technologies. The ideal candidate will have a strong technical and theoretical foundation, as well as an expansive approach that embraces the changing role of images in society. We seek a energetic colleague with a strong professional record and the ability to teach across the curriculum working with non-majors, BA, BFA, and MFA students.


• MFA in Art or equivalency**

• Evidence of an on-going and active professional record at a national and international level.

• Minimum of 2 years full-time teaching photography at the university or college level (beyond graduate school teaching appointment or assistantship).

• Extensive and demonstrable knowledge of traditional darkroom and contemporary digital photographic processes.

• Demonstrable experience with contemporary film and/or video practices.

• Expertise in the history and theory of contemporary photography.

• Knowledge of the history and theory of contemporary film and/or video art practices.


• More than two years full-time teaching experience from the introductory through graduate level.

• Experience teaching at an R1 research institution.

**Department of Art Policy Statement

In lieu of an MFA, the following could be considered in determining professional recognition and experience:

1) Advanced studies at a foreign school that does not award MFA degrees.

2) Extended advanced study with recognized artists in the field.

3) Professional achievement that would provide a depth of knowledge of the field comparable to an MFA.

4) Evaluation by leaders in the field attesting that because of exhibition record and other professional achievement, that person was the equal of an MFA.

In evaluating these equivalencies, it should be kept in mind that depth of participation in the field, not simply time in residence, is being considered.

Candidates will be evaluated according to:

a) Overall quality of their creative work and recognition in their field.

b) Relevance of their creative practice to the department's academic priorities and fields of inquiry.

c) Evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher.

d) Strength of recommendations.



• Engage in creative activity and research that leads to exhibitions and creative projects with a primary emphasis in photography, and a secondary emphasis in film and/or video practices.

• A commitment to contemporary art practice and critical theory with a primary emphasis in photography, and a preferred secondary emphasis in film/video, installation/mixed media, and/or social engagement practices.

• Achieve and maintain a high level of distinction in the field of contemporary art practice.


• Commitment and dedication to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in a professional program within a liberal arts college at an R1 research institution.

• Teaching load consists of 4 courses per academic-year, and will include primary course assignments in darkroom and digital photography, as well secondary teaching assignments in film and/or video practices.

• All regular tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Department of Art teach across the curriculum in 1000, 3000, and 5000 level courses, and work with and advise BA, BFA and MFA students in photography, film, and video, and across the Department of Art.

• Participate in BFA and MFA annual reviews and thesis committees.

• Take an active role in curriculum development in the new area of Photography and Moving Images and in the Department of Art.


• Work with colleagues and technical staff to develop and to oversee area facilities.

• Serve on Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts, and University of Minnesota committees.

• Actively participate in the artistic and intellectual life of the Department of Art.

• Achieve and maintain a visible and proactive service profile.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Art are available at:

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at:

The Department of Art strives to develop the artistic awareness of its students through the excellence of its facilities and the highest professional standards of its faculty. The faculty of the department are all engaged in the creation of new work, writing, and pursuing research on local, national, and international levels, providing the insight necessary for the critical discussion and evolution of student ideas.

Application to this posting is a two-step process; 1) your application through the U of MN employment site, and 2) your portfolio submission through ‘SlideRoom’. Both processes must be completed on-line. SlideRoom will be open through 1/3/2016.

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