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Art & Art History Department, University of Utah

Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Imaging

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posted: December 12, 2017
Application Deadline: February 11, 2018


Art & Art History Department, University of Utah
Janine Evans
375 S 1530 E, Rm 161
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112

Assistant Professor in Photography & Digital Imaging
Position: Full-time tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Photography and Digital Imaging. Starting Date and Appointment: July 1, 2018. The University of Utah is an R1 research institution which provides funding opportunities to support faculty research.

Qualifications: We are seeking qualified candidates with a terminal degree who recognize that photography is a vital, changing, and diverse practice and who have a strong exhibition and teaching record that reflects this.

Qualified candidates should possess a broad understanding of a wide range of photographic approaches with strengths in both conceptual and physical object making. They will embrace continuing technology changes to provide opportunities to shape the future of photography as an art practice. Time-based and internet empowered photographic media is recognized as strong avenue of future research and candidates are expected to be able to teach and develop innovative research in this area. The strongest candidates will also recognize that photography has a strong history and potential for social change and engagement with their work reflecting this.

The research of the successful candidate is expected to involve aesthetic, intellectual, social and technical aspects of photography. They should be prepared to take a leadership role in extending the Photography and Digital Imaging emphasis area curricula. Successful candidates are expected to teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students working across mediums, including but not limited to social practice, video, computer generated images and technology, public art and performance utilizing the language of photography.

Application materials should indicate expertise in the field of photography, with a focus on how their use of technology informs the social and cultural contexts of their work. They should be capable of engaging in experimental practices with an interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research and teaching. The applicant should be a practicing artist with a strong professional record of creative research and excellence in teaching.

Responsibilities: The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts offers a BFA and MFA with an emphasis in Photography and Digital Imaging. The successful candidate can expect to teach a 2/2-course load per academic year. Candidates are expected to teach photography and digital imaging courses to undergraduate students and work independently with MFA candidates. Part of the course load may include teaching in the First Year Studio Foundations Program and Graduate Seminar.

The mission of the department is directed towards a diverse and inclusive yet rigorous and responsible environment that reaches beyond disciplines. The University of Utah is a partner with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), which generates knowledge, advocacy, and resources that enable universities to integrate artists and arts practices, fostering highly adaptive creators and thinkers.

Interested candidates must apply online and upload materials at:

Online Application: A letter of application addressing creative research and teaching strategies, curriculum vita, artist statement, and statement of teaching philosophy are required. Additionally, the names and email addresses of three referees who will be asked to upload reference letters will be requested. Sample syllabi in photography/digital imaging are encouraged as informative supplements. A portfolio of 20 examples of the applicant's work, and 20 examples of the applicant's student work. Application Deadline is FEBRUARY 11, 2018 for full consideration. Position begins July 01, 2018.

Portfolio: Should be submitted on a CD/DVD/USB thumb drive or via a DropBox link. Preferred format for the portfolio would be as a single PowerPoint presentation with a copy saved as a PDF and the images saved separately. Image size should be a minimum of 2000 pixels in the larges dimension. Images should be formatted as jpegs, numbered 01-20 with an accompanying image list. Any video/audio should be in the .mp4 or .mov file format.

Physical application materials (CD/DVD/USB thumb drive) should be mailed directly to the department. Address application materials to Chair of Photography/Digital Imaging Search Committee, University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, 357 S 1530 E, RM 161, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0380. Application Deadline is FEBRUARY 11, 2018 for full consideration. Position begins July 01, 2018.

Employer Information: The University of Utah is a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive public institution, which supports faculty research. The University of Utah is fully committed to affirmative action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities and employment. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a person with disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and status as a protected veteran. The University seeks to provide equal access for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and is committed to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The flagship of the state's higher education system, the University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, a diverse metropolitan community at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains offering a wide range of cultural and recreational activities. For more information, visit our website or call 801 581-8677.

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