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MiraCosta College

Photography Instructor 2018

Location: Oceanside, CA
Posted: January 05, 2018
Application Deadline: March 06, 2018


MiraCosta College
Human Resources
One Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA, 92056

Photography Instructor 2018

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department: Art

Position Type: Full-time Faculty

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:

Closing Date: 3-6-2018

First Screening Date:

Basic Function and Other Details:


One full-time (10 months per year), tenure-track faculty position in the Art Department teaching courses in wet and digital photography, photo history and theory, web/online media, and studio photography, beginning in August 2018. The successful candidate will teach a combination of existing photography courses and will develop and teach new curriculum in the arts. In addition, they will be responsible for the ongoing development, support, and supervision of the Certificate of Achievement in Digital Photography program. They must have a thorough background in traditional and contemporary photography and a strong exhibition career in a professional gallery and/or museum setting.


MiraCosta students are diverse in age and represent all of California's major racial/ethnic groups. The credit student population in 2017 is approximately 44% White, 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 7% multiracial. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013 and is also a military-friendly organization. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.

MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at

Representative Duties:

(E = essential job function)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Teach any combination of photo/ photo history courses offered through the Art Department. These courses include but are not limited to: Beginning and Advanced Photography; Digital Media for the Visual Artist; Digital Photography; Applied Digital Photography; and Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image. (E)

2. Assure that the photography program student learning outcomes are aligned with career needs, and that the program complies with District and State mandated requirements which include, but are not limited to, Strong Workforce Program metrics, Carl D. Perkins Grant requirements, biannual program reviews which validate labor market data, and the facilitation and incorporation of input from industry advisory boards.

3. Serve as lead instructor for photography, including the leadership and supervision of photo courses, program, and operations, encompassing oversight of classified staff, associate faculty, equipment, and photo labs. (E)

4. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate (part-time) faculty in coordinating and maintaining currency of curriculum. (E)

5. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors as appropriate. (E)

6. Participate actively in departmental committees, subcommittees, and projects.

7. Participate in institutional service, which includes college-wide committee work, collegial governance, and contributions to institutional projects and initiatives.

8. Maintain currency in the profession and in applicable technologies.

9. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)

10. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" at

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. a Master's degree in Fine Arts*, Art, or Art History; OR

(*NOTE: "Master's degree in fine arts" as used here refers to any master's degree in the subject matter of fine arts, which is defined to include visual studio arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and metal and jewelry art; and also art education and art therapy. It does not refer to the "Master's of Fine Arts" (MFA) degree when that degree is based on specialization in performing arts or dance, film, video, photography, creative writing, or other non-plastic arts. Individuals with a master's degree in photography must request equivalency.)

2. a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, Art, or Art History AND a Master's degree in Humanities; OR

3. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed above must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at; OR

4. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter; AND

5. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Experience with wet, digital, and studio photography, including alternative processes.

2. Strong work history and technical knowledge of analog process, including: knowledge of darkroom management; chemistry; safety; fine printing; zone system; alternative processes; medium and large format cameras; artificial lighting; lighting theory; strobe and continuous lighting; speedlights; flash metering studio lighting set ups for product/ portraiture/ architectural photography.

3. Strong work history and technical knowledge of digital process, including: digital cameras/ digital back/ tethered, inkjet printing (Epson printers), Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Canvas, color management, monitor calibration.

4. Strong exhibition history in contemporary gallery and museum settings.

5. Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues, movements and artists in the photo art medium.

6. Strong knowledge of internet-related topics such as social media and web design.

7. Ability to write college-level curriculum related to art and photography.

8. Ability to effectively supervise lab staff and monitor equipment.

9. Commitment to providing culturally responsive instruction to students of diverse abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds.

10. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at

11. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

This position is a 10-month, 176 day contract. The standard contractual work week for this position is forty (40) hours consisting of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, curriculum development, preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in Art and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.

Type of Benefits: SALARY AND BENEFITS:
For current salary schedule and salary class descriptions, go to

MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Apply and submit application materials online at Once you are in the online application system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

1. Application for Academic Employment.

2. A cover letter specifically describing how you meet the representative duties and desirable qualifications (3-page maximum).

3. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background, exhibition background, and teaching/ technical experience.

4. Artist statement (one-page maximum). Attach this to the "Other Document 1" link.

5. A statement of teaching philosophy (one-page maximum).

6. One sample syllabus written by you from any photo/art course you have taught. Also include two sample project handouts.

7. Images and Image Scripts.

19 images of your work (may include short video as one of the images) and an image script that includes the image number (1 - 19), title, date of completion, media, dimensions, and any other relevant information.

9 images of your students' work and an image script that includes the image number (1 - 9), media, approximate dimensions, and project description.

The names of the files you upload must include your first name, last name, and image number (e.g., SallySmith1.jpeg, SallySmith-student1.jpeg). The numbers used in the file names must correspond to the numbers in the image scripts.

HOW TO SUBMIT FILES: When ready to upload the images and scripts (30 files total), email HR technician Sandy Muryasz at You will be sent an email that will give you access to upload your files to a MiraCosta Google Forms page. All images should be uploaded by the closing date.

8. Two (2) recent, dated letters of recommendation, preferably written within the last two years, including one from an art colleague. Letters need not be confidential. If you already have letters of recommendation in your possession, you may attach them yourself when attaching the other required documents in the online application system. If you would prefer, or if your letter writers would prefer to submit a confidential letter, you can enter their names and e-mail addresses in the online system, and the system will send an e-mail requesting them to submit a letter of recommendation via our online system. IMPORTANT: The system will NOT e-mail your letter writers until you have completely finished applying and receive a confirmation number from the system. Therefore, if you use this option, it is recommended that you finish applying at least 7 days prior to the closing date so that your letter writers have enough time to submit their letters. NOTE: Entering your letter writers' names and email addresses in order for them to receive an email generated by the system is a separate step from just listing them in the "References" section of the Application for Academic Employment.

9. Transcripts.

a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at

If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2018, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.

All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or universityanywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter.

NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

-- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please describe what qualifications and/or experiences have prepared you to contribute to the fulfillment of the College's goals for equity and inclusion.

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500 for both initial and final interviews.


An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.

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