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Arizona State University

Assistant Professor, Photography

Location: Tempe, AZ
Posted: October 23, 2018
Application Deadline: December 04, 2018


Arizona State University
School of Art
900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ, 85287

Assistant Professor, Photography – School of Art
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The School of Art at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Photography at the assistant professor level beginning Fall 2019.

About ASU
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU's Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Art
Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States, and situated in the Sonoran Desert, the school supports a broad range of art practice and inquiry. Programs within the School of Art lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with concentrations in art history, art studies, museum studies, fashion; an online BA in art history; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with concentrations in art education, drawing/painting, ceramics, fibers, intermedia, photography, printmaking, sculpture/metals/woods; Master of Arts (MA) in Art with concentrations in art history or art education; and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art. In addition, the school participates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Design, Environment and the Arts housed within the Herberger Institute. With several nationally ranked programs and one of the largest comprehensive art programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Art plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on both the Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses.

ASU's photography curriculum embraces the full gamut of photographic materials and technologies as well as creative practices that cross boundaries with other disciplines both within and beyond art. The program seeks candidates with rich and varied skillsets that may include traditional and digital processes, time based media, sculpture and computer based imagery (CGI). Skillsets that include chemical investigations alongside manipulation of sensors, firmwares, and softwares are highly desirable.

The position will serve undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Art's photography program. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a research agenda related to their expertise in contemporary art and actively participate in the MFA and BFA degree programs in the school. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to formulate
and instruct a variety of course offerings on both undergraduate and graduate levels, including
studio, seminar and lecture courses, and mentoring graduate student thesis projects. Additional
responsibilities include student advising and service to the School of Art and curricular program.
An interest in contributing to ASU's highly regarded online degree programs is a plus.

For information about the School of Art, visit

Required Qualifications:
Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree; Evidence of professional activity;
Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in creative research
and/or scholarship.

Desired Qualifications:
We seek an exhibiting practitioner conversant in critical discussions concerned with the lens, screen, and substrate. Demonstrated knowledge of critical thinking towards the medium, how the medium relates to culture, and an understanding of visual literacy and critical studies; Demonstrated excellence in teaching with ability to teach all levels of courses from tradition of the print photograph into what photography is becoming in the 21st century; University/college teaching experience beyond the TA level; Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in creative activity, research, teaching and service.

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit
• A letter of interest addressing your creative activity, teaching and work experience
• Curriculum vitae
• Names and contact information for three references
• Artist statement
• Teaching statement
• Evidence of scholarship or creative work in the form of 20 images (.pdf or .jpg format, 1200 max pixel width)
• Separate image list that includes name, title, date, size and medium for each work.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is December 4, 2018; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. Screening of candidates will begin immediately; for best consideration, application materials should arrive by the deadline.

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