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Virginia Commonwealth University

Assistant Professor in Photography l Digital Futures

Location: Richmond, VA
Posted: October 31, 2018
Application Deadline: January 11, 2019


Virginia Commonwealth University
Sasha Waters Freyer
VCU - Department of Photography & Film, 206 Pollak Building, PO Box 843088
Richmond, VA, 23284

The VCUarts Department of Photography and Film ( seeks an engaged and collaboration-minded artist and teacher who possesses a radical view of photography and its possibilities, with a focus on data mapping, visualization, world building, immersive environments, and/or interactive technologies as a primary tool of artistic production.

Position Responsibilities
This position is a 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position in the Department of Photography and Film with an academic rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include development and teaching of new undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Photography and Film and across VCUarts in support of collaborative BFA and MFA curriculum. New course development and teaching will focus on emergent photographic forms in contemporary art including data-mapping/visualization, world building, 3D scanning, remote sensing, immersive environments, machine vision, and AI, dependent upon the faculty member's research strengths and interests. The Assistant Professor for Photography | Digital Futures will combine their arts research with activism, at the community, national or international level, with a focus on equity, diversity, social and racial justice and/or visual literacy, and who use emerging solutions in art production and analysis and their imaginations to enact their most revolutionary and utopian ideals.

The faculty member is expected to: provide leadership by mentoring student artists; supervise graduate students; foster collaborative curriculum and research across the arts and broader campus; promote methods to utilize and grow research and production facilities and other assets in support of research and teaching, secure external funding, demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience, integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools; and generate national and international academic, community and industry partnerships. The faculty member's creative and research activity should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge within an expanded definition of the discipline of photography and image-processing / image-interpretation and reflect a high standard of quality.

The faculty member must demonstrate an active professional career and creative activities should be related to the program's curriculum and be consistent with and support the broader mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. As a member of a community-oriented, tight-knit department and School, the faculty member will provide service to the department and School, such as directing and assisting with student, department and school-wide related activities such as contributions to the website, portfolio reviews, coordination of student activities and student exhibitions, and serving on School/University committees.

Required Qualifications
• MFA or professional experience and training that equates to an MFA;
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU;
• Active artistic practice and reputation in the field;
• Demonstrated effectiveness in studio critique and teaching beyond graduate school;
• The faculty member will be required to have a well-established creative research agenda, and/or clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and potential for scholarship or creative expression that complements and expands existing expertise in the department and School;
• Demonstrated technical expertise and fluency in a broad range of contemporary technologies and discourses around photography and affiliated digital media.

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong foundation in contemporary critical discourse;
• Fluency in interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to contemporary art
• Demonstrated ability to attract high-caliber graduate students;
• Commitment to collaborative research and curriculum development in the arts;
• Record of community-engaged teaching or extra-curricular activities.

To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.

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