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University of La Verne

Assistant or Associate Professor, Photography

Location: La Verne, CA
Posted: November 12, 2018
Application Deadline: December 15, 2018


University of La Verne
La Verne, CA, 91750

University of La Verne

Assistant or Associate Professor, Photography

Job Description Summary:

The Department of Photography at the University of La Verne invites applications for a full-time, ten-month tenure-track appointment at the assistant or associate professor rank to begin in Fall 2018 in the area of photography, visual media/literacy, and design.

The University of La Verne offers a bachelor's degree in photography. Committed to educating the whole person, the Department of Photography's mission is aligned with the core values and mission of the University of La Verne. The curriculum integrates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of photography. We encourage students to explore, comprehend, apply and evaluate photographic technique, address contemporary considerations of the chemical and digital photographic craft, and engage in thoughtful and collegial consideration of the history of the medium, its effects and its future. The Department of Photography includes two "learning lab" assets: The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography and the Staff Photography Archive.

The Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, which is managed by the department, was founded in 1990 on the garden-level of Miller Hall. The gallery presents four exhibitions by contemporary photographers each year. Learn more about the exhibition programs and its history at

Additionally, the Staff Photography Archive is a managed digital asset image bank comprised of student photographs taken in tandem with their assignments for the campus newspaper and magazine. Established circa 1983, the Archive continues to accumulate documentary content offering a rich visual history of the University of La Verne.

To learn more about the department visit

Specific Duties:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: teaching six courses per year inclusive of a wide array of photography courses, including photographic history, theory, traditional black and white and color materials, studio lighting, and senior projects; advising and mentoring students, internship development, curriculum review, new and online course development; faculty service and providing leadership for a team of dedicated adjunct/senior adjunct faculty; supervision of Photography Department Manager; and other administrative duties; contributions to curatorial services for the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography.

Minimum Qualifications:

Evidence of effective teaching, successful endeavors in research/creative arts, and a terminal degree (PhD or MFA ) in an appropriately related academic field of study are expected.

The successful candidate for this position should have a record of significant professional and/or teaching experience in photographic history, theory, and practice with applying photographic craft with interdisciplinary approaches. Candidates with backgrounds in visual or digital media and publishing for news will also be considered.

Successful teaching is a hallmark of this department. The department is committed to making sure students receive instruction and hands-on experiences in the applied crafts in photography being used as a discipline which intersects culture and enterprise. Knowledge of industry expectations, imaging trends and issues of visual literacy is required. A significant publishing history, curatorial experience and/or exhibition record is expected. Some working experience or comprehensive conversant capability with darkroom alternative processes and Lightroom and Photoshop is essential. The willingness to be innovative and passionate about the field and demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset in pedagogy and in regards to industry will enhance this candidate's application.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated enthusiasm and creative pedagogical approaches to instruction in the history of the photographic craft, in the most basic fundamentals of the crafts of photography and in interdisciplinary opportunities that demonstrate the profound effects of photography across all disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences. Desire to contribute to the cultural life of the University and the La Verne community and expand the conversation on photography in regular community outreach. A record of successful grant and fellowship applications is a plus.

A terminal degree (PhD or MFA ) in an appropriately related academic field of study

Location: La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions: Priority review of applications will begin December 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a cover letter of interest describing your teaching philosophy and research experience, curriculum vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including several recent course evaluations and syllabi) and letters from three professional references.
Letters of Recommendation: Reference contact information will be added in the application process. An auto generated message with response link will be sent to email address provided.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Institutional Profile

Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.

The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation

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