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Allan Hancock College

Assistant Professor, Photography

Location: Santa Maria, CA
Posted: February 22, 2019
Application Deadline: March 04, 2019


Allan Hancock College
800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA, 93454

Assistant Professor, Photography
Allan Hancock College

Allan Hancock College serves more than 20,000 students in northern Santa Barbara County.  Located on the central coast and just minutes from spectacular beaches and rolling vineyards, AHC operates three campuses – the main campus in Santa Maria, a state approved center in Lompoc and a center in Santa Ynez.  As one of the largest employers in Santa Barbara County, the college is an integral part of the community and enjoys strong support from local leaders and industry.

AHC, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is proud to serve underrepresented students. The college has twice received recognition from the Aspen institute as one of the top colleges in the country.  If you are looking for a position where you can have a direct impact on our students, AHC may be the place for you!

To learn more about Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast, visit our Human Resources page at and click on the Welcome to AHC video.

We are searching for an experienced Assistant Professor, Photography at our Santa Maria Campus facility.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

This is a full-time, 175-day (10-month annual contract) tenure-track faculty position in the Fine Arts Department, with an emphasis in analog and digital photography.  The successful candidate must have experience teaching a full range of photography courses including basic black and white (film and darkroom), basic and advanced digital, commercial, photojournalism, alternative processes and portrait. Experience with online learning is desirable. The position includes responsibilities for planning, coordinating and scheduling photography classes, as well as responsibilities for budget, equipment and supplies. The instructor will participate in program review and curriculum development; review and revise content of course(s) as necessary; maintain five (5) required office hours per week for student consultation; participate in department and college activities; maintain class and examination schedules as well as grade and attendance records according to college regulations; and perform related tasks as required. The assignment may include teaching in the evenings and on weekends at any college site.

Additional responsibilities may include the following: providing outreach to local high school programs, promoting the photography program in the community and maintaining an advisory committee.

Required Qualifications:

•August 2019, pending board approval.

•Hiring salary range is $54,736 to $78,079 depending upon education and experience.  A doctoral stipend of $2,500 is paid annually.
•Benefits include medical, dental, life, vision (employee only), and salary protection insurance.

The governing board seeks an individual with the following minimum qualifications:
1.   Master's in photography, fine arts, or art OR Bachelor's in any of the above AND Master's in art history or humanities OR the equivalent per Board Policy 7211.

2.  Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and community college students and of staff and students with disabilities.

3.  Demonstrated ability to:
•teach the full range of photography courses from analog to digital and including commercial
•understand contemporary photographic practice and the history of photography
•teach photography as an online course
•develop and use course materials and incorporate current technology
•use multimedia technology in classroom instruction
•plan, organize, and present lecture and lesson materials and concepts
•communicate effectively, both in oral and written communication
•work with and assist students having a broad range of skills, motivation, and academic or vocational goals
•establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others
•apply evaluation and assessment methods
•identify and use learning outcomes and assessment that lead to course and program improvements

4.  Knowledge of:
•course design, evaluation, and assessment methods which enhance student learning
•interrelationship of critical thinking, reading, and writing and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to instruction
•currency in the instruction of biology
•demonstrated experience in teaching strategies that address the needs of students with a variety of learning styles

In its desire to select outstanding faculty members from the largest possible pool of qualified applicants, Allan Hancock College recognizes the fact that candidates may have attained expertise in a discipline through a variety of means.  Certain combinations of education, experience, and other accomplishments in the field may be judged by the district as equal to the stated minimum qualifications for this position.  Candidates who feel they possess such equivalent qualifications are encouraged to complete the equivalency form and provide appropriate documentation of their qualifications.

A committee will review applications.  Meeting minimum qualifications does not ensure a candidate an interview.  Therefore, it is important that the application be thorough and detailed.  Applicants will be assessed on the breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities.  A limited number of applicants will be invited for an interview at the college at their own expense.  All interviewed candidates will be asked to present a teaching demonstration.

To be considered for this position, the candidate must submit the following application materials by Monday, March 4, 2019:
•District application for faculty/administrative positions
•A current and complete resume/CV of education and professional experience
•Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for the application process).  Official transcripts are required if hired.
•Cover letter
•Please provide a web link to review (6) examples of your personal work and six (6) examples of student work. Include black and white and color photos mixed throughout.


Annual Salary
54,736.00 - 78,079.00

Our company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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