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Drexel University


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posted: October 15, 2019
Application Deadline: December 11, 2019


Drexel University
Paul Runyon
101 N. 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Job Summary
Drexel University's Photography Program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts &
Design is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time faculty position to commence September 1, 2020. We are seeking candidates with recognized accomplishments as a photographer as well as with an interest and experience in management and leadership as we envision this hire as becoming the Photography Program Director after one year of transition and training. As such, the successful candidate will display the potential to oversee a rigorous and innovative academic program that addresses the many technological and market changes impacting the field of photography and that prepares graduates for successful outcomes in a wide range of employment opportunities. The Photography Program currently enrolls 45 full time students, 50 minors, and 600+ non-majors. The program maintains a 10,000 square-foot facility and have three full-time faculty and numerous part time faculty members. Our photography major is unique in the United States because of our teaching approach which blends a high degree of visual literacy with a deep immersion in technology and applied photography, and which incorporates Drexel's cooperative education program which has all students in the program working full-time in this field in their junior year. We prepare our students for the professional marketplace by teaching every aspect of the medium, beginning in the darkroom, moving on to complex still digital techniques, and incorporating motion and video, as well as the history of photography. The Program is housed in the Department of Design and offers our students ample opportunities to explore interdisciplinary interest in fashion and product photography, portraiture, graphic design, the performing arts, digital media, and film. The successful candidate will have a robust track record in both commercial/editorial photography and the fine arts. They will be expected to teach a range of potential subjects including darkroom skills, advanced digital workflow (including Photoshop, Capture One and Lightroom) studio lighting, digital motion/video and senior thesis projects. In addition to teaching, the ideal candidate will have experience in the administering of an academic program or successful photographic business. Candidates with extensive academic experience will be considered for hiring at the rank associate or assistant professor with tenure or on an accelerated tenure track, and candidates with extensive industry experience, but less teaching experience, will be considered for hiring at the rank of Associate Teaching professor, a non-tenure position.
Essential Functions
• Teaching undergraduate photography courses.
• Student mentoring/advising.
• Curriculum development.
• Enrollment management and recruitment/retention
• Marketing and social media management
• The candidate will also be expected to continue to pursue creative or professional work in their area of personal interest.
Required Qualifications
• Master's Degree, MFA in photography or equivalent professional accomplishment
• Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching at the college level or some college teaching and commensurate experience in the advertising/editorial environment.
Preferred Qualifications
• Experience, knowledge and a network of relationships in commercial/editorial photography.
• Darkroom skills, and advanced digital workflow, studio lighting, digital motion and video.
University City
Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please make sure you upload the following required items when submitting your application:
- CV/resume and cover letter
- Research and teaching interests (no more than two pages)
- PDF with 20 images of both personal work and work produced for clients with a list including titles, media, and dimensions.
- (Optional) A separate PDF with 20 examples of recent students' work.

Review of applicants will begin on October 24, 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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