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Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The Geor

Assistant Professor of Photography

Location: Washington, DC
Posted: December 20, 2019
Application Deadline: January 20, 2020


Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The Geor
Eliza Mott
500 17th St.
Washington, DC, 20006

The Studio Arts Program within the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University invites applications for a full-time, renewable contract (3-year appointment), Assistant Professor of Photography. The appointment begins as early as Fall 2020.

About the Institution

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is a vibrant
educational community dedicated to educating the next generation of cultural leaders through diverse
fields from Museum Studies to Graphic Design to Photography and beyond.

Part of the George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design offers over 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees and functions as an incubator for artists, designers and scholars and with a wide variety of classes, serves to enrich students from across the university. Recognizing that the challenges that society faces are diverse, requiring different modes of thought, the Corcoran provides a platform for engagement that bridges creativity and professional practice with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education.

The Corcoran School embodies and exemplifies what Columbian College has defined as the Engaged Liberal Arts, which strives to link disparate fields and better prepare our graduates for rich, multidimensional careers in the 21st century.

About the Assistant Professor of Photography Position

The successful candidate will teach within the Bachelor of Fine Arts foundations, photography, and video areas of the Corcoran. Additionally, the candidate will play a leading role in developing and implementing the corresponding curricula. Together with key faculty, the successful candidate for this position will further develop and implement new course content and represent the program to internal and external constituents.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate fine arts programs, including foundations. The individual will demonstrate commitment to a creative practice that connects photography and video with other studio areas. The individual will develop a creative research agenda consistent with Corcoran and CCAS criteria that incorporates research, teaching, and service. Curriculum and program development and assessment will be
expected in collaboration with fellow faculty. The individual will take on university and departmental service, student advising, and community service/engagement, as well as developing collaborations and/or partnerships with faculty across the Corcoran and the broader GWU community, and engagement with the D.C. community.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have the following: an MFA degree in Photography, Fine Art, or related disciplines; a nationally established art practice and exhibition record; minimum two years of successful university-level teaching experience beyond the teaching assistantship level; knowledge of contemporary issues and practices in photography and video; knowledge of technologies relative to photography and video, instruction, and administrative tasks; excellent writing and communication skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants

View and apply to the position at An application must include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, a document with a link to website/portfolio with 15-20 images of personal work/research and 10 images of student work uploaded via PDF, names and contact information for three references, and a statement of teaching and research interest.

Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalist will be invited to make an on-campus
presentation to the full faculty of the Corcoran, after which point a committee recommendation will be shared and a vote taken.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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