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Cabrillo College

Art Photography Instructor

Location: Aptos, CA
Posted: January 16, 2020
Application Deadline: February 27, 2020


Cabrillo College
Human Resources
6500 Soquel Dr.
Aptos, CA, 95003

Cabrillo College

Art Photography Instructor
Tenure Track
Job# 2019-00977
Salary: See Position Description
Deadline: 2/27/2020

Full job description and OFFICIAL application available ONLY at:

Employment Opportunity
Are you interested in creating an amazing educational environment for students who are part of an equity driven community? Faculty at Cabrillo College provide quality programs and services to students that promote their diverse and evolving needs as they progress toward their individual educational goals. Come join us in our vision to improve the world, one student at a time!

The ideal candidate will share Cabrillo's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. Cabrillo College serves approximately 11,400 students per term, of which 44% are LatinX, 5% multi-ethnic, 2.75% Asian, 1.25% African-American, 1% Filipino, 0.25% American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 0.18% Pacific Islander as of Fall 2019. In 2006, Cabrillo College was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

Cabrillo College is committed to equitable access and achievement, and approaches that eradicate a deficit mindset toward students and increased faculty engagement in equity-focused pedagogy and outcomes. Cabrillo is proud to be a part of the California Guided Pathways project to help students achieve their educational goals by providing a clear roadmap to completion.

About the Position: The full-time, tenure track instructor will enjoy a 175-Day work schedule. The position begins on Monday, August 17, 2020 pending Governing Board ratification. Classes may be in a traditional "in class" setting, online, or hybrid format, scheduled over summer and/or winter months, and at various campus locations; days, evenings, and/or weekends.

We are seeking an art photography generalist with broad knowledge of the art photography discipline who has the requisite skills to play a leadership role in the department and teach a broad range of courses within the candidate's specific strengths and areas of interest, including but not limited to: traditional black and white and digital photographic processes, alternative photographic processes, medium and large format processes, the history of photography, photography in social practice, moving image art including experimental film, video, and new media art, and visual storytelling. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator and team player who can facilitate smooth operations of the program and facilities, develop cohesive strategies for growth and sustainability, develop student pathways into and through Cabrillo College to career and transfer, foster student success and creativity, and likely provide leadership to the program as Department Chair.

About the Department: Housed within the Division of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts, the Art Photography Department provides students with a strong foundation in the use of traditional and digital photographic technologies, the evolution of photographic and moving image art aesthetics and practice, composition and visual communication, and the ways in which images function in culture and society (Image Literacy). The program offers courses in traditional black-and-white photography, digital photography, video and moving image art, historical, alternative, and experimental photographic processes, lighting, history of photography, history of moving image art (including experimental film, video and new media art), and contemporary trends. Course are offered in on-campus, hybrid and online formats and emphasize technical skill development, creative still and moving image art making, critical analysis, and image literacy in cultural and social contexts. All Art Photography classes transfer either to the UC or CSU systems. The department enjoys state-of-the art facilities including two separate darkrooms, a lighting studio/classroom, and a digital classroom/lab. A large lecture hall with raked seating and outstanding projection capabilities supports courses in the history of photography, contemporary trends, and moving image art, as well as guest lectures and film screenings. The department has digital, 35mm, medium and large format cameras, pinhole and Holga cameras, film processing tanks and reels, and lighting equipment for student use. In addition, students may use or checkout tripods, light meters, flashes, books, changing bags, and more.

A Model A.A. Degree in Art Photography requiring 60 units, plus several specialized skills certificates, are offered appropriate to a student's unique educational and transfer goals.

About the College: Situated on Monterey Bay in the county of Santa Cruz, California, Cabrillo College is highly regarded for its success of transfer and career education, and currently serves over 11,400 students each semester. Cabrillo College transfers many of its students to three nearby universities – the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University at Monterey Bay. Cabrillo's career education is closely connected to the nearby agricultural and farming industries and well as the Silicon Valley business environment.

Faculty at Cabrillo College actively participate in curriculum development, program planning, and serve on participatory governance committees. Cabrillo provides an excellent opportunity to learn, collaborate, create, and make a difference in the lives of its diverse student body and community.

Starting Salary Range: $57,157 to $87,673 per year, salary placement determined by documented education and experience; maximum initial salary step placement on the 175 Day faculty salary schedule (Download PDF reader) is step 9. An annual doctoral stipend of $3,816 is granted to eligible faculty.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes medical, dental, life, short and long term, and vision (optional) insurance provided at a share of cost on a pretax basis, CalSTRS Retirement and an Employee Assistance Program. Please see the Benefits link on the HR webpage for more information.

Examples of Duties
• Teach assigned classes, which may include evening or off-campus assignments
• Collaborate in participatory governance committees, processes, and initiatives such as Guided Pathways
• Maintain timely and accurate records of student enrollment, attendance, and academic progress
• Provide academic assistance and related services to students during scheduled office hours
• Cooperate with and participate as may be required in District investigations and/or student grievance matters of alleged unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
• Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
• Complete required District trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter, EEO/Diversity/Elimination of Bias, Workplace Safety, etc.
• Contribute to facility and program planning, equipment management, ordering supplies, scheduling, curriculum development, attending college meetings, and participation in related professional duties as required or assigned.
• Communicate with staff and faculty in the art photography and art areas regarding instructional integrity and health and safety protocols.
• Research and develop curriculum, certificates, and programming to align with growth areas in art photography practice, transfer pathways, and career preparation.
• Develop cross-disciplinary opportunities at Cabrillo
• Pursue grant funding related to art photography practice
• Develop partnerships with area high schools, universities, industry, and community organizations.

Additional Duties:
The candidate will be the sole full-time faculty member in the Art Photography Department and will therefore likely be expected to serve as Chair of the Department. As Department Chair, candidate will be expected, under supervision of the Division Dean, to lead the Art Photography Department. Chair duties include but are not limited to:
• Program planning, including oversight of the department budget
• Developing and recommending class schedules and faculty assignments to the dean
• Monitoring facility and program needs
• Coordinating the general operation of the department
• Curriculum development, review, and assessment
• Leading department meetings and Student Learner Outcome assessment.

Minimum Qualifications
Required Education from a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited organization and licensure qualifications:
• Master's in photography, fine arts, or art OR
• Bachelor's in photography, fine arts, or art AND a Master's in art history or humanities OR
• The equivalent OR
• A lifetime California Community College Instructor Credential in Photography.

Submit this form with supporting materials if you do not possess the minimum qualifications as listed in the job announcement and feel you have the equivalent education and/or experience. Graduate students currently working on the required degree are encouraged to apply, with the understanding that the degree must be completed and confirmed by July 1, 2020.

Required Professional Expertise:
• Currency and depth of knowledge in the applicable field, curriculum development and assessment of student learning outcomes
• Knowledge of and commitment to the community college philosophy, including Guided Pathways
• Knowledge of and commitment to equity-minded and culturally responsive teaching strategies and practices that enhance student success
• Demonstrated responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college student population, including students with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning)
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
• Effective oral and written communication skills and effective use of technology

Desired Qualifications/Performance Expectations:
• Successful teaching experience in Photography in a higher-education institution.
• Successful online teaching experience.
• Ability to anticipate and respond to new trends in the discipline with new curriculum and teaching practices.
An interest in exploring new noncredit offerings as well as vocationally-focused curriculum (CTE – Career Technical Education courses and certificates)
• Experience or interest in developing in photography students an entrepreneurial mindset, such that students will be equipped with skills to create their own creative livelihoods.

Cabrillo College is an equal opportunity employer

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