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University of Iowa School of Art and Art History

Assistant Professor of Photography and Experimental Media

Location: Iowa City, IA
Posted: October 27, 2020
Application Deadline: January 25, 2021


University of Iowa School of Art and Art History
Troy Fitzpatrick
141 N. Riverside Drive
Iowa City, IA, 52242

The School of Art & Art History invites applications for a position in Photography and Experimental Media at the Assistant Professor level beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The successful candidate will teach undergraduates and graduates in B.A., B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A programs. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The School of Art and Art History seeks an artist with a deep knowledge of photographic and experimental media processes and technologies to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. This individual will teach within the Photography Program in the School of Art & Art History. The candidate must have an MFA or equivalent in Photography, New Media, or related field. Extensive knowledge of photography and media art history and theory, especially with critical issues in contemporary emerging media practice. The candidate will demonstrate an innovative program of creative work using photography and/or experimental media as a mode of creative expression.
Applicants should demonstrate a high level of expertise in one or more of the following areas: digital
image making, video and sound processes, data sets, mapping technologies and participative experiences.

While the successful candidate should be comfortable working between the related areas of photography and experimental media, the position is open to a wide range of technical and pedagogical approaches, and the successful candidate's and creative work may have a primary focus in either photography, video, sound, or a unique combination thereof. Preference will be given to applicants with two years of university level teaching experience beyond graduate assistantships, as well as a broad understanding of contemporary trends in art, including its history, theory, and practice.

Education Requirement: MFA in Photography, with emphasis on digital imaging and print production in hand by the start date.

Required Qualifications: Two or more years of university-level teaching experience beyond the graduate assistant level; extensive knowledge of experimental media history, contemporary image/video/sound and new media pedagogy; demonstration of a promising program of creative work using experimental media as a mode of creative expression. Ability to teach all levels of digital image making, processing, and printing.

Desirable Qualifications: Versed in new media art curriculum development including: still photography, video, sound, and web-based image-making.

Desired Scholarly Impact
Photography is an everchanging media whose definition and potential is expanding broadly. The intersections between photography and other disciplines in the arts, sciences, and communications create an abundance of opportunities for innovative research and education. We see this faculty member accomplishing research conversant in technological innovations in photography, video, and experimental media that would further the scope of the School's scholarly impact.

Impact on Undergraduate Education
With this hire we imagine undergraduate students learning technical and artistic skills to begin careers as professional artists, multimedia specialists, editorial or commercial photographers. While we place emphasis on an individual student's artistic expression and inquiry, we also want them to develop professional, practice-based tool-kit of knowledge, with the widest range requisite for careers, such as image-based web design, video editing, and advanced experience with lighting technologies. This faculty member would develop students' knowledge of experimental media, which is essential to a career now. Students who graduate complete a clearly defined photography portfolio, developed and mentored over the course of their entire senior year, and presented in a public BFA exhibition. This faculty member would mentor BFA students, both in Photography and Graphic Design.

Impact on Graduate Education
With our photography graduate students, having another permanent faculty member to receive mentorship from is crucial. To be competitive with other research institutions we need faculty that represent diverse research interests and can attract a broad range of graduate applicants. Likewise, to remain competitive as a program we need faculty whose research interests are working in concert with the constantly expanding practice of fine art photography and can build curricular ties to other programs within SAAH as well as outside of the division.

Graduate workshop is already bringing in students from outside of SAAH such as the creative writing program, cinematic arts, and digital humanities. The research interests of this new position would be ideal to continue to bring in students from these disciplines as well as Performing and Theatre Arts, and Journalism and Mass Communication through curriculum that makes connections between image making and consumption, as well as expanding the practice of performance art.

Candidates should submit applications online at Search requisition number 74032. Screening of applications will begin on January 25th, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should include a cover letter (with a URL for the portfolio), a current curriculum vitae, and teaching and research statements. Statements should speak clearly to years of experience and philosophy of diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching, and research accomplishments and goals. Candidates should also submit the names and contact information for 3 references. Letters of recommendation will only be requested for those candidates invited to interview for the position.

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The School of Art & Art History and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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