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Black Hills State University

Assistant Professor, Mass Communication

Location: Spearfish, SD
Posted: March 18, 2021
Application Deadline: June 01, 2021


Black Hills State University
Jerry Rawlings
1200 University
Spearfish, SD, 57799

Black Hills State University announces a full-time, tenure track position in Art and Mass Communication, teaching courses in our photography and BFA programs. Black Hills State University offers BFAs in photography, graphic design, and studio art, as well as a Mass Communication degree with emphases in photography.

The load per semester is twelve hours. Subjects to be taught will include beginning, intermediate, and advanced photography and non-silver alternative processes. Some experience with any of the following will be beneficial: studio photography, color photography, photojournalism, history of photography, video and digital imaging, entry level graphic design, and art history. Other duties will include curriculum development and the maintenance of photo labs (B&W, color, alternative processes, and digital).

• Master of Fine Arts
• The successful applicant will have experience in and a deep understanding of, the following:
o Silver, non silver and alternative processes
o Program development, assessment and planning
o Assisting students in silver and digital labs
o Adobe Creative Suite and related imaging software
o Photo and art history

• At least 3 years of university teaching experience in both silver and digital processes are preferred.
• The successful candidate will have experience in some or all of the following:
o Studio photography including 4×5
o Digital imaging and professional level printing
o Video production, Adobe Premiere
o Macintosh platform and its maintenance and operation
o Drone video and still photography

Sponsorship is not available for this position.

Applications must be made online at Submit a letter of application, vita, and three letters of references in the online application process. Please send a separate email including 20 images of personal work and 20 images of student work in JPEG format along with any other pertinent examples to Jerry Rawlings, Search and Screen Chair, at

This position is open until filled with a first review date of April 2nd, 2021 at 11PM (mountain time). For application assistance, please contact Human Resources at 605.642.6545. Questions specific to the position may directed towards Jerry Rawlings at

Black Hills State University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a satisfactory background check.

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