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Arizona State University

Assistant/Associate Professor, Photography – School of Art

Location: Tempe, AZ
Posted: October 04, 2021
Application Deadline: November 20, 2021


Arizona State University
Ashley Heath
900 s. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ, 85287

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure/tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Photography beginning August 2022. This position includes research, undergraduate/graduate teaching, and service responsibilities.

About ASU
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural, and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world applications blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Art
The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence, and affordability. Our faculty's active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series. For more information on the School of Art, visit

The School of Art seeks a candidate with a rich and varied skill set in the field of Photography. The successful candidate is expected to pursue a research agenda related to their expertise in Photography. The successful candidate will have knowledge of historical and contemporary artists, as well as technical and critical issues within Photography. The successful candidate will have experience working with a diverse student population with varying skill levels and is able to communicate to students their progress, while recognizing their diversified backgrounds. The successful candidate may have experience mentoring and advising students as well as serving on graduate thesis and undergraduate capstone committees. The successful candidate may have experience in service responsibilities including, but are not limited to, curricular and academic affairs, communications, student recruitment and retention, as well as faculty/teaching assistant/student worker onboarding and mentoring. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills and be able to effectively communicate and prioritize deadlines. The BFA photography concentration is nationally ranked #6 and the MFA in Art program is nationally ranked #15. To learn more about our Photography Area, please visit here.

Required Qualifications:
• Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent
• Demonstrated evidence of sustained professional activity
• Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
• Demonstrated excellence in teaching with at least two years of experience teaching in higher education

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience teaching all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses
• Experience teaching and developing online/hybrid courses and innovative online pedagogy
• Experience chairing and serving on graduate committees
• Record of securing grants and/or external funding
• Demonstrated potential for establishing a national and/or international exhibition record.

Instructions to Apply:
Please submit:
• Letter of interest addressing the candidate's professional activity, teaching/student mentorship, and service experience
• Statement addressing the candidate's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
• Curriculum vitae
• Artist statement including sources, ideas, and materials in your current practice.
• Evidence of scholarship or creative work in the form of 20 images (.pdf or .jpg format, 1200 max pixel width); include name, title, date, size and medium for each
• Artist website URL or social media presence
• Names and contact information for three references
• Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is November 20, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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