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University of Washington

Assistant Professor in Art, Photo/Media

Location: Seattle, WA
Posted: October 07, 2021
Application Deadline: November 01, 2021


University of Washington
Photo/Media Search Chair
University of Washington, Box 353440
Seattle, WA, 98195-3440

The School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington welcomes applications for Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Photo/Media Concentration. As per the University of Washington's Diversity Blueprint, the institution prioritizes attracting and retaining a diverse faculty that reflects our diverse student population, which includes more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from over 70 countries across its three campuses. The School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington is committed to this goal of faculty diversification. Faculty are expected to actively contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusivity goals of the School and the University as articulated in departmental statements and in the UW Diversity Blueprint. The appointment starts in September 2022 on a 100% full-time, nine-month service period.

About Photo/Media at the School of Art + Art History + Design:
As a Research I university, UW seeks to hire distinguished faculty members with outstanding qualifications who are developing and maintaining an ongoing professional career. A candidate should endeavor to teach at all levels in the undergraduate and graduate Photo/Media program.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish or continue a research practice that unsettles established paradigms; this practice could engage with analyses of race, indigeneity, colonialism, empire, ableism, environmental issues, migration, diaspora, amongst others.

Faculty in the Photo/Media Program are invested in art as a form of critical inquiry, integrating research, and supportive of interdisciplinary approaches to making work and pedagogy. The faculty work with undergraduate and graduate art students, as well as students from other disciplines in the School and across the university. The Photo/Media undergraduate curriculum offers formal and technical knowledge as well as individual research, critical thinking, experimentation, and a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in the arts. Graduate students in the Photo/Media program work closely with their faculty members to develop conceptual and often interdisciplinary artistic practices.

The Photo/Media program facilities include traditional black and white darkrooms, large format digital printers, state-of-the-art sound studio, film and digital cameras, professional video cameras, microphones, lighting equipment, and various editing suites. The Photo/Media department maintains multiple student galleries, graduate studios, a lighting studio, and classrooms within the School of Art + Art History + Design.

For more information about the School of Art + Art History + Design and the Photo/Media program, please visit

An MFA degree, or foreign equivalent, is required by the start of the appointment. Applicants must have a minimum of a Master's degree or foreign equivalent or a bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) plus five years of progressive post-baccalaureate experience in Photo/Media.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a letter of interest, artist statement, CV, a PDF portfolio containing a maximum of 20 images of work, sample course syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted via Interfolio:

Priority will be given to applications received by November 1, 2021.

Address questions about this position to the Photo/Media Search Chair,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity:
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University's Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member's academic profile and responsibilities (

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information:
Under Washington State Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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