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California State University, Sacramento

Assistant Professor of Photography

Location: Sacramento, CA
Posted: November 17, 2021
Application Deadline: January 07, 2022


California State University, Sacramento
Doug Dertinger

6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA, 95820

The Photography Program at CSU Sacramento seeks an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2022 who specializes in contemporary approaches to narrative photography, with an emphasis on socially engaged, collaborative practices. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching established photographic processes and a practice based in photographic forms of storytelling, be dedicated to community-based work, and engage our students in the contemporary tools and technologies evolving alongside these practices. The successful candidate will be able to help students connect photographic history and theory to practice. Additionally, we welcome candidates whose professional work—in the classroom, studio, or in their service to the field—aligns with our Department and University's commitment to examining systems of privilege and oppression and forming curriculum that resists and counteracts these. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

• Teach 12 units per semester. This equates to 4-6 studio-based courses per academic year.
• Develop curriculum in the upper and lower division addressing narrative photographic practices, as well as curriculum involving community-based social practices with photography.
• Lead student advising, recruitment, oversight of part-time faculty, curriculum development and other related activities aimed at fostering growth of the Photography program.
• Pursue excellence in teaching effectiveness; peer-reviewed creative, scholarly, and/or professional activity, and service to the Department, College, University.
• Engage actively with the local and regional community through service and scholarship.

• Earned MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the art  by August 2022.
• Record of sustained professional creative practice and/or engagement in photography.
• Evidence of teaching or community-based organization and leadership at the secondary, adult, or college level.
• Evidence of sustained practice involving contemporary narrative forms of photography. Examples of narrative photography could include documentary, fictionalized narrative, long-form editorial, or experimental forms of storytelling through photographs.
• Evidence of sustained artistic/photographic practice through socially engaged, collaborative or community-facing forms of engagement and/or co-creative work.
• Proficiency with and ability to teach established/primary photographic tools, equipment, processes, and software to students.
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence in a diverse and inclusive environment.

• 3 years teaching or educational experience at the secondary, adult, or collegial level.
• Experience working with contemporary or emerging forms of photographic capture, production, distribution, and output.
• Experience working with digital video/time-based equipment, techniques, and software.

Initial review of applications will begin January 7, 2022. Application must include:
1. Letter of interest addressing the position and the institution.
2. Current curriculum vitae. If applicable, please include a link to your website.
3. Diversity statement discussing your teaching philosophy addressing your approach and contributions to anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
4. Unofficial transcripts demonstrating degree required for position.
5. Portfolio of primarily recent creative work, projects, research, and/or publications.
6. Portfolio of recent student (or community participant) work attesting to your skill in teaching.
7. A syllabus of a sample upper division course addressing a form of narrative or community-based photographic curriculum you have authored. This may be a proposed course or one that you have already taught.
8. Three (3) reference contacts in the form of email and telephone information that can speak to your professional qualifications.
SEMI-FINALISTS will be invited to participate in a brief Zoom interview.
FINALISTS will be invited to campus, where we are holding our final interview process. If invited, you will also be asked to provide a current letter of recommendation from a professional contact within the last three years.

For questions, please contact: Nick Shepard, Committee Chair;

Link to the listing and application portal:

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital," is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: "As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement." As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

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