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University of New Mexico - Department of Art

Assistant Professor of Photography

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posted: September 30, 2022
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022


University of New Mexico - Department of Art
1 University of New Mexico, Department of Art, MSC04 2560
Albuquerque, NM, 87131

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Photography. Probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. 1.0 FTE. The Department of Art seeks an artist whose practice is rooted in the language of photography. The ideal candidate has a practice that complements the current Photography faculty, contributing distinct approaches and concerns. Our priority is for a colleague who expands critical perspectives and conceptual territory, and is fluent in contemporary cultural and aesthetic discourses. The new faculty member will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise MFA students, and serve on graduate committees when requested.

SALARY: $58,000

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: M.F.A. in Studio Art with emphasis in Photography. Two years cumulative university-level teaching experience as instructor of record after the M.F.A.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary interdisciplinary setting in an atmosphere of close faculty-student mentoring. A creative practice that expands the department's critical perspectives and conceptual territory. Technical and conceptual expertise in both analog and digital photography.
An active and accelerating record of professional engagement, which might include exhibitions, public installations, and print and/or online publications. Conversant in contemporary issues of theory and aesthetics, especially as they relate to photography. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

APPLICATION: All applicants must apply online at the University of New Mexico website:, Requisition #21986. Please attach as part of the application in the UNMJobs system: (1) A letter of application that includes contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (2) CV with names and complete addresses (mailing, telephone, and e-mail) of three recommenders. (3) Maximum of three representative course syllabi. (4) Teaching philosophy. (5) Artist statement. (6) 20 examples of your work, with a list of images, including title, year, medium, and size. Image portfolio should be uploaded as a screen-resolution PDF file. If selected for the position, you will need to provide official certification of successful completion of all minimum degree requirements for this position prior to your initial employment with UNM.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: For best consideration, all application materials must be received by November 30, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 14, 2023.

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city of 600,000 on the Rio Grande at an altitude of 5,200 feet. Albuquerque's historical pluralism gives the city a fascinating mix in terms of its arts, cuisine, languages, and values. The University of New Mexico is a large, diverse state university with a faculty of over 3,000 serving approximately 25,000 students.

The University of New Mexico's photography program was one of the first MFA programs in photography in the country, awarding its first degrees in 1968. UNM Photography is ranked in the top ten Photography Graduate Programs by the US News & World Report. Rich resources at the University include the University of New Mexico Art Museum's extensive photography collection and the Center for Southwest Research at Zimmerman Library. The University of New Mexico's Department of Art is part of the College of Fine Arts, whose internationally recognized programs, faculty, and staff provide a comprehensive education in both the visual and the performing arts. The Department of Art offers the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees.


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