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The New School

Assistant Professor of Photography

Location: New York, NY
Posted: March 06, 2023
Application Deadline: July 01, 2023


The New School
The New School Talent
80 Fifth Ave
New York, NY, 10011

Since its founding in 1896, Parsons has been at the vanguard of art and design education. It has consistently ranked as one of the top three art and design schools in the world for the past several years. Having joined The New School in 1970, Parsons is now one of the University's five colleges (with the others being the College of Performing Arts, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the New School for Social Research, and the Schools of Public Engagement). Parsons is a diverse community, with a particularly high percentage of international students (46%). Parsons' 20 masters and 16 undergraduate degree programs, as well as its pre-college and continuing education offerings, provide artists, designers, scholars, and entrepreneurs with the skills needed to devise art & design-led approaches to complex challenges.

The Photography Programs at Parsons School of Design, a Division of the New School, seeks to appoint a full-time tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. This appointment will begin July 1, 2023. We seek qualified candidates whose practice is grounded in the field of photography and image-making and who offer a dynamic, interdisciplinary, experimental visual practice. We are especially interested in applicants whose practice demonstrates expertise in any of the following: commercial and fashion oriented applications; time-based media, and/or emerging technologies (including but not limited to areas such as creative coding, data mapping, computational vision, 3D imaging, etc.). Candidates will be an active practitioner, educator, and researcher with an inclusive and innovative approach to pedagogy, informed by current research. Candidates will also be an outstanding communicator with strong interpersonal and collaborative skills who is engaged nationally and internationally in the field of photography and image making. The ideal candidate will also become a dedicated community member who will actively collaborate with program faculty on rethinking the future of photographic education.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.


The work of this faculty member is divided between (1) teaching, (2) scholarship or professional/creative practice, and (3) university service. The standard teaching load is five courses––or the equivalent––per academic year. Within their field of expertise, the faculty member will be expected to teach undergraduate, including First Year, as well as graduate courses, to majors and non-majors. They will hold regular office hours, and participate in extracurricular teaching activities such as critiques, review panels, thesis supervision, independent study, and advising. University service includes program, Parsons, and New School assignments on committees and task forces, and as program directors or associate directors with a reduced teaching load in graduate and undergraduate programs, including the undergraduate First Year. All faculty are expected to be engaged with scholarship or professional/creative practice at a level commensurate with their faculty rank.

This faculty position is on a tenure-track contract. The terms and conditions of this faculty appointment, including guidelines for advancement, promotion, renewal, and tenure, are governed by The New School policies set forth in the The New School Full-Time Faculty Handbook. Tenure-track candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential for excellence in research, scholarship, and/or professional/creative practice. All hiring is subject to Provost budgetary approval.

Minimum Qualifications:

An MFA, or alternative terminal degree in the Arts or Arts Education, or equivalent professional experience.

Active/current professional practice or creative/critical scholarship that demonstrates significant creative and professional achievement.

This position requires three-years of classroom teaching experience at the college level.

Strong interest in working collaboratively across Parsons and the University.

Ability to work effectively as part of a team, as a collaborator or lead.

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.

Evidence of a commitment to educational equity in teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Evidence of cross-cultural communication skills in teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Evidence of demonstrated interest in / building the ability to mentor and support students from diverse backgrounds, to develop and nurture the individual student's abilities, and a strong commitment to progressive education. This evidence can be in a candidate's teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion (in classroom, campus, community) in teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in higher education academic setting, with a working knowledge of curriculum development, student support, and management.

Experience teaching English language learners, students from low income backgrounds, and first generation college students.

University-level teaching that includes a combination of studios, seminars, and tutorials, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Experience with / commitment to curricular and community-building work for first-year college students; capacity to lead in the context of a first-year studies program.

Work Modality

On-Campus Position: Faculty are expected to work on-campus due to the nature of the work in accordance with the University policies as set forth in the Full-Time Faculty Handbook.

Salary Range

$75,000 - $90,000 per annum

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit:

A letter of application: a 1-2 page statement that describes artistic practice and teaching philosophy. Please include in the statement an articulation of your approach to inclusive pedagogy and demonstrated evidence of commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.


Names and contact information for three professional references

Three syllabi with assignments

Up to 20 digital images and/or time-based work of creative work and/or commercial work

1–20 examples of student artwork mentored by the candidate

Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials, such as digital portfolio/work samples.

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