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Auburn University

Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography

Location: Auburn, AL
Posted: March 20, 2024
Application Deadline: April 05, 2024


Auburn University
Chuck Hemard
108 Biggin Hall
Auburn, AL, 36849

Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography
Starting August 16, 2024

Position Summary: The Department of Art & Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography for a renewable one-year appointment beginning in August 16, 2024. The position is contingent on funding, performance and departmental needs. This is a full-time position with benefits; salary commensurate with experience.
Position Responsibilities: The teaching load is a 3-3. Courses include undergraduate photography studio courses across all levels, i.e., introductory,
intermediate, and advanced. The position is also responsible for photography area oversight: darkroom and digital photography lab management, ordering consumables and maintaining budget, supervision of photography area student worker, and related equipment maintenance. Additional courses may include BA Capstone and/or BFA Critique Seminar (1-credit hour courses) as needed; and, depending on expertise and experience, Introduction to Digital Art, Drawing I, and Core Fine Arts. Departmental service is expected.

Required Qualifications: The position is open to candidates with an MFA in photography or a related field, at the time employment begins, August 2024. Strong candidates will have proven ability to teach all levels of photography, both wet-process B+W silver and digital processes, basic studio lighting, medium and large format cameras, color managed printing work flows. Ability to manage area is expected. Expertise in the theory and practice of contemporary photography, and a commitment to undergraduate education is also expected.
Outstanding candidates will have an active exhibition record demonstrating a sustained creative research practice, evidence of effective teaching as an instructor of record at the college level, and strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
Desired Qualifications: Ability to teach Introduction to Digital Art, Drawing I, or Core Fine Arts (ARTS 1510: Looking at Art) as needed. Strong desire for
candidates with significant experience teaching at the college/university level. Experience working with Canvas. Experience with maintaining darkroom and
digital photo lab spaces.

Application materials will be submitted through Auburn University's employment
Please submit the following:
- Letter of application that addresses professional qualifications as they relate
to the position defined in this call, including teaching experience and
philosophy, lab management experience, and description of creative research
practice and agenda
- Curriculum Vitae
- Examples of professional work: Provide 20 samples in a single PDF file no
larger than 10 MB with captions on each slide including:
- Images: title, date, media, and dimensions
- Audio: title, date, media, duration, and URL to access
- Video: still image, title, date, media, duration, and URL to access
- Examples of student work: Provide 20 samples in a single PDF file no larger
than 10 MB with captions on each image including:
- Images: title, date, media, and dimensions, course level, date, and
- Audio: title, date, media, duration, and URL to access, course level, date,
and assignment
- Video: still image, title, date, media, duration, course level, date,
assignment, and URL to access
- Transcript of highest degree (unofficial copies / scans accepted for application
but official transcripts will be requested upon hire)
- Two sample syllabi for undergraduate studio courses, including at least one in
- Contact information for three individuals who can write letters of
recommendation that speak to the candidate's teaching abilities and
additional qualifications (letters will be requested for finalists)
- Optional: evidence of excellent teaching ability (student evaluations, peer-
reviews of teaching, scholarship on teaching and pedagogy, etc.)
Review of applications will begin April 3, 2024 and continue until the position is
filled. Following the initial screening of applications, short-listed candidates will
be scheduled for interviews via Zoom.
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility
requirements to legally work in the United States at the time the appointment is
scheduled to begin and throughout the proposed term of employment. Excellent
communication skills required. Final appointment is contingent upon funding.
Additional Information: The Department of Art & Art History currently offers
two degrees in studio art (B.A. and B.F.A), a B.A. degree in Art with a formal
option in Art History, and minors in animation, art history, photography, and
studio art. The Department is a charter member of NASAD and is the oldest fully-
accredited art department in the Southeast. It is housed in historic Biggin Hall
with north-light studio classrooms and a 3-D Arts Building. The department
includes an 800 sq. ft. exhibitions gallery. Students and faculty regularly visit
and collaborate with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, which contains an
impressive permanent collection of European and American fine and decorative
arts, and hosts a roster of first-rate exhibitions, lectures, films, and special
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for the Department of
Art & Art History. We value the contributions of each person and respect the
profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities,
and opinion enrich the community within the university and beyond. The
Department is an inclusive community that welcomes people from every
background and fulfills its land-grant mission through the pursuit of excellence in
teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. For more
details, visit the department website at:
Auburn University is one of the nation's premier public land-grant institutions,
enrolling over 33,000 students. In 2023, it was ranked 47th among public
universities by U.S. News and World Report. Highly research-active (R1) and
committed to teaching excellence, Auburn is nationally recognized for its
commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting
student life, and the beauty of its campus. Auburn University is understanding
of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. To
learn more about Auburn University, including Dual Career policies, visit:
Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best
small towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities
or to beach and mountain recreational opportunities. The Auburn-Opelika
metropolitan area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems,
and a regional medical center. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor
between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, Auburn is within easy
driving distance to Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Columbus, Georgia.
Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all
individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin,
age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual
orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by
applicable law.

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