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Adams State University

Assistant Professor of Art in Photography/Digital Media

Location: Alamosa, CO
Posted: April 22, 2024
Application Deadline: May 30, 2024


Adams State University
Charise Mixa
208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, CO, 81101

Art Department offering B.A. and B.F.A. programs seeks a dynamic art educator with a specialization in Photography and Digital Media. The primary teaching responsibilities will include all levels of Photography and Lens-based Digital Media. Expertise in digital, analog and alternative photography techniques is required. All faculty also contribute to teaching core art classes and general education courses. The successful candidate will cultivate a strong vision, develop and grow enrollment in the Photography and Digital/Lens-based Media program. The faculty member will also participate in departmental efforts to expand applied professional practices and ensure coursework has strong connections to careers in the fine arts and industry. Responsibilities include: teaching four classes per semester, overseeing senior projects, maintaining and upgrading classroom facilities, administering the budget for the Graphic Design area. Additional expectations include assuming an equitable share of responsibility for departmental work such as curriculum planning, advising, recruitment and engagement with the campus and local community. This is a tenure track position and thus expects excellence in teaching, as well as significant engagement in scholarly/creative work and service. Teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications.

Candidates should demonstrate that they possess (1) a commitment to student-centered instruction, and (2) a commitment to furthering the university's mission of Inclusive Excellence. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students within the School of Visual and Performing Arts and across campus.

Mission of the Department:

Our goal is to produce graduates with the ability to make connections between artmaking and all aspects of their lives, whether through continued practice as artists or other avenues of creativity and expression. Curricular revisions aim to provide students with breadth and depth of experiences in 2D, 3D, and Digital/Lens-based media that prepare students to tackle any career path they choose. Faculty support students from all backgrounds and experiences so they can thrive and grow as creative individuals. As a cultural hub for the visual arts in the San Luis Valley, the art department provides space for all to explore and enjoy the visual arts.
We recognize that women and people of color are often less likely to apply to a position if they don't match 100% of the job qualifications. Don't let that be the reason you miss out on this opportunity! We encourage you to apply if you can demonstrate many of these skills and competencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master of Fine Arts in Photography, or other relevant terminal degree, from an accredited institution
• A strong focus on teaching, including demonstrated college-level teaching, and professional experience in photography and digital media
• Direct experience with curriculum development
• Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated experience and ability to work collaboratively
• Knowledge of photography, lens-based digital media, design principles, and color theory
• Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels of photography, digital media, analog techniques and alternative techniques
• Ability to maintain inkjet printers, traditional darkroom, and related equipment
• Active participation in, and/or concrete strategies for, recruiting, retaining and engaging students
• A record of recognized creative/scholarly work and an ongoing body of work, suitable for tenure and promotion
• Demonstrated knowledge of, sensitivity to, and ability to work effectively with, the educational needs of individuals and groups with a diverse range of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities
• Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity of Adams State University's student population, including students with different abilities (e.g. physical and or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded, inclusive practices within the classroom

Preferred Qualifications:

• Teaching and/or professional experience in photography and digital media, art theory, and general education courses
• Ability to mentor students beyond the classroom setting in preparation for their thesis capstone exhibition
• Skills in communication with an ethnically and culturally diverse population including first generation and non-traditional students
• Ability to work in the interdisciplinary, collaborative liberal arts setting
• Ability or experience working with historically under-served and/or underrepresented populations, and first-generation college students.
• Ability or experience in the recruitment and/or retention of underrepresented students, including students of color.
• Commitment to professional development, scholarship, and service to the university and community.
• Demonstrated self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of one's orientation towards teaching.
• Demonstrated decision-making that is informed by research, data, and theory and that leverages students' unique cultures, experiences, and background as strengths.

Salary and Benefits:

The pay range for this position is $47,300-$53,900 for a traditional 9-month academic-year appointment, commensurate with experience and education. The salary range reflects the level of the highest degree attained and assumes the minimum for an entry-level Assistant professor position to the maximum for an individual with significant experience. Opportunities for supplemental contracts may be available.

In addition to salary, Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. For detailed benefits information please visit

Required Documents (details below):

Completed applications should include the following:
• A detailed cover letter of application addressing teaching interest/experience as well as how professional interests and goals align with Adams vision and values. We encourage applicants to discuss their commitment to scholarly and/or creative excellence. Additionally, we seek to learn how scholarly/creative excellence is interwoven with their approach to service, teaching, mentoring, and affirming diverse perspectives.
• Curriculum Vitae
•Teaching Statement: (include sample course syllabi) in addition to describing your approach to teaching in general, please address the following questions: What do you feel are the best strategies for supporting art students who have been historically marginalized in (enter discipline)? What role should art faculty play in student success
• Diversity Statement: please address the following questions: Describe how your life experiences, identities, and/or professional commitments have shaped your approach to enacting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)? How does teaching at a small HSI with a sizable population of first-generation university students set in a rural environment align with your teaching interests/experience and professional goals?
• Transcripts of all college level work (Copies accepted. Official transcripts required upon hire.)
• Three sample project/assignment descriptions (one for each beginning, intermediate, and advanced level) and a course semester schedule for one course as you would teach it
• Ten images of student work with assignment descriptions (PDF preferred) or link to digital portfolio
• Ten images of personal work (PDF preferred) or link to digital portfolio
• Three professional references: name, job title, and contact information (email, phone); at least one should be in a supervisory role.

Basic applications (resume, cover letter, transcripts) must be submitted at:

However, additional materials may be sent directly via email as needed to:
Charise Mixa, Administrative Assistant to the Department of Art,

Inquiries: Prof. John Taylor, Chair, Art Search Committee, (719) 587-7382
Only complete applications will be considered. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until closed. Priority is given to applications received before May 30, 2024. This appointment begins in August 2024.

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