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Amherst College

Assistant Professor of Art (Photography)

Location: Amherst, MA
Posted: June 20, 2024
Application Deadline: October 15, 2024

Contact

Amherst College
finearts@amherst.edu
17 Fayerweather Drive
Amherst, MA, 01002
413-542-2365
www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art

The Department of Art and the History of Art invites applications for a full-time tenure track
position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of photography. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2025.

Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Nearly half of our
students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-
U.S. citizenship; 16 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is
committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student's demonstrated need,
and nearly 60 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful
candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to
race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and religion. Located in
the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.

The department seeks a broad thinker and technically skilled photographer. The artist should
be knowledgeable about both contemporary and historical practices in photography,
conversant in the critical discourses related to the medium, and dedicated to teaching both
established and experimental approaches in photography at all levels. In particular, we
welcome applications from candidates with diverse perspectives who are adept in the use of
both analog and digital photography, comfortable integrating the two in their teaching, and
capable of mentoring students in interdisciplinary material-based practice. The artist's interests
might include (but are not limited to) social practice, questions of intersectional identity, archival investigation, ecocriticism, and explorations of photography in the sphere of digital networks, artificial intelligence, performance, or installation art.

We are a department composed of artists and art historians, teaching both majors and nonmajors
in a liberal arts college with an open curriculum. Our studio arts facilities include a large photography darkroom, a film/photo/video equipment cage, a digital lab, and other spaces and resources that serve our classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fiber arts, sound art, installation, and film/video. Our new colleague will expose students to a broad spectrum of photographic practices and pedagogies, help them hone skills in visual literacy and critical assessment, and challenge them to develop strategies to realize interdisciplinary projects in inventive ways. As well as learning to create compelling and original photographic work,
students gain insights that encourage an active, critical engagement with photographic images
and a richer understanding of their cultural and political power. This enhanced analytical
capacity is an essential tool for our students to engage in a meaningful and effective relationship with our culture and with democracy, underscoring the mission of an Amherst College education.

Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester; advising students, including senior
honors projects; maintaining and building an active exhibition record; overseeing the photography labs; and engaging in the life of the department and the college.

The position requires an M.F.A. degree or the professional equivalent, at least two years of
teaching experience, and an established exhibition record. Applicants are asked to submit the
following materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/147671: a CV, a letter of interest that summarizes the candidate's approach to both artmaking and teaching, twenty images and/or videos of work (video samples should not exceed three minutes each), two to three sample syllabi, up to twenty examples of student work (if available), and the contact information for three
references. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. References will be contacted after the first round of interviews.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders,
persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its
educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and
staff.

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