Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Photography

Position ID: 38511
Georgia State University
College of the Arts
School of Art & Design
Branch Campus: 
Atlanta, Georgia
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Assistant Professor
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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Photography

GSU Log# 19-093

Be part of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design’s growing faculty at Georgia State University, an enterprising R-1 university in Atlanta. Our next Assistant Professor in Photography will play a central role in the School of Art & Design’s contributions to Georgia State’s strategic goals of highlighting the arts and media as vital to the quality of all major cities and demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates.  Opportunities for support include intramural research grants, summer funding, teaching release time, graduate research assistants, travel funds, and assistance in pursuing external funding.

The School of Art & Design is part of the College of the Arts, which was established in 2016 and also includes the School of Film, Media & Theatre, the School of Music, the Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA), and the Center for Educational Partnerships in Music. In addition to offering some of the university’s most popular majors, the college connects faculty and students with Atlanta’s thriving arts scene and booming film and music industries.

Georgia State University is a national leader in using innovation to drive student success and research growth. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students unsurpassed research, teaching, and learning opportunities in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgia State as #4 in Most Innovative Schools, #8 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #11 in Campus Ethnic Diversity among national universities.


The School of Art & Design seeks an exceptional artist educator to join our team of 30+ full-time faculty in art, design, and art history serving over 1000 art & design majors across nine separate disciplines. The successful candidate will have a commitment to teaching both undergraduate and graduate studio courses and contributing to a critical learning culture within a public research university. They should evidence a research and/or exhibition record reflecting a commitment to professional development appropriate to a tenure track position. Professional research should demonstrate the potential to achieve national and international recognition. The candidate’s professional work should reflect an understanding of and interest in contemporary issues in photography and the broader field of contemporary art.

The ideal candidate will also be an enthusiastic educator, with a strong desire to enhance our photography program and foster excellence in our students. We value excellent interpersonal skills, communication and collegiality. This is our second photography hire in two years and we need additional faculty who value working with diverse student populations and multicultural perspectives. Our courses include introductory and advanced digital courses including capture/workflow/output, video production and projection, large and medium format analog classes, studio lighting, photography history and theory, advanced B&W darkroom, and alternative 19th c. processes. Faculty may also teach rotational courses within the School of Art & Design, including undergraduate “Critical Issues in Contemporary Art” and the graduate seminar “Topics in Contemporary Art”.

This position includes serving on committees at the School, College and University level. Photography program coordination and leadership is shared amongst the photography faculty and includes advising students, managing the program budget, overseeing photography labs and studios, and supervising graduate student lab assistantships as required. An expanded management role in the area will be expected as promotion/advancement and time-in-position increase.


Essential Qualifications

  • MFA in Photography or related field
  • Research and/or exhibition record appropriate for a tenure-track position at an R-1 university
  • Minimum of three years university-level teaching experience beyond the terminal degree
  • Well rounded in all areas of photography, with expertise in the technical aspects of digital and analog practice
  • Willingness to perform administrative duties and provide direction to the program
  • Strong writing and speaking skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants should have an active professional practice, including a record of exhibitions beyond the local and regional level
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Will actively contribute to structuring the curriculum and participate in strategic program planning
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and collegiality

Application Procedure:

Submit three separate PDFs for this job application to wsadrecruiting@gsu.edu either through email or through a direct download. 

PDF #1: All TEXT documents in this order:

1) Cover letter

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Artist statement

4) Teaching philosophy; sample syllabi from relevant photography courses

5) Names, email addresses, telephone numbers, and titles of at least three professional references 

PDF #2

20 Images of personal work that are clearly labeled and described

PDF #3

20 Images of student work that are clearly labeled and described with relevant assignment and course information

Review of applications will begin February 5th, for possible interviews at CAA and review will continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration, please submit all materials by March 1, 2018. Should you be recommended for a position, an offer of employment will be conditional on background verification.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a history of mentoring under-represented minorities in Photography.


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