Commercial Photography Instructor (Riverside City College)

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 10, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title:
Commercial Photography Instructor (Riverside City College)

Application Deadline

Interested candidates must apply by the deadline listed below by 8:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.

Career & Tech Ed (R)

Position Type:
Full-Time Faculty/Counselor/Librarian


Physical location of the position:

Employment Type:
Tenure Track (Faculty)

Position Length:

Salary Range:
Column C, Step 1 to Column H, Step 6

Salary Amount:
$68,860 to $106,095

Salary Type:

Is this position categorically (grant) funded?

Riverside City College is seeking a Commercial Photography Instructor who will carry primary responsibility for lecture, laboratory and/or hybrid instruction in photography courses typically taught at the community college level. This can include introduction to photography, studio photography, photojournalism, event photography, digital image manipulation, film and darkroom techniques and business practices.

The ideal candidate will share RCC's and the department of Applied Technology's commitment to educating its racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse student population. We currently enroll over 30,000 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations. Hispanic/Latinx students comprise 60% of RCC's student population, 8% are African-American, 7% are Asian American, 0.3% are Native American, 0.7% are Pacific Islander, 21% are White, 2% are multiracial. Riverside City College has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community.

We are a Hispanic and Minority serving institution with established programs for Puente, Ujima, Allies, Veterans and Foster Youth. RCC is a leader in the California Guided Pathways Project, as well as dual enrollment with our local high schools and strong workforce preparation. We are proud of our dedication to all our students and their families and, through a variety of means, provide robust offerings of culturally responsive events, speakers and opportunities for professional training in equity practices.

For additional information about RCC, visit our website at

Master's degree in photography, fine art, or art with professional photography experience preferred. Bachelor's degree in photography or related field and two full-time years, or equivalent part-time, of professional photography experience, or associate degree in commercial photography or related field and six full-time years, or equivalent part-time of professional photography experience required. (All degrees and units used to satisfy minimum qualifications shall be from accredited institutions).

A minimum of two year(s) of experience teaching photography courses is required. Teaching experience at the community college level is preferred.
The successful candidate should be experienced and have proven professional photography skills including an understanding of commercial trends in the marketplace, industry standard equipment and technical requirements. This includes photo manipulation software such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, digital and traditional darkroom techniques, studio lighting, and camera and printing equipment.

The ideal candidate will (1) have recent experience working with Latinx/Hispanic, African American, Native American and other racially/ethnically, socioeconomically minoritized students in the classroom; (2) possess an understanding of how historical patterns have shaped the experiences and representation of these students within higher education; especially how real or perceived exclusion can shape patterns of participation and outcomes; (3) demonstrate a willingness to examine and refine instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support various groups of marginalized students; and (4) demonstrate experience and skill with addressing issues of equity in the classroom. The candidate will also demonstrate knowledge of the implications of the Hispanic-Serving designation for institutional, departmental, and instructional practices.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about culturally-responsive pedagogical techniques and practices for engaging our diverse student population in addition to having the ability to teach well; create and develop curriculum; work well with others (students, faculty, staff, and administrators); and fulfill the duties of a full-time faculty member in a shared governance environment.

Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students (E.C. 87360a).

The successful candidate will, among other things:
1. Fulfill the duties of a full-time instructor, including, but not limited to, holding weekly office hours and completing 24 hours of "flex credit" through various available activities and seminars.
2. Instructional assignment will include lecture and laboratory classes in a variety of photography courses in the photography program in the applied technology department.
3. Utilize a variety of teaching methods and technologies to keep students motivated and engaged.
4. Maintain professional expertise in photography, digital media and computer technology in order to assist in keeping the discipline up to date with current educational and industry standards.
5. Maintain and propose curriculum when needed and as prescribed by the advisory committee and college policy.
6. Schedule and coordinate photography program courses with full-time and part-time instructors.
7. Serve on college committees and/or councils as assigned and complete institutional service activities that are expected of all faculty members.
8. Coordinate assessment of Student Learning Outcomes and Program Learning Outcomes, and improve the program instruction based on these assessments.
9. Assist with student advising and recruitment and collaborate with discipline faculty on program promotion including advising the student led photography club in support of ASRCC activities.
10. Completion of required professional development through various activities, workshops or seminars.
11. Responsibilities also include maintaining standards of professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professional position.
12. Assignments are based upon the assumption of workload of forty hours weekly, including but not limited to conducting classes, class preparation, student evaluation, office hours, committee work, curriculum and program development, student learning outcomes assessment, program review, student activities, and other duties per the bargaining unit agreement.
13. Participation in discipline/department decision-making processes and work regarding curriculum, program development, Improvement of Instruction, and other professional matters is expected.

1. Ten-month, tenure-track position.
2. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation, and full-time teaching or equivalent experience with a range from Column C, Step 1 to Column H, Step 6 of the current Faculty Salary Schedule.
3. Medical and dental benefits are provided for the employee and legal dependents.
4. A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided for the employee.
5. Orientation to college is required as is adherence to Improvement of Instruction policy.
6. Maintaining broad knowledge of the academic or occupational area and design pedagogy related to learning outcomes is expected.
7. Responsible for all other conditions of employment required of full-time faculty members such as a willingness to be involved in District and College promotional activities, active participation in college committee work, student activities and other support services, and appropriate professional activities.

The Riverside Community College District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or any characteristic listed or defined in Section 11135 of the Government Code or any characteristic that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in subdivision (1) of Section 422.6 of the California Penal Code, or any other status protected by law. This holds true for all District employment opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX Officer/Section 504/ADA Coordinator. Harassment of any employee/student with regard to ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or any characteristic listed or defined in Section 11135 of the Government Code or any characteristic that is contained in the prohibition of hate crimes set forth in subdivision (1) of Section 422.6 of the California Penal Code, or any other status protected by law, is strictly prohibited. The Title IX Officer, Section 504/ADA Coordinator for the District is Ms. Lorraine Jones, 3801 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Telephone Number is: (951) 222-8039.

Required Applicant Documents:
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Teaching Philosophy
Associate or Equivalent Transcript

Optional Applicant Documents:
Bachelors or Equivalent Transcript
Masters or Equivalent Transcript

Effective Employment Date:
February 2021

Application Deadline:

Special Comments:


* All offers of employment will be contingent upon the availability of funds and approval by the Board of Trustees.

* Only electronic, on-line applications are accepted. All supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, required or optional, must also be in electronic formats and attached to the electronic, on-line application when applying. Supporting materials are only accepted as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) or Microsoft Word files and must be less than 2 MB in size.

* Paper applications and supporting materials WILL NOT be accepted!

*Cover letter must address how applicant meets the qualifications for the position.

* Letters of recommendation, if requested, must be recent and NON-CONFIDENTIAL and submitted electronically when applying on-line.

*Copies of degree diplomas/certificates are NOT a replacement for transcripts.

*Interested candidates must apply by the deadline listed above by 8:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.

*The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicant should contact Human Resources at (951) 222-8595 for assistance.

Application Types Accepted:
Faculty Application

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