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Assistant Professor in Art, Photo/Media

School of Art + Art History + Design, University of Washington
University of Washington, Seattle
commensurate with experience and qualifications
Posted Date
Sep 15, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Photo/Media Program to start in September 2023. This position is 100% full-time and has a nine-month service period.

As per the University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint, the institution prioritizes attracting and retaining a diverse faculty that reflects our student population. UW has more than 60,000 students, including 31% first-generation college students, over 30% Pell Grant-eligible students, and over 31,000 faculty and staff from over 70 countries across its three campuses. The School of Art + Art History + Design is committed to the goal of faculty diversification.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in artistic practice, teaching, and research that contributes to the intellectual environment of the program, School and artistic community while also offering new perspectives on art practice and pedagogy. We are committed to advancing the field of contemporary art with an emphasis on photography, video, and interdisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with faculty and staff on advancing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The candidate will be expected to teach at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate Photo/Media Program.  

Faculty work with undergraduate and graduate art students, as well as students from other disciplines in the School and across the University. The Photo/Media undergraduate curriculum advances formal and technical knowledge as well as emphasizing individual research, critical thinking, experimentation, and a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in the arts. Graduate students in the MFA Program work closely with Faculty to develop artistic practices that are often interdisciplinary and conceptual in nature. Our students have a diverse range of interests. For example, recent students have created work that addresses race, racism, and (de)coloniality; queer and trans embodiment; indigeneity; intersectionality; digital and social media; power and institutional critique; representation; conceptualism; critical theory; site-specificity, and activist art. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with these and other topics in an inclusive research and learning environment. 

The Photo/Media Program facilities include B/W darkrooms, large format digital printers, a state-of-the-art sound studio and equipment, analogue and digital cameras, professional video cameras, lighting equipment, and various editing suites. The Photo/Media Program maintains multiple student galleries, graduate studios, a lighting studio, and classrooms.

For more information about the School of Art + Art History + Design and the Photo/Media program, please visit


Applicants must have a minimum of a Master's degree or foreign equivalent (or a bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) plus five years of progressive post- baccalaureate experience in Photo/Media). Candidates will evidence a strong professional record and teaching expertise. 

Candidates must possess expertise in Photo/Media and a record demonstrating how they have worked in expansive ways, inclusive of other disciplines.

Application Instructions

Please submit a letter of interest, artist statement, CV, a PDF portfolio containing a maximum of 20 images of work, sample course syllabi, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and three letters of recommendation. All materials must be submitted via Interfolio. Priority will be given to applications received by November 1. Questions about this position may be addressed to the Photo/Media Search Chair,

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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