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Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography

Union College (NY)
Schenectady, New York
Posted Date
Nov 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Visual Arts at Union College seeks applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography, beginning September 1st, 2023. Primary responsibilities include teaching two in-person courses in each of three ten-week terms (six contact hours per week per course, six courses per year). At least one introductory course in Photography is required of Visual Arts majors. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory 35mm film developing and wet darkroom techniques (two or three courses), intermediate digital and color processes (two courses), and possibly an intermediate or advanced thematic or process-specific course, depending on the candidate's field of specialty and departmental needs. Candidates may also expect to work with senior majors, honors thesis students, and advanced independent study students as necessary. Additional responsibilities will include supervising the photography lab technician and oversight of the Photography budget for the duration of the appointment. Visitors are eligible to apply for funding to support their creative scholarly work during their appointment. The Visual Arts Department supports a new General Education curriculum with increased focus on Global Challenges and Justice, Equity, Inclusion, and Difference in our Creative Arts and Design courses. Candidates who demonstrate engagement with contemporary issues and diverse perspectives in their scholarly work and/or in the classroom are especially encouraged to apply (see for more information).

About Union
Union College is a small, highly selective undergraduate institution located in the Capital District of New York. Union offers competitive salaries, research support, and an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision insurance, and life and disability coverage. For more information, please visit our website: Our location in the Capital District offers a robust local and regional art scene, with active artist communities shared between Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and Troy, NY. The region is home to a number of important contemporary art institutions and museums, and is a few hours' drive from New York City, Boston, and Montreal.

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union College, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Our goal is not only to increase diversity but also to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications
A Master of Fine Arts degree from an accredited institution
Minimum two years' experience teaching Photography at the college level, including wet darkroom and digital practices
Strong exhibition record with evidence of an active, ongoing studio practice
Demonstrated experience with teaching a range of photographic processes and techniques

Application Instructions
The deadline for submitting applications is January 18, 2023. Please visit to register for access to the application portal. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please include:
- Cover Letter, including a statement on artistic practice/scholarly work
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- A statement on teaching, which should include a discussion of teaching philosophy, teaching practice and experience, and a discussion of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in pedagogy
- Two syllabi from undergraduate courses, including materials such as assignments, project prompts, and readings (in one PDF or link to a website)                                                                                                  - Portfolio of recent professional work (20 images maximum, in one PDF or link to a website). Each image should include title, date, media, and dimensions
- Examples of student work, ideally from the courses mentioned above (20 images maximum, in one PDF or link to a website). Each image should include course level, date, and assignment.
- Names and contact information for three recommenders, as indicated in the application portal at The system will automatically send email requests for letters of recommendation.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

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