Assistant Professor of Art and Design with an emphasis in Photography

Fort Hays State University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 2, 2022

Art & Design

Job Posting Title
Assistant Professor of Art and Design with an emphasis in Photography

Job Description

This position is a full-time non-tenure track faculty appointment teaching 24 credit hours (4-4 load) per year in undergraduate and graduate course in the Art and Design program. Expected expertise in experimental explorations, creative processes, and practical applications in photography. Duties include mentoring students, engagement in scholarly activities, providing service to the community, the profession, the college and the university. Collaborative engagement across disciplines and within the art and design area providing cohesive student development is expected. We are looking for a candidate who can foster growth in the photography concentration and has the ability to adapt to new developments in the field and incorporate them into teaching and practice.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have a completed MFA degree by August 2023.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography or digital imaging;
  • Evidence of teaching at the university or college level in digital photography and traditional darkroom (undergraduate and graduate courses);
  • Expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Lightroom and Photoshop;
  • Knowledgeable about lighting in both fine art and commercial applications;
  • Evidence of creative accomplishments in the field of photography;
  • Experience maintaining a traditional darkroom and digital photography studio.
Rank: Assistant Professor

Appointment Date: August 2023

Application Deadline: Priority deadline for consideration is December 1, 2022

Benefits: Competitive benefit package

Application Process: To apply for this position, please visit . Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents: Applicants should submit documents in one PDF
  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Diversity statement describing your experience working with students and faculty/staff from diverse backgrounds and how your experiences have reflected your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    (200 words maximum);
  • 20 images of personal research or professional work;
  • 10-20 images of student work that displays evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available);
  • Link to personal website (if available);
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts showing graduate coursework. If the MFA has not been completed at the time of application, documentation stating the date of completion is required along with a letter from the applicant’s academic advisor;
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Name: Erica Bittel, Search Committee Chair


Phone: 785-628-4300

About the Program:

Art and Design is housed in a new state-of-the-art facility with an attached art gallery which opened in
fall 2019. This 47,000+ square foot art facility—along with the newly constructed 12,000 square foot sculpture facility—is equipped with the latest technology and innovation in studio art and design.

Art and Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts with six concentrations: Graphic Design, Motion Design and Animation, Interior Design, Photography, Studio Art (Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, and Ceramics), and Studio Art with Teacher Certification. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Art Education or Art History. Our innovative Master of Fine Arts program allows students to enroll year-round or as low residency in some of the programs. We also offer a Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Art/Art History. In addition, we offer courses in the general education program available to all students, including Approaches to Creativity, Fundamentals and Appreciation of Art, and Survey of Art History. Art and Design students at Fort Hays State University are part of a vibrant community of student and faculty artists who enjoy producing their own artwork and collaborating on group projects. They work closely with mentor professors, who guide hands-on learning experiences and help develop students’ talents and gain confidence as an artist, designer or arts educator. For more information, please visit .

Mission of the Art and Design Programs:
Art and Design is dedicated to preparing majors in its degree programs with a foundation of aesthetic understanding and creativity, an enhanced technical skillset, and a productive work ethic. Art and design majors experience a high degree of faculty interaction and rigorous periodic review in preparation for employment in the design profession, as working artists, public or private educators, and entry into graduate school.

About the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is the heart of the University, offering a wide array of liberal-arts programs to expand intellectual horizons and prepare students for a profession and for life. In an age of information, we prepare students to be critical, thoughtful, and analytical, to assume a place in society where these skills are needed most. Our undergraduate and graduate programs help students to become better artists, thinkers, writers, and speakers.

Community of Hays

FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant college town of approximately 20,000, located halfway between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70. Hays is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas. The community boasts excellent recreational programs and facilities, including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, and extensive walking, running, and biking trails. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes that offer great opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily. The Hays community is home to excellent Pre-K and K-12, public and private schools. With over 60 restaurants, major retail outlets, a low unemployment rate, and very short commute times, the city provides a safe, welcoming, low-cost, high-quality living environment for the residents who call "Hays, America" home.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Notice to KPERS retirees applying for a position: Recent legislation changes working-after-retirement rules for both you and your employer if you go back to work for a KPERS employer. Please contact your KPERS representative or for further information on how this might affect you.

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