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Assistant Professor: Media with Specialization in Photography and Lens-Based Practice

Application Window

Open date: November 17th, 2021

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jul 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Visual Arts within the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The Department invites applications for an artist with an art-practice focusing on media with a specialization in photography and lens-based practice.

The applicant's creative approach should be conceptually rich and conversant with the contemporary and emerging discourses of lens-based media art. The applicant should demonstrate a knowledge of analog and digital photographic practices, as well as an active engagement with evolving lens-based technologies. We are looking for an artist whose lens- based work might connect with the avant-gardes, contemporary art, and critical and expanded approaches to the discipline. Candidates should have an exhibition record demonstrating considerable recognition and teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

The successful candidate will teach in the department's undergraduate Media major, an area that spans analog and digital photography, film, digital media, and the history, theory and criticism of film and media. We are especially interested in hearing from artists who have a willingness and demonstrated capacity to work in an interdisciplinary context that includes undergraduate majors in studio, digital art, speculative design, art history, and media history and theory. The position also entails teaching in the Department's M.F.A. program and contributing to the Ph.D. programs in art history, theory and criticism and art practice. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and service records demonstrate their capacity to contribute to diversity and inclusion.

Teaching will encompass the entire curricular range, from large undergraduate lecture courses to intermediate production and technique courses, advanced undergraduate production and critique courses, and graduate courses for MFA and Ph.D. Art Practice students. Courses would include such topics as Introduction to Digital Photography, Black and White Darkroom, Advanced Lighting and Printing, and thematic critique-based courses like Social Engagement and Photography, Strategies of the Self, and Pictorialism. All department faculty are expected to advise, work with, and serve on the committees of, MFA students in all areas and also work with, and serve on the committees of, Ph.D. students.

Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on UC pay scales.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

MFA or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Visual Art, New Media practice, or related field required prior to the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Teaching and academic experience at the undergraduate level.
Professional recognition and/or distinguished scholarship.
Trajectory for developing a national and international reputation.
Research, teaching and service demonstrate their capacity to contribute to diversity and inclusion.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Must include description of research, training and teaching experience

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Artist Statement and Portfolio - Upload a PDF document that includes a list of links or one link to your online portfolio specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work with any writings/statements and notable reviews about your work.

  • Teaching Philosophy

  • Teaching Evaluations - Scan any teaching evaluations into one PDF page to upload in this link

  • Misc/ Additional (Optional)

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Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

UCSD La Jolla Campus