November 29, 2014

Accepting applications for full-time faculty: Photography and Media

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Clifford Landon Pun (MFA 2011), Girl With A Pearl
Earring, Meer
, 2011. Photography. Courtesy of the
California Institute of the Arts.

Position category: Academic
School/Department: School of Art
Reports To: Dean of the School of Art
Appointment: Regular

Information & responsibilities
The program in Photography and Media at CalArts is seeking an artist for a full-time faculty position to begin in the fall of 2015.

Full-time faculty teach and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students and participate in program and school-wide administrative matters.

Responsibilities include
– Class preparation and grading
– Six hours per week of classroom instruction
– Twelve to fifteen independent study contracts per semester
– Mentoring at least twelve students
– Attending faculty meetings
– Participating in curricular planning and assessment activities
– Participating in mid-residency and Graduation reviews
– Participating in recruitment and admission reviews
– Other duties as assigned by the program Directors and the Dean

The ideal candidate should be an artist with a strong professional practice, a firm commitment to teaching, a dedication to working with a culturally, economically and intellectually diverse community of artists, and an interest in the major questions of photographic and arts education in the 21st century.
– Prefer two or more years of full-time teaching at the college level.
– Knowledge of both traditional and innovative approaches within Photography and Media.
– An MFA degree is expected, but candidates with significant professional experience are welcome to apply and will be seriously considered.
– Effective leadership and organizational skills.

How to apply
Applications are due December 15.
Interested candidates should submit the following to the SlideRoom application site:
– A letter of application
– A current curriculum vitae
– A portfolio of professional work
– A list of 3 professional references
– Additional inquires can be addressed to: [email protected]
– All submissions will be treated confidentially.

Equity & diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way.

CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please fill out an optional survey.

Further information
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

Originally founded as a program in still photography, the CalArts program in Photography and Media supports both graduate and undergraduate students in the exploration of a broad range of media and approaches to cultural production. The program supports practices including still and moving images, new media and sound, and performance and installation—all of which are grounded in a critical understanding of histories of photography and media, the politics of representation, technological reproduction, popular culture, aesthetics, performance and the camera, social documentary and activism.

A core value of the program is that all art practices—analog or digital, material or virtual, object or discourse—are ultimately social practices, as is teaching itself, and as such they are embedded in relationships of learning and exchange. This social character shapes our curriculum, our approach to students, and both implies and solicits an ongoing collective evaluation of how the boundaries of photography and media are continually changing.

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