Assistant Professor, Photography Program California College of the Arts
Tenure Track, Full Time October 2018
COLLEGE Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing and literature.The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, social practice, film, visual and critical studies, and writing.Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school's motto of Make art that matters.Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.
PROGRAM SUMMARY The Photography Program at CCA approaches photography as an expanded field encompassing the deep historical context of the medium. Through a balance of theoretical, technical, art historical, and conceptual curriculum, Photography students explore a wide range of forms and media while developing an individualized practice of sustained curiosity and creative dexterity. Students benefit from engaged mentoring, small class sizes, and access to traditional wet darkroom labs, senior studios, state of the art digital imaging facilities, and individual senior shows.
Recent visiting include Charlotte Cotton, Richard Barnes, Esther Teichmann, and Deanna Lawson. The Photography Program lecture series recently hosted Stanya Kahn, Nick Waplington, Aaron Schuman, Idris Khan, Uta Barth Joel Sternfeld, Catherine Opie, Alec Soth, David Levi Strauss, and Collier Schorr and Simon Baker. Students benefit from the robust photography community in the Bay Area, which includes Pier 24, the Fisher Collection, Fraenkel Gallery, SF Camerawork and the newly expanded photography collection at SFMOMA.
POSITION SUMMARY CCA is seeking candidates for a full time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position for the Photography Program to begin August 201. The successful candidate will demonstrate a vibrant art practice and professional activity, with evidence of increasing stature within national or international artistic dialogues.
Candidates should be versed in a wide range of issues affecting contemporary art practice and possess a strong desire to advance the discourse of art and photography in a broad cultural and educational context. We seek candidates who possess a working knowledge of digital media as it pertains to photography and an interest in developing a model studio environment that can bridge traditional and contemporary technologies.
In keeping with CCA's commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their letters of application, candidates should address their proven record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices.
Teaching responsibilities are equivalent to five course lines per year and cover a full range of classes, from undergraduate introductory-level studio courses to graduate-level seminars and critiques. Working closely in collaboration with colleagues, the ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to the task of teaching and developing innovative curriculum in order to foster the next generation of artists to achieve brilliance in the 21st century. We value intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching. Candidates for this position must possess the ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college, as well as the ambition to emerge as a leading voice in the direction of the college.
MFA or equivalent terminal degree
Evidence of professional activity, including solo and group exhibitions, performances, screenings, press, published writings, invited artist talks, residencies, awards, etc.
Experience working with and teaching photographic media, including the use of digital technology
Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, preferably with experience working with diverse groups
Two years of post graduate school college-level teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness
Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies that engage changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes
Leadership potential, with strong communication skills and the flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs
Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:
Letter of interest
Artist statement covering current research and practice
Portfolio of work with captions (up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of video)
Names and contact information for three professional references
Samples of student work, course descriptions or and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.
EEO Statement As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.