Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Expanded Photography

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Expanded Photography

Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University

Young Sun Han, Tourist in the Dark: Reading Room, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

November 5, 2021
Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Expanded Photography

Application deadline: December 3, 2021
Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
33 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, New Jersey
United States

The Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Expanded Photography at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin September 1, 2022.

We seek to recruit a broadly diverse faculty dedicated to cultivating visual and creative literacy, experimentation, critical dialogue, and equity within an interdisciplinary arts community situated in a leading public research university. Art & Design encourages applications from underrepresented groups in academia and the arts, including but not limited to artists of color, individuals of diverse gender identities and expressions, first-generation college graduates, artists with disabilities, and those with non-traditional and exceptional pathways to teaching and the arts. Students in Art & Design and across the University vibrantly reflect this diversity of backgrounds and identities, and the successful candidate will demonstrate the cultural and critical competencies to support and engage this rich multiplicity of artistic research and student life.

The ideal candidate will have conceptual and technical grounding in the full complement of analog and digital photography. They should have knowledge of histories and theories of photography; an ability to teach all practices of fine art photography, preferably including both analog and digital; experience with related media, which might include new technologies, installation, film, video, performance, and/or social practice; and should have broad knowledge and understanding of contemporary art. Candidates should be active in their field, with a significant record of professional achievement and a demonstrated commitment to teaching. Preference will be given to candidates with at least three years of collegiate-level or equivalent teaching experience. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the potential to fully participate and thrive in an interdisciplinary arts environment, including a willingness to provide overall service to and potential academic leadership within the department and the school. 

The position entails teaching undergraduate and graduate studio and seminar classes from introductory to advanced levels; teaching and advising graduate students working in all media; assisting in student recruitment, curriculum development, mentoring and overseeing graduate assistants; and serving on departmental and university committees.

Minimum education and experience
MFA in Art or equivalent degree/experience is required as well as teaching experience, with a preference for at least three years teaching at the collegiate level. The candidate must also demonstrate technical and conceptual grounding in the full complement of analog and digital photography as well as knowledge of contemporary art and the theory and history of photography.

Special instructions to applicants
To apply, candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of four references (who will not be contacted unless candidates advance in the process), and the following supplemental documents: a one to two page artist statement; a one to two page statement of teaching philosophy that includes an articulation of the candidate’s approach to inclusive pedagogy; two sample syllabi; a PDF with 20 images of the candidate’s artwork; and a PDF with examples of student artwork mentored by the candidate. For best consideration, apply by December 3, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For a full position description and to apply, visit here. For questions, email Lisa Passalacqua at lpassa [​at​] mgsa.rutgers.edu

About Department of Art & Design
Housed in one of the leading public research universities on the East Coast, the Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts includes approximately 285 undergraduate students, 30 graduate students, 18 full-time faculty, and 40 part-time lecturers. Offering BFA, BA, and MFA degrees, the department provides both focus and an environment for interdisciplinary exploration, as well as access to the rich intellectual resources of a major research institution. This breadth enables students to graduate with the skills and thinking necessary for careers in today’s diverse and changing art world. Proximity to New York and Philadelphia gives students access to a faculty of renowned professional artists and designers, museums and galleries, and visiting artists and critics.

Mason Gross School of the Arts, a vibrant community of artists and scholars with academic programs in music, theater, dance, filmmaking, and art & design, is committed to pursuing excellence, innovation, and inclusivity. Its 1200 students reflect the diversity of New Jersey, the fourth most diverse state in the nation. In addition to its professional arts training programs, Mason Gross provides the larger community an opportunity to embrace the creative arts through its divisions of Rutgers Arts Online and Rutgers Community Arts. The school is housed within Rutgers–New Brunswick, a premier Big Ten research university that serves some 35,000 students and is the flagship campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The nation’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning, Rutgers is less than an hour by train or car to New York City and the beautiful beaches of the Jersey Shore and just over an hour to Philadelphia. Additional information is available at the school website.

Mason Gross School of the Arts is deeply committed to the pursuit of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access and especially encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and other individuals who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented or marginalized within higher education and the arts. Also see the Rutgers Non-Discrimination Statement here.

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