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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Lens-Based Media (Photography, Video, etc.)
Connecticut College

Date Posted Nov. 18, 2019
Title Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Lens-Based Media (Photography, Video, etc.)
University Connecticut College
New London, CT, United States
Department Art
Application Deadline Dec. 31, 2019
Position Start Date Fall 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Film/Video
    Digital Media
    Art - Photography
    Art - General
    Fine Arts - General

The Department of Art at Connecticut College invites applicants for a Full-time, Tenure Track Appointment in Lens-Based Media at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 2020. We seek a dynamic artist and dedicated teacher to join a department that firmly believes in the essential role that creative makers play in liberal arts study and society. This position opening also offers the opportunity to join a campus community that is committed to institutional values of excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduates; creating equitable and diverse learning environments; and supporting the mission of the College to put the liberal arts into action.

Candidates should be artist-teachers with recognized professional achievement and knowledge of lens-based (photography, video, etc.) practices and pedagogies. Required qualifications include: an MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the field; a demonstrated exhibition record or thriving practice that shows the ability to sustain itself while teaching; an understanding of contemporary still and moving photographic practices, theories and concepts, and competencies to teach black and white darkroom photography and color digital photography.

Strong candidates are those who address-in their creative practice and/or in their classroom-power inequities regarding pressing issues such as race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical ability, socioeconomic or immigration status, etc. Our department strongly encourages candidates from groups underrepresented in the arts and academia to apply.

Preferred qualifications include: a strong teaching record, including at least 3 years beyond graduate level and/or teaching experience in a liberal arts context; competency to teach in one or more areas of moving image art such as animation or video art; ability to connect curriculum and co-curricular programming to other units and the interdisciplinary academic "Centers" on campus.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Teaching 5 courses per year, in consultation with the Art Department, including:
  • All levels of photography (darkroom and digital);
  • Courses providing possibilities for intersections with other print-based, darkroom, and digital technologies, including the moving image;
  • Courses that contribute to the College’s Connections Curriculum, an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to general education;
  • Maintaining equipment, supplies and chemicals associated with the darkroom and digital media production with a limited budget;
  • Working successfully with colleagues and students of diverse backgrounds across campus;
  • Advising general education students, art minors and senior art majors with their capstone exhibition; and,
  • Contributing to Shared Governance via service to the department and to the College.

Connecticut College is a private, highly selective institution with a demonstrated commitment to outstanding faculty teaching, research, and creative output. Recognizing that intellectual vitality and diversity are inseparable, the College has embarked on a significantly successful initiative to diversify its faculty, student body and curriculum. The College seeks creative scholars excited about working in a liberal arts setting, with its strong focus on engaged teaching, participation in shared governance, and active involvement in an institution-wide advancement of diversity.

Salary and benefits are competitive and based on experience. Tenure-track faculty members teach a 3-2 load (2-2 in the first year). In addition to providing ongoing strong support for teaching and creative production, the College offers the following resources for pre-tenured faculty: a supplementary research/creative practice fund and a semester’s sabbatical at full salary after a successful third-year review. (For additional information on faculty resources, see AA/EEO.

Applications received by December 31 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. First round Skype interviews will be scheduled upon review of submitted materials.

To apply, please submit the following materials to

- Cover Letter
- Curriculum vita
- Artist statement
- Teaching philosophy
- Contact information for three professional recommenders
- 20 digital images of professional work (minimum 1920 × 1080px jpeg format, with filenames including your last name and numbered order 01-20, e.g., "LastName_01.jpg", "LastName_02.jpg", etc.)
- 20 digital images of student work (minimum 1920 × 1080px jpeg format, with filenames including your last name and numbered order 21-40, e.g., "LastName_21.jpg", "LastName_22.jpg", etc.)
- Optional moving image portfolio samples: up to 5 minutes of video, from 2 or more projects / videos / installations. Video may be uploaded to Vimeo; hyperlink, password, and video descriptions must be provided on accompanying slide list.
- Accompanying slide list with images listed in numbered order. For professional work, include filename, title, date, medium, dimensions/duration. For student work, include filename, medium, course title/level, and any additional assignment description you choose. For optional moving image portfolio, include Vimeo link and password, filenames and project titles, information, and descriptions.

Questions may be directed to Chris Barnard, Associate Professor of Art and Co-Chair of the Search Committee by emailing Be sure to write Lens-Based Position in the Subject line

  • Connecticut College is committed to the goal of achieving equal opportunity for all and, accordingly, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and characteristics, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, visible or invisible disability, or status as a disabled veteran of the Vietnam era. The College complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. This policy applies to faculty and staff, applicants for faculty and staff positions, students and applicants for educational programs and activities. Inquiries concerning this policy should be addressed to the Affirmative Action Officer, Fanning Hall 205, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, Connecticut, 06320-4196.

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