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Lecturer in Photography and Media Art
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Date Posted Apr. 28, 2022
Title Lecturer in Photography and Media Art
University University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN, United States
Department Art Department
Application Deadline May 22, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2022
  • Visiting Professor
  • Art - Photography
    Art - General
    Fine Arts - General

Lecturer in Art: Photography and Media Art

The Department of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, College of College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a Lecturer position in Photography and Media Art beginning August 1, 2022.

The ideal candidate’s research and pedagogy will demonstrate material, formal and theoretical engagement with photography and media art, informed by a broad knowledge of the history of the discipline, and its contemporary practice. Engagement with critical issues related to the field is assumed, as is a conception of photography and media art that allows for interdisciplinary approaches across a range of media. Thorough knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Adobe Premiere is required. The candidate will also have expertise in analogue and digital image capture techniques, along with both darkroom- and digital-printing methods. Teaching assignments will include beginning and advanced photography and media art courses, with the possibility of instruction in other areas including Foundations. The candidate will also assist in the oversight of studio facilities and/or additional service responsibilities as appropriate.

The lecturer within the UTC Department of Art is a professional development position akin to that of a visiting artist. It is intended to enhance prospects for a career in higher education and the further development of one’s research and creative practice. The Department provides the lecturer with the opportunity to meaningfully engage in academic culture, including opportunities to develop special topics courses, to serve the Department, and to exhibit creative research. The position is a non-tenure-track, annually renewable term in a NASAD accredited program. 3/3 teaching load. MFA or equivalent and teaching experience at or beyond the Graduate Assistant level is required. Salary includes a full benefits package.

The search committee encourages applications from members of under-represented groups including but not limited to women, persons of color, LGBTQ+, gender-nonconforming individuals, first generation college graduates, and people with disabilities.


Successful candidates will possess the following requirements:

  • MFA in Photography, Media Art, or closely related field
  • Teaching experience at the graduate teaching assistant (instructor of record) or beyond
  • Demonstrated record of creative achievement, teaching effectiveness, and ability to collaborate as a member of a team
  • Proven experience in analogue and digital photography, video editing, interdisciplinary studio practice, and the history and theory of photography
  • Openness to teaching in other Art areas if needed, including Foundations
  • Willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan

Applications must include the following content submitted as three separate PDF files.

PDF 1:  Cover letter; CV; teaching philosophy; artist’s statement; names, titles and email addresses for three (3) references (for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested); unofficial graduate transcript; and a diversity statement (1-2 pages) that details the candidate’s contributions toward supporting historically marginalized groups and creating a supportive learning environment.

PDF 2:  15-20 samples of personal work, appropriately labeled. This number includes any detail images, installation views, or film/video stills. If submitting time-based work, include film/video stills and links to externally hosted video files.

PDF 3:  15-20 samples of student work, appropriately labeled. If submitting time-based work, include film/video stills and a link to externally hosted video files.

Each of the 3 files must be attached separately and may not exceed 5 megabytes in size per file.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:

The review of applications will begin immediately, with preference given to applications received by May 22nd, 2022.  The position will remain open until filled. Appointment begins August 01, 2022. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Andrew O’Brien (

About the Department of Art

The Department of Art at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) has 16 full-time faculty and approximately 300 majors pursuing BA degrees in Art History, Studio Art, and Art Education, as well as BFA degrees in Art with concentrations in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture. UTC is an accredited member institution of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Department of Art is housed in the newly renovated Fine Arts Center (2020) and in the recently renovated Bretske Hall (2014). These facilities house Mac computer labs, junior and senior studio spaces, a darkroom, a lighting studio, a wood and metal shop, seminar and lecture rooms for Art History, and studio classrooms for Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Photography and Media Arts, and Foundations.

The Fine Arts Center also houses the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at UTC, the first ICA in the state of Tennessee, inaugurated in Spring 2021. The ICA at UTC operates in conjunction with and in support of the Department of Art. The ICA is led by a full-time curator and director who coordinates an ambitious contemporary program of exhibitions and events. The department also programs The Apothecary, an experimental student-run gallery located within walking distance of the department’s primary facilities.

About the University

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in the state. Chattanooga is home to artist-run spaces like Wavelength Space and Barking Legs Theater, and cultural institutions such as the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Chattanooga African American Museum, the Hunter Museum of American Art, Stove Works, and Chattanooga Public Art Collection. Chattanooga is a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.


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Contact Information

  • Professor Andrew O'Brien
    Art Department
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
    Chattanooga, TN


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