School of Art

Application for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Art (Photography)

San Francisco State University, School of Art seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Photography beginning August 2018. MFA or equivalent degree required. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Complete position description available at art.sfsu.edu. San Francisco State University serves a diverse student body with a mission to promote scholarship, diversity, instructional excellence and intellectual accomplishment. Faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, publications and/or creative activities, and engage in service to the campus and community. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to build a multicultural educational environment. SF State is a totally smoke-free campus. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. Submit a letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent personal work, 20 images of student work, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research interests, and names and contact information of three references in a single PDF, labeled as follows:  Last Name_First Name_SFSU Photo. Submit all materials online to https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit by December 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Letters of recommendation upon request.


San Francisco State University, School of Art invites applicants for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Photography to start in August 2018.

The School of Art seeks individuals with a background in photography and lens-based practices.

The School of Art reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies driven by nationally and internationally recognized professionals. Faculty are committed to a collective mission of teaching and research to support student growth in art practice and art history within a liberal arts context. Students are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary approaches in production as well as conceptual strategies within both the BA and MFA degree programs. 

Qualifications: Candidates should have MFA or equivalent degree.

Candidates should have a strong background in both darkroom and digital photography and demonstrate a commitment to conceptualize and explore beyond conventional practice, informed by contemporary visual art concerns. The successful candidate will be fluent in both lens-based image-making and digital/electronic media practices, traditional silver and non-silver processes, and image dissemination strategies (e.g. electronic, web, virtual space, moving images, installation and exhibition practices). Preferred candidates should have experience teaching, or mentoring minorities, or other underrepresented groups.

Candidates must have an active record of achievement and potential for professional growth in their specialty area(s) through exhibitions, critical reviews, awards, grants, and residencies. Candidates must demonstrate excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, and the ability to teach introductory photography and digital media courses, advanced topic-based electives and seminars, and MFA critique seminars. They should incorporate visual literacy and the meaning of images and historical and contemporary uses of photography and digital/electronic media into their teaching. Preferred candidates will have teaching experience with a diverse student body. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to working cooperatively with colleagues in and outside Art programs, to provide engaged pedagogy in a faculty learning community, and evidence of interpersonal skills and collegiality. Candidates must be able to demonstrate how they have or will incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in their courses and/or scholarship/creative works.

Responsibilities: The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in Photography, Digital Media, and interdisciplinary practices; mentoring and advising undergraduate students and graduate students; developing an active ongoing program of creative work in one’s area of specialty; and ongoing committee and service assignments. Detailed position description is available at http://art.sfsu.edu/.

Rank and salary: Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Application process: Submit a letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent personal work, 20 images of student work, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research interests, and names and contact information of three references. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF, labeled as follows:  Last Name, First Name_Photo Application. Letters of recommendation upon request. Submit all materials online to https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit by December 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the CSU system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. San Francisco State University faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Our goal is to attract a world-class and diverse faculty committed to building a multicultural educational environment.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected category. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any employment with the CSU.

SF State is a totally smoke-free campus