Tenure Track Faculty - Photography (506580)

  • CSU, Sacramento
  • Sacramento, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


COLLEGE: Arts and Letters


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of Photography


The Photography Program at Sacramento State serves a diverse body of students who have varied interests in the contemporary practice and application of photography. We are dedicated to addressing photography both in the tradition of a critical liberal arts education and as a professional vocation. We seek to give students a solid footing in contemporary photographic techniques, histories, and theories, pushing students to explore the social and cultural implications of contemporary photographic practices.

Sacramento State is one of the 23 California State University campuses. Our program is part of Sacramento State's Department of Design and is housed within the University's College of Arts and Letters. Our department seeks to prepare our students to have an impact in a creative environment that requires collaboration, adaptation, and leadership. We recognize that the world in which we live and work is shaped by an ever-increasing array of visual information. To prepare them for this rapidly changing world, our students learn to work creatively and to explore new possibilities in their respective disciplines by working collaboratively with peers from across our range of concentrations. In addition to our BFA in Photography, the Department of Design offers a BFA in Graphic Design, a BFA in Interior Architecture, and a BA in Design Studies. Our students complete work in each field as part of our shared lower division core before moving on to their area of specialization later in their career. For more information about our department: https://www.csus.edu/college/arts-letters/design/


The Photography Program seeks an Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2022 who specializes in contemporary approaches to narrative photography, with an emphasis on socially engaged, collaborative practices. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching established photographic processes and a practice based in photographic forms of storytelling, be dedicated to community-based work, and engage our students in the contemporary tools and technologies evolving alongside these practices. The successful candidate will be able to help students connect photographic history and theory to practice. Additionally, we welcome candidates whose professional work-in the classroom, studio, or in their service to the field-aligns with our Department and University's commitment to examining systems of privilege and oppression and forming curriculum that resists and counteracts these. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


  • Teach 12 units per semester. This equates to 4-6 studio-based courses per academic year.

  • Develop curriculum in the upper and lower division addressing narrative photographic practices, as well as curriculum involving community-based social practices with photography.

  • Lead student advising, recruitment, oversight of part-time faculty, curriculum development and other related activities aimed at fostering growth of the Photography program.

  • Pursue excellence in teaching effectiveness; peer-reviewed creative, scholarly, and/or professional activity, and service to the Department, College, University.

  • Engage actively with the local and regional community through service and scholarship.


  • Earned MFA or equivalent terminal degree in the arts by August 2022.

  • Record of sustained professional creative practice and/or engagement in photography.

  • Evidence of teaching or community-based organization and leadership at the secondary, adult, or college level.

  • Evidence of sustained practice involving contemporary narrative forms of photography. Examples of narrative photography could include documentary, fictionalized narrative, long-form editorial, or experimental forms of storytelling through photographs.

  • Evidence of sustained artistic/photographic practice through socially engaged, collaborative or community-facing forms of engagement and/or co-creative work.

  • Proficiency with and ability to teach established/primary photographic tools, equipment, processes, and software to students.

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence in a diverse and inclusive environment.


  • 3 years teaching or educational experience at the secondary, adult, or collegial level

  • Experience working with contemporary or emerging forms of photographic capture, production, distribution, and output.

  • Experience working with digital video/time-based equipment, techniques, and software.


Initial review of applications will begin January 7, 2022. Application must include:

  1. Letter of interest addressing the position and the institution.

  2. Current curriculum vitae. If applicable, please include a link to your website.

  1. Diversity statement discussing your teaching philosophy addressing your approach and contributions to anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  1. Unofficial transcripts demonstrating degree required for position.

  2. Portfolio of primarily recent creative work, projects, research, and/or publications.

  3. Portfolio of recent student (or community participant) work attesting to your skill in teaching.

  4. A syllabus of a sample upper division course addressing a form of narrative or community-based photographic curriculum you have authored. This may be a proposed course or one that you have already taught.

  5. Three (3) reference contacts in the form of email and telephone information that can speak to your professional qualifications.

SEMI-FINALISTS will be invited to participate in a brief Zoom interview.

FINALISTS will be invited to campus, where we are holding our final interview process. If invited, you will also be asked to provide a current letter of recommendation from a professional contact within the last three years.

Questions about this position can be sent to Prof. Nick Shepard nick.shepard@csus.edu.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital," is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: "As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement." As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/your-hr/benefits/disability-parental-leave.html#reasonable-accommodations-interactive-process .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/compliance/hr-compliance/mandatory-dhr-training.html .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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