Visiting Scholar/Artist (512944)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


The Department of Art and Design at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo is seeking a Visiting Scholar and Artist in Photography & Video for a one-year appointment. Candidates must be enthusiastic about teaching in an undergraduate, student-centered program that administers a BFA degree in three concentration areas (Graphic Design; Photography & Video; and Studio Art) as well as a minor in Photography & Video. Teaching responsibilities include, but are not limited to, lower-division photography courses including traditional wet-lab black and white photography, basic and advanced lighting, and upper-division courses that may include editorial and commercial photography, expressive photography, large format, senior portfolio and digital video. The visiting faculty member is encouraged to engage in cross-disciplinary dialogue with colleagues and potentially other departments. Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model. Photography & Video faculty are expected to develop and sustain an active program of scholarship at a national/international level as well as demonstrate a commitment to, or potential for, teaching excellence. The College of Liberal Arts is committed to expanding and enhancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the campus community and the university curriculum. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with students, staff, and faculty across diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


A MFA in Photography or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution. A range of areas of specialization will be considered. Two or more years of college-level teaching experience in Photo & Video or a closely related field are required. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of successful college-level teaching experience and successful scholarly activity.

Candidates must be able to instruct students in photography lighting, equipment, visual analysis, theory, research methods, and the like, as well as their particular areas of critical expertise. They must have an understanding of and facility with current digital presentation tools as they apply to teaching.

Demonstrated experience and commitment to student-centered learning and teaching, as well as the ability to collaboratively work in multidisciplinary settings is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral use of the English language is required.


Candidates whose teaching and/or research could contribute to interdisciplinary connections across the College of Liberal Arts, e.g., to the Departments of Ethnic Studies, Asian Studies Minor, Latin American Studies Minor, World Languages and Cultures, and/or Women's, Gender and Queer Studies, are encouraged to apply. We are also especially interested in applicants who have experience in working with underrepresented students in research, teaching, service, mentoring, and/or the community. Experience as an assistant or associate level professor preferred.

Preference will be given to those with experience in working with diverse populations and fostering a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment.


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

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. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to Additionally, prior to, or on your first day of employment, you must submit your completed vaccination documentation via the Employee Self-Service Module in Peoplesoft, the university's secure online portal. As soon as you are onboarded, you will have access to Peoplesoft and you can find instructions for submitting your vaccination information at: COVID-19 Vaccination Submission Instructions.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California.


The Art and Design Department offers a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The curriculum prepares students for professional participation in three concentrations: graphic design, photography & video, or studio art. The department offers a balanced experience in the arts that includes: 2-D and 3-D studio art, art history, graphic design, interaction design photography and video, critical theory, and general education in liberal arts.


Interest candidates must attach to their online application a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (1) a cover letter (2) current resume/curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of diversity and inclusion describing how you would demonstrate a commitment in these areas as an instructor at Cal Poly, (4) a copy of unofficial transcripts of highest degree earned (official transcripts will be required prior to an appointment), (5) a list of classes requested to teach and a list of CSU courses previously taught (if applicable), and (6) Sample Syllabi (if available). Please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses when completing the online faculty application. Cal Poly will directly solicit letters from the people listed by applicants.

Please also attach: an Artist Statement and a PDF of twenty (20) examples of recent professional work and twenty (20) examples of recent student work (if available). These documents should be submitted as a single PDF file, no larger than 150mb (provide links to online content within the PDF when necessary).

Review of applications will begin May 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

For questions or to send supplementary materials through the mail, please contact the Art and Design Department by phone at (805) 756-1149 or by email at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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