Assistant Professor: Photography & Foundations
The School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin–Stout invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Photography and Foundations, commencing August 19, 2019. The person hired in this position will lead the new photography concentration—established in 2017—in the Studio Art major, teach foundation courses to all BFA students, and coordinate with other areas in the School of Art & Design and the Department of Communication Technologies, which houses the Photography and Video minor. The position is a full-time, tenure-track, nine-month academic year position. Expectations include teaching at the undergraduate level, graduate level, conducting creative research, and performing service within the department, college, and university.
The School of Art & Design has over 60 faculty/staff and over 1,000 students. There are six distinct BFA programs (Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Entertainment Design, Game Design and Development–Art, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Studio Art) and an MFA program in Design. For more information, please visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/academics/colleges-schools/school-art-design -and- https://www.uwstout.edu/programs/mfa-design
• M.F.A. in Studio/Visual Art
• Active professional studio practice
• Evidence of teaching potential
• M.F.A. with emphasis in Photography
• Two years’ full-time teaching experience in photography beyond graduate assistantship
• Proficiency in digital imaging/print-related technologies
• Analog and digital photography skills, with the ability to oversee a darkroom
• Ability to teach 2D Digital Imaging and 2D Design
• Ability to teach History of Photography
RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach studio and/or lecture courses each semester, following NASAD guidelines, including analog and digital approaches that support the photography concentration. Manage the darkroom and photo equipment. Hire and supervise student employees. Provide leadership for a Studio Art Photography concentration that began in 2017, including coordinating with the Communications Technology Department, which houses the Photography and Video minor. Teach foundation courses such as 2D Digital Imaging and 2D Design, and potentially courses such as Drawing and 3D Design. Teach courses that support the MFA in Design. Contribute to a growing, dynamic and rigorous learning atmosphere with willingness to use traditional, alternative and digital delivery methods including participation in a laptop environment. Commitment to undergraduate teaching is necessary. Provide academic advisement to students and assess student learning. Develop/maintain curriculum and provide service to the department, school, college, and university. Maintain a healthy and safe classroom and photography lab environment. Produce and disseminate professional research/creative activity related to discipline on a local, national, and international level. Pursue grants or other external funding and support for research. Perform other duties as designated by chair.
Application materials should present: 1) strong evidence of teaching experience or teaching potential and 2) evidence of comprehension of broad historic and contemporary methodology, process, and practice as they relate to contemporary photography. The preferred candidate should also demonstrate: 1) a sensitivity to design aesthetics and critical thinking as well as the ability to articulate issues of form and content; 2) creative and artistic excellence through an active exhibition record; 3) professional practice including participation in professional organizations, grant writing and other creative business practices.
The University of Wisconsin–Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW–Stout is unique within the system—it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.
UW–Stout offers 49 undergraduate and 21 graduate degrees, including three advanced degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,400. All students are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities. Menomonie, Wisconsin is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. More information about the UW-Stout community and region: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community. Facts and data about the university: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/meet-our-leadership/institutional-accreditation/fact-book.
Competitive salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.
• Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/general-employee-info/
• Total Compensation Estimator: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, employment will be contingent upon a criminal background check.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.
Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them. All applications will be reviewed on Mac platforms.
1. Required. Please include the following documents in a single pdf no larger than 20MB:
• Letter of application
• Teaching philosophy (maximum one page)
• Transcripts (unofficial); official transcripts required at time of hire
• Contact information for three references (including email addresses and telephone numbers)
2. Required. Please include the following documents in a single pdf no larger than 20MB:
• 20 samples of professional work. Each image should have a caption that corresponds to the image list submitted.
• If submitting video for professional work, please provide url(s) to YouTube or Vimeo. You may submit up to five videos, and the length of video may be up to three minutes. Please count each video submitted as one of the 20 images for professional work; meaning that one may only have a combined total of 20 samples for one’s professional work.
• Image list with brief written descriptions of work
3. If available, please include the following documents in a single pdf no larger than 20MB:
• Evidence of teaching potential, which may include 10-20 samples with annotated list of student work in photography and foundations, sample syllabi, etc.
• If submitting video for student work, please follow the same format stated for professional work.
To ensure consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on 1/6/2019. Screening of applications will begin 1/7/2019.
It is the policy of UW–Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.
If you have application questions call or email:
Search Chair: Amy Fichter, Professor of Art
If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
TA Coordinator: MaryJo Pittman
Job Family: Teaching