Assistant Professor - Commercial Photography Program - 047581

Fine & Applied Arts

Assistant Professor - Commercial Photography Program

The Art Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position in the Commercial Photography Program at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 2018. Required qualifications include an MFA degree in photography or a related field. Five or more years of current or recent commercial photography experience, beyond the assistant level as lead photographer or similar principal position, in the field of commercial studio photography is required. Prior teaching experience will be looked upon favorably but is not required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated expertise in two or more of the following areas: studio strobe lighting, Photoshop and digital retouching, fashion photography, product photography, video production/post-production.

The successful candidate will articulate and/or demonstrate an understanding of photography as a visual language and as a means of expression, a philosophy of teaching commercial photography, a forward-thinking commercial practice, and the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

Position responsibilities include: teaching three courses per semester which could include, Photoshop and digital retouching, studio lighting, fashion photography, product photography, business of photography, history of photography, introductory and intermediate photography courses, and special topics or thematic courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Additional responsibilities include an ongoing professional and/or creative research in the field of photography, participation on departmental/university committees, advising students, cage/studio management, industry networking for program and student advancement, and seeking interdisciplinary collaborations with other programs and departments within the university structure.
Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please submit applications digitally as three separate PDF files.
PDF#1("lastname_application.pdf") includes: letter of application addressing qualifications, CV (candidates should clearly reference their commercial experience in detail in the vitae), complete contact information for three references, teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate transcripts, and examples of relevant course syllabi (if available).
PDF#2 ("lastname_personalwork.pdf") includes: 20 samples of commercial and/or creative work with caption descriptions.
PDF#3 ("lastname_studentwork.pdf") includes: 20 samples of student work (if available) with caption descriptions.

Send applications to using your last name as the subject line, e.g. "Lastname ComPhoto Tenure-track Candidate." Please limit files to 10MB each. Initial review of complete applications will begin January 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates invited for an on-campus interview will be required to bring a portfolio of professional/creative and (if applicable) student work for review by the faculty and students. Candidates will also be required to give presentations to the Department’s students and faculty.  We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey.  This brief survey can be accessed at

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

The Art Department is NASAD-accredited and has 35 full-time faculty members, nearly 600 undergraduate majors and offers degrees in Art Education, Art History, Art Management, Commercial Photography, Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology (GAIT), Graphic Design and Studio Art. Additional information about the Art Department, the university, and the surrounding area is located at:

The Commercial Photography program, which places emphasis on applied professional photography, is dynamic and growing with approximately 130 majors. Graduates are working in staff positions in commercial studios and are working freelance in all aspects of the professional photographic and video industry. Please visit our web page at

For more information contact:
Chip Williams
Search Committee Chair
Department of Art

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting the search committee chair, Any offer of employment will be conditioned upon the university's receipt of an acceptable 
criminal background check. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized. Finalists will be required to furnish official transcripts of terminal degree.