Lecturer in Art: Photography and Media Art

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Oct 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Lecturer in Art: Photography and Media Art

Department of Art

IRIS Position #: 50161341


The Department of Art of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a Lecturer in Photography and Media Art beginning August 1, 2018.

The ideal candidate’s research and pedagogy must demonstrate material, formal and theoretical engagement with photography and media art, informed by a broad knowledge of the history of the discipline and its contemporary practice. Engagement with critical issues related to the field is assumed, as is a conception of photography and media art that allows for interdisciplinary approaches across a range of media. Thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is required. The candidate must also have expertise in analogue and digital image capture techniques, along with both darkroom- and digital-printing methods. The candidate will be expected to teach beginning and advanced photography and media art courses, and will assist in the oversight of studio facilities and/or additional service responsibilities as appropriate.

This is a non-tenure-track, annually renewable position in a NASAD-accredited program. 3/3 teaching load. MFA or equivalent and teaching experience at or beyond the Graduate Assistant level is required. Salary includes full benefits package. The lecturer within the UTC Department of Art is a professional development position intended to enhance prospects for a career in higher education. The Department provides the lecturer with the opportunity to meaningfully engage in academic culture, including opportunities to develop special topics courses, to serve the Department, and to exhibit creative research.

The Art Department at UTC has 14 full-time faculty, six part-time faculty, a visiting artist program, and approximately 250 majors pursuing BA degrees in Studio Art, Art Education, and Art History, as well as BFA degrees in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture.


Successful candidates will possess the following requirements:

  • MFA in Photography, Media Art, or closely related field
  • teaching experience at the Graduate Assistant-level (as instructor of record) or beyond
  • demonstrated record of creative achievement, teaching effectiveness, and ability to collaborate as a member of a team
  • proven experience in fields such as analogue and digital photography, video editing, interdisciplinary studio practice, and the history and theory of photography
  • willingness to engage in assisting the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan, including the institution’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion

Applications must include the following content submitted as three separate PDF files.

PDF 1:        Cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, artist’s statement, contact information for three letters of                 reference, and an unofficial graduate transcript.

PDF 2:        20 samples of personal work, appropriately labeled.

PDF 3:        20 samples of student work, appropriately labeled.

Each of the 3 files must be attached separately and may not exceed 5 megabytes in size per file. Include complete contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until January 01, 2018. Appointment begins August 01, 2018.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and Amazon.com have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.