Assistant Professor of Photography, Department of Art and Design (R-01361)

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Position Description:
Fort Hays State University's Department of Art and Design is seeking applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Photography to begin fall 2019 (9-month contract).  The Department of Art and Design seeks a candidate who is engaged in experimental explorations, creative processes, and practical applications in photography. The candidate is expected to provide students with inspiration, leadership, mentorship and technical guidance. We are looking for a candidate who can foster growth in the photography concentration and has the ability to adapt to new developments in the field and incorporate them into teaching and practice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA in Photography or Digital Imaging

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of teaching beyond graduate school in digital photography and traditional darkroom in both undergraduate and graduate courses;
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Knowledgeable about lighting in both fine art and commercial applications;
  • Experience in video production and editing;
  • Evidence of creative accomplishments in the field of photography;
  • Manage a photography studio including traditional darkroom and digital studio;
  • Willing to work with a diverse student, faculty and staff population.

Rank:  Assistant Professor, tenure track

Appointment Date:  August 8, 2019

Application Deadline: Priority deadline of January 14, 2019

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits: Competitive benefit package


  • Teach 12 credit hours per semester with a primary focus in photography;
  • Teach supplemental classes in Department of Art and Design where needed;
  • Teach undergraduates and graduate students, in face to face, online, and hybrid courses ;
  • Maintain photography equipment and resources. Provide academic advising to students;
  • Perform departmental and university service and maintain an active scholarly/creative activity agenda: 60% Teaching, 20% Service, and 20% Scholarship/Research;
  • Demonstrate collegiality, professionalism, and a strong commitment to teaching excellence and to the university mission.

Application Process:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

Required Application Documents:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, statement of teaching philosophy, 20 images of personal research, if available 10-20 images of student work, copies of university transcripts showing graduate coursework, and names and contact information for three professional references. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name:  Professor Amy Schmierbach, Search Committee Chair
Email:   [email protected]
Phone:  785-628-4272

About the Department:
The Department of Art and Design is excited to present a new state-of-the-art facility and art gallery which will open in fall 2019. This 47,000+ square foot art facility—along with the newly constructed 12,000 square foot sculpture facility—will be equipped with the latest technology and innovation in studio and design.

The Department of Art and Design at Fort Hays State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Art Education or Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with five concentrations: Graphic Design, Interior Design, , Studio Art (Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, and Ceramics), and Studio Art with Teacher Certification. Our innovative Master of Fine Arts program allows students to enroll year-round, in summers only, or as low residency in some of the programs. The department also offers a Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Art. In addition, the department offers courses in the general education program including Approaches to Creativity, Fundamentals and Appreciation of Art and Survey of Art History. Art and Design students at Fort Hays State University are part of a vibrant community of student and faculty artists who enjoy producing their own artwork and collaborating on group projects. They work closely with mentor professors, who guide hands-on learning experiences and help develop students’ talents and gain confidence as an artist, designer or arts educator. For more information about the department, please visit

Department Mission:
The Department of Art and Design at Fort Hays State University is dedicated to preparing majors in its degree programs with a foundation of aesthetic understanding and creativity, an enhanced technical skill set, and a productive work ethic. Art majors experience a high degree of faculty interaction and rigorous periodic review in preparation for employment in the design profession, as working artists, public or private educators, and entry into graduate school. Research activity and artistic production by faculty members enhances the learning experience for students. Partnerships, through practicum and intern placement, strengthen the department’s position as a leader in design, fine arts, and teacher training in Kansas and the High Plains region. The Department of Art and Design has recently entered into partnerships with Hays businesses, which allows for greater local visibility, and more importantly, an increase in student exhibition opportunities. Additionally, exhibitions in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, and the new CATS 101 Gallery serve to connect the university and regional communities with diverse and expanded artistic expressions. Fort Hays State University’s leadership position in visual art in higher education is the result of the department’s vision, its inherited tradition of excellence, and its commitment to growth and influence. The success of the Department of Art and Design is due to the university’s vision and support, and to our belief in the core values of the art student-artist/teacher relationship, and our commitment to the effort required to achieve meaningful results.

About the College:
The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is composed of eleven departments, all of which focus on gaining a deeper understanding of human persons and human purposes through exploration and development of creativity, communication, rational reflection, behavior, and shared experience. For more information about the college, please visit

About Fort Hays State University:
Founded in 1902, FHSU is a leading, forward-thinking university of the Midwest, with student enrollment of more than 15,500 (including 4,500+ on the Hays campus, a unique China partnership program with enrollment of 4,000 students, and Virtual College enrollment at over 7,000).  Over 400 faculty and more than 500 professional and staff support and guide degree and certificate programs for the associate’s, bachelor's, and master's programs, and for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, representing 31 departments within these academic divisions:

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Peter Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics
  • Graduate School

Fort Hays State University provides exceptional opportunities for students from Kansas, the region, and the world, and the University attracts goal-oriented students who want premier learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom combined with one-to-one attention and support. FHSU students graduate with the knowledge, professional skills, and confidence to have a competitive edge in their chosen careers. Upon graduation, 95% of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school.

About Hays, Kansas:
Candidates will discover a locale where professional satisfaction and career achievement are paired with an optimal quality of life. Fort Hays State University is located in Hays, Kansas, a vibrant, growing community of over 20,000 that takes great pride in the University's presence. Hays is a celebration of historic and contemporary contrasts, evidenced in its frontier roots highlighted throughout the city and local museums and in its redeveloped downtown area where residents enjoy one-of-a-kind restaurants, unique shopping, and a vibrant arts scene. This community’s commitment to the future inspires Hays businesses to reinvest locally.

A welcoming and family-centered community, Hays offers premier healthcare services, a growing high-tech and retail business community, and excellent Pre-K and K–12 schools in both the private and public sectors. The City of Hays has long been known as a safe community, and the FHSU campus is recognized by the National Council for Home Safety and Security in 2018 as one of the Top 100 Safest College Campuses in America. For entertainment, recreation, education, employment, or simply for a comfortable place to live, residents of all ages will find in Hays the elements that contribute to a safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling lifestyle.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/22/2019
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