Photography Instructor

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Photography Instructor
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF06345

UCLA Extension is the open-access, self-supporting continuing education division of UCLA. The Department of the Arts offers a wide variety of certificate programs and courses, including post-baccalaureate credit-bearing (400-level), continuing education (CEU) credit, and non-credit bearing general interest courses.

Course disciplines in the Visual Arts span subject areas such as Design Communication Arts, User Experience, Photography, Studio Arts and Art History. Our courses and certificate programs offer students the opportunity to learn from highly qualified practitioners who are passionate about teaching.

Applications to teach are accepted throughout the year in order to fill immediate program needs and to increase the depth of the instructor pool, but interviews will only be scheduled with qualified applicants who can fill anticipated openings.

Qualified applicants possessing current industry knowledge and experience in the
following topic area(s) are encouraged to apply:

Fundamental technical and aesthetic principles of digital photographic processes, digital file manage and editing with Lightroom and Photoshop, photographic portraiture techniques, portfolio development.

For a certificate program overview, visit:

Classes are currently online only. Two formats are available: asynchronous, or live Zoom lectures. Each course is 11 weeks, enrollment limited to 20 students.

Instructor Duties:

  • Develop or update course syllabus to meet campus approval requirements, in
    consultation with the UCLA Extension Program Director and Program Manager.
  • Use subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge to students and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (i.e. make arrangements for guest speakers, etc.)
  • Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
  • Update materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with Program Director and Program Staff in a timely manner.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner.

    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Mastery of photographic process, with a blend of technical skills and photographic artistry.
  • Portfolio examples
  • 3-5 years of professional photography experience, in commercial/and or fine art
  • Commitment to the highest level of academic standards and integrity.
  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the subject area.
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including conveying
    conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.
  • Proficiency in or willingness to learn the use of instructional technology and online teaching tools.
  • College-level and/or continuing education teaching experience preferred.

    Instructors are hired on a quarterly contract basis.

    Compensation is $63 per instructional hour. A standard course runs for 33 hours, so quarterly compensation comes to $2,088. Prior to teaching, instructors receive $350 for completing Canvas training.

    Because Extension is a division of UCLA, all Extension degree-credit instructors and courses must be formally approved according to the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon this formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching
    assignments are “by agreement.” The Instructor's Contract outlines the deliverables for the course, the course schedule, and the compensation terms, subject to Extension policies and procedures. UCLA Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has sent and received a signed Instructor
    Contract. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the Instructor Contract, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, is voided.

    In an effort to promote and maintain a healthy environment for our students, visitors and employees, UCLA is a smoke-free site. Smoking is prohibited within the boundaries of all UCLA owned, occupied, leased, and associated building and facilities.

    UCLA Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a diverse workforce.

    To apply, please visit:

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,





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    Job No:
    Posted: 4/7/2021
    Application Due: 4/7/2033
    Work Type: Full Time