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Photography: Contract Instructor - College Credit

San Diego Community College District
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Photography: Contract Instructor - College Credit

San Diego Community College District

Closing Date: 9/20/2021

Position Number: 001528

Location: San Diego City College

Position Type: Academic

The Position:
Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Professor, Photography at San Diego City College beginning Spring 2022.

One of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, City College is an urban campus dedicated to the precepts of Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. City College provides academic and vocational offerings to meet the needs of a diverse student population. The college is minutes away from the world-class San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Chicano Park.

While the current vacancy is at City College, applicants should understand that they are subject to assignment at any District facility at the option of the Chancellor. The assignment may include some combination of online, day, evening, Saturday, and/or off-campus classes. In addition, this pool may be used to fill identical vacancies that may occur during the 2021-2022 academic year. The Assistant Professor, Photography position is in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and reports to the Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, Communications, and Telecommunications.

Major Responsibilities:
A typical weekly teaching load consists of 15-30 hours of lab/lecture courses.

Major responsibilities for the position of Assistant Professor, Photography include:
  • Teaching classes across a broad spectrum of the area of Photography to include, but not limited to: digital imaging, photo editing, history of photography, commercial/advertising photography, studio and location lighting, using both continuous light and flash, wedding/event/portraiture, and analog imaging including silver, non-silver/alternative processes, and large format;
  • Provide leadership for program and curriculum development;
  • Oversee the photography gallery exhibitions;
  • Coordinate class schedules in collaboration with adjunct faculty;
  • Chair and facilitate the program’s Industry Advisory Council;
  • Conduct Program Review and report annual outcomes for Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs); and
  • Fulfill the responsibilities of a community college instructor in accordance with the San Diego Community College classification description.

Degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions.

1. Master’s degree in Photography, Fine Arts, or Art; OR,
2. Bachelor’s degree in Photography, Fine Arts, or Art AND Master’s degree in Art History or Humanities; OR,
3. Possession of a California Community College Instructor Credential (valid for life) in Art and Design, including Photography; OR,
4. The equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
The following are desired qualifications for the position:
  • Subject matter expertise.
  • Master’s degree in Photography or Fine Art.
  • Ability and interest in teaching a variety of courses such as all levels of digital as well as black and white photography.
  • Ability to teach effectively by demonstrating a working knowledge of learning styles and teaching techniques.
  • Recent teaching experience in Photography at a community college and/or lower-division college level.
  • The ability to fairly and effectively evaluate student performance.
  • Experience in the development and/or review of courses and curriculum.
  • Skill and ability in communicating in a clear and concise manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Continued professional growth in Photography and teaching pedagogy.
  • Recent experience using online technology.
  • Computer literacy in a classroom setting.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in working with students of great diversity in socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Capture One, Final Cut Pro software.
  • Experience with shooting professional photography including tethered shooting, working with models, and overall photoshoot coordination.
  • Experience working in a darkroom, including chemical safety, developing film, working with enlargers and overall darkroom maintenance.
  • Experience with social media promotion and networking with local institutions and businesses.
  • Experience producing professional quality photography prints in a dark room and on high quality inkjet printers.


Pay Information:
Class 1, Step A - Class 6, Step C ($5,883.75 - $7,928.01) per month based on the current AFT - College Faculty Tenured-Tenure Track Monthly Salary Schedule.

Initial salary placement for this Assistant Professor is commensurate with required education and related teaching experience as outlined in section A2.1 of the AFT Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and it is non-negotiable. The District offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package including employer paid medical, dental, vision plans, sick leave, and opportunities for professional development. This position is FLSA Exempt and may not accrue overtime. Benefits will be provided under the terms of the AFT-Guild, Local 1931 - Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement. Annual Salaries will be recalculated for service less than a full academic year based on Education Code §87815, any required adjustment will be made within the first pay period. Travel reimbursement for interviewees traveling more than 200 miles, one-way, may be paid according to geographic location (see SDCCD Travel Stipend Policy, Rev 7/14/2011). Typically, Assistant Professors earn tenure after 4 years and promote to Associate Professor. The SDCCD Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining agreements and handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions of employment to include salary and benefits.

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All applicants must have demonstrated cultural competency and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.

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The San Diego Community College District serves 130,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and six Continuing Education campuses. The three colleges, San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Continuing Education offers adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. The District also provides education to over 42,000 service personnel at military bases in 15 states. 

The Continuing Education campuses offer adults the opportunity to renew their learning experiences through noncredit vocational, basic skills, life skills, and enrichment classes at sites throughout the city. A number of special programs are unique to the city, including KSDS-FM all-jazz radio, the Center for Competitive and Applied Technologies, and the Workplace Learning Resource Center.

The San Diego Community College District is governed by its five-member, locally elected Board of Trustees and three student members serving on a rotating basis. Shared governance activities involve faculty, students, and staff in the development of solutions to key policy and budget issues. The five trustees are elected in even-numbered years to four-year terms by the voters of San Diego. The Chancellor, the District's chief executive officer, is responsible for carrying out the policies approved by the Board of Trustees. 

The District is in the midst of $1.555 billion in new construction and renovations at the three colleges and Continuing Education campuses throughout the city.

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