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Assistant Professor, 9 Month Salaried (Department of Art - Photography)

Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

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Assistant Professor, 9 Month Salaried (Department of Art - Photography)

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Job ID 49941

The Department of Art within the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University seeks applicants for a 9-month tenure-track assistant professor position with a focus in photography and image-based practices. We seek an artist and educator with an interdisciplinary research and creative practice.

The Department of Art confers undergraduate BA, BFA, and MFA (3-year) Studio Art degrees. Our programs encourage interdisciplinary investigations across a wide range of concentrations spanning photography, digital media, painting and drawing, printmaking, artist books, ceramics, and sculpture. The department currently employs 20 full-time faculty. We are especially interested in candidates who will thrive at a public research university while contributing to our department’s cultural diversity and standard of continued excellence in the discipline.

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This position is responsible for research and creative activity, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, college, and university.

The ideal candidate will contribute to the leadership of and curriculum development within the photography area and throughout the department.


This position requires an MFA in Studio Art or related field. Applicants should have emerging or established recognition in the field, an active professional record, a clear record of excellence in teaching, strong communication and leadership skills, and an interest and understanding of a wide array of curricular and artistic methodologies.

Candidates must have an interest in teaching photography within an interdisciplinary context and possess knowledge of the evolving history, criticism and theories of visual art, with a focus on intersectionality and representation. We are particularly interested in candidates whose creative practice engages discourses that have been historically under-represented.

The candidate must maintain an active professional record, including external research support, exhibitions, and publications. We are especially interested in candidates who will engage with research and teaching opportunities across the broad range of disciplines this large public university offers, while also offering opportunities for students to explore community involved practices. Leadership and curriculum development that considers the broad range of academic and artistic interests of our students is expected.

Applicants will be required to provide three letters of reference prior to hire.


Three years' teaching experience beyond graduate student teaching is preferred.

Preferred candidates will engage with innovative visual approaches to include any combination of photography and virtual reality, installation, sculpture, and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Contact Info

FSU Department of Art, 530 West Call Street, Tallahassee FL 32306-1150

Celeste Ivory, Search Manager

[email protected]

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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Pay Plan

This is a Faculty position.

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Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a CV.

Each item below should be uploaded as a separate PDF in the additional documents section of the online application using the following naming convention: Last,First_Cover Letter; Last,First_CV; etc.

A one to two-page cover letter detailing qualifications for this position.

Up-to-date CV. Must include names and contact information of three professional references.

A statement of individual teaching philosophy (no more than two pages) to including the candidate’s thoughts on the future of the field.

Sample syllabi (up to three) where at least one has been taught. Additional syllabi may represent proposed courses.

A digital portfolio, submitted as a single PDF file, of recent works (up to 20) including title, date, medium, and dimensions of each item. Time-based submissions may be included by linking a web-based copy of the work along with a single representative image within the portfolio.

A digital portfolio, submitted as a single PDF file, of examples of student's work. Time-based submissions may be included by linking a web-based copy of the work along with a single representative image within the portfolio.

A statement (no more than two pages) that demonstrates the candidate's commitment to diversity in addition to experience working with and teaching within diverse populations.

Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

Please see How to Apply for further instructions.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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