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Adjunct Instructor - Digital Photography

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

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To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

Location: Various Location.

$1,280 per credit hour of instruction.


Kirkwood Community College seeks a skilled and enthusiastic individual to join our team as an Adjunct Instructor in Digital Photography for Spring 2023. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge base in the Art discipline in Digital Photography, software used for editing and manipulating photographs including Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop and an understanding of foundational photography instruction as it relates to these concepts. Teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Primary duties will include instructing students in courses, and communicating with department staff, students, and other faculty.
Adjunct faculty play a vital role in instruction. Adjunct instructors are responsible for the coordination, planning, preparation, presentation, and evaluation of classroom instruction and related activities such as assisting in laboratory maintenance (inventory of supplies and materials), monitoring of computer functions in the digital lab and maintaining student access to software.
Adjunct faculty bring with them a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences which serve to foster growth in the subject matter and enrich student learning. Experience in studio lighting, traditional black and white chemical processing and knowledge of the technological history of the medium is a plus.
Adjunct faculty must evaluate, record, and report student achievement and progress in assigned courses in accordance with department, division, and college policies and procedures. Must be able to design and participate in assessment of student learning projects within the discipline, the department, and the college.

Digital Photography01/18/23 05/09/23 – MAIN CAMPUS - MW 09:05AM 11:05AM, Digital Photography01/17/23 05/09/23 - MAIN CAMPUS - TTH02:30PM 04:30PM, Digital Photography01/18/23 05/09/23 -- JOHNSON COUNTY CENTER (Coralville) - MWF 07:30AM 09:00 AM, Friday through 4/7/23 only

Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence. Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Instruct students in all curriculum that relates to foundational concepts in digital photography and the technologies associated with the media.Provide instruction in discipline.Collaborate with other faculty members in the development and formulation of course syllabi with consistent outcomes and assessments.Communicate with department staff, students, and faculty on a regular basis.Perform other related work duties as assigned such as regular lab and classroom maintenance so that all students have access to materials and programs necessary for success in the photography courses.


Effectively instruct and communicate material for the course.Abide by and enforce safety rules when in a lab setting.Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in a classroom setting. Occasional (10-33%) sitting, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) standing, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Completion of a master’s degree with 18 Graduate hours in Photography.
  • Experience teaching Photography courses.

    Experience teaching at the college levelMFA in Art disciplineBlack and white darkroom processesTechnological and aesthetic history of photography

    Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: [email protected] or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: [email protected].


    Working at Kirkwood Community College 

    Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

    As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
    • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
    • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
    • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
    • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
    • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
    • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
    • Competitive Total Rewards packages
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