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Teaching Assistant Professor in Photography

East Carolina University

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Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Title:

Teaching Assistant Professor in Photography

Position Number :


Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH School of Art

Department Homepage :

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Division :

Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Teaching Assistant Professor in Photography

Working Title :

Teaching Assistant Professor in Photography

Number of Vacancies :


Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

Commensurate with Qualifications

Position Location (City) :


Position Type:

Faculty (Teaching)

Job Category :

Faculty (Teaching)

Organizational Unit Overview:

The School of Art and Design provides a multidisciplinary approach to art and design that creates opportunities for students to develop creative and critical thinking abilities by thinking through making. The School enrolls more than 500 students in twelve areas across four degrees. The School of Art and Design is the largest BFA Art program in University of North Carolina system and has been continuously accredited by NASAD since 1962. The School has over 40 full-time faculty and is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, a 142,000-square foot facility with specialized equipment, tools, and technology for the School’s 14 disciplines—animation/interactive design, art education, art history, film and video production, ceramics, glass, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design. From computer labs, a digital loom, CNC routers, and laser cutters to a wood shop, foundry, letterpress shop, black and white dark room and beyond, the School’s facilities are comprehensive and available to faculty and students think, make, and work across the School’s disciplines.
Within the University of North Carolina system, ECU is the third largest of the state’s 16 degree-granting public institutions. ECU has been named one of the best colleges in the Southeast region by the Princeton Review. ECU’s is committed to maximizing student success, serving the public, and leading regional transformation in the East. The University is located in the city Greenville, NC, on the Tar River, a community of over 90,000. A former tobacco town, Greenville has developed as a cultural center in eastern North Carolina. In addition to extensive arts offerings by the School of Theater and Dance, School of Music, and School of Art and Design and its Gray Gallery, the city boasts the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, Greenville Museum of Art, Magnolia Arts Center, numerous community schools of music and dance, and more. Outdoor amenities include access to the Tar River for boating and kayaking, the expansive River Park North, a greenway system, and more. ECU is located adjacent to the city’s historic downtown—Uptown. Restaurants, coffee shops, brew pubs, retail businesses, and art galleries comprise this thriving district, which regularly hosts community events.

Job Duties :

The School of Art and Design at East Carolina University seeks a fixed term Teaching Assistant Professor in Photography. This position will teach the equivalent of eight courses per year (4 per semester). Courses will be in photography and discipline-related first year and shared experience ART courses. Additional responsibilities will include participating in formal graduate and undergraduate level critiques, assisting with the maintenance of the digital print lab, darkrooms, and lighting studio facilities, and continued development of personal research. This position provides a private office, access to the photography labs (B&W darkrooms, alternative process lab, digital printing, studio lighting, etc.) and the robust facilities within the School of Art and Design (including the shape lab with 3D printers, CNC router, laser cutter, etc.).
The ECU photography area is a regional hub for photographic education. We believe in the importance of providing a comprehensive learning experience with exposure to the rich range of tools our medium has to offer, from 19th century techniques to the newest digital technologies. We provide our students with a subject-appropriate balance of technical mastery, a historical and contemporary understanding of theory and practice, and the development of written and spoken art vernacular. We encourage our students to be skillful makers of meaningful visual experiences.

Contingent upon available funds.

Minimum Education/Experience :

  • MFA or related terminal degree in studio art, photography, or related area
  • Experience with film based (darkroom) and digital photographic practices

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

Experience as instructor of record

Special Instructions to Applicant :

To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online via the PeopleAdmin system

  • Cover letter addressing position description
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of at least three professional references including affiliation, email address, and phone number (letters of recommendation will be required at a later date)
  • A link to your personal website that includes: 20 images of personal work and 20 images of student work (if available)

Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

Official transcripts are required upon employment.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date :


Open Until Filled:


Initial Screening Begins :


Rank Level:

Not Applicable

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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