Assistant Professor, Photographic arts and sciences (6430BR)

Requisition Number: 6430BR

School/Department: Photographic arts and sciences

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: 10-Aug-2022

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The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Advertising Photography option of its Photographic and Imaging Arts BFA degree. Our program has produced some of the most successful and creative assignment photographers over the last 60+ years.

We seek an enthusiastic, practicing assignment photographer dedicated to the education of image makers to join our highly regarded faculty. We are searching for a creative candidate with a variety of skill sets and experiences, who has an understanding of contemporary photographic practices and technologies including video, assignment photography (both studio & location), digital workflow, and production. The ideal candidate will have a passion for teaching and be able to bring new ideas and approaches to contribute to our ever-evolving curriculum.

We are searching for a candidate who can bring diverse perspectives and experiences that demonstrate a sensitivity to contemporary social subject matter and concerns when applied to contemporary assignment and commercial photography.

The submitted portfolio of work should demonstrate professional experience with video capture and editing, studio and location lighting for still product photography, concept and execution of assignment photography, and evidence of high-quality digital workflow from capture to output.

Our Advertising students have received recognition from organizations like Communication Arts and have won National Addy awards. Our alumni have worked for clients and organizations such as GQ, Vogue, Volvo, GM, Absolut, Marriott, Disney, and Porsche just to name a few; they have won National Addy Awards, Communication Arts Advertising Annual Awards, Leica Awards, and Clio Awards. Some have become film directors and directors of photography for major productions like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Yellowstone, and The Affair.

The appointment begins in August 2022. Successful candidates must be committed to leading introductory and upper-level courses at the undergraduate level. Based on the demands of this area, ideal candidates will provide leadership and vision in the continued interdisciplinary vibrancy of the School’s BFA program, its students, and curriculum.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) is internationally recognized for its professional study of photographic practices in a wide array of related disciplines, including advertising and fine art photography, photojournalism, visual media, photographic sciences, and media technologies. Alumni are employed across the industry with NPR, NASA, Apple, NVIDIA, Canon, The Washington Post, Zeiss, The Library of Congress, Nikon, The Forsyth Institute, Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Adobe and Amazon Lab. Our alumni are frequent contributors to magazine covers such as TIME and WIRED, The Atlantic, as well as The New York Times Magazine. Eleven photography alumni have won a combined 15 Pulitzer Prizes.

U.S. News and World Report ranks our MFA in Photography and Related Media among the top ten photo programs in the country. Our faculty include photographic artists, practitioners, scientists and scholars, including Fulbright scholars, a Magnum photographer, National Geographic photographers, a Pulitzer-Prize winner, a former White House photo editor, a Guggenheim recipient, Louis Schmidt Award winners, and more. To learn more about our programs, faculty, and students, please visit


RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect in our +200,000 sq. ft. facility. We are a dynamic and professional arts and design community comprised of 2,000 students (UG and Grad), nearly 140 FT faculty, 60 creative staff, and a number of professional part time faculty, all of whom contribute to our college’s ecosystem. The College’s four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design also takes full advantage of RIT’s opportunities in technology, STEM, engineering, sustainability, and entrepreneurism programs, as well as our global campuses, College of Art and Design | RIT.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


An MFA/terminal degree in photography OR unique experience including exceptional qualifications from a professionally diverse practice will be given serious consideration for the tenure track position. Applicants not holding an MFA degree may also be considered for a non-tenure track, professional lecturer position.

Minimum of five-years of experience in assignment photography including video with a substantial record of professional accomplishment.

Minimum of two years of higher education teaching experience. Commensurate experience in presenting lectures, workshops, and other teaching with exceptional qualifications will be given consideration.


Apply online at Job Search Welcome | Rochester Institute of Technology search openings, then Keyword Search 6430BR. Please submit your online application; updated curriculum vitae; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, and upload the following attachments:

Professional portfolio of work (minimum of twenty (20) works with an emphasis in assignment photography and video; a website link, examples of student work, if applicable)

Brief teaching philosophy

The names, titles, email addresses and phone numbers for three professional references, as well as how you are acquainted

Contribution to Diversity Statement

You can contact the search committee with questions regarding this position at: Christye Sisson, Director, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology at

Application review begins February 7, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

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