Assistant Professor, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, (6314BR)

Requisition Number: 6314BR

School/Department: School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: 8/2022

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The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences invites applicants to apply for an Assistant Professor position in its Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Fine Art Photography programs. The successful candidate will teach five courses over the course of the academic year, including technical and conceptual undergraduate and graduate-level courses in digital and analogue photography, critique courses, and other courses. The ideal candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary vibrancy of the Fine Art Photography option in the BFA in Photographic Imaging Arts and MFA in Photography and Related Media programs, their students and curriculum, and within the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the College of Art and Design in which this position is housed.

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.

Department/College Description

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, fine art, photojournalism, visual media, and photographic sciences. The MFA in Photography and Related Media is a top-ten ranked graduate program in Photography. To learn more about the programs, faculty and students in SPAS, please visit

RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect. 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 has an enrollment of more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, 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 in photography or related areas of study
  • Minimum two years of higher education teaching experience beyond graduate school
  • Record of artistic exhibition at the national and international level, as well as other appropriate scholarly and professional distinctions
  • Demonstrated conceptual, historical, theoretical knowledge of contemporary photography and fine art
  • Facility with technical digital and analog photographic processes
  • Proficiency with appropriate software programs including Light Room, Photoshop, etc.
  • Fluency with foundations of video preferred
  • Ability to assist students in developing their professional skills as practicing artists
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the College’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences


Apply online at Job Search Welcome | Rochester Institute of Technology search openings, then Keyword Search 6314BR. Please submit your online application, application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; current curriculum vitae; and upload the following attachments:

  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement
  • Portfolio of a minimum of twenty (20) works with an emphasis in fine art photography (max 5MB)
  • Website link with examples of student work, if applicable
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers for three professional references, indicating how you know each other

Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply.

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Joshua Thorson, PhD, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, via email at

Application review begins January 15, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to