tenure-track position in Photography/Video at California State University, Northridge

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to traditionally underserved students and enrolls the largest number of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

About the College:
Comprised of the Departments of Art; Cinema and Television Arts; Communication Studies, Journalism, Music, and Theater, The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication is inspired by the shared belief that art is communication, that communication is an art, and that art and communication are essential pillars for building and maintaining community.

About the Department:
The Department of Art at CSUN has over 900 students majoring in Art, 22 full-time faculty, and 60+ part-time faculty and offers a B.A. degree in Art and M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Visual Arts.

CSUN’s Commitment to You:
CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.
For more information about the University, check visit website at: http://www.csun.edu

By August 21, 2018 an MFA in Art is required; emphasis in Photography and/or Video required. Demonstrated experience and continued commitment to working with a diverse student population is required. Professional experience in Photography and/or Video and two years teaching experience in Photography and/or Video at college or university level is highly desired. Ideal candidates will be exhibiting, published, and/or commercial artists with the ability to teach technical Photography/Video skills, including digital applications and studio lighting. Candidates should demonstrate teaching competency in both Photography and Video and working knowledge of contemporary Photography/Video discourse through professional artwork and student artwork. At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

Faculty responsibilities include teaching digital photography, studio lighting, and video to undergraduate and graduate students; assisting in the development and growth of the Photography/Video area; participating in MFA and MA degree programs; advising and recruiting undergraduate and graduate students; building professional partnerships for department funding, student internships, and job placement; serving on Department, College, and University committees; and maintaining creative/professional contributions. CSUN is a Learning Centered University committed to student success; the ideal candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in their commitment to active learning, assessment of learning outcomes, and multiple pathways that facilitate students’ graduation.
Application Deadline:
Screening of applications will begin November 8, 2017. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit:

1. application cover letter (one page)1. application cover letter (one page)

2. complete and current curriculum vitae

3. three current letters of recommendation (addressed to: Photography/Video Search and Screen Committee; Department of Art; California State University, Northridge; 18111 Nordhoff Street; Northridge, California 91330-8300

4. teaching philosophy (one page)

5. no fewer than 15 and no more than 20 images of professional artwork (including detail images) and accompanying image list

6. no fewer than 15 and no more than 20 images of student artwork  (including detail images) and accompanying image list


Note: Video clips should be submitted via a link to YouTube or Vimeo and no more than two minutes each with five minutes total for professional artwork and five minutes total for student artwork.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.
This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge to:

General Information:
In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The person holding this position may be considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at (818) 677-2101.

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