Lecturer AY - Art - 4

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Temporary, Part Time

Program:  ART
Rank: Part-time Lecturer Faculty
Title: Lecturer - Photography

About the University: 

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 12th among “Top Public Universities in the West” in the current edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2020, CollegeNET also ranked CSUCI 20th out of over 1,449 schools in its “Social Mobility Index,” and Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 5,470 undergraduate and 170graduate students. Approximately 55% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 62% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 55% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 25% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2019, CSUCI was awarded Excelencia in Education’s inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success. Also, in 2022, CI became the first college to earn the Seal of Excelencia recertification.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 62% White, 21% Latinx, 9% Asian/Asian American, and 2% Black/African American.

Diversity Statement:  

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement: 

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program: 

The Art Department invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of photography instructor beginning in the spring of 2023.  The successful candidate will be an active participant in the professional field with have a broad range of skills and expertise that encompasses both the fine art and commercial practices of contemporary and historical photography.  A mastery of digital photographic equipment and processes, an active exhibition record, and proven mastery of teaching the medium to students of diverse backgrounds are also core qualities sought in the ideal candidate. 

About the Position: 

To teach all levels of undergraduate photography courses (ART 209, ART 314, ART 328, ART 422) individually or stacked.

  • ART 209 presents fundamental techniques and theories of photographic media through studio experiments into various genres of photography including documentary, fine art and commercial applications.
  • ART 314 is an introduction to digital photography as an art form. Investigations into photographic processes include camera techniques, lighting, color imaging, photographic composition and visual design. Digital photographic software applications, monochrome prints and digital color image manipulation will be explored as related to photographic media and traditions. Photography as a commercial medium will also be investigated.
  • ART 328 presents artistic theories and digital imaging processes involved in photography as an art form and commercial medium.  These are explored through in-depth projects including camera techniques, lighting, color imaging, photographic composition and visual design. Digital photographic software applications utilized in the creation of color and monochrome prints as well as custom image manipulation will be investigated. A focus on subject matter, history and trends in photographic media will also be covered.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

Master of Fine Arts in Photography or related field, or commensurate professional and/or teaching experience 

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Art degree in Photography or related field.
  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency of teaching studio classes in photography with at least two years experience in higher Ed 
  • Demonstrated experience in the photographic or related professional fields
  • Experience with photography as an art form with an understanding of both traditional and contemporary fine art and commercial practices 
  • Operative mastery of various digital photographic equipment and processes
  • Mastery of 2D & digital foundational concepts and applications 
  • Recognized participation in the professional field of photography
  • Strong exhibition record with evidence of an active, ongoing studio practice 
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information 
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills 
Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Recognized extensive participation in the professional field of photography
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information 
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Teach 2 face-to-face and one online photography courses 
  • Use subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge to students 
  • Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in field of practice 
  • Design syllabus and curriculum as assigned 
  • Communicate expectations to students 
  • Prepare and deliver course materials 
  • Evaluate student learning and assign grades 
  • Design interactive and motivational activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning 
  • Update course materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum 
  • Respond to student needs and questions 
  • Create a high-performance environment in which students of diverse backgrounds are motivated to succeed 
  • Apply technology and leverage resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (e.g. use Canvas or make arrangements for guest
  • Handle mechanics of position according to deadlines (understand how to use the computer, texts, A/V, grade submission, etc.) 

Application Deadline: 

Screening of applications will begin December 2, 2022. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • A current CV 
  • Links to a personal online portfolio of photographic work 
  • Links to 10-15 examples of student photographic work
  • The names, titles, contact emails and phone numbers of three professional references
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.
In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:


California State University Lecturer Salary (Academic Year) Schedules can be found at

Placement into a range is based on qualifications and experience. Initial assignments are typically at the bottom third of the salary range. The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salaries indicated in the schedules above are prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.

The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information: 

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

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.

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.

CSUCI 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.

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.  


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