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Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Position Number: 3792137
  • Location: Rochester, NY
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design

James E McGhee Endowed Visiting Professor
College of Art and Design
CAD School of Photo Arts and Sciences

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Non-Tenure-Track Visiting
Faculty Discipline:
Faculty Rank: Visiting Assistant Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date:

Detailed Job Description
The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences invites applicants to apply for a Non-Tenure Track Visiting position for the James E. McGhee Endowed Visiting Professor. This endowed position is a 2-3 year position with the option to renew and includes access to funds to support student success, industry partnerships, and student/faculty applied research.

The successful candidate will teach courses over the academic year that includes undergraduate and, potentially, graduate-level courses in photography, combined with design and moving media. The ideal candidate will contribute to the intersection of commercial photography and business for the school within the Visual Media BFA degree option and have a broad background in creative directing, branding, social media/content management, and/or graphic design. The successful candidate will be nimble, technologically savvy, and forward-thinking on the future of photography.

The ideal candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary vibrancy of the Visual Media option in the BFA in Photographic Imaging Arts, in addition to augmenting the students and curriculum within the broader School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the College of Art and Design in which this position is housed. Fluency with foundations of video is preferred.

We are seeking an individual to live our values, embrace diverse perspectives, and nurture the RIT community to remain a great place to work for all; who has the ability and interest in leading and contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT's core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description
THE DEPARTMENT: 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. To learn more about the programs, faculty, and students in SPAS, please visit

THE COLLEGE: 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 1,900 students (UG and Grad), nearly 140 full-time faculty, 60 creative staff, and a number of professional part-time faculty, all of whom contribute to our Colleges ecosystem. The Colleges 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 RITs opportunities in technology, STEM, engineering, sustainability, and entrepreneurism programs, as well as our global campuses,

Required Minimum Qualifications
  • An MFA (or industry equivalent) in photography or related areas of study
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience in higher education/industry
  • Record of photographic industry experience
  • Demonstrated background in photography, with an additional background in photographic branding/marketing, project management, moving media, social media, and/or graphic design
  • Facility with photographic and moving media tools and software, including proficiency with appropriate programs like Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, etc.
  • Ability to assist students in developing their professional skills to prepare them for industry success
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the Colleges continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences

Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply
Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 7517BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:You can contact the search committee with questions regarding this position:
Therese Mulligan, PhD, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology by email at

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023, and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

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Additional Details

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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