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Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Position Number: 4947959
  • Location: Rochester, NY
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Graphic Design

McGhee Endowed Visiting Assistant Professor - Visual Media
College of Art and Design
CAD School of Photo Arts and Sciences

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Non-Tenure-Track Visiting
Faculty Discipline: Visual Media
Faculty Rank: Visiting Assistant Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 14-Aug-2024

Detailed Job Description
The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences invites applicants to apply for a Non-Tenure Track Visiting Assistant Professor position as part of the McGhee Endowment in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. This is a 9-month appointment with a contract length of three years with the option to renew for up to a total of five years.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the school during the academic year, including courses that combine photography with graphic design and moving media. The successful candidate will be nimble, technologically savvy, forward-thinking on the future of photography and the creative industry, and will be skilled in how photography, graphic design, motion, and emerging technology combine. Additional background in photographic and video branding/marketing or experience as a creative director or content director is helpful.

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 at Rochester Institute of Technology in which this position is housed. The Visual Media option merges photography and video with graphic design and business.

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 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 nearly 2,000 students (UG and Grad), 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 degree or equivalent terminal degree in photography, graphic design, or related areas. In certain circumstances, candidates with a Bachelor degree and exceptional professional and creative experience in a related field may be considered.
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience in higher education or industry equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in combining photography and graphic design
  • Facility with applicable tools and software, including proficiency with appropriate programs like InDesign Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 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 8441BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:For questions regarding this position, contact: Christye Sisson, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623, or by email at

Review of applications will begin February 16, 2024, 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.

Hourly/Salary Minimum: 60000
Hourly/Salary Maximum:73000

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