College of Arts & Letters


Department of Art

Assistant Professor of Photography

Starting Date:

Fall 2018

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned MFA degree in Photography (including equivalent or closely related degrees) is required;
2) Evidence of a successful exhibition record;
3) Successful teaching experience at the university level,
4) Demonstrated experience teaching history and theory, especially in critical issues of contemporary photography, and;
5) An ability to demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Experience in darkroom, digital, and alternative photographic processes;
2) Fluency in contemporary photographic practices, and;
3) Previous academic program planning or leadership experience.


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

The successful candidate will be capable of expanding an established photography area. The candidate will teach a broad range of undergraduate courses from introductory to advanced levels at both undergraduate and graduate students in BA, MA, and MFA programs. 


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 28,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

Please submit: 1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications and your approach to teaching photography; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) A list of three professional references; 4) Twenty samples of your creative work and twenty samples of your students’ work in PDF form, and; 5) A university application for employment (found here). Finalist will be required to submit official transcripts. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Electronic review of applications will begin November 30, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit application material #1-5 above in PDF format to the Search Committee via e-mail listed below.  Limit PDF file size to 10 MB or less, and title files: last name_first name_Photo.  List applicant’s last name in the subject line of the e-mail.

Questions may be addressed to:

Robert Martin, Search Committee Chair
California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Art
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: 323-343-4012

Note: The person holding this position is 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.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.