Adjunct Instructor of Photography

Adjunct Instructor – Photography (Full Time applicants also encouraged to apply)
Search begins immediately, and is open until filled
Salary commensurate with experience and/or training.

The Southern Virginia University Art and Design Program seeks faculty to teach up to 9 credit hours in the fall and spring semester and/or up to 6 credit hours during the summer semester. Teaching load is based upon student enrollment and staffing needs. The adjunct faculty appointment contains no guarantee of continued employment. Instruction may be during the day or evening and is schedule by the instructor in collaboration with the program coordinator and registrar’s office. This position will teach classes including but not limited to the following: Digital Photography 1, Digital Photography 2, and Digital Photography 3. More specialized classes may also be possible depending on student interest and the expertise of the instructor.

Essential functions:

  • A basic course design and materials will be provided but the instructor will be responsible for adjustment of that design and delivery of instruction for classes.
  • Responsible for student assessment and grading.
  • Maintains adequate on-campus presence.
  • Provides timely communication with students, staff and administrators of the university.
  • Maintains studio space and equipment for students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelors in studio or digital arts from a regionally accredited institution, 1+ yrs of experience in the photography industry, and a strong portfolio of photography OR 5+ yrs of experience in the photography industry with a strong portfolio of photography.
  • 1+ yrs of teaching experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in communication with students, colleagues, staff and administrators as an individual or as a part of a team.
  • Willingness to serve the needs of traditional and non-traditional students from a variety of backgrounds and age groups.
  • Ability to modify when appropriate, instructional methods and strategies to meet diverse student needs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (MFA), in studio or digital arts, preferably with an emphasis on photography.
  • Higher education teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in using instructional technologies and learning management systems (e.g. Canvas) with ability to use technology to enhance teaching and educational experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to measure, assess and align student outcomes within courses or programs.

Applicants must submit an online application for this position by emailing materials listed below to Associate Provost Craig Lawhorne at Questions about the position can be addressed by emailing program coordinator Brandon Gonzales at

Applications must include the following:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. A link to an online photography portfolio.