Chair, Photography Program

UPDATED:  June 2022
JOB CLASS:  Full-time, Year-Round
REPORTS TO:  Provost
COMPENSATION: $62,500 annual – commensurate with experience, plus competitive benefits package

The Photography Program Chair is a practicing artist and educator, responsible for developing and implementing the innovative and strategic design of MMW + C ‘s extensive Photography program and supporting institutional initiatives through programming. The Chair is responsible for the design, delivery, academic integrity, and oversight of all aspects of the PCVS program. These responsibilities include faculty engagement, assessment processes and evaluation of student work, and students’ progression towards the successful completion of the certificate. They are responsible for the regular review of the program goals, objectives, curriculum, and makes recommendations for changes to the Academic Standards Committee. The Chair collaborates with faculty and other program administrators on the delivery and on-going evaluation of education programs, teaching, curricula, and academic support services that facilitate student success. They work with the Provost and other program chairs to develop and maintain relationships with faculty, program advisors, and industry sponsors.


  • Develop and schedule in – person and online educational programs and curriculum for MMW + C’s photography – related offerings including the PCVS program, workshops, intensives, and Academy program, designed to maximize enrollment and student participation.
  • Work with Provost and department chairs to design and implement innovative methods of delivery.
  • Recruit, hire, and evaluate adjunct faculty for PCVS program.
    • Coordinate guest speakers and external reviewers
  • Support and participate in institutional accreditation process.
  • Ensure programmatic compliance with all state and NECHE standards.
  • Review and approve all photography program syllabi to insure they include all required criteria and student learning outcomes.
  • Recruitment and Admissions;
    • Conduct interviews and informational sessions with prospective students
    • Portfolio evaluation and review of application materials, in consideration of applicants’ goals
    • Leading admissions decisions and communicating admission status to the Recruitment and External Partnerships Coordinator and Registrar
  • Work with the Provost and the Director of Finance to develop operational and capital budgets.
  • Manage departmental budget and assigned resources, including equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Lead program assessment and evaluation to ensure effectiveness of curriculum, teaching methods and overall quality.
  • Recruit and evaluate new faculty.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with industry sponsors
  • Coordinate with Director of Programs and program administrative staff on production and implementation of programs including facilities, and other resources to support student success.


  • Organize and facilitate PCVS Faculty meetings (at least two per term)
  • Serve as the principal advisor for all PCVS students
  • Curate and organize exhibitions and screenings annually at the conclusion of the 30 – week program
  • Support marketing efforts and participate in recruitment for all programs
  • Represent MMW + C at appropriate conferences, trade shows and events
  • Provide leadership to photography program staff
  • Participate as member of Academic Standards Committee
  • Participate as a member of the Arnold Newman Prize Advisory Committee

The Chair is compensated on a year-round basis for administrative duties, advising and PCVS program teaching responsibilities.  The Chair is responsible for teaching one course per trimester (4 quarter hours per term).  In addition to the PCVS teaching load, the Chair may serve as an MFA mentor for studio and/or academic projects mentor for additional compensation.  Workshop teaching provides additional payment.


  • MFA degree preferred
  • 5 years work experience in academic environment / arts related; non-profit preferred
  • 3 – 5 years teaching experience (in-person and online) preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum design and delivery
  • Facility with technology and technology-mediated instruction delivery
  • Practicing, exhibiting artist; demonstration of current understanding of creative arts through awareness of trends in the fields of photography and media arts


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Leadership / Management experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively as member of team
  • Arts education experience
  • Knowledge of current industry technology, software, and equipment
  • Familiarity with software tools such as zoom, excel, word, power point, Adobe Creative Suite, and google enterprise
  • Ability to work with content management system (Salesforce) on the web and social media.