Lecturer in Photography

Kingston University


Kingston School of Art


School of Arts

The Role

The BA Photography course at Kingston School of Art encourages students to explore all genres of photographic production, from fine art, documentary, experimental practice, and editorial photography to digital applications. The programme is taught through a series of practice-based modules embracing research and experimentation in both analogue and digital formats, developing students’ creative ideas alongside their professional skills and critical thinking.

This role provides a career-defining opportunity to work alongside our dynamic and dedicated educators, practitioners, and researchers to promote and foster an innovative, inclusive, and supportive pedagogic environment that equips our students with the academic, social and personal skills to prosper in global and diverse environments.

The position provides an excellent opportunity to actively contribute to the department and join in with the Photography team, adding critical contributions, bringing awareness and insight to the collaborative culture and ethos; and our collective aims and actions in continually elevating and broadening the student experience; focusing on photography as a creative and diverse practice, centred on the individual.

You will work with the course leader and course team to ensure that the curriculum and student learning experience keeps pace with contemporary professional and research developments within photography. The role also provides the opportunity to work with a diverse and international group of students, so you should be committed to developing innovative teaching and learning strategies that support our students and our strategic priority to decolonise and internationalise the curriculum.

Research is, naturally, a key part of our make-up and you’ll supervise research students and undertake your own research challenges, seeing projects through their entire lifecycle – from developing proposals to producing outputs ripe for publication.

Working side-by-side with talented colleagues you’ll share knowledge and expertise through professional consultancy, pursuing opportunities that will generate profitable income and supporting students with valuable placements wherever possible.

The Person

We are looking for an innovative early career lecturer with a commitment and passion for teaching photography and a proven background in both photographic practice and contemporary theory. A professional profile in one or more of our key delivery areas (editorial, fine art and experimental practice, documentary) is essential. The right candidate will strive to develop their teaching practice and pedagogy (with in-course mentoring support), imparting practical knowledge to students that they will take with them in their future careers.

The successful candidate will have a photography degree, or equivalent professional experience, with an established or emerging research profile; and experience offering quality teaching, assessment, feedback and tutoring to a diverse range of students at HE Level. You will be an excellent communicator and collaborator, who works effectively within diverse teams with colleagues and can take an active role in building the reputation and profile of the course.  

We actively encourage applications from diverse and underrepresented communities and female applicants.

By the end of your probation period, you must have achieved the relevant level of UKPSF recognition (if this has not already been obtained). For those new to teaching, this will be through our accredited Introduction to Learning and Teaching and for those experienced in teaching, through our Kingston Academic Practice Standards Framework.

The Faculty

The School of Arts is a vibrant community of undergraduate and postgraduate students, comprising four departments – Film and Photography, Performing Arts, Architecture and Landscape, and Fine Art. A distinctive feature of the School is its well-established and renowned practice-based doctoral programme linked to high-quality staff research through practice.

Further information

This is a part-time, permanent position working 18.5 hours per week with a starting salary of £21,091 (50% to £42,182) per annum.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th July 2023.

For informal enquiries please contact Shane O’Sullivan , Head of Department of Film and Photography.

Bring your true self, expertise, and passion to Kingston where we are continuing to strive to build a university where authentic inclusion and belonging is at its heart. Every one of our staff and students’ identities, backgrounds and diverse experiences makes us who we are – so harness and embrace yours by applying today. We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ communities and those with disabilities.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 

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