Diné College
  • Tsaile, AZ, USA
  • $50,321.00 - $75,000.00
  • Salary
  • Regular Full-Time


Duty Schedule:

Teach 30 credit hours each academic year (fall and spring), pursue scholarship/or creative endeavors, and service to Din College.

Summary/Objective of Position:

Teach 30 credit hours in 100, 200, 300 & 400 level digital photography/traditional photography discipline subject area per academic year, advise and mentor BFA photography majors, participate in committee work, attend school meetings, conduct pedagogy research where applicable, pursue creative endeavors where applicable, attend state articulation photography course transfer task force meetings, participate in BFA academic program review, assist in recruitment, seek grant opportunities, and other assigned duties by the Dean.
Disclaimer: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills,
efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Excellence in teaching and exemplary professional accomplishment is a normal role for a professor.
  • Teaching responsibilities are those most visible, such as learning the current teaching methods and materials, keeping up to date with current advances in both teaching strategies and pedagogy, choosing an appropriate textbook, preparing lectures, supervising senior BFA students, and grading. (Applicant will demonstrate to/for the Interview and Selection committee his/her teaching strategies.)

Scholarship/Creative Endeavors:
  • Scholarship and creative endeavors must take into consideration benefit to students and the Navajo Nation. Most professors have one or more area of expertise. Part of the role of a professor is to keep current in area of expertise. This include reading journal articles, pedagogy articles, attending conference, and staying in touch with other colleagues in the field. Professors are encouraged to participate in creative exhibitions regionally or nationally to bring recognition to professor and Din College. 

  • Service activities include serving on various committee that represent the school.
  • Academic Program Reviews for 4-year degree programs.
  • Curriculum development for 4-year degree programs.
  • Academic Standing committees.
  • Disappearing Task-forces.
  • Associations.
  • Sponsorship of Student Clubs.
  • Ad-Hoc committees.
  • Planning and Accreditation Committee.
  • Navajo Nation and other community service.
  • Grant Principal Investigator.
  • Grant writing.
  • Implementing awarded grants (PI or Fiscal Agent).
  • Arranging noteworthy out of class event on and off campus.
  • Building community relationship for professional and or student benefit.


  • Minimum of 5-10 years teaching experience at an accredited Art School, Tribal College, College, and Research University.
  • Teaching experience at a Tribal College highly desired.
  • Graduate teaching experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated high degree of teaching knowledge and discipline. (Applicant will provide an on site 30 minute teaching example to/for the Interview & Selection committee.)
  • Demonstrate expertise in the content emphasis: digital photography/photography.
  • Demonstrate teaching variety of 100-200 studio arts courses to include BFA foundation courses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of college level class and program assessments. (Applicant will work with other BFA faculty on class and degree program assessments on an annual basis.)


  • Knowledge of college level classroom and degree program assessments.
  • Knowledge of different types of learning styles. (Applicant will work with Navajo or Native American students.)
  • Knowledge and must be proficient with Adobe programs: Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge.
  • Knowledge of curriculum development.
  • Knowledge of alternative photographic processes.
  • Knowledge of film and wet darkroom procedures and program. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Must be a team-player.
  • Possess classroom leadership and organizational skills.
  • Intelligence and self-motivated.
  • Good active listening skills.
  • Honest.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Problem-solver.
  • Positive demeanor


  • May require minimal lifting and walking between classroom buildings
  • May travel to off-campus and teach at branch sites if required to do so by the Dean.


  • Must attain certification to drive college GSA vehicles.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Digital Photography or Photography

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Digital Photography or Photography. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (4-yr.) degree program and higher learning commission accreditation require an M.F.A.

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