Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Rochester Institute of Technology | Rochester, NY

Posted Date 11/30/2023

Non-Tenure Track Faculty


College of Liberal Arts

CLA-School of Communication

Detailed Job Description

RIT’s Visual Culture Program in the School of Communication (; invites applications for a Lecturer position teaching Visual Culture, beginning in August 2024. The successful candidate will have PhD by date of appointment in Visual Culture, Art History, Cinema Studies, Visual Studies, or Media Studies, or closely related area; or MA degree and evidence of extensive experience. The position will support the Visual Culture Program’s three minors: Visual Culture, Film Studies, and American Arts. Lecturer faculty typically teach a 4/4 load, balanced with appropriate service. The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate classes at all levels, including introductory surveys (Introduction to Visual Arts or Introduction to Visual Culture) and upper-level classes, including American Film Since the Sixties. The applicant will have the opportunity to propose new courses in their area of specialization. We are interested in candidates with a promising teaching record, with a preference for previous experience teaching in the fields of Visual Culture, Art History, Film Studies, Visual Studies, and/or Media Studies. We seek candidates with expertise and interest in creating course experiential learning opportunities, drawing upon the visual culture, art history, and film studies resources on campus and in the Rochester region. RIT lecturers have significant opportunity for professional development and career advancement to be promoted in rank on the non-tenure track from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Principal Lecturer.

Information on our curriculum is available at:
Courses with VISL prefixes are taught by the Visual Culture Program.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student-centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description


The Visual Culture Program is a part of the School of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. The program is housed within a dynamic technological university with a longstanding commitment to liberal and fine arts. RIT features a range of imaging technologies and holds extensive image collections, including the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, the RIT Archives, and the Dyer Art Center. Rochester is a city with a rich history of visual culture, art, and cinema; it is home to the George Eastman Museum, Dryden Theatre, Little Theatre, Memorial Art Gallery, Strong Museum of Play, Rochester Museum & Science Center, and Garth Fagan Dance.

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at .

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD by date of appointment in Visual Culture, Art History, Cinema Studies, Visual Studies, or Media Studies, or closely related area; or MA degree and evidence of extensive experience.
  • Demonstrates expertise relevant to effective teaching of both introductory and advanced courses across our three undergraduate minors: Visual Culture, Film Studies, and American Arts. These courses include but are not limited to: American Film Since the Sixties, and either Introduction to Visual Arts /or Introduction to Visual Culture Have demonstrated teaching ability. Experience teaching in the fields of Visual Culture, Art History, Film Studies, Visual Studies, and/or Media Studies is preferred.
  • Have ability and interest in teaching that incorporates experiential learning utilizing visual resources.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.

Faculty Type (Tenure Status)

Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer

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Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References, Sample Syllabus, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply

Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 8437BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at:
Application review will begin on January 2, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted by January 2, 2024 will receive priority consideration.

Additional Details

In compliance with NYS's Pay Transparency Act, the salary range for this position is listed above. Rochester Institute of Technology considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as, market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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