Part-time Photography Instructor

The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois’ premier visual and performing arts high school, seeks a part-time photography instructor for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The Academy’s educational model is “co-curricular”: students engage in rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes for five hours each day before immersing themselves in 3-5 hours of daily professional-level training in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, or Visual Arts. (Note: The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a different school than “ChiArts,” a CPS school.)

Students at The Academy are characterized by an extraordinary sense of purpose and community. Most continue with the arts after high school: alums include hit songwriters, Grammy Award winners, Broadway stars, and award-winning and critically acclaimed dancers, filmmakers, actors, visual artists, and writers. Students also pursue degrees and careers outside of the arts: many alums are working in the fields of science, mathematics, technology, business, and law.

Applicants should have the ability to teach and structure an introductory digital photography course and have a vision for developing curriculum for advanced students. This position falls under both Media Arts and Visual Arts Departments. Classes will take place from 1:30-4:30 one day per week. Day to be determined.

Successful teachers at The Academy are passionate about their subject area and its pedagogy committed to ongoing communication with parents, and believers in the ethos of independent schools. 

Instructor responsibilities include: 

  • Commitment and dedication to The Academy’s mission

  • Advisement of all students and participation in student reviews, department critiques, special events and exhibitions

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with and maintain communication with fellow teachers, administration, and parents/guardians

  • Performing related duties as assigned 

Ideal applicants will have an MFA degree, and at least several years of teaching experience (including experience teaching at the high school level).

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume via email to Margy Stover, Chair of the Visual Arts Department, and Jessi Meliza, Chair of the Media Arts Department, at employment@chicagoartsacademy.org. The Academy is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, and all qualified applicants — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law — are strongly encouraged to apply.

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