; By Dr. Glenn Rand ;
Dynamics in Three Parts
Any number of anecdotes point to a sharp rise in the number of adjunct faculty currently teaching in photographic education. The 2012 Mac-on-Campus Pho- tography Survey goes further and helps us understand the depth of this trend.
While such data can tell us some things, practical examples can offer a clearer view to
both advantages and limits of adjunct positions.
Consider the following three case studies as a guide to successful approaches in
pursuing a photographic education career. For a broad view, we have chosen a young
adjunct at the start of her career, a mid-career individual selected for a faculty post
because of his dedication as an adjunct and a successful artist who seeks to give back
by teaching part-time in different venues.
After receiving her MFA
from Brooks Institute in
2009, Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler turned
to her network of contacts at Brooks for
help in approaching San Diego–area colleges about teaching positions.
She also interacted with photographic
educators in the region on her own.
Rather than specifically asking for a job,
she notes, “my interactions were aimed
at cultivating my own professional net-
work, but I was always prepared to pres-
ent a résumé and portfolios if asked.”
Yet getting hired took more than
just recommendations from known
individuals. Quintenz-Fiedler positioned
herself to stand out from others being
considered for the same position. With
knowledge gained from a Brooks course
in writing for publication, she landed
paid writing projects to enhance her
résumé and provide a financial buffer
for the small salary of her anticipated
After accepting a small teaching load
at Grossmont College, she made sure to
show an interest in the overall program
by asking to observe other classes and
being eager to contribute to faculty
exhibitions and meetings, rather than
just looking to support her art, writing
or another agenda.
Her publishing opportunities included work on a writing team for the
book Capture and contributions to several
magazines. She has now authored two additional books, Digital Capture After Dark and
Ten Photo Assignments.
As she started teaching, Quintenz-
Fiedler expanded her network so that
as other opportunities arose, her name
would be in the mix. This led to adjunct
positions at three other area schools.
THE NATURE OF THINGS:
”Even as you look at my art it is
disintergrating, though neither
you nor I can sense it. In one
hundred years it will be a memory,
in two hundred, a dream.” writes
Quintenz-Fieldler of her series at
left, “The Murder of Me.”
All photos this page © Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler < www.amandaquintenz.com>