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Instructor, Commercial Photography - Digital Capture Processing III


Littleton, CO
ID: 524

The Photography Department at Arapahoe Community College has an opening for a part-time Instructor to teach Digital Capture Processing III during the Fall 2020 semester.

Part-time instructors provide instructional duties for the college in their respective areas of expertise. They report to the program chair within the discipline and do not have any supervisory responsibilities. Responsibilities include: instruction, student assessment, and other related instructional duties. Possible teaching locations include Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock campuses and classes may be held days, evenings, and weekends.

The instructor must be patient, and respectful, while also providing their expectations for what is considered acceptable work. The instructor must display dedication to the class as well as the goals of the program.

This opening is for PHO 263, Digital Capture Processing III. This course will introduce advanced techniques in post-processing of digital captures. Various workflows for different photographic professions will be emphasized in this class. Image management with special software designed for the professional photographer is also included. Refinement of printing techniques and an introduction to theories of color management will also be covered. Intermediate to advanced Photoshop techniques will be explored.

The course competencies include but are not limited to:

1. Compare various professional photographic workflows.
2. Identify professional techniques for various delivery scenarios in professional photography.
3. Identify different color spaces and where they are applicable.
4. Refine visual perception of colors and how to correct for subtle color tints.
5. Demonstrate advanced color and luminance adjustment techniques in post processing.
6. Demonstrate advanced color matching capabilities.
7. Demonstrate intermediate to advanced Photoshop retouching, selection, and compositing skills.
8. Demonstrate comprehension and effective application of course competencies through photographic assignments.
9. Evaluate and appraise photographic work in class critiques.

 The instructor should bring their expertise in running their own business into the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate's degree, or higher, in Photography or related subfield AND Has, or qualifies for, postsecondary CTE credential including 4,000 non-teaching occupational hours within the last 7 years (2,000 hours if at Bachelor’s or higher)
    • Current teachers applying to teach ACC campus-based, online, or concurrent enrollment CTE courses may include non-teaching occupational hours that are older than the 7 year requirement if they have the required degree (and license/certifications as listed) AND a minimum of 3 years full-time teaching experience in the discipline/program or 6 years part-time teaching experience in the discipline/program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of professional photographic experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Photoshop.
  • Prior experience teaching courses in photography.
  • Prior experience teaching adult learners.
  • Possess a passion for teaching and sharing their knowledge and experience with students.
  • Ability to discuss career options and business practices directly related to a variety of types of photography.
  • Ability to help develop curriculum with rigor and teach with high expectations, patience, and respect.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Self-management: sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve, and demonstrates responsible behavior.
  • Interpersonal skills: shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, and concern; develops and maintains professional relationships; may deal with people who are difficult, hostile, and/or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and situations, and is sensitive to individual differences.
  • Diversity: is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other individual differences in the workforce.
  • Conflict management: manages and resolves conflicts, grievances, disagreements in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact.
  • Integrity/honesty: contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct; understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others, and is trustworthy.
  • Organizational awareness: knows the organization’s mission and function and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively with them including the program, policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the organization.
  • Teaching others: helps others learn through formal and/or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; and acts as a mentor.
  • Computer skill proficiency; particularly in M/S Office programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; comprehensive knowledge of Photoshop.

Physical & Cognitive Demands

The following are some of the physical and cognitive demands commonly associated with this position.

  • This position operates in a standard office and classroom environment. Constantly uses a computer and photography equipment, routinely uses standard office equipment including phones, copiers, etc.
  • Cognitive demands include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Occasionally moves, positions, and transports office and photography supplies, books, and equipment, up to 20 lbs.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

Arapahoe Community College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process and/or during the course of employment, please contact Angela Johnson, Director of Human Resources, at (303) 797-5715 or

To Apply 

All applicants must submit a resume, detailed letter of interest addressing the job announcement, unofficial transcripts, copies of applicable certifications, and names and contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications as related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Scroll to the bottom of this page to submit your application. 

Closing Date

This position will be open until filled.

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Notice to all Applicants

  • Final candidate will be subject to successful completion of a background check, and, if applicable, a motor vehicle record review.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System, or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in their application material.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • ACC participates in the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, PERA-eligible employees are required to contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Arapahoe Community College participates in E-Verify.
  • Arapahoe Community College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Arapahoe Community College is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law, or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 3-120 and 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. 

We seek to respect, understand, and embrace the diversity of our students, staff, faculty, and the community we proudly serve.  As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons.  We strive to foster an equitable and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation.

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