Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Photography

Townsville, Australia
04 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

Photography is core to the Creative Arts and Media degree which also includes majors in Design; Media Arts; Music, Sound and Moving Image. Our desire is to build a strong creative culture among all our students and actively promote research and creative practice among our staff and Higher Degree Research Students.

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will refresh Humanities and Creative Arts at James Cook University by developing new modes of teaching, research/creative practice, and engagement alignedto our ambition to become a leading University in the Digital Arts and Humanities.

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will teach into the Creative Arts and Media degree and may be required to undertake duties in the Bachelor of Arts degree. The incumbent will teach at the postgraduate level, supervise Higher Degree Research Students, and undertake research/creative practice and publish and exhibit research/creative outcomes.

The Lecture/Senior lecturer will undertake research in Photography, produce research outputs/or cooperative productions and apply for external grant funding. 

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Arts Society and Education

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Contribute to the design, teaching and assessment of undergraduate subjects in the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media, with capacity to teach into the Bachelor of Arts
  2. Develop first rate teaching practices and resources for in-class, blended and online delivery
  3. Supervise to timely completion theses undertaken by our Higher Degree Research Students; or be mentored in order to supervise Higher Degree Research Students.
  4. Pursue individual and/or collaborative research in Photography, leading to significant research outputs and/or creative productions, and by applying for external research funding.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively within and across the Humanities and Creative Arts
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work independently, under instruction and in teams, and to assume relevant administrative and management responsibilities as required
  7. Work with community groups, government agencies, and professional associations relevant to the Humanities and Creative Arts, and to network across our region, throughout Australia and internationally.
  8. Demonstrate a preparedness to work in the area of the Digital Arts and Humanities and/or other areas of relevance to the Creative Arts and Photography.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Lecturer/Senior Lecture in Photography is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Lecturer/Senior Lecture in Photography is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Lecturer/Senior Lecture in Photography is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct. 

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent is prepared to work in an adaptable and flexible manner, including out of office hours to meet the educational needs of our students and represent the Humanities and Creative Arts at James Cook University, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent is able to travel in order to partake in research, attend conferences and professional meetings, and engage with community, stakeholders, agencies and professional bodies.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A PhD in Photography or in anarea relevant to Photography
  2. Evidence of teaching across the Humanities and Creative Arts, and an ability to supervise Higher Degree Research Students
  3. Track record of research and/or creative productions, and external grants commensurate with opportunity and experience
  4. Demonstrated ability to work independently and within team environments, and contribute to a strong and progressive collegial culture
  5. Evidence of working with external stakeholders such as but not restricted to schools, galleries, artistic communities, industries, agencies and related organisations
  6. A demonstrated commitment to succeed at the highest levels of professional life through excellent and ethical work locally, nationally and internationally


  1. Work in the Digital Arts or Humanities or related areas
  2. A preparedness to work at the interface between the Humanities and Creative Arts and other relevant areas and disciplines.