By Shelby Townsend
Joan Powers, director of photography and senior professor at LIU Post, said she will officially retire this September. Powers started teaching in 1981, became Director of Photography in 1990 and Senior Professor in 2008. She has been on medical leave since the spring of 2014.
According to Dr. Donna Tuman, chair of the art department, they are currently “reaching out to adjunct photography professors for the fall semester and hope to have a search approved and someone in place by the spring semester [of 2017].” The art department first requested a full time photography professor in September of 2015.
Tuman also said that three adjunct faculty members, along with full time professors and the chair, have helped students within the program during the absence of Powers.
Along with the replacement of the director of photography, Tuman also said that the department is looking forward to “curriculum changes that will advance the program to better meet the needs of current trends in commerce, media and global marketing.”
Powers said she is not involved in the search for the replacement. She won the David Newton Award for Excellence in teaching while at Long Island University, and she also had multiple solo and group photography exhibitions around the world.