Artists, Designers, and Scholars as Teachers

We are artists, designers, and scholars. Industry influencers and innovators. We are mentors and educators, but equally, we are peers and collaborators. The student-faculty relationship is truly a symbiotic one. Where ideas, critiques, and work bounce back and forth. And mechanics and technical instruction meet context and theory.

SAIC’s faculty can offer real world insight because they are experienced practitioners. They have been in your position before. They know what it’s like to re-evaluate their work and explore the idea of being an artist, a designer, and a scholar. And they are passionate about informing the process from conception to execution through unabashed discourse and critique.

Open. Challenging. And confrontational in the best of ways. It is a relationship that shapes those who go on to shape our visual culture.

Open Your Network

Our faculty are extremely talented artists. They are known both the world over and right here in Chicago. They will expose you to what is out there, and they will connect you with the what and who of our own community.

Faculty Quick Facts

2011–12 SAIC Degree Program Faculty

158 Full-time Faculty
540 Part-time Faculty

698 total faculty in Fall and Spring semesters

Faculty Breakdown by Position

158 Full-time faculty

57 Professors
55 Associate Professors
43 Assistant Professors
3 Full-time Visiting Artists

170 Adjunct (ranked) part-time faculty

35 Adjunct Professors
66 Adjunct Associate Professors
69 Adjunct Assistant Professors

370 Instructors (unranked) part-time faculty