Ceramics class

The Search Process

A search committee composed of faculty will review applications to identify up to 20 semifinalists for telephone interviews (typically before February). From this pool, a select group of finalists will be invited to campus to give a public presentation of their work, interview with the search committee, interact with students, and discuss the position in detail with the Graduate Dean, Undergraduate Dean, or Dean of Faculty (typically in March or April). The final candidate is typically identified in April. Positions begin in late August.

Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with the quality and output of scholarship or production, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.


Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult saic.edu/about for information on the School and its programs, or saic.edu/about/jobsatsaic for open positions and application procedures.

About SAIC

All faculty positions are contingent on budget. A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the School is one of the largest and oldest private schools of art and design in the country with programs reflecting current practices in art. SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design that provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities with renowned faculty who are leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its Modern Wing, and numerous special collections and programming venues that provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances.

The School currently enrolls 3,500 students in 15 studio departments and eight academic departments. There are 175 full-time tenured, tenure-track, or visiting faculty and 500 adjunct and part-time faculty supported by 300 staff.

Degree tracks include: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio or Writing; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art History or Visual and Critical Studies; BFA with Emphasis in Art Education; BIA (Interior Architecture); Master of Architecture; Master of Design in Designed Objects or Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Arts (MA) degrees in Arts Administration; Art Education; Modern and Contemporary Art History; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Art Institute of Chicago, including both the school and the museum, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. The Art Institute of Chicago does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX Coordinator
Michael Nicolai, Vice President for Human Resources
Human Resources Department
116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60603

Section 504 Coordinator
Felice Dublon, PhD, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1204
Chicago, IL 60603

For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, see the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 800.421.3481.