Full-Time Faculty Position in Visual Communication Design

The Department of Visual Communication Design (VCD) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured, or tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Program Profile

The Department of Visual Communication Design is grounded in a critical approach to design through a variety of practices, including user interaction, time-based work, narrative, print, and installation. Situated within a dynamic and interdisciplinary BFA program, the VCD department offers a broad range of courses in design principles, issues, theory, methodologies, processes, technology, and practices that reflect on the expanded landscape of the field. The VCD department also offers a robust and highly competitive Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA) and a Post-Baccalaureate MFA (PMFA) program. Faculty advise graduate students in one-on-one tutorials to develop a diverse range of visual thesis work challenging the boundaries of art and design. The department has five full-time faculty and more than 25 part-time faculty with a broad range of expertise. Further information about the department can be found at the department's homepage.

Responsibilities

Full-time faculty in VCD teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. VCD faculty impart to their students a progressive awareness of the changing and interrelated roles of representations, objects, environments, interactions, and media. Faculty maintain an active and recognized professional practice of client-initiated or self-initiated design development and/or academic research investigations. Full-time faculty provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

Qualifications

A terminal degree in visual communication/graphic design or other relevant field of study. Teaching experience is preferred. The candidate’s creative activity may address social, structural, or cultural issues within the broad spectrum of visual communication design, ranging from cyberspace to public space to print. Areas of expertise may include diverse content structures (narrative, informational, or interpretive strategies), interaction (digitally-interactive or physically interactive communication architectures), and content formats (screens, pages, objects, or environments). The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and design practices in the field. 

Application Procedures

By or before Monday, January 8, 2018 please submit application materials via SAIC Slideroom. You will be asked to create an account; after which time, you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for:educational background, current position, and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include:

cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé or curriculum vitae; statement of research and/or practice; statement of teaching philosophy (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment); and documentation of professional work. OPTIONAL: separate documentation of students’ work, if available. 

Questions

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 for information on the School and its programs, or saic.edu/about/jobsatsaic for open positions and application procedures. 

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Full-Time Faculty Position in English/Coordinator of the First-Year Seminar Program in the Department of Liberal Arts

The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2018. The ideal candidate has expertise in literature and will coordinate the Liberal Arts Department’s foundational writing courses: First Year Seminar I & II (FYS). Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Program Profile

The Department of Liberal Arts is one of twenty-three departments at SAIC. Liberal Arts provides the academic foundation for student success at SAIC. The department is chaired by a full-time faculty member, with 14 full-time faculty and over 100 part-time faculty.  It offers 400 courses each year, primarily to undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Liberal Arts’ main content areas include English (First Year Seminar), humanities, natural science, social sciences, foreign languages, English for international students, and the Academic Access Program. Further information about the department can be found on the department's homepage.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will coordinate the Liberal Arts Department’s foundational writing courses: First Year Seminar I & II (FYS). Participation in the revision of the first year writing curriculum and eventual leadership of the FYS Program is expected. Teaching duties will include at least two courses per year in the First Year Seminar sequence, as well as upper-level humanities courses in literature based on individual research expertise and teaching interests. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

Qualifications

PhD in English preferred. All subfields of English and Anglophone literature are welcome to apply. The department seeks a scholar with a strong background in writing pedagogy. Significant teaching experience is preferred, including experience in teaching first year writing courses such as topics-based expository writing seminars and/or introductory composition courses. Expertise teaching in interdisciplinary first year writing courses is preferred. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and practices in the field of literature and introductory writing instruction.

Application Procedures

On or before November 1, 2017, please submit application materials via SAIC Slideroom. You will be asked to create an account; after which time, you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background, current position, and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé or curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment); one to three samples of course syllabi; and sample(s) of scholarly writing (combined maximum of 30 pages).

Questions

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult our website for information on the School and its programs, or visit Jobs at SAIC for open positions and application procedures.

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Full-Time Faculty Position in the Department of Liberal Arts

The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for full-time, tenured, or tenure-track faculty positions beginning August 2018. We seek interdisciplinary scholars whose research and courses engage two or more of the Liberal Arts Department’s main content areas: humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Candidates pursuing interdisciplinary work are welcome to apply. The department has special interest in religious studies, science & technology studies, economic studies, and geographical studies, but is also open to those working in Disability Studies, Food Studies, Animal Studies, and other interdisciplinary humanities fields. As interdisciplinary scholars, the candidate’s research/writing will also explicitly address the nature and methods of inter/trans/cross disciplinary modes of inquiry. The department has a strong preference for scholars conducting research in geographical regions outside North America. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, current academic research extent of teaching experience and current professional standing.

Program Profile

The Department of Liberal Arts is one of 23 departments at SAIC. Liberal Arts provides the academic foundation for student success at SAIC. The department is chaired by a full-time faculty member, with 14 full-time faculty and over 100 part-time faculty. It offers 400 courses each year, primarily to undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Liberal Arts’ main content areas include First Year Seminar, humanities, social sciences, natural science, foreign languages, English for international students, and the Academic Access Program. Further information can be found at the Department’s homepage.

Responsibilities

Full-time faculty in the Liberal Arts Department teach and advise undergraduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. This includes offering undergraduate liberal arts courses across their range of expertise, as well as upper level courses on interdisciplinary research methods. The department also seeks candidates with interest in teaching SAIC’s innovative Studio Symposium courses, in which Liberal Arts faculty team with faculty in the areas of fine art and design to develop a six-credit course. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

Qualifications

PhD in an academic field is required. A significant record of college/university teaching experience as well as a record of robust and ongoing scholarship is required. Successful applicants will demonstrate outstanding communications skills and a talent for teaching. Ideal candidates will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing perspectives, ways of thinking, and/or unique sets of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and practices in their fields of expertise.

Application Procedures

On or before November 1, 2017, please submit application materials via SAIC Slideroom. You will be asked to create an account; after which time, you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include:

Cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé or curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment); statement of research and practice; and sample(s) of scholarly writing (combined maximum of 30 pages).

Questions

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult our website for information on the School and its programs, or visit Jobs at SAIC for open positions and application procedures.

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Full-Time Faculty Position in Fiber and Material Studies

The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured. or tenure-track faculty position beginning August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions, and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Program Profile

The Department of Fiber and Material Studies emphasizes the production of textiles and fiber arts within a contemporary art context and is supported by current theoretical discourse. Students study a vast range of textile constructions, surface techniques, and processes, including weaving, print, dye, stitch, soft sculpture, felting, knitting, crochet, spinning, collage, and embellishment. Our studios feature analog and digital equipment; students engage in thinking and working with hand processes while incorporating digital technologies and computer-assisted approaches to making. The department currently has six full-time and 16 part-time faculty. It has up to 20 dedicated MFA students, and over 750 undergraduate enrollments in 60 courses each academic year. In addition, SAIC is affiliated with the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, which offers a comprehensive collection of textiles, fiber, and contemporary art. Further information about the department can be found at the Department’s website.

Responsibilities

Full-time faculty in Fiber and Material Studies teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

Qualifications

An MFA or equivalent terminal degree is preferred. Candidates with a nationally/internationally recognized studio practice and strong exhibition record and/or accomplishments within their field of cultural production preferred.  The candidate should be well versed in historical and critical dialogue as related to the field of fiber and material studies within a broader contemporary art and cultural discourse. Knowledge of world textile history is highly desirable. The Fiber and Material Studies Department seeks candidates with a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the college level or its equivalent, and who can teach both analog and digital technologies within one or more of the following areas: print, textile construction, sculpture, and weaving. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and practices in the field.

Application Procedures

On or before January 8, 2018 please submit application materials via SAIC Slideroom. You will be asked to create an account; after which time, you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé or curriculum vitae; artist statement; statement of teaching philosophy (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment); documentation of professional work; and two examples of course syllabi taught. Please also submit separate documentation of students’ work, if available.

Questions

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult our website for information on the School and its programs, or visit Jobs at SAIC for open positions and application procedures.

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Full-Time Faculty Position in the Department of Contemporary Practices

The Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for full-time, tenured, or tenure-track faculty positions, beginning August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, extent of teaching experience, current academic research, and professional standing. The department seeks candidates who have a critically recognized practice and are committed to contemporary art and design education for undergraduate students—particularly first-year and undergraduate transfer students.

Program Profile

The Department of Contemporary Practices provides an intensive introduction to contemporary art and design practices, and is part of the required curriculum for freshmen and undergraduate transfer students.  The department’s curriculum develops critical thinking, studio skills, collaborative learning strategies, and a broad understanding of contemporary art and design across diverse media. Students are introduced to a wide range of materials, skills, and concepts as well as a range of possible art and design practices. Faculty work with students in transitioning into SAIC and preparing for their future studies at the School. The Department of Contemporary Practices has evolved from a more traditional foundations program and is continually evaluating and assessing what a truly contemporary first-year required curriculum in the arts should be. The department has over 850 students and 75 faculty, including 11 full-time faculty. Further information about the department can be found at the Department’s website.

Responsibilities

Full-time faculty in the Department of Contemporary Practices teach and advise undergraduate students within the context of an interdisciplinary art and design school. Contemporary Practices faculty teach at least four courses within the department and may teach up to two courses in other departments. They must engage with work across a wide range of disciplines. All Contemporary Practices faculty participate in new student orientation, co-teach in the Core Studio courses, and partner with academic advisors in the Research Studio I course. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction in administrative roles on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

Qualifications

An MFA or a terminal degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. Significant teaching experience is required, particularly at the undergraduate level. Applicants should have experience teaching courses related to art, design, and/or digital technology in relation to contemporary art and design. The candidate’s prior experience should demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others to build strong and innovative programs and initiatives.  All candidates should demonstrate a commitment to foundational and or introductory level arts education. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations in art and design.

Priority will be given to candidates whose practice and/or pedagogy are in the following areas:

Application Procedures

On or before January 5, 2018 please submit application materials via SAIC Slideroom. You will be asked to create an account; after which time, you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé or curriculum vitae; statement of research and practice; statement of teaching philosophy (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment); documentation of professional work; and two examples of course syllabi, including at least two project assignments.

Questions

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult our website for information on the School and its programs, or visit Jobs at SAIC for open positions and application procedures.

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Full-Time Faculty Position in Ceramics

The Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position beginning in August 2018. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

 Dedicated to the innovation and investigation of ceramics in a contemporary art context, the department seeks artists who embrace the medium of ceramics to complement the current faculty’s wide range of specializations. Areas of expertise may include: sculpture, craft and objects, 3-D digital fabrication/rapid prototyping, vessel making, installation, architecture, ornamentation, utility and function, and painting and ceramics. Candidates should display interest in digital technology as well as ceramics history and theory.

Program Profile

The Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a model of interdisciplinary investigation where art, design, and craft are the fields of research and innovation. Drawing from a wealth of technical and cultural traditions as well as from high-tech industrial applications, the department engages in a study and practice of ceramics that is unique and urgently contemporary.                                                            

The Department of Ceramics is one of twenty-three departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is administered by a full-time faculty member as chair. The department offers 30 undergraduate courses each academic year as part of the School’s comprehensive, interdisciplinary BFA program, and supports nine graduate students who work with faculty through Graduate Projects—individual tutorial sessions. There are currently two full-time faculty, a full-time visiting artist, and six part-time faculty teaching in the department. Further information about the department can be found at the Department's website.

Responsibilities

Full-time faculty in the Department of Ceramics teach undergraduate ceramics classes and advise graduate students within the context of an interdisciplinary art and design school. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.

Qualifications

An MFA or a terminal degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. Three to five years of college-level teaching experience preferred. The successful candidate will be an accomplished, versatile artist with expertise in contemporary approaches, concepts, techniques, and critical issues as they pertain to ceramics and art in general. Demonstrable skills and techniques should be thoroughly integrated into the conceptual frameworks of professional practice. The ability to communicate with students on multiple levels, and eagerness to teach and develop both graduate and undergraduate programs is essential. Candidates will be interested and able to engage in future curricular and facilities planning as an aspect of the ongoing conversation about the evolution and future of the discipline. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or a unique set of experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and design practices in the field.

Application Procedures

On or before January 6, 2018 please submit application materials via SAIC Slideroom. You will be asked to create an account; after which time, you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; résumé or curriculum vitae; a statement of research and practice; statement of teaching philosophy (please include your thoughts on teaching to a diverse body and creating an inclusive learning environment); sample syllabi; and documentation of professional work

Questions

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu. Please consult our website for information on the School and its programs, or visit Jobs at SAIC for open positions and application procedures.

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ABOUT SAIC

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 a transdisciplinary 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 campus is located on Chicago’s magnificent lakefront amid the city’s cultural and architectural treasures.

The School currently enrolls 3,500 students in 15 studio departments and eight academic departments. There are 153 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 693 adjunct and part-time faculty supported by 300 staff.

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


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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
Lumturije "Luma" Asanoski, Title IX Coordinator, 116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60603, 312.629.4165lasanoski@saic.edu

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, 312.629.6800, fdublon@saic.edu

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.