Faculty in Art Education, Endowed Professorship

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Art Education seeks a senior faculty member for an endowed professorship beginning in August 2015. Serving as Associate or Full professor of Art Education with potential to act as Chair of the department, this full-time tenured faculty member will play a key role in guiding a dynamic department committed to active research and excellence in teaching. With historical ties to the Art Institute of Chicago and other vibrant cultural sites across the city, the School has been a leader in developing art and design curricula for over a century.

The distinguished applicant will have the mature experience, well-honed leadership abilities, and expansive knowledge of the art education field necessary to guide a progressive department within an urban school of art and design. The curriculum includes K-12 art licensure, contemporary art and design, social practice, community theory and pedagogy, and museum education studies.

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

About the Department

The Department of Art Education, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by a full-time faculty member. Five full-time faculty and 10 part-time faculty offer 25 courses each year to undergraduate and graduate students through three degree programs. Two programs are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): the Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Art Education (BFAAE) and the 48-credit Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). The 36-hour Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) is focused on teaching within museums, communities, and alternative or informal settings and has no certification requirements.

SAIC's art education programs prepare students to become exemplary teachers, cultural workers, and practitioners of responsible and innovative art and design education who are committed to shaping socially responsive institutions and vibrant communities. Department faculty cultivate and maintain professional affiliations and successful community programmatic initiatives within the Chicago area; provide innovative leadership in the context of a leading urban art school; model innovative pedagogical practice; and work across the curriculum, demonstrating deep understanding of interdisciplinary practice.

Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach graduate and/or undergraduate seminars and lecture courses, develop new and refine existing curricula, supervise field work and thesis projects, and advise students seeking degrees in art education. Applicants should demonstrate previous administrative experience and be prepared to accept the role of Chair of the department during their tenure at SAIC. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to professional scholarly and/or creative production; represent the department in local, regional, and national professional forums; and provide service to the department, institution, and community.

Qualifications

Terminal degree required: MFA, EdD, or PhD. The ideal candidate is a seasoned artist-educator and/or scholar, and a productive professional with evidence of: excellence in teaching, especially at the college level; experience with diverse communities; engagement with international contemporary culture, social theory and critical citizenship; and administrative experience. Ideal candidates have a distinguished record of exhibitions and/or publications, innovative art education practice in schools, communities, and/or museum; and a clear commitment to broadening the impact of art and design education.

Application Procedure

By or before Monday, January 19, 2015, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination 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, as applicants can save and continue to work on the application until final submission. No late applications are accepted.

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

Please convert all word documents into PDFs. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; examples of course syllabi; and portfolio of creative work and/or scholarly writing.

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Full-Time Faculty in Art History—Modern and Contemporary Art in East Asia or Middle East (Open Rank)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) seeks a scholar of art produced in the context of East Asia or the Middle East during the late 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries. Starting in August 2015, this tenure-track or tenured, full-time faculty position will contribute to the global perspective of the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Preference will be given to candidates whose research is in dialogue with international or trans-geographic networks, is engaged with current debates in the discipline of art history, and is conversant with issues in contemporary art.

The ideal applicant will contribute a distinct and creative approach that does not duplicate the existing strengths of a department of fourteen full-time art historians specializing in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design. The successful candidate will join a department committed to an active research culture and excellence in teaching, while playing an important role in the dedicated degree programs in modern and contemporary art history that the department offers at both the MA and BA level.

About the Department

The Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by a full-time faculty member. Fourteen full-time faculty and 50 part-time faculty offer more than 200 courses each year to undergraduate and graduate students, including 30 dedicated MA students in Modern and Contemporary Art History. In addition, it houses its own undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Art History. more info

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the education of studio artists, curators, writers, architects, and arts professionals at the MFA, MA, and BFA levels; will lead graduate seminars and direct master's theses in Art History, teach undergraduate students in the BFA program in lecture classes, be a core faculty member for the Bachelor of Arts in Art History; and will contribute to the vibrant and creative culture of a research-oriented department in a prestigious art and design school. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to research, publication, and outstanding teaching.

Qualifications

PhD is required, with some teaching experience preferred. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality and output of scholarship, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Application Procedure

By or before Monday, December 15, 2014, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

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: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; and writing samples (combined maximum of 30 pages).

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Full-Time Faculty in Contemporary Practices

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to join its innovative Department of Contemporary Practices (CP) in August 2015. A required first year curriculum for 575 freshmen and a recommended curriculum for 275 first year transfer students annually, this program provides an intensive introduction to contemporary art and design practices. As the foundations program in an art and design school with an interdisciplinary focus and open studio curriculum (no majors), the CP program aims to develop studio production skills across diverse media. The curriculum provides hands-on learning that expands critical thinking skills and resourcefulness to prepare students for the wide range of media, courses, programs and interdisciplinary opportunities in SAIC's undergraduate degree program.

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

About the Department (Freshmen/First Year)

The Department of Contemporary Practices, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by a full-time faculty member, and offers 225 courses each year taught by 80 faculty.

Responsibilities

All full-time CP faculty teach in the department's team-taught Core Studios devoted to traditional and digital technologies and concepts in Surface/Space/Time, as well as the Research Studios that investigate thematic topics through an emphasis on research methodologies, iteration, critical inquiry, and project development. They also may teach up to two of their six courses per academic year in other areas of the school, as appropriate, on the undergraduate and/or graduate level. On the departmental level, full-time CP faculty participate in curricular development and assessment, organization of end-of-year exhibitions and publications, fulfill departmental/institutional service. At some point in their SAIC careers, full-time CP faculty will likely serve a rotation as the CP Director.

Qualifications

An MFA is required; however in rare circumstances the committee may consider candidates with a relevant undergraduate degree and exceptional professional experience. The ideal candidate is an exceptional teacher with an outstanding studio practice in art and/or design, an active and substantial professional record, and a vigorous interest in contemporary art and design, theory and criticism who will contribute to the vibrant and creative culture in a prestigious art school. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate in shaping a highly innovative and robust introductory level program in art and design that is in concert with SAIC's philosophy and in support of its interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programs; be well versed in historical and contemporary art and/or design practices and their effective use in first year pedagogy; be able to teach a wide range of Surface/Space/Time skills and concepts at the introductory level using both traditional and digital media; and have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty and staff as a colleague and/or manager.

Degree and three years of full-time experience or equivalent teaching in an introductory studio curriculum and one or more disciplinary studio area are required. Candidates whose teaching interests include the intersections of power, race, class, gender and/or sexuality are of particular interest to the search committee, as are those with experience in computer programming and/or physical computing.

Application Procedure

By or before Monday, December 1, 2014, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references, including one who can speak to leadership and administrative skills.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files include: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; résumé; artist's statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample syllabus for an introductory-level studio course; one-page list of analog and digital 2D, 3D, and 4D media, skills, and concepts the candidate is qualified to teach; evidence of successful leadership and/or administrative abilities; and portfolio/support materials as appropriate.

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Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design

The Fashion Design department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago seeks innovative, accomplished fashion designers and artists/practitioners with proficiency in the area of fashion design to advance its innovative curriculum that teaches students to make substantive contributions in the world of fashion and art.

The ideal candidate will teach fashion design and construction courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students in conceptual and technical development, support professional practice opportunities, participate in year-end student shows and exhibitions, and support the evolution of the department through service. The full-time tenured or tenure-track position begins August 2015.

About the Department

The Fashion Design department, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by one of three full-time faculty, 2 full-time visiting artists, and 20 part-time faculty that offer 60 undergraduate courses in spacious, state of the art classrooms. The department also supports a one-year Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and a two-year Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment degree with 30 dedicated students.

Sequential comprehensive design courses, seminars, studies in design history and theory, and electives from across the school support the development of student work.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will lead students in conceptual development, advance knowledge in new technologies in fashion construction and design imagery through seminars, studios, and tutorials.

All full-time faculty support the department through curricular development, administrative roles, student recruitment, and participation in the year-end runway shows. At some point in their careers, full-time faculty will likely serve a rotation as the department chair, and as such will provide leadership and direction to the curriculum and the department. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to an active professional studio practice and outstanding teaching.

Qualifications

A minimum of a bachelor's degree and three or more years teaching at the college-level is required; master-level degree and fashion industry experience preferred.

The ideal candidate has advanced studies in fashion and a global understanding of fashion design and its context in contemporary culture. An interdisciplinary approach to art and design is preferred.

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

Application Procedure

By Monday, January 12, 2015, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

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: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; résumé; artist/creative production statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample syllabi for an undergraduate course; and portfolio/evidence of current work/support materials as appropriate.

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Full-Time Faculty in Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2015. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience, teaching, and current professional status.

The department seeks candidates who are practicing artists with strong conceptual and historical grasps of contemporary issues in the field of experimental Media Art. Deeply addressing approaches as diverse as long-form Narrative Cinema to New Media Art, the department is looking for practicing artists who work directly in these fields. Film, Video, New Media, and Animation is committed to alternative forms and theory-practices.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach studio courses in a theory-practice context; to participate in curriculum development and review as well as forms of academic assessment; and to advise undergraduate and graduate students in an interdisciplinary fine arts context.

Qualifications

Applicants must have an active professional creative practice as a practicing artist with a significant exhibition record. The ideal candidate is committed to teaching media production and capable of creating a critical and inventive environment in the classroom. Applicants should be familiar with various methods of production—DIY to industry standards. A minimum of three years teaching experience at the college level is required. Terminal degree required-MFA or Master-level degree. In some cases, an undergraduate degree with commensurate experience will be considered.


Application Procedure

After September 8, and by or before Monday, December 15, 2014, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

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 include: cover letter stating interests and qualifications; résumé; artist statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of successful administrative and/or leadership abilities; sample syllabi for an undergraduate studio course; and portfolio/support materials as appropriate, i.e. video files uploaded to Slideroom or Vimeo links.

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Full-Time Faculty in Liberal Arts—Cultural Scholar and Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion

The Liberal Arts Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, hybrid faculty/administrative position to begin in the fall of 2015. The department seeks a scholar whose work involves issues of diversity, broadly defined, within or across one or more of a variety of disciplines, including literature, philosophy, religion, psychology, history, anthropology, and cultural studies.

The ideal candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching and to innovative research and writing. They must have a record of scholarly work that demonstrates a commitment to the subject of diversity, and a record of engagement with teaching that investigates and addresses similar issues.

About the Department

The Department of Liberal Arts, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by a full-time faculty member with 14 full-time faculty and over 100 part-time faculty that offers 200 courses each year, primarily to undergraduate students pursuing a BFA in Studio Art. Liberal Arts courses provide the intellectual foundation for success at the school and in students' continuing practice as artists and scholars. The department offers courses in English, the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science, and foreign languages, as well as English for International Students, and Academic Access, a probationary academic enrichment program.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the education of studio artists, writers, and arts professionals, primarily at the BFA levels; will be a core faculty member in Liberal Arts; and will contribute to the vibrant and creative culture in a prestigious art and design school. They will work with other department heads in building curricula, and should have a demonstrated record of working with colleagues from other disciplines, and in particular with those in art- and design-related fields.

The successful candidate will teach half-time—up to three courses each year in the Department of Liberal Arts—balanced with administrative duties for half of their contracted time, also reporting to the Dean of Faculty. Administrative responsibilities will involve development and assessment of themes of diversity and identity within the school's curriculum and other initiatives emerging from the school's Diversity Action Plan, promoting "diverse making, scholarship, and activity among all students, faculty, and staff." The successful candidate will also work closely with the Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion around extracurricular programming.

Qualifications

PhD and teaching experience are required. Some administrative or leadership experience is preferred. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to research, publication, and outstanding teaching. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality and output of scholarship, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Application Procedure

By or before Monday, December 15, 2014, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

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 include: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; and a sample of scholarly work (maximum of 30 pages).

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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/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 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 School currently enrolls 3500 students in 15 studio departments and 8 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; 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; MA degrees in Arts Administration and Policy; 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 School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse community of faculty and students, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender-related identity, marital status, parental status, military or formal military status, and any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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