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Employment at SAIC

Employment at SAIC

Our world-class art and design school flourishes as a result of our passionate, talented staff and faculty––people who think creatively, drawing from their own unique experiences to forge fresh insights, innovative ideas, and ambitious goals for the future.

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe in a culture that benefits from a wide range of experience, backgrounds, and career paths, and we encourage nontraditional candidates to apply. All faculty and staff must embrace the School’s commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable institution.

We strive to attract, engage, and grow with our talented staff and faculty.

We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package*—including:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Generous parental, caregiver, and medical leave benefits
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9 percent employer contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

*Part-time benefits may vary

Please note: This communication is intended to provide only basic plan information—not all the details. For more detailed information, please refer to the appropriate Summary Plan Descriptions. Every attempt was made to make this communication as accurate as possible. However, if a discrepancy exists between this communication and the official plan documents, the plan documents will govern.

Staff Employment

Whether you’re an external applicant or a current staff member, we encourage you to review our current job openings. 

External Applicants

If you are not currently employed by the Art Institute of Chicago, you’ll find a full list of open positions here. There you will also be able to:

  • Search and apply for career opportunities now or in the future
  • Create a new user account and profile
  • Upload and save your résumé/cover letter to your account to use when applying to other positions in the future
     

Current Employees

If you are currently part of the staff or faculty, you can see open positions by logging in to UKG with your user ID and password. This login info is the same as your institutional email username and password. Don’t have an ARTIC account or have forgotten it? Retrieve your login

Faculty Employment

Part-Time and Visiting Faculty Positions

Open positions for part-time or visiting faculty are posted to this page as they become available.

In addition, throughout the year the School accepts materials from artists, designers, and scholars seeking opportunities for part-time teaching. Materials are shared with the appropriate department(s) and a representative from the department will contact applicants if there is a need for part-time faculty and an interest in an applicant’s qualifications. 

Full-Time Faculty Positions

Open positions for full-time faculty are typically posted in late August/early September of each year. A search committee composed of faculty will review applications to identify semifinalists for remote interviews. From this pool, a select group of finalists will be invited to campus to give a public presentation of their work, participate in an interview with the search committee, interact with students, and discuss the position in detail with members of the SAIC community. The final candidate is typically identified in April and positions begin in mid-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.

Prior Workplace Conduct Declaration and Release Form

SAIC’s Policy on Prior Workplace Misconduct prohibits SAIC from hiring or appointing a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who does not complete and sign a Prior Workplace Conduct Declaration, disclosing information about prior substantiated findings of sexual misconduct and/or any uncompleted, planned, or ongoing investigations of sexual misconduct.

Questions

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to saicteach@saic.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

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. 

For 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.

Request for Accommodations

SAIC provides reasonable accommodations during the interview process for candidates with disabilities in adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you need an accommodation to participate in an interview, please contact Molly Roth Scranton, associate director of faculty affairs, at mscranton@saic.edu or 312.899.7472.

Degree tracks include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture with a Track in Interior Architecture
  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy
  • Master of Arts in Art Education Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies Master of Design Designed Objects
  • Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment Master of Fine Arts in Studio
  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation
  • Dual Degree: Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy and Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio

Part-time and Visiting Faculty Positions

 

Open Visiting Faculty Positions

SAIC does not have any open positions for full-time visiting faculty at this time. Please check back in the future for new positions which will be posted here as they become available.

Ongoing Submissions for Part-Time Teaching Opportunities

Throughout the year, SAIC accepts curriculum vitae and support materials from artists, designers, and scholars who are seeking part-time teaching positions in various areas. SAIC 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 qualifications and expertise. Racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, gender non-confirming individuals, veterans, and other candidates who have been historically under-represented in academia are encouraged to apply.

Materials are shared with the departments and kept on file for review. Department Chairs will contact an applicant if there is a need for part-time faculty and an interest in an applicant’s qualifications and expertise.

Click here to submit your materials for part-time teaching positions. 

For reference, SAIC departments and programs are as follows:

Studio departments:


Academic departments:


Other programs:

Applying For a Position

On or before the deadline for the position, please submit application materials via http://SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will be asked to create an account after which time you may complete the application comprised of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. Please see the individual job description for specific details about its application procedures.