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Deadline: October 01, 2016
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor/assistant director for its Low-Residency MFA Program, starting Fall 2017.The successful candidate will take an active role in the administration of the Low-Residency MFA Program throughout the academic year as well as act as a core faculty member during the Summer Intensive term. Preference will be given to applicants whose artistic practice engages with computational art, creative coding, or software studies and whose pedagogy informs the potentials of online education. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with level and output of production, scholarship, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing. The ideal candidate will offer a distinct approach to the diverse range of media, practices, and students in the program and 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 artistic practices in their field.
The Low-Residency MFA Program at SAIC enrolls a total of 105 students in its three-year program, with students pursuing artistic, writing, and critical practices in an interdisciplinary environment. Some twenty faculty members from SAIC serve as the program’s core faculty along with a robust program of visiting artists. Recent visiting artists have included Yvonne Rainer, Glenn Ligon, Eileen Myles, Zoe Leonard, Sarah Fraser, Wu Tsang, and Rodney McMillan. Students are on campus every summer for a 6-week intensive term in June and July and, throughout the year, take courses online and advise with an international network of studio mentors. For further information, see http://www.saic.edu/academics/graduatedegrees/lowresmfa/
This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position with a percentage of the teaching contract initially devoted to administrative duties associated with the role of assistant director. The assistant director assignment will be reviewed for renewal in the fourth year. In addition to serving as core faculty in the Summer term, the successful candidate will also have regular administrative responsibilities on campus in the Fall and Spring terms during the academic year and the ability to teach in the academic year curriculum. They will be an active participant in the education of MFA students and may offer studio courses and/or individual advising. In addition, they will take a leadership role in the coordination of resources and faculty for a geographically disparate student body, and they will facilitate student learning by playing an on-going role in the program’s curricular functioning and assessment. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to professional recognition and excellence in teaching. A sustained and expanding record of exhibitions or other relevant public engagements is expected of the successful applicant.
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 trans-disciplinary 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 3,590 students in 15 studio departments and 8 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; BA degrees in Art History and in Visual and Critical Studies; Master of Architecture; Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects; MDes in Fashion, Body, and Garment; MFA in Studio or Writing; 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.
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:
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Skills & Qualifications:
MFA or other terminal degree in a related field with some teaching experience is preferred. Applicants should have an active creative practice and a strong national or international exhibition record, and must demonstrate a commitment to outstanding teaching and service. Applicants with experience in the administration of graduate degree programs and/or in distance/low-residency art education are encouraged to apply.
By or before Monday, October 1, 2016, please submit application materials at http://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. No late 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 interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; artist statement; statement of teaching philosophy; and portfolio of creative work and support materials or other documents as appropriate.
Questions regarding the School and its open positions,application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consult www.saic.edu for information on the School and its programs, or www.saic.edu/about/jobsatsaic for open positions and application procedures.