FULL-TIME FACULTY TEACHING POSITION IN FIBER AND MATERIAL STUDIES
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Fiber and Material
Studies announces a full-time, tenured or tenure track-position, beginning
August 2013. The department seeks candidates with accomplished studio practices
who are proficient in both hand and machine, and analog and digital
technologies as applied to textiles/fiber and material studies, preferably with
experience in Jacquard weaving. S/he will lead the curricular and pedagogical
direction of the weaving area. The ideal candidate should be versed in historic
and critical dialogue/theory as related to the field within a broader
contemporary art and cultural discourse. 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.
The Department of Fiber and Material Studies encourages an interdisciplinary
approach to the investigation of relationships among concept, materiality, and
process in contemporary art. Students use a broad range of media and methods
with emphasis on the integration of textile, fiber and material study
traditions, within an expanded contemporary art context. The department
currently has five full-time faculty and up to fifteen part-time faculty. It
has up to 20 dedicated MFA students, and over 750 undergraduate enrollments in
60 courses each year.
Responsibilities The successful candidate will teach undergraduate
and graduate students in an interdisciplinary art school, advise graduate
students in a tutorial environment, and maintain an active professional
practice. S/he must be capable of performing administrative duties and provide
vision and direction as the department chair on a rotating basis.
Qualifications The ideal candidate has an MFA, a
nationally/internationally recognized practice, a strong exhibition record
and/or is accomplished within his/her field of cultural production, and a
minimum of three years experience teaching at the college level or commensurate
Application Procedure By Monday, January 7, 2013 please
submit an application at saicfaculty.slideroom.com <http://SAICfaculty.slideroom.com/>
. You will be asked to create an account, then complete the application which
is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. Complete the fields
for contact information, educational background, and professional references.
Required files to upload include: a cover letter stating your interests and
qualifications; résumé; artist statement; a statement of teaching philosophy;
sample syllabi for an undergraduate studio course employing weave, print, or
material construction methods; a brief description of a graduate-level seminar;
and portfolio/support materials/visual documentation as appropriate.
Overview of SAIC's search process: After the submission deadline, a
search committee composed of faculty reviews applications to identify up to
20 semifinalists for telephone interviews (usually by February). From this
pool, a select group of three finalists are invited to campus to give a public
presentation of their work, interview with the search committee, interact with
students (both formally and informally), and discuss the position in detail
with the Dean of Faculty (in March and April). The final candidate is typically
identified by or before April. Positions begin in late August.
The School does not publish salaries, as each offer reflects the expertise,
qualifications, and unique experience of the candidate. The School's search
process typically concludes in the spring, and positions begin in late August.
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 3,000 students from
across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the school is one of the
largest 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.
Renowned faculty are leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources
include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing. Numerous special
collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional
exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. Multiple galleries on
campus provide students with opportunities to exhibit their work for
professional development. Extended partnerships with organizations and
institutions city-wide, provide students intern- and externships across
The School currently enrolls over 3,000 full-time, degree-seeking students in
15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 150 full-time
tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 500 adjunct and
part-time faculty supported by 300 staff.
Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio; BFA with Emphasis in
Art Education, Art History, or Writing; BA and MA in Visual and Critical
Studies; BIA (Interior Architecture); Master of Architecture; Master of Design
in Designed Objects or Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Fine Arts in Studio
or Writing; Master of Arts degrees in Arts Administration and Policy; Art
Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts
Journalism; Teaching; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.
EOE: 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 former
military status, and any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state,
or local law.