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 experience.

Application Procedure: 
By Monday, January 7, 2013 please submit an application here.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 Chicago.

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.

Photo credit: Erin Minckley Chlaghmo, MFA 2012
Manifest Destiny, 2012
SAIC website

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