• Deadline:
    Dec. 16, 2016, 12:12 p.m.
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois

The Department of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2017. The Sculpture Department embraces a broad definition of the discipline, and seeks energetic and visionary artists, actively engaged in extending the multiple traditions and emerging practices in the expanded field of contemporary sculpture. This position will be expected to contribute intellectual leadership to diverse academic departments and might also provide innovative approaches to interdepartmental collaboration, teaching, community engagement, technology, or other aspects of new sculptural practices. Opportunities to expand current department offerings might include but are not limited to: practical design/build techniques, spatial and locative media practices, 3-D digital fabrication, computational media as relevant to sculptural practices, contemporary discourses of the figure and body, sculptural abstraction, and/or experience with the science of new materials.

Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with level of practice, scholarship, and current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing. The ideal candidate will 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 practice in the field.

SAIC’s Sculpture department offers one of the largest, most comprehensive, and diverse programs of its kind in the country. The department is situated at the defining edge of contemporary practice and discourse, focusing its broad offerings through four curricular themes: Permanence and Ephemerality, Public Practice, Space and Place, and Systems.

We practice sculpture at its broadest level of meaning. Twentieth-century art practice opened up the spaces and materials of sculpture to those of the “real world,” and this breadth of vision and experience is reflected in the development of the curriculum and resources. We are committed on levels both international and deeply local to the development of an economically and culturally diverse context for the study of sculpture. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/sculpt/

Full-time faculty teach undergraduate and graduate level classes, studios, seminars, and graduate-level tutorials within the Sculpture department and also in collaboration with other relevant departments within the context of an interdisciplinary art school. Faculty are expected to maintain active professional practices and also participate in departmental and school-wide committees and service. The successful candidate must be capable of performing administrative duties, and provide vision and direction as the department chair on a rotating basis.

MFA or equivalent terminal degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years college-level teaching, or equivalent professional recognition in the field. The candidate will be an accomplished, versatile artist with expertise in contemporary approaches, concepts, and critical issues. In a department with teaching specialties ranging from foundry to greenhouses, the department seeks artists with a broad understanding of the field who also hold technical skills appropriate to their professional production. The ability to communicate with students on multiple levels, both graduate and undergraduate, will be essential, as well as interest in participating in an ongoing conversation about the evolution and future of the discipline, the department, and the school at large.

By or before Friday, December 16, 2016 please submit application materials at 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. 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 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 saicteach@saic.edu. 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.

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:

Title IX Coordinator
Michael Nicolai, Vice President for Human Resources, Human Resources Department, 116 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1200 Chicago, IL 60603, 312.629.9411, mnicolai@saic.edu

Section 504 Coordinator
Felice Dublon, PhD, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, The Office of Student Affairs, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1204, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.629.6800, fdublon@saic.edu.

For further 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.