The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2018. The ideal candidate has expertise in literature and will coordinate the Liberal Arts Department’s foundational writing courses: First Year Seminar I & II (FYS). Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, and current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.
The Department of Liberal Arts is one of twenty-three departments at SAIC. Liberal Arts provides the academic foundation for students’ success at SAIC. The department is chaired by a full-time faculty member with 14 full-time faculty and over 100 part-time faculty. It offers 400 courses each year, primarily to undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Liberal Arts’ main content areas include English (First Year Seminar), humanities, natural science, social sciences, foreign languages, English for international students, and the Academic Access Program. Further information about the department can be found at http://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/libarts/
The successful candidate will coordinate the Liberal Arts Department’s foundational writing courses: First Year Seminar I & II (FYS). Participation in the revision of the first year writing curriculum and eventual leadership of the FYS Program is expected. Teaching duties will include at least two courses per year in the First Year Seminar sequence, as well as upper-level humanities courses in literature based on individual research expertise and teaching interests. Full-time faculty must maintain an active professional practice, provide vision and direction as the Department Chair on a rotating basis, and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental and school governance.
PhD in English preferred. All sub-fields of English and Anglophone literature are welcome to apply. The department seeks a scholar with a strong background in writing pedagogy. Significant teaching experience is preferred, including experience in teaching first year writing courses such as topics-based expository writing seminars and/or introductory composition courses. Expertise teaching in interdisciplinary first year writing courses is preferred. 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 practices in the field of literature and introductory writing instruction.
On or before November 1, 2017, 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. 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.
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