The Writing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position with a concentration in poetry beginning August 2019. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.
SAIC’s Writing Department, which offers BFAW and MFAW degrees, uses the studio art model to create a unique, interdisciplinary writing curriculum within one of the nation’s most influential colleges of art and design. Students in the Writing Department have a unique opportunity to explore both within and between genres, and to creatively connect with visual art practices throughout SAIC. In addition to developing distinct literary work, the interdisciplinary emphasis of the school galvanizes students to form collectives, small presses, storefront galleries, and theater groups that enrich the local, national, and international literary landscapes. The Writing Department draws on a distinguished core faculty with diverse artistic and intellectual concerns, and the wildly creative curriculum encourages exploration of the possibilities of hybrid work, new forms, and collaborative projects. Further information about the Department can be found at: saic.edu/academics/departments/writing.
Full-time faculty in the Writing Department teach and advise both undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. Full-time faculty responsibilities include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, graduate advising, and departmental administration. All faculty participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development and departmental administration and school governance.
PhD or MFA in creative writing/literary studies or a terminal degree in other relevant field of study is preferred. Significant teaching and some departmental administration experience is preferred. A substantial record of, and ongoing, professional publication and practice is required. SAIC is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute creative pedagogy with an expansive understanding of poetry and its intersections with other writing, art, and design practices. Candidates should have proven experience working productively with students from a broad range of aesthetic practices, cultural backgrounds, and intersecting genres. Candidates who can demonstrate experience with, or an aptitude for, departmental administration and curriculum development will be strongly considered. 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 conversation and creative practices in the field. We seek candidates with the knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds.
On or before December 15, 2018 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.
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 your interests and qualifications; resume or curriculum vitae; statement of creative practice; writing samples (including books, excerpts, online publications. Writing samples should not exceed a combined maximum of 30 pages.); other documentation of your creative work if relevant; statement of teaching/departmental administration philosophy, including details on how your teaching has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, gender and/or socio-economic backgrounds underrepresented in your academic field; documentation of your students’ work if available; three examples of course syllabi (please include examples for both undergraduate and graduate level courses).
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.
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 transdisciplinary 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 3,650 students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 173 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 630 adjunct and part-time faculty supported by 433 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 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; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.