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The Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a two-year visiting faculty position, beginning August 2020.


The Arts Administration and Policy Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is structured around values that are central to the field of Arts Administration: collaboration, creative leadership, critical thinking, activism, and reflection. The department has a fundamental commitment to the practice of arts administration both within traditionally-defined arts institutions and also in sectors where culture and social justice intersect. The department embraces the interdisciplinary, experimental core of SAIC through integrated curriculum design, the merging of theory and practice, the development of new modalities and partnerships, and the combining of idealistic and inventive values with solid grounding in practical skills.

Student research within the Arts Administration and Policy Department at SAIC has long focused on the intersection of art and social change, most recently in areas of research and practice to include equity, racial justice, and the complex role of culture in economic development.

Further information about the department can be found at: http://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/arts-administration-and-policy


Full-time visiting faculty in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. The visiting faculty member will teach three courses each semester and be available to graduate students for advising. Depending on the visiting faculty member’s area(s) of expertise and experience, the full-time visiting faculty member will teach graduate-level classes in one or more of the following:

  • Leadership and Management within the context of the Management Studio curriculum. Further information about the Management Studio can be found at the following link: http://www.saic.edu/academics/departments/arts-administration-and-policy/management-studio
  • Cultural Policy Studies, especially in a global context
  • Digital practices in Arts Administration
  • Urban studies and planning
  • Community development practices, as they connect with cultural activity
  • Social justice and equity work through arts and culture

There may also be opportunities to develop elective course offerings, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, within the visiting faculty member’s area(s) of expertise.


A terminal degree in arts administration or a related field is preferred. Teaching experience at the college level 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 design practices in the field. We seek candidates with the knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates working in arts administration or tangent disciplines with the capacity and interest to shape, re-envision, and even revolutionize the very platforms and organizational mechanisms through which arts-inspired conversation and change can occur are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be a responsive, dialogic problem-solver whose work with art, artists, and audiences is mutually creative.


On or before February 15, 2020 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 teaching philosophy, including your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment, as well as encouraging diversity across the curriculum; statement of research and practice; documentation of professional work; separate documentation of students’ work (if available); 2-5 examples of course syllabi.


Questions about this position, 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.


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 3,640 students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 181 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 709 adjunct and part-time faculty.

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.


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

Lumaturije “Luma” Asanoski, 116 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.499.4165, lasonoski@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.


SAIC provides reasonable accommodations during the interview process for candidates with disabilities in adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you need an accommodation to participate in an interview, please contact Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Molly Scranton, at mscranton@saic.edu.

To apply for this job please visit SAICfaculty.slideroom.com.