The Department of Visual Communication Design (VCD) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) seeks a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty member beginning August 2014. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of scholarship, practice and current academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing. Full-time faculty are awarded an annual salary and medical, dental, and welfare benefits.
About the Department
Join a visual communication/graphic design program grounded in a critical approach to design through a variety of practices reflecting the expanded landscape of visual communication. One of the largest studio programs at SAIC, the VCD Department has seven full-time and more than 25 part-time faculty with a broad range of expertise. VCD offers a variety of curricular pathways for students within a dynamic, interdisciplinary BFA program, augmented by numerous electives within VCD and other studio and academic departments including design history and theory. VCD also has a robust Post-Baccalaureate MFA and MFA program. In assigned sections of graduate projects, faculty advise graduate students in one-on-one tutorials to develop a diverse range of visual thesis work challenging the boundaries of art and design.
Full-time faculty teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students in VCD, situated within an interdisciplinary art and design school environment; impart a progressive awareness of the changing, interrelated roles of representations, objects, environments, interactions, and media; maintain an active and recognized professional practice of client-initiated or self-initiated design development and/or academic research investigations; and participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development, department, and school governance. Faculty are expected maintain an active professional practice, and participate in the development of the department and in faculty governance of SAIC.
A terminal degree in visual communication/graphic design or other relevant field of study and teaching experience is preferred. The candidate's creative activity may address social, structural, or cultural issues within the broad spectrum of visual communication, ranging from web to public space to print. Areas of expertise may include diverse content structures (narrative, informational, or interpretative strategies), interaction (digitally-interactive or physically-interactive communication architectures), and content formats (screens, pages, objects, or environments).
By or before Monday, January 6, 2014 please submit an application at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination 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, and once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.
Complete the fields for: a cover letter stating your interests and qualifications; an artist statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information for three professional references. Required files to upload include: curriculum vitae; sample syllabi for an undergraduate studio course; and documentation of professional work, i.e. portfolio/support materials or other documents as appropriate.