The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) seeks exceptional artists for one or more full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Photography, beginning August 2014. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions, and are commensurate with the candidate’s quality of scholarship or practice, teaching experience, and current professional standing.
About the Photography Department
Students use a broad range of media and methods with an emphasis on individual practice, research, and historical precedents, preparing them to become independent, self-directed artists, scholars and citizens. Through its policies and pedagogy, the department establishes a learning environment that values respectful questioning and creative subversion that facilitates the process by which students become active participants in the transformation of material and intellectual culture. The School’s structural and educational openness encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning within and across the lines of traditional disciplines. Models of civic and social engagement set examples for students’ guided construction of themselves as global citizens in a world of intensifying diversity.
The Department fosters these attitudes and outcomes through a multidisciplinary, multicultural curriculum, self-initiated individual projects, students’ active participation in visual, aesthetic and intellectual research, and immersion in a culture of public critique of one’s own and other’s creative work in an atmosphere of supportive challenge. The faculty aspire toward integrative, critical thinking, and the dynamic actions such thinking fosters.
Successful candidates will have expertise in all or most technical aspects of digital and analog photography, with a comprehensive knowledge of photographic history. They will demonstrate the ability to teach both theory and practice in a fine art and design context, and to participate in curricular initiatives and strategic planning for the department. The ability to communicate with both graduate and undergraduate students on multiple levels is essential, as is the interest to participate in an ongoing conversation about curriculum and the evolution and future of the discipline within the department and the art world. Candidates are expected to contribute intellectual leadership to a diverse studio department, and might also provide innovative approaches to collaboration, teaching, community engagement, technology, or other aspects of new photographic practices.
The ideal candidates will have an expansive understanding of contemporary approaches to the medium, conceptual and critical issues relevant to contemporary art, and be a complement to the current faculty’s wide range of established and new genre practices. Opportunities to expand current department offerings might include but are not limited to web and/or new media production, contemporary discourses of the body, gender, and race, experience with the science of photography, as well as engagement with community, social, and relational practices.
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Additional Salary Information: Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions, and are commensurate with the candidate’s quality of scholarship or practice, teaching experience, and current professional standing.