Organization: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Category: Academic
Type: Full-time


Sep 24, 2019


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:


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:

• 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

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 Please consult 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


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,

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,

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



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 Faculty Affairs, Molly Scranton, at