The Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning in August of 2019. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.
Art and Technology Studies (ATS) curriculum focuses on the use of technology as an artistic medium. Works produced in the Art and Technology Studies Department are often time-based, interactive, immersive, and multi-sensory, and use hybrids of retro and cutting-edge technologies. In its current configuration, ATS teaches numerous courses in the following disciplines: programming, light, kinetics and electronics, audio, augmented reality, virtual reality and game design, bio art, and the history and theory of these disciplines. The department also teaches courses in exploratory areas that fall outside of these disciplines, such as poetic systems and olfactory art. The Department of Art and Technology Studies is chaired by a full-time faculty member with five full-time faculty and 15 part-time faculty. The department offers courses in the practice, history, and theory of art and technology. Further information about the department can be found at: www.saic.edu/academics/departments/art-and-technology-studies
Full-time faculty in the Department of Art and Technology Studies teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students of diverse backgrounds within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. This faculty position will provide leadership in one or more of the department’s areas of focus: bio art, gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality, kinetics, electronics, mechatronics and robotics, interactive and responsive art, emerging materials and digital fabrication, DIY, open source and community-based art, experimental visualization and object-making, light and neon, social and locative media, networks, and other technology-centered practices. The faculty member will teach in areas that contribute to the general goals of the department as well as in their area of specialization; take a leadership role in forging the future of the department; participate in student advising, admissions events, committee work, and special projects; contribute to the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development; and participate in departmental administration and school governance.
An MFA or a terminal degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. Significant teaching experience is preferred. The department seeks artists who work directly with new technologies, such as code, software, hardware, bio art, and/or various forms of emerging technologies. It is important that candidates demonstrate their integration of skills with a strong conceptual and historical grasp of contemporary issues in the intersecting worlds of art, science, technology, and new media. Given its position in an art school with an interdisciplinary focus, the Department of Art and Technology Studies is committed to alternative forms and practices that emphasize innovation. We recognize that current artistic practices combine media within several modes of exhibition, including but not limited to galleries, museums, theaters, festivals, podcasts, websites, workshops, and urban spaces. 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 practices in the field of Art and Technology Studies. We seek candidates with the knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates should demonstrate their experience with, or aptitude for, departmental administration.
On or before November 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.
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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.