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Full-time Faculty Position in Fashion Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Date Posted Aug. 22, 2018
Title Full-time Faculty Position in Fashion Design
University School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States
Department Fashion
Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design
    Fine Arts - General

The Department of Fashion Design 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.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fashion Department provides a unique, interdisciplinary experience that challenges students to develop a personal vision in their work. SAIC fashion students benefit from a rigorous artistic and professionally oriented curriculum. Offering two undergraduate pathways, a post-baccalaureate program, and a Master of Design Degree in Fashion, Body and Garment, the department serves students at different stages of their academic progression in engaging fashion as a creative medium. Further information about the department can be found at:

Full-time faculty in the Fashion Design department teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. Faculty teach in the integrated design and construction core curriculum, as well as in courses emphasizing conceptual approaches, craft-based investigation, digital advances in fashion, and the intersection of art and design. Faculty support and guide students through the year-end capstone fashion show and exhibition experiences, as well as 2D and 3D photo- and video shoots for editorial, branding, documentation, and digital portfolio development. Full-time faculty also participate in the SAIC community through ongoing curricular development, and departmental administration and school governance.

A master’s degree in Fashion Design, or a terminal degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. Significant teaching experience is preferred. The Fashion Design department seeks candidates with extensive experience in the fashion design field, which may include: a body of work relevant to contemporary fashion; a record of publishing that has showcased the candidate’s work and vision; active involvement in the intersection of art and fashion; development of new techniques that advance the craft of fashion design; and a unique cross-section of fashion design with other fields and/or practices. 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 should demonstrate their experience with, or aptitude for, departmental administration.

On or before January 15th, 2019 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 research and practice; documentation of a selection of professional work; statement of teaching philosophy, including details on how your teaching has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, gender, and/or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field; 3 examples of course syllabi ; and separate documentation of a selection of students’ work, if available.

Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to Please consult for information on the School and its programs, or for open positions and application procedures.

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.

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  • Office of Faculty Affairs
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL 60603


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