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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Date Posted Sep. 5, 2023
University School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL, United States
Department Fiber and Material Studies
Application Deadline Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, January 12, 2024, for full consideration.
Position Start Date August 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design
    Art - General
    Fine Arts - General

The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in weaving, beginning in August of 2024. Salary is competitive with peer institutions and commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.


The Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is the largest and one of the most renowned contemporary fiber art programs in the world. Our curriculum emphasizes fiber and textiles within a contemporary art context, supported by current discourses within and beyond the discipline. Students study a vast range of 2D and 3D woven, surface, constructed, and stitch techniques, and our students often work in conjunction with sculptural, installation, photography, video, and performance media, as well as with critical and creative writing. The department typically has over 750 undergraduate enrollments in 60+ courses each academic year, with a graduate cohort of 20 MFA students from across the US and internationally. Our students are encouraged to push boundaries and embrace transdisciplinarity as appropriate to their practices and interests. Some students maintain a dedicated focus in fiber while others experiment across other disciplines and areas of the School. Many of our students are especially interested in critical race, decolonial, queer, trans, nonbinary, and disability justice frameworks as expressed through their work.

The department’s expansive and well-equipped studios feature analog and digital equipment, and students engage in thinking and working with hand processes while incorporating digital technologies and computer-assisted approaches to making. Offering over 10 classes per year, our dedicated weaving area occupies 2500 square feet and features three TC-2 digital jacquard looms, a dobby loom, approximately 35 (4-16 harness) floor looms, tapestry looms, back strap looms, and tabletop looms.

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Full-time faculty in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. The faculty member will teach in areas that contribute to the general goals of the department as well as in their area of specialization. They will 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. The successful candidate will teach primarily in the weaving area, with the possibility of teaching Intro to Fiber and Material Studies (Intro FMS), Graduate Projects, and/or other classes within their sphere of expertise. There may also be opportunities to develop new offerings at the undergraduate or graduate level.


An MFA or equivalent terminal degree in fiber, textiles, or another appropriate studio discipline is strongly preferred. Candidates must have a nationally/internationally recognized studio practice and strong exhibition record and/or accomplishments demonstrating future potential to meet the requirements of tenure. The Fiber and Material Studies Department seeks candidates with two to three years of teaching experience at the college level or equivalent teaching experience beyond the level of teaching assistantships is preferred. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in a broad range of weaving and warp dyeing techniques and be able to teach floor loom and jacquard weaving at the intermediate and advanced levels. Prior experience teaching intermediate and advanced floor loom and jacquard classes is preferred. Candidates must be able to teach analog and digital, and technical and conceptual skills; be well-versed in contemporary discourses on weaving; and be able to locate contemporary weaving within more expansive and diverse global and decolonial histories. Some knowledge of world textile history is highly desirable. Candidates should also have some knowledge of additional fiber skills which can include dyeing, printing, stitch, and/or construction techniques. Candidates should be well versed in historical and critical content related to the field of fiber and material studies within the broader contemporary art and design context. 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. 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.


Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, January 12, 2024, for full consideration. please submit application materials via You will be asked to create an account after which time you may complete the application, which consists of fill-in fields and required documents to  upload. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the priority deadline. Applications will not be accepted after February 12, 2024.

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 :

  • Cover letter stating your interests and qualifications
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Artist statement or statement of research and practice
  • Documentation of professional work
  • A list of your weaving skills and level (beginner, intermediate, expert). Please include technical knowledge of each weaving area: floor loom (4-16 harness), TC-2 digital jacquard, dobby, backstrap/card/tapestry
  • Two examples of weaving course syllabi
  • 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 field
  • Diversity statement

All applicants for this position must complete and sign a Prior Workplace Conduct Declaration as part of their initial application materials in order to be considered as a candidate and sign a release authorizing SAIC to conduct a misconduct reference check should the candidate ultimately be selected as a finalist for the position.


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.

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; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.

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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:

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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 Molly Roth Scranton, Associate Director of Faculty Affairs at

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    School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL 60603


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