Job Opportunities

Provost's Postgraduate Fellow or Assistant Professor - Visual Arts

The Department of Visual Arts seeks to hire an artist whose work addresses areas such as race, ethnicity, identity, deals with urban environments, the relationship between individuals and culture, issues surrounding nationality, tribalism, and belonging, or related issues. The Department seeks applicants whose intellectual and creative interests will lead to building collaborative conversation within the context of the intense and rigorous intellectual culture of the University. Our vibrant faculty all are engaged in active careers with national and international reach. The ability to engage with work past one's own, and to engage in discussion with faculty within and beyond the department is essential in our department. The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep commitment to their own art work and the interest and ability to communicate both within their specific disciplinary area as well as across a range of media.

The Department of Visual Arts values diversity. A goal of the search is to increase the diversity of the faculty so as to broaden and enrich the nature of the conversation amongst us all. We therefore welcome applicants from groups historically underrepresented in academia, such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native.
Successful candidates will be appointed either as an Assistant Professor, or as a Provost's Postgraduate Fellow with an initial two-year faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor, on the tenure track. Provost Fellows will teach one class per year, be assigned a faculty mentor, and participate in programming designed to help support them in their transition to Assistant Professor. Fellows will be invited to participate with other DOVA faculty in curriculum development, academic advising of students in a variety of media, and other committee work.  Provost's Fellows will ordinarily be promoted to Assistant Professor at the end of their 2-year term. A basic requirement for the position is an MFA degree awarded after June 30, 2014 and in hand by the start of the appointment.
To apply, the following materials must be submitted to the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website:

1.    A cover letter that includes a clear and compelling articulation of how the applicant's work engages its form. What are your ambitions for your work? How does the work engage areas of emphasis for this position? The strong candidate's work will be compelling, accomplished, and full of potential for ongoing growth and development.
2.    A current curriculum vitae containing name, phone, email, and mailing address and contact information for three references, and a statement addressing the applicant's teaching philosophy.  
3.    A statement addressing the applicant's approach to teaching.
In addition, Applicants must submit samples of work on SlideRoom at to be considered.  Applications will not be considered until all materials have been received.
Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. University positions are contingent upon budgetary approval.

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