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Maya Gopalan


The Department of Fashion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a Full-Time Visiting Artist, beginning August 2023.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Fashion Design provides a design program nested within a world-class interdisciplinary fine art school. SAIC fashion students benefit from a rigorous artistic and professionally oriented curriculum. Offering two undergraduate pathways, a post-baccalaureate program, and a Master of Fine Art Degree in Fashion, Body and Garment, the department serves students at different stages of their academic progression in engaging fashion as a creative medium. Students pursuing a specialization in fashion design engage in a sequenced fashion design studio course structure, while also participating in broad artistic practices across campus, both of which inform their creative development. The fashion design scaffold provides a holistic integration of design, construction, and communication within the studio course structure.

Further information about the department can be found at:


Full-time visiting faculty in the Department of Fashion Design teach and advise undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. Faculty teach in the integrated design and construction curriculum, as well as in courses emphasizing digital advances in fashion, conceptual approaches, craft-based investigation, and within the intersection of art and design. Faculty support and guide students through the year-end presentation experiences, such as installation or showcasing of their work, documentation of practice, as well as 2D and 3D photo- and video shoots for editorial, branding, documentation, and digital portfolio development.


A master’s degree in Fashion Design, or a terminal degree in a relevant field of study is preferred. College level teaching experience is preferred. The ideal candidate has an active and robust professional design or artistic practice, having developed and presented innovative fashion collections, either with a fashion house or under their own label, using an artistic approach to design. Candidates who are actively involved within the intersections of fashion design, art, and/or other fields or practices are encouraged to apply. We seek candidates with the knowledge and aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds and that 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 fashion. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants who have taught at SAIC within the past five years are ineligible.


Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, June 30, 2023, for full consideration. Please submit application materials via You will be asked to create an account after which time you may complete the application composed of fill-in fields and uploaded documents.

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
  • documentation of professional work
  • statement of research and practice
  • diversity statement
  • statement of teaching philosophy including your thoughts on teaching a diverse student population and creating an inclusive learning environment
  • two 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.

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.


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.

For information on notice of nondiscrimination, see the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 800.421.3481.


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

Contact Info:
Office of Faculty Affairs
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, Illinois