WED – FRI: 11AM-5PM SAT: 12-4PM | or by advance appointment
WED – FRI: 11AM-5PM SAT: 12-4PM | or by advance appointment
Chicago Artists Coalition helps people connect with opportunities including calls for artists, jobs, grants, and art advising


Full-time ,
submitted by
Maya Gopalan


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


The Department of Photography offers over 60 courses yearly with approximately 600 enrollments and 16-20 dedicated MFA students. It embraces a diverse philosophy towards the discipline. We seek energetic and visionary practitioners actively engaged in extending the multiple traditions and emerging practices in the expanded field of contemporary photography. Students use a broad range of media and methods, emphasizing individual practice, research, and historical precedents. The Department prepares students to become independent, self-directed artists, scholars, and citizens. The department establishes a learning environment that values respectful questioning and creative subversion, facilitating the process by which our students become active participants in transforming material and intellectual culture. The School’s interdisciplinary openness challenges students to take responsibility for their learning within and across traditional disciplines. Models of civic and social engagement set examples for students’ guided construction of themselves as global citizens in a world of intensifying diversity. Further information about the department can be found at


Full-Time Visiting Artists in the Department of Photography teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. Candidates should possess expertise in analog and digital processes, be capable of teaching introductory to graduate-level courses across the curriculum and design a theme-based course based on their artistic practice and research.


Preferred qualifications for the position include holding an MFA or equivalent terminal degree and having at least one year of experience teaching at the college level. Candidates should also have an active studio practice and a comprehensive knowledge of photographic history. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in engaging with new and emerging themes in photography and possess a broad understanding of contemporary approaches to the field. Additionally, we seek energetic and visionary practitioners actively engaged in extending traditional and emerging practices and bringing diverse perspectives and ways of thinking in the expanded field of contemporary photography. The successful candidate should also be able to effectively teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students from various backgrounds. Applicants must be authorized to work legally 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 documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include:

  • a cover letter stating your interests and qualifications
  • resume or curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy including your thoughts on teaching a diverse student population and creating an inclusive learning environment
  • statement of research and practice
  • documentation of professional work
  • one example of course syllabi based on research/practice


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 country's largest and oldest private schools of art and design, with programs reflecting current art practices. SAIC's educational philosophy is built upon a transdisciplinary approach to art and design. It provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities with renowned faculty-leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago, its Modern Wing, and numerous special collections and programming venues providing 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 the school and the museum, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff and 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 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