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Scientist-in-Residence: Visiting Faculty Position in Environmental Science (Spring 2020 Semester)

The Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a Scientist-in-Residence visiting faculty position for the Spring Semester, beginning January 2020. SAIC seeks an active research scientist who works in the areas of Climate Science, Environmental Science, Sustainability, or Earth System Science. Salary is competitive with peer institutions and housing will be provided for the period of the residency (January 2020–May 2020).


The SAIC Scientist-in-Residence Program in the Liberal Arts Department aims to broaden interdisciplinary exchange and promote innovative science education for non-science audiences by bringing a leading researcher in a STEM field within an art/design school environment. The Scientist-in-Residence Program hosts the Conversations on Art and Science (CAS) event series that brings artists, scientists, and scholars to campus for lectures and panel discussions. Faculty and student projects, as well as experimental collaborative courses at the School, regularly bring artists and scientists into conversation with one another.

The Liberal Arts Department’s mission is based on the premise that engagement with the liberal arts and sciences fuels creative production, and vice versa. Our curriculum prepares students to understand and articulate the significance of what they produce; to critically engage ideas, arguments, and evidence on issues of concern across the globe; and to nurture lifelong habits of learning, curiosity, and discernment. Students will develop an appreciation for social and material contexts while learning to assess their own cultural standpoints. This means cultivating an awareness of their citizenship within an interconnected world, and recognizing the value inherent in a diversity of perspectives. Further information about the department can be found at


The Scientist-in-Residence teaches undergraduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. The Scientist-in-Residence will teach two sections of a science course of their own design, give a public lecture, will be available for weekly school-wide office hours, and serve on one end-of-semester critique panel for MFA students. The position is well suited to individuals who have some flexibility in their research work due to a career transition or sabbatical, or who are able to perform their own research on a part-time basis or remotely for the duration of the position.


A Ph.D. in Climate Science, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, or related fields is required. Candidates should have achieved substantial recognition for high quality research and teaching within their field (including an established publication record), and possess both passion and skill for sharing their understanding of scientific research with non-experts. For this residency period, those working within any subfield of environmental/climate science are invited to apply. 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.


On or before Friday, November 1, 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 two professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: resume or curriculum vitae; a brief summary of current research; a one to two-page statement of interest in interdisciplinary exchange with the art & design community; statement of teaching philosophy, including your thoughts on teaching to a diverse student body and creating an inclusive learning environment, as well as encouraging diversity across the curriculum; and a one-page description for a class you would like to teach.


Questions about this position, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to Please consult for information on the School and its programs.


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:

Title IX Coordinator

Lumaturije “Luma” Asanoski, 116 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.499.4165,

Section 504 Coordinator

Felice Dublon, PhD, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, The Office of Student Affairs, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1204, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.629.6800,

For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, see the Office for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Form 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 Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Molly Scranton, at

Contact Info:
Maya Gopalan
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, Illinois