Free open Job in North, South & Central America Tenured or Tenure-Track Position in the Department of Visual Communication Design at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Department of Visual Communication Design (VCD) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2020. Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions and are commensurate with quality of practice, scholarship, academic research, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing. Further information about the department of Visual Communication Design can be found at:


Faculty in the Visual Communication Design Department teach and advise undergraduate and graduate students within the interdisciplinary art and design school environment of SAIC. VCD faculty impart to their students a progressive awareness of the changing and interrelated roles of representation, objects, environments, audiences, interactions, and media. They maintain an active and recognized professional practice of client-initiated or self-initiated design development and/or academic research investigations. The faculty member will teach in areas that contribute to the general goals of the department as well as in their area of specialization; 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.


A terminal degree in visual communication/graphic design or other relevant field of study is preferred. Significant teaching experience is preferred. An active art/design practice is required, industry experience is preferred. We welcome applications from candidates who are beginning their academic careers, those seeking to transition from a career in industry, as well as experienced faculty within Visual Communication Design and related disciplines. The ideal candidate’s creative activity will address social, structural, and/or cultural issues within the broad spectrum of visual communication design, ranging from cyberspace to public space to print. Areas of expertise may include diverse content structures (narrative, informational, or interpretive strategies), interaction (digitally-interactive or physically-interactive communication architectures), and content formats (screens, pages, objects, or environments). 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. 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.

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On or before January 6, 2020 please submit application materials via 


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