Assistant Professor of Visual Arts

University of Chicago Humanities Collegiate Division


The Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago is now accepting applications for a four-year, non-renewable, postgraduate teaching appointment in Visual Arts as a Harper and Schmidt Fellow who holds the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor.  Collegiate Assistant Professors are members of the College Faculty whose primary responsibility is to teach in the Core Curriculum, the College’s general education program.

The position is open to artists in all disciplines and areas of specialization who will have completed all requirements for their MFA degree no later than August 31, 2023.  Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching as well as in their exhibition record.

Collegiate Assistant Professors usually teach two sections of Visual Language: On Images in each of three quarters (course description: There is also the opportunity to teach a self-designed class. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach two-dimensional art.

The Collegiate Assistant Professor will participate with other Department of Visual Arts faculty in curriculum development, academic advising of undergraduate students in a variety of media, and other committee work.

The Collegiate Assistant Professor will be a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts (see  Fellows are eligible for one quarter of research leave, typically in the Spring of the third year of appointment, and may be eligible to apply for a second research leave in the Spring of the fourth and final year of appointment. Additional benefits, based on eligibility, include a publication allowance and a childcare allowance.

The position comes with an annual salary, in 2023-24, of $80,166, carries full benefits, and an annual professional development fund of $6,250.  The start date for this teaching appointment is September 1, 2023.

Applicants should submit applications through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio website,  and upload the following materials:  a current curriculum vitae (including name, phone number, email address, and mailing address) a letter of application which includes a statement of teaching philosophy; a teaching portfolio that includes teaching evaluations (if available) and syllabi from previous courses; the names and contact information of three references who may be asked to submit recommendation letters at a later date; and 15 to 20 samples of work, gathered together in a single PDF (please include titles and a materials list along with the images).

Application deadline is October 31, 2022. Only completed applications will be considered.  The position is contingent upon budgetary approval.

This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement.

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