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Seeking Assistant Professor of Painting in the Department of Visual Arts at University of Chicago

Application deadline: October 31, 2022

Position description

The Department of Visual Arts is accepting submissions from working artists who are knowledgeable about current painting concerns in order to fill the position of Assistant Professor on the faculty. The chosen applicant will work alongside other DOVA professors in developing curricula, academic advising of students in a range of media, and other committee work. They will be assigned as Assistant Professors on the tenure track. The post is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2023, or as soon as is practicable after that date.

The chosen applicant will work in a department where the faculty members have active careers with both national and international reach. In order to foster collaborative debates within the intellectual climate of the University, the department places a strong emphasis on interaction with work that goes beyond one’s own and participation in discussions with academics both within and outside of the visual arts.

All of the department’s professors deal with a variety of undergraduate and graduate students, from those who are entirely unprepared in our foundational courses to those who need advice on advanced projects involving many media. The topics covered in courses might range from more sophisticated intellectually and philosophically inclined issues to an introductory lesson with an emphasis on technique.

It is the responsibility of all university departments and institutes to hire faculty members with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, to foster an inclusive community that values freedom of expression, and to welcome and support all of its members.

Required: an MFA degree. A national and/or international exhibition and publication history. Preferred: previous teaching experience specializing in painting and/or art at the university level with ability to teach across art and other disciplines.

Application instructions
To apply, the following materials must be submitted to the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website by October 31, 2022 at midnight eastern time:
–A cover letter that includes a clear and compelling articulation of how the applicant’s work engages its form. What are your ambitions for your work? How does the work engage areas of emphasis for this position? The strong candidate’s work will be compelling, accomplished, and full of potential for ongoing growth and development.
–A current curriculum vitae containing name, phone, email, mailing address, website (if applicable), as well as education, residencies, exhibition, and publications.
–An artist statement.
–15 to 20 samples of work, gathered together in a single PDF. Please include titles and a materials list along with the images.
–Contact information for three recommenders who may be asked to provide letters on behalf of your application.

Only complete applications can be considered. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials following the initial review of applications. Please contact alisonll [​at​] with any questions about the position. Positions is contingent on final budgetary approval.

Equal employment opportunity statement

Faculty are looking for a varied group of applicants who want to be a part of a community that values rigorous inquiry highly and welcomes a variety of viewpoints, experiences, groups of people, and ideas to inspire intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are here.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer, which means that it does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected class. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call T 773 834 3988 or email equalopportunity [​at​] with their request.

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
University of Chicago
915 E 60th Street
60637 Chicago, IL