November 28, 2013

Call for applications: Assistant Professor in Public Arts, Social Justice, and Culture

University of Illinois at Chicago
Cover of John Dewey’s Art as Experience, 1980. New York, New
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The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for an artist at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track) specializing in public arts, social justice and culture, beginning August 2014.

The position will be within the School of Art & Art History with a potential to have 25% of the appointment in a unit related to the candidate’s interdisciplinary work. The appointment is part of the newly created Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster, an initiative of UIC’s Chancellor.

We seek applicants with an active, creative interdisciplinary research and praxis agenda that might include but is not limited to the practice and study of socially engaged, spatial, and/or relational art. We especially seek candidates whose work demonstrates an innovative approach to civically engaged art projects that bridge communities across boundaries of difference in the struggle for social justice. Faculty responsibilities will include teaching studio courses and/or seminars at all levels of curriculum within applicant’s area of expertise, undergraduate and graduate advising, contributing to shared and cross-disciplinary dialogue and critique with faculty and students, and a commitment to acting as a catalyst for diversity and cultural invigoration on our urban campus, which could include developing collaborative projects with other faculty members across the College and/or University.

The School of Art & Art History offers a MFA and BFA, as well as a MA and PhD in Art History, and an MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies. Gallery 400, a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, a national historic landmark focused on activism and social justice, are resources and potential spaces for this artist-scholar to engage with in their research and practice while at UIC.

MFA, PhD or equivalent required. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary scholars who can complement the work of research on campus, have an active research agenda in public arts, and are experienced in engaging diverse communities in the arts.

To apply, applicants should submit materials electronically on two websites.

Submit items 1, 2, 3 here.
Submit all items as a single PDF here.

1. Letter of application that describes their teaching philosophy
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. Contact information for three professional references
4. Studio Arts faculty: 20 examples of personal creative work
5. Studio Arts faculty: artist statement

Complete applications must be submitted by January 15, 2014.


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