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Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs Chicago, IL

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) seeks an academic leader to serve as its next Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs (dean of faculty). This is an outstanding opportunity for an engaging and effective academic leader at one of the world’s top institutions for art and design education.

Located in the heart of Chicago, a city defined by its rich diversity, distinctive architecture, and renowned public art, SAIC is one of the largest and most esteemed independent schools of art and design in the country, enrolling 3,589 degree-seeking students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Art Institute of Chicago contains both a world-class fine arts museum and a leading college of art and design, the latter of which is distinguished by its multidisciplinary approach to arts education. Cultivating creativity and innovation, SAIC’s faculty, students, and alumni extend the school’s influence on contemporary art and design throughout the United States and around the world.

Reporting directly to the provost, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and articulating a compelling vision of education at SAIC and championing this vision to key constituencies at the local and global level. The dean will oversee the quality and coordination of SAIC’s academic programs, research and professional practice activities, faculty diversity and inclusion efforts, and related administrative operations, in pursuit of maintaining SAIC’s high standards of teaching, scholarship, and creative production.

The new dean will recruit, support, and advocate for faculty, collaborating with colleagues to develop new curricular opportunities and faculty enrichment. The dean will sustain a productive educational environment that engages the interests of faculty, students, alumni, and partners within and beyond the institution. In addition, the successful candidate should have significant administrative and budgetary experience, demonstrate innovative thinking, an inclusive approach to academic leadership, and a strong record of achievement meriting a tenured appointment as a full professor in a field appropriate to one or more of SAIC’s departments.

All confidential inquiries, nominations, and resumes with cover letters should be directed electronically below. Ben Tobin is leading this search with Gregg Glover.

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.

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