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Art Therapy Opportunity at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Published December 2, 2013



Art Therapy

Full-time, Tenured or Tenure-Track Position

Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2014


A full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in Art Therapy


August 2014



Commensurate with qualifications and experience



The Master of Arts in Art Therapy program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) invites applications for a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty position, beginning August 2014. Rank and salary are commensurate with professional experience, teaching, and current professional status.

The successful candidate will be an active participant in the department, with responsibilities that include teaching, advising, and directing master’s theses; contributing to the program and School through administrative duties and participation in committees; and ongoing engagement in scholarly, creative, and professional activities.


  • A minimum of master’s degree in Art Therapy and ATR-BC; doctoral degree preferred
  • Prior teaching, supervisory, and administrative experience preferred
  • Extensive professional experience as an art therapist
  • Demonstrated scholarly, studio and professional activity

The ideal candidate will have: a strong interest in art therapy research, social justice, critical theories of difference, and contemporary art theory/practice, as evidenced by research, scholarly writing, and/or art practice; a demonstrated interest in emerging forms of contemporary, culturally relevant art therapy education; a grounding in an interdisciplinary approach to art therapy practice and scholarship; and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across disciplines. Minority candidates and candidates with a commitment to the promotion of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.



By or before Monday, January 6, 2014, please submit application materials at You will be asked to create an account, and then complete the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged to apply for the position. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline, and once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for:

  • A cover letter stating your interests and qualifications
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • Contact information for three professional references

Required files to upload include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of art, professional practice, and scholarly writing sample.



A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, the School is one of the largest and oldest private schools of art and design in the country with programs reflecting current practices in art. SAIC’s educational philosophy is built upon a transdisciplinary approach to art and design that provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop their creative and critical abilities with renowned faculty who are leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its Modern Wing, and numerous special collections and programming venues that provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. The campus is located on Chicago’s magnificent lakefront amid the city’s cultural and architectural treasures.

The School currently enrolls 3,250 students in 15 studio departments and 8 academic departments. There are 150 full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty and visiting artists, and 500 adjunct and part-time faculty supported by 300 staff.

Degree tracks include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio; BFA with Emphasis in Art Education or Writing; BA in Art History and Visual and Critical Studies; BIA (Interior Architecture); Master of Architecture; Master of Design (MDes) in Designed Objects; MDes in Fashion, Body and Garment; MFA in Studio or Writing; MA degrees in Arts Administration; Art Education; Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Art Therapy; New Arts Journalism; Teaching; Visual and Critical Studies; and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation.


SAIC’s 60-credit Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program is focused on providing a comprehensive education that emphasizes development of the artist/art therapist, prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, and fosters critical engagement within social and cultural contexts. The program was established in 1981 and has been approved by the American Art Therapy Association since 1989. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has operated for over 130 years as a professional school of art and design connected to a world-class art museum.

The Art Therapy department, one of 23 departments at the School, offers the two-year Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree with an enrollment of 50 graduate students. The program currently has 3 full-time faculty and 20 part-time faculty who offer 60 courses each year, including extensive supervised fieldwork experiences.


Questions regarding the School and its open positions, application procedures, or the search process may be emailed to Please consult for information on the School and its programs, or for open positions and application procedures.


EOE: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is committed to creating a diverse community of faculty and students, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of their qualifications for the position without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender-related identity, marital status, parental status, military or formal military status, and any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.