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Tenure-Track Professor Position in Art Therapy at SAIC, Fall 2016

Published August 20, 2015

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is currently accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track Professor of Art Therapy position. The position is to begin in August 2016.

SAIC has published this further information about the position:

Full-Time Faculty Position in Art Therapy

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 2016. Rank and salary are commensurate with professional experience, teaching, and current professional status.

Program Profile

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 150 years as a professional school of art and design connected to a world-class art museum.

One of 23 academic, studio, and design departments at the School, the Master of Arts in Art Therapy is in transition from a 2-year to a 3-year model. The program currently has 3 full-time and 20 part-time faculty who offer 60 courses each year, including extensive supervised fieldwork experiences.


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


Required: Substantial human service experience as an art therapist; demonstrated scholarly, studio, and professional engagement; doctoral degree; ATR-BC. Prior teaching, supervisory, and administrative experience preferred.

In addition to a solid grounding in direct art therapy practice, the ideal candidate will demonstrate expertise as evidenced by research, scholarly writing, and/or art practice. Key areas of interest to the department include:

  • commitment to social justice
  • theories of difference, identity, and diversity
  • contemporary art theory and practice
  • innovative forms of culturally relevant art therapy education
  • interdisciplinary approaches to art therapy practice and scholarship
  • working collaboratively across disciplines

The ideal candidate also will contribute to the diversity of the School by bringing a perspective, way of thinking, and/or unique set of experiences that expands the intellectual conversation of the field.

Application Procedures

By or before Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 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. No applications may be submitted beyond the deadline for any reason.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: cover letter stating interests and qualifications; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; and portfolio of creative work and/or scholarly writing.