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Assistant Professor - Painting

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
competitive salary + benefits
Posted Date
Aug 22, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Description

The Department of Visual Arts ( invites applications from practicing artists well-versed in contemporary issues of painting to join the faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be appointed as an Assistant Professor on the tenure track and will participate with other DOVA faculty in curriculum development, academic advising of students in a variety of media, and other committee work. The expected start date of the position is July 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The selected candidate will join a department whose faculty are engaged in active careers of national and international scope. The department emphasizes engagement with work that extends beyond one's own and participation in discussion with faculty within and beyond the visual arts to build collaborative conversations within the intellectual culture of the University.

All faculty in the department work with a range of undergraduate and graduate students, from the completely inexperienced in our core courses, to advising advanced students working across media. Courses may include an introductory class with a focus on technique, to more advanced conceptually- and philosophically-inclined topics.

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints, to cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression, and to welcoming and supporting all their 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:

  1. 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.
  2. A current curriculum vitae containing name, phone, email, mailing address, website (if applicable), as well as education, residencies, exhibition, and publications
  3. An artist statement
  4. 15 to 20 samples of work, gathered together in a single PDF. Please include titles and a materials list along with the images.
  5. 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 with any questions about the position. Positions is contingent on final budgetary approval.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. 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 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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