Teaching Fellow in the Visual Arts at The University of Chicago

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:


The Department of Visual Arts is accepting applications from current and recent graduates of the MFA program for a competitive one-year program designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend artistic practice. Humanities Teaching Fellows in the Visual Arts (VATF) join an academic community around teaching, art making, and professional development, drawing on guidance and support from the Division, the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT), and the Director of the VATF Program.

To be eligible, applicants must have graduated in 2020 or be scheduled to graduate in Spring 2021 from the MFA program in the University of Chicago's Department of Visual Arts.

Successful candidates will be appointed as part-time Lecturers to teach four courses in the 2021-22 academic year at the undergraduate level. Fellows will teach four courses in the Arts core (one course in each of the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, and a second course in one quarter) and are expected to advance their own art practice and participate in campus activities. Fellows are expected to attend the four quarter-end MFA critiques for MFA students and undergraduate critiques in Spring quarter.

Each Teaching Fellow will be provided with support for research and professional development, including financial support for conference travel; have access to library privileges, and access to career service support through UChicagoGRAD. Each Teaching Fellow also receives a range of employment benefits, including health insurance coverage options through the University Benefits office. The salary for AY21-22 is yet to be determined.

Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus during Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarter of the 2021-22 academic year. Teaching Fellows will participate in a program of pedagogical and professional development under the joint supervision of the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT) and the Director of the VATF Program.

Teaching Fellows positions are part-time to allow Fellows time to pursue their research program and opportunities for career advancement. During fall, winter, and spring quarters Teaching Fellows are prohibited from holding any other on-campus employment. Any additional summer work must be pre-approved by the Provost's Office before its official start.


Program Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Teaching Fellows in the Visual Arts Program (VATF) an applicant must:

  • have graduated from the MFA program in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago in 2020, or

  • be on track to receive the MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago in Spring 2021

  • have successfully served as a Teaching Assistant for at least six courses in DoVA during their two-year MFA program

  • have not previously served as a Visual Arts Teaching Fellow

  • Application Instructions

    Application Process: Applications are due by 11pm central time on May 17, 2021 and must be submitted through the University's Academic Recruitment site (Interfolio). The posting may be accessed at http://apply.interfolio.com/83567.

    Each application must include:

  • a detailed cover letter aimed at the Teaching Fellows Program

  • the applicant's current CV

  • a proposed syllabus for ARTV 10100 Visual Language: On Images

  • a teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing the applicant's methods and goals in teaching in the Arts Core.

  • one letter of recommendation addressing the applicant's teaching experience

  • Applicants who wish to be considered for ARTV 10200 Visual Language: On Objects or ARTV 10300 Visual Language: On Time and Space may also submit syllabi for those classes in addition to the required syllabus for ARTV 10100 Visual Language: On Images.

    Note: The letter of recommendation should be submitted as reference letters via the Interfolio jobs site. Letters of recommendation must be received by the submission deadline. Applicants are advised to request their letter as soon as possible (i.e. prior to submitting the final materials) to allow ample time for the recommender to upload their letter.

    Selection Process: All applications will be reviewed by the VATF committee, which includes a representative of the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Dean of Students of the Division of the Humanities, the Faculty Director of the Visual Arts Teaching Fellows program, and one or more additional faculty members from the Department of Visual Arts.

    Notification and Start of Program: Successful Teaching Fellows and alternates will be notified as soon as possible following the application evaluation. The Fellows' appointment is expected to begin September 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.


    • The VATF appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Spring quarter of 2021, and on the satisfactory presentation of appropriate documentation of eligibility to work lawfully in the United States by the start of the appointment

    • International students who receive an appointment must secure work authorization from the Office of International Affairs prior to September 1, 2021 to avoid a delay in their ability to begin employment.

    • The terms and conditions of employment for this position, including the salary, are determined by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.