Teaching Fellow in the Visual Arts
University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts
United States

Teaching Fellows in the Visual Arts

A Program of Professional and Pedagogical Development

The Department of Visual Arts is accepting applications from recent graduates of the MFA program for a competitive one-year program designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend artistic practice. 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.

In 2020-21, each Teaching Fellow is paid $46,000 in the three quarters of the academic year (paid over 12 months); provided with support for research and professional development, including a $1000 professional development allowance; have access to library privileges, placement services, and other campus resources. Each Teaching Fellow also receives a range of employment benefits, including health insurance coverage options through the University Benefits office.

To be eligible, applicants must have graduated in 2019 or be scheduled to graduate in Autumn 2020 from the MFA program in the University of Chicago's Department of Visual Arts.

Teaching Fellows are expected to be fully in residence and on campus during Winter and Spring Quarter of the 2020-21 academic year and during Autumn Quater 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. 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.


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

  1. have graduated from the MFA program in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago in 2019, or
  2. be on track to receive the MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago in Spring 2020
  3. have successfully served as a Teaching Assistant for at least six courses in DoVA during their two-year MFA program
  4. have not previously served as a Visual Arts Teaching Fellow.

Application Instructions

Application Process:  Applications are due by 11pm central time on November 16, 2020 and must be submitted through the University’s Academic Recruitment site (Interfolio) at http://apply.interfolio.com/78132.

 Each application must include:

  1. a detailed cover letter aimed at the Teaching Fellows Program
  2. the applicant’s current CV
  3. a proposed syllabus for ARTV 10100 Visual Language: On Images
  4. a teaching statement, not to exceed 750 words, describing the applicant’s methods and goals in teaching in the Arts Core.
  5. 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: All letters should be submitted as reference letters via the Interfolio jobs site. Letters of recommendation must be received by the submission deadline.

  1. 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 January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.


  • The VATF appointment is contingent upon graduation no later than the Autumn Quarter of 2020, 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 January 1, 2021.
  • The terms and conditions of employment for this position are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the Service Employees International Union.

The University of Chicago is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at help@interfolio.com or phone at (877) 997-8807.

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