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Date posted: October 10, 2015

Employer: University of Minnesota, College of Design

Position: Assistant Professor in Wearable Product Design, Apparel Design Program (tenure-track)

Job Description:
The Apparel Design Program, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, is searching for an Assistant Professor in Wearable Product Design. Wearable product design includes apparel design and a broad range of products that fit the body. As one of the strongest research-based apparel design programs in the country, we have consistently positioned ourselves as leading industry as pioneers among a small set of apparel researchers and teachers situated at research-intensive, land-grant universities. This position will strengthen the core content of Apparel Design, both theoretical and practical, and contribute to the development of a pioneering program in Advanced Wearable Products at both the graduate and undergraduate level to meet growing industry demand in domestic manufacturing, wearable technology, and personal protective equipment.

We seek a highly qualified individual with expertise in more than one area of apparel design, a clear vision for advancing the field, and a demonstrated record of effective teaching. Candidates must have a strategy for developing connections with business, related professions, or communities beyond the University, and a clear vision for a successful research agenda. Industry experience is preferred. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.

1. Pursue the mission of this urban land grant university through research, teaching and outreach.
2. Create and grow a nationally competitive research program in wearable product design.
3. Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including studio and lecture courses in apparel design.
4. Collaborate with faculty across the university and establish ties to local, national and international businesses to leverage research and teaching activities.
5. Disseminate research findings and teaching activities in peer-reviewed venues.
6. Pursue external funding to support your scholarship.
7. Advise graduate students; mentor undergraduate students.
8. Commit to supporting interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching and research with related fields in the College of Design and across the University.
9. Participate in faculty governance at the program, department, college and university levels.

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Wearable Product Design. Nine-month, 100 percent time, academic year appointment. Anticipated start date is August 29, 2016. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications:
1. An earned doctorate by the start date with at least one degree related to apparel design.
2. Expertise in at least two of the following areas: digital design, human health and safety, technical design, apparel manufacturing, product development, textiles, or sizing and fit.
3. Evidence of effective teaching.
4. A strategy for developing connections with business, related professions, or communities beyond the University.
5. Evidence of a clear vision for an active research or creative scholarship program and a strategy to procure nationally competitive grants to support the program.

Desired Qualities:
In addition to the required qualifications: 1. Evidence of strong collaboration and interpersonal skills, including collaboration with faculty in multiple academic disciplines.
2. Demonstrated leadership skills.
3. Evidence of attention to cultural diversity in teaching and/or professional practice and the proven ability to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity.
4. Evidence of a global perspective.
5. A record of successful grant awards.
6. A record of innovative teaching.
7. Evidence of diversity in research.
8. Experience in program and curricular development and/or administration in undergraduate and/or graduate education.
9. Industry experience.
10. Experience with CAD and/or3D body scanner.

Application deadline: 12/1/2015

Contact information: Applications must be submitted online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment. Search for Job ID#304636. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position.

The following additional documents MUST be attached AFTER initial application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there: 1)cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts of your graduate work (may be unofficial transcripts at time of application); 4) a statement of vision for research in wearable product design; 5).a statement of vision for teaching in apparel design; 6) brief portfolio (no more than 4 pages) of original design work, creative practice, and student work; 7) recent student ratings of teaching (no more than 10 pages); and 8) contact information for three references.

Questions regarding the search process should be directed to Carrie Vigen, HR Generalist, PH: 612/624-1721; Email: cvigen@umn.edu. Questions regarding the position description and expectations should be directed to Lucy Dunne, Search Committee Chair, PH: 612/626-5901; Email: ldunne@umn.edu. For more information, please visit our web site at http://dha.cdes.umn.edu/.


Date posted: October 10, 2015

Employer: Central Michigan University

Position: Assistant Professor Fashion Merchandising & Design

Job Description:
Full-time, 10 month tenure track Assistant Professor position in Fashion Merchandising and Design beginning either August 22nd, 2016 or January 5th, 2017. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in fashion design including but not limited to: pattern making, illustration, product development, and fashion design studio courses. The position requires evidence of a scholarly/creative record such as publications, exhibitions, and/or grant writing, as well as teaching effectiveness. 
Central Michigan University was established in 1892 and is among the nation’s 100 largest public universities. As a tier-one university, CMU serves nearly 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus. It also enrolls more than 7,000 students and working adults online and at 50 out-of-state locations. The university is ranked No. 1 in online undergraduate education by U.S. News and World Report. CMU delivers a superior educational experience for students that is built on close relationships with faculty and staff, hands-on learning including undergraduate research, an emphasis on leadership and volunteerism, and a global perspective. With a $440 million budget, CMU offers more than 200 academic programs from the undergraduate to doctoral levels. Premier programs include the sciences, business, accounting, health professions, communications, teacher preparation, educational leadership, engineering, neuroscience, psychology, apparel merchandising design, music and political science. CMU in 2013 launched the nation’s 137th College of Medicine with a unique mission of preparing students for an escalating shortage of primary care physicians in medically underserved communities. Employees have access to state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed national norms for many industries. CMU offers top NCAA Division I athletics. The university is located in a classic college community in the heart of lower Michigan, where residents find active outdoor features, family attractions, boutique shops and Midwestern life in a vibrant university culture.
The Department of Human Environmental Studies offers a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design with concentrations in Design and Merchandising. The program serves over 250 majors and minors with well-equipped classrooms, laboratories and a nationally recognized computer-aided design component. Available for teaching and research purposes are a body scanner, thermal manikin, hot plate, walk-in environmental chamber, thermal cameras, and 3D printers. Strong internship placements and opportunities for study abroad provide a competitive edge in the job market demonstrated by over 90% placement rate of our graduates. Our graduate program offers a M.S. degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology.
Please visit our website at https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/dept/hev/Pages/default.aspx for more information about our curriculum, student and faculty accomplishments, and about Central Michigan University.

Required Assistant Professor Rank:
1. Doctorate required, or ABD with degree awarded within one year of hire with at least one advanced degree in fashion design or related area; 
2. Portfolio demonstrating fashion design proficiency and aesthetic;
3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
4. Evidence of potential for successful grant writing, research and scholarly activities; and
5. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills

1. Additional teaching area (i.e. historical or socio-cultural aspects of dress)
2. Experience teaching online; and
3. Existing ties to industry

Application deadline: Screening for all applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and will continue until filled. To apply, go to the CMU Human Resources site (www.jobs.cmich.edu) and search for position number 80722. The application packet should include: (1) electronic portfolio, (2) letter of interest, (3) teaching philosophy statement, (4) current vita, (5) unofficial transcripts, and (6) contact information for at least three professional references

Contact information: Contact information: Questions on this position may be directed to Su Kyoung An, Search Committee Chair, email: an1s@cmich.edu.


Date posted: October 10, 2015

Employer: University of Nebraska-Lincolnn

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, 9-month tenure track

Job Description:
The Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design seeks a 9-month tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the social, historical and cultural dimensions of textiles and apparel, including but not limited to quilt studies, artifact analysis, collections management, and critical theory as relevant to the material culture of textiles and apparel. Participate in curriculum development and develop new/innovative courses, including courses for online delivery, in area(s) of expertise. Pursue a scholarly research program with proven interdisciplinary potential, leading to publications and to the generation of internal as well as external funding support.  Supervise graduate students and their research endeavors. Participate in service to the department, the college, and the university. Participate in both undergraduate and graduate recruitment activities. Nurture relationships with material culture specialists both internal to the university as well as external.

Contribute, as an effective scholar and citizen of a land-grant institution, to the integrated mission of home units (e.g. department, center), including supporting student recruitment and IANR initiatives, and beyond. Additional responsibilities of the academic appointment are to participate in recruitment and retention activities and teaching outcomes assessment, instructional improvement and teaching scholarship.

For more information regarding positions available in the College of Education and Human Sciences, please visit our web site: http://go.unl.edu/yourfuture.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Earned doctorate in material culture studies, history, ethnography, cultural resources management, digital history, or material culture theory
2. Identified research direction with interdisciplinary/collaborative record of accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: quilt studies, textile and/or costume history, material culture and/or digital history
3. Evidence of scholarly activities commensurate with rank
4. Computer and technological literacy and a commitment to integrate technology into scholarship and teaching
5. 2-3 years teaching experience at the university level

Preferred Qualifications:
6. Textiles and apparel expertise
7. Experience in face-to-face, blended and virtual classroom environments
8. Research program collaboratively linked to active researchers in related disciplines

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

Contact information: How to Apply:  To view details of the position and make application, go to http://employment.unl.edu. Search for position #F_150219. Click on “Apply to this job.” Complete the application. Attach the following: 1) letter of application with a brief narrative addressing your qualifications for the position; 2) curriculum vita; 3) contact information for three professional references; and 4) example(s) of scholarship (using the other document link). Arrange to have graduate transcripts sent to: Textiles Search Committee, 234 HECO Bldg., Lincoln, NE 68583-0802.

For more information, please contact Mary Alice Casto, Search Committee Chair mcasto2@unl.edu.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.