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Date posted: January 31, 2015

Employer: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design

Position: Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Design, especially Fashion Research

Job Description:
The purpose of the professorship is to strengthen and develop the research conducted within Fashion, Clothing and Textile design. Aalto University is looking for a scholar with skills and ability to build innovative co-operation in design research and teaching. The professor is expected to develop and lead multi- and interdisciplinary research across the departments and schools of Aalto University in close connection with the society.

The position will be placed on the Aalto University tenure track. Individuals on the tenure track have the possibility to advance in their career through regular performance assessments, which take into account their merits in all areas of their scope of duty. Launched only in 2010, the tenure track has attracted a wide range of international applicants, giving Aalto University the possibility of recruiting top experts and young research talent to join the Aalto University community.  For more information on the tenure track system of Aalto University, please see www.aalto.fi/en/tenuretrack.

Throughout their careers, those in the academic tenure track system are expected to exercise and guide scientific/artistic research, to provide related higher academic education, to follow the advances of their field, to participate in service to the Aalto University community, and to take part in societal interaction and international collaboration in their field.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of their research, teaching and academic leadership and merits in the fields of fashion, clothing and textile design.

The applicant is expected to have:

  • Doctoral degree in a relevant field
  • Research agenda that complements and expands the core areas of the department
  • Teaching competence
  • Experience in collaboration with fashion design practice
  • International networks within the field of professorship

    Application deadline: February 23, 2015

    Contact information: To apply for this position, please see the whole announcement with application instructions at www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/400. For more information about Aalto University, please visit www.aalto.fi/en.


    Date posted: January 2, 2015

    Employer: Department of Design & Merchandising at Colorado State University

    Position: Curator/Assistant Professor tenure track position of the Avenir Museum in the Department of Design & Merchandising

    Job Description:
    The department seeks a faculty member to teach a minimum or two courses per year; support teaching from the collections; conduct and disseminate research in support of museum exhibitions and programming; curate two academic exhibitions per year; oversee student-curated exhibits; able to direct and physically install exhibits; secure external funding; advise undergraduate and graduate students; promote collections; develop and maintain effective relations with donors and prospective donors; work with the Director and Collections Manager to set priorities, policies, and procedures for the collections; serve as a resource for curatorial-related inquiries; represent Colorado State University at professional and scholarly meetings. Please visit our website at www.dm.chhs.colostate.edu for the long position description.

    The candidate is required to have a Ph.D. degree, experience in museum collections, post-secondary teaching experience, and academic credentials eligible for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, record of research and scholarship, ability to contribute in areas of service and outreach, physical capability to install exhibitions. An Assistant Professor would demonstrate potential for grantsmanship. Salary and rank commensurate with experience and qualifications.
    CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

    Application deadline: February 1, 2015

    Contact information:
    Interested persons should send a letter of application, vitae, transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended; electronic portfolio of curatorial or exhibit work; documentation of teaching competence; evidence of research and grantsmanship; and four (4) professional references with postal addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers to:
    Doreen Beard, Search Chair
    Department of Design and Merchandising
    Colorado State University
    Campus Delivery 1574
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1574


    Date posted: December 12, 2014

    Employer: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

    Position: Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design

    Job Description:
    The Fashion Design department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago seeks innovative, accomplished fashion designers and artists/practitioners with proficiency in the area of fashion design to advance its innovative curriculum that teaches students to make substantive contributions in the world of fashion and art.

    The ideal candidate will teach fashion design and construction courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students in conceptual and technical development, support professional practice opportunities, participate in year-end student shows and exhibitions, and support the evolution of the department through service. The full-time tenured or tenure-track position begins August 2015.

    About the Department: The Fashion Design department, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by one of three full-time faculty, 2 full-time visiting artists, and 20 part-time faculty that offer 60 undergraduate courses in spacious, state of the art classrooms. The department also supports a one-year Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and a two-year Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment degree with 30 dedicated students.

    Sequential comprehensive design courses, seminars, studies in design history and theory, and electives from across the school support the development of student work.

    The successful candidate will lead students in conceptual development, advance knowledge in new technologies in fashion construction and design imagery through seminars, studios, and tutorials.

    All full-time faculty support the department through curricular development, administrative roles, student recruitment, and participation in the year-end runway shows. At some point in their careers, full-time faculty will likely serve a rotation as the department chair, and as such will provide leadership and direction to the curriculum and the department. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to an active professional studio practice and outstanding teaching.

    A minimum of a bachelor's degree and three or more years teaching at the college-level is required; master-level degree and fashion industry experience preferred.

    The ideal candidate has advanced studies in fashion and a global understanding of fashion design and its context in contemporary culture. An interdisciplinary approach to art and design is preferred.

    Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions, and are commensurate with quality of scholarship or practice, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

    Application deadline:
    By Monday, January 12, 2015, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

    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: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; résumé; artist/creative production statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample syllabi for an undergraduate course; and portfolio/evidence of current work/support materials as appropriate.

    Contact information: saicteach@saic.edu


    Date posted: December 4, 2014

    Employer: Drexel University

    Position: Archivist, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection

    Job Description:
    Housed within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) is a museum-quality research collection of costume and textiles. The Digital Archivist will be focused on the processing of FHCC holdings in both digital and analog forms. The successful candidate will develop and maintain plans, specifications, and procedures to support the effective collection and management of all archival content; will supervise the database, cataloguing, photography, and scanning of the Costume and Textile collection to facilitate access and digitization; and ensure that object information is correct and properly transferred between database programs and that all materials are handled according to professional and institutional standards.

    This is a 12 month contract position with an opportunity for renewal.

    Essential Functions:
    Serve as FHCC Digital Archivist; supervise the planning and implementation of digitization project; develop a thorough knowledge of TMS software; develop and implement collection inventory protocol; administer TMS training to interns, co-ops, and work study students to ensure consistent data entry.

    Professionally set-up and manage a dedicated photography studio, working in conjunction with collection manager to prepare objects for photography; photograph objects using proper procedures for specialized lighting needs; use best practices to hand le fragile paper items to scan for digitization; when necessary, edit photographs and scanned images for color/tonal accuracy.

    Manage and maintain data storage and organization; transfer files between databases; work with curator and collection manager to develop and implement an online catalog of the FHCC collection; research object provenance utilizing FHCC archives and/or outside sources; correct discrepancies between object tags, files, and database records; ensure that label information is correct based on findings.

    Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

    Supplemental Information:
    Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

    Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful, environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

    Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is ma de. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

    -Bachelor's degree required in related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    -Minimum of one year experience working in a historic costume and textiles collection, with demonstrated knowledge of museum-standard object handling practices
    -Basic knowledge of design history and costume terminology
    -Experience cataloging costume and textiles using TMS, PastPerfect, or similar databases
    -Professional experience photographing historic dress on mannequins for publicity purposes, including knowledge of equipment and studio set-up
    -Ability to climb ladders, kneel, and lift up to 40 pounds.

    Contact information: To apply for this position, please apply online at www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind =79141 or visit www.drexeljobs.com and search for requisition number 6408.

    For more information about Drexel University, please visit www.drexel.edu.