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Date posted: October 6, 2014

Employer: The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Position: FT Faculty History of Art: Textile or Costume/Dress History

Job Description:
About Fashion Institute of Technology:
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the History of Art Department of the School of Liberal Arts.

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city’s art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The college continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.

The School of Liberal Arts provides the foundation for an FIT degree, committed to providing a broad-based general education for FIT students, integrating traditional academic study with career preparation. Home to seven academic departments, 17 minors, and two interdisciplinary majors, our faculty prepare students to become reflective, critical, and engaged citizens of the world. Committed to scholarship, academic service and student-centered instruction, faculty members foster an understanding of diverse cultures and international perspectives as well as an appreciation for the richness and changing composition of American culture.

The History of Art Department offers more than 35 courses, representing the arts of Asia, the United States, Africa, Central America, the Islamic world and Europe. Students explore art from the pre-historic to the post-modern and may also study the history of architecture, costume, industrial design, photography, and textiles.

The History of Art Department seeks an art historian who specializes in and can teach courses in textile or costume/dress history as well as art history surveys. S/he will be expected to contribute to the department, school, and college beyond the classroom by developing innovative curricula, participating in committees and college-wide events, engaging in scholarly activity through conference presentations and/or publications, and advising students in the Art History and Museum Professions major and History of Art minor.

Successful candidates will demonstrate abilities in the following areas:

  • Demonstrate awareness of global issues as they pertain to the discipline of art history and to one's specific field.
  • Show appreciation for cultural diversity and difference.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for all racial, ethnic, religious, social and gender groups, incorporating this respect into the pedagogical experience.
  • Enrich student learning and professional activities by taking advantage of New York City's resources in the art world.
  • Instructional Design

  • Design and deliver course content that balances tradition and currency in the field.
  • Design learning experiences that develop critical thinking, oral and written communication skills.
  • Employ pedagogical variety to accommodate students with difference learning styles and educational backgrounds.
  • Adapt course content to adjust to developments in the field.
  • Learning Enrichment

  • Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods, including emerging pedagogical techniques.
  • Emphasize the value of interdisciplinary learning.
  • Inspire student intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and love of learning.
  • Professionalism

  • Engage actively in the art historical discipline through conference attendance/participation, publication, and other professional activities.
  • Demonstrate current in the field.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry into related field.
  • Work effectively in greater college community as valuable representative of the department.
  • Technology

  • Use emerging pedagogical technologies inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate a fluency with digital-image technologies and teaching methods.
  • Use appropriate technology to communicate with students and to engage them with the material outside the classroom.
  • Use technology to enhance professional productivity.
  • Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. by the date of appointment (August 2015) and at least three years of teaching experience in a college or university, demonstrating familiarity with best teaching practices and pedagogical initiative. Strong preference for candidates with museum experience and teaching experience that incorporates new technologies.

    FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, national origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals.

    Application deadline: This is a full-time, tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2015. Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled, but first consideration will be given to completed applications received by December 1, 2014. On-line applications are encouraged. Applications without all application materials will not be considered.

    Salary and appointment rank are based on education level and cumulative experience.

    Please note that a background check is required for appointment to this position. 

    Contact information: For full consideration, please visit: http://fitnyc.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=53233 and provide:

  • A cover letter (PDF format) of interest clearly indicating your qualifications and reason for application;
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF format);
  • A minimum of three professional references, including phone and e-mail contact information.
  • Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually. Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: www.fitnyc.edu.


    Date posted: September 23, 2014

    Employer: Division of Journalism, Southern Methodist University

    Position: Assistant Professor of Practice Journalism (Position Number 053188)

    Job Description:
    The Division of Journalism invites nominations and applications for an assistant professor of practice to teach in the new Fashion Media program. The Division of Journalism offers both a major and a minor in Fashion Media. The program trains journalists to communicate in all areas relating to fashion including design, manufacturing and retail. Students in the program must demonstrate significant knowledge of the cultural and artistic aspects of fashion as well as the division's foundational skills in writing, ethics, and advanced digital technology. This is a non-tenure-track position that will teach the introductory course in Fashion Media as well as upper-level theoretical or practical courses. The ideal applicant will have significant academic and professional credentials in fashion and media. A one- to three-year contract will be offered, depending on qualifications, and is subject to renewal with potential promotion to full professor of practice. Successful teaching at the university level will be helpful. The position begins August 2015. The Division of Journalism is a program committed to teaching the media professionals of the 21st Century. We are situated in the top media market in the Southwest, and we emphasize teaching and scholarship in convergent media. Our digital facilities are state of the art. Our students excel in developing critical thinking skills with an uncompromising commitment to fairness, ethics and professionalism. Our Web site is http://www.smu.edu/journalism. Also see the SMU student media Web site at http://www.smudailycampus.com.

    SMU is an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. Explore Virtual SMU at http://www.smu.edu.   

    SMU has a beautifully shaded campus of Georgian Revival-inspired architecture and is situated in the heart of Dallas. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center, is home to many universities, arts organizations and Fortune 500 & 100 corporations. http://www.dallaschamber.org.   

    SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

    Minimum qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in journalism or communication and five years professional in media and/or fashion.
    Preferred qualifications: A terminal degree (Ph.D. or MFA) in journalism, communication or fashion. A master’s degree in journalism, communication or fashion and 10 years professional experience in a major media market.

    Application deadline: To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by Oct. 15, 2014. The committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

    Contact information: Send letter of application highlighting the candidate’s qualifications, complete curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Mark Vamos, William O'Neil Chair in Business Journalism, Southern Methodist University, P.O. Box 750113, Dallas, TX, 75275-0113, or as email attachments to mvamos@smu.edu.

    We encourage digital applications. Emailed files should be saved to smallest size. Digital applications can be mailed to mvamos@smu.edu.


    Date posted: September 10, 2014

    Employer: Dominican University (River Forest, IL)

    Position: Assistant Professor, Apparel Design and Merchandising

    Job Description:
    The Apparel Design and Merchandising Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to begin August 2015. The successful candidate will promote the liberal arts core of the program by integrating community-based experiences, interdisciplinary relationships, and diverse perspectives into courses which serve as a foundation for the design and merchandising majors.

    Responsibilities include teaching a schedule of three courses per semester chosen from: historic and contemporary dress, social/psychological aspects of dress, dress and culture, textile science, surface design, fiber arts, and digital textile design. Expertise in fashion design, fashion illustration, and online portfolio development are assets. The candidate is expected to maintain a continued record of scholarship and professional development, participate in university life, and advise undergraduate students. Additional responsibilities include cultivating community partnerships, curriculum development, maintenance of the textile and clothing collection, and assisting with special projects in the department.

    Located in suburban Chicago, Dominican is a distinctively relationship-centered educational community, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, and comprehensive in scope, known for its rigorous and engaging academic programs; for the care and respect with which it mentors students; for its enduring commitment to social justice; and for the enriching diversity of its students, faculty, and staff. As a Sinsinawa Dominican-sponsored institution, in the Catholic intellectual tradition, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

    Dominican University is an equal employment opportunity employer seeking applicants from underrepresented groups.

    Qualifications: Qualified applicants must possess an earned terminal degree in Textiles and Apparel or a related field. Evidence of high quality teaching and a commitment to undergraduate instruction are required. Established industry relationships and experience are preferred.

    Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Contact information: Apply online at https://jobs.dom.edu.


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