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Part-Time Faculty Position in Global Fashion History

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
31 Dec 2022

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Teaching & Education
Part Time

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Job Description:

The History of Art Department seeks an adjunct instructor for part-time teaching of HA 237 Global Fashion: Ancient Origins to Modern Styles.

This course surveys the history of elite and everyday fashion in global cultures beyond Europe. It presents a geographical overview of styles of adornment and dress in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania from ancient origins to the 20th century. Students will study visual art and extant examples of dress for their artistic as well as cultural significance. While the course aims to provide a broad survey of global fashion history, each lecture will also include more in-depth examinations of a few specific cultures or historical moments according to the instructor's expertise. How geography, climate, and culture intersect to produce unique fashions and changes in style will be discussed throughout, as will the impact of trade, war, and colonialism. Attention will be paid to techniques of making and how advances in technology have shaped global fashion. Field trips to local museum collections will allow students to study surviving garments and artworks firsthand. Occasional guest speakers will offer expert, in-depth knowledge on particular cultures.

Week 1 - Introduction

Week 2 - Africa to 1400

Week 3 - Africa 1400 to 1922

Week 4 - Independent Africa, 1922-1990s

Week 5 - Pre-Hispanic Americas (before 1492)

Week 6 - The Americas after 1492

Week 7 - The Americas continued

Week 8 - Ancient Asia (BCE)

Week 9 - West Asia

Week 10 - Central & Southwest Asia

Week 11 - South Asia

Week 12 - Southeast Asia & Oceania

Week 13 - East Asia (China, Korea & Japan)

Weeks 14 & 15 - Student Presentations

In Fall 2022, it meets on Tuesdays, 2:10-5pm. While our immediate need is for someone to teach the Fall section, we anticipate the class needing an instructor each semester indefinitely. The class is a popular one and the Fall section is already fully enrolled at 27 students.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree required. Minimum of thirty (30) additional and appropriate graduate credits and/or evidence of scholarly achievement, professional activities, and teaching experience. The requirement for the Master's Degree may be waived if the candidate is in a doctoral program in which the Master's Degree is not required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D preferred.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time, adjunct teaching position beginning in [Fall 2022]. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.

Link to FIT Benefits for Part-Time Faculty

Salary Schedule ( pg. 80 ) Schedule 97/0 $72.08 per hour

Application Instructions:

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

Online applications are required. Please note applications without all application materials will not be considered.

For consideration, please provide:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

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

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.

The College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York and an internationally renowned college of art, design, business and technology with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, invites applications for a part-time adjunct faculty position in the History of Art Department, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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 70 years. Providing a blend of hands-on experience, classroom study, and liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and 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 grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

Among our wide variety of Art and Design programs are Accessories Design, Interior Design, and Toy Design; Business and Technology majors range from Fashion Business Management to International Trade and Marketing to Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing. Our outstanding faculty offer students experiences that mirror the marketplace and give them a competitive edge.

Notable alumni designers include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Ralph Rucci. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of Bare Minerals; international hotel and restaurant designer Tony Chi; Nina Garcia, creative director, Marie Claire; Edward Menicheschi, chief marketing officer, Condé Nast; and Joe Zee, editor in chief and executive creative officer, Yahoo Style.

The Museum at FIT, one of the world’s leading collections of fashion and textiles, houses more than 50,000 garments and accessories and more than 300,000 textiles and swatches.

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