Part-Time Faculty Position in Textile/Surface Design - Dinnerware/Hardgoods Designer

New York, New York, United States
07 Jul 2022
16 Sep 2022
Part Time
Job Description:

Dinnerware/Hardgoods Designer

The ideal candidate has a minimum of 6 years of experience working in the field of home goods with industry experience in dishware design. The candidate must have experience designing decals for dishware products, and experience in designing glassware, and paper products for giftware and tabletop is a plus. The candidate must have strong drawing and painting skills in order to guide students in rendering products in perspective and to scale using traditional media. The candidate must have knowledge of historical and contemporary design and color trends in the home furnishing and product design industry.

This position is in person at FIT.


Specific Competencies
  • Six (6) years of experience working in the field of home goods with industry experience in dishware design.
  • Strong drawing and painting skills.
  • Ability to render products and surface designs in perspective and to scale using traditional media.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree required. Minimum of six (6) years professional experience as a textile home goods designer. Presentation of strong portfolio showcasing professional work done for the textile and home goods, or decorative markets.

Preferred Qualifications:

College level teaching experience is preferred. Strong preference will be given to candidates with digital skills and software skills utilized by textile design and home good professionals.

This position will be required to constantly read and comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working conditions for this position will be any combination of the classroom, lab, and/or office space. Certain roles may be required to handle machinery and chemicals. The physical requirement for this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasionally lifting 10 lbs. or less.

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. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by [January 2022]. Salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.

Link to FIT Benefits for Part-Time Faculty

Salary Schedule (page 80)

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:
  • Professional Resume/Curriculum Vitae (.pdf format).
  • Presentation of strong portfolio showcasing professional work done for the textile and home goods, or decorative markets.

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), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a part-time adjunct faculty position in the Fashion Design Department, School of Art and Design.

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 instructional design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.

The School of Art and Design offers 17-degree programs and is home to fashion majors, a breadth of visual communication majors and fields as unique as toy design and visual presentation and exhibition design.

Art and Design faculty are industry professionals and foster meaningful curriculum that seeks to maximize the creative and technical potential in each student. Each major in the School of Art and Design is committed to stimulating analytical and independent thinking and faculty are committed to enriching student knowledge of global influences. Faculty members prepare students for entry and advancement in art and design careers and provide a collaborative environment that offers a rich and diverse array of interdisciplinary art and design-related projects and competitions.

The Textile/Surface Design Department prepares students for professional excellence in the textile design industry through a rigorous design-based AAS and BFA curriculum. Course work blends conceptual and technological skills, integrates traditional drawing and painting techniques with digital design, weaving, and screen printing. Faculty members draw on industry background and connections to provide students with knowledge and experiences to successfully enter the textile industry upon graduation.

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