Full-Time Faculty Position in Composition and Rhetoric, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
30 Apr 2023

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The English and Communication Studies Department seeks a full-time faculty member of Composition and Rhetoric, with a primary focus on Cultural Rhetorics and Social Justice Pedagogy. Specializations in Rhetoric and Race; Rhetorics of Dis/Ability and Embodied Rhetorics; and/or LGBTQIA Rhetorics.

Candidates should have a demonstrated record of scholarship that investigates rhetoric's role in power relations and making those systems transparent as well as a commitment to social justice, linguistic justice, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Experience and/or training in social justice and antiracist pedagogies and dedication to the teaching of first-year writing and its growth and development are key components of the position. Background and interest in directing writing programs, teacher training, programming and spearheading initiatives for students and faculty are essential.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach existing first-year and third-year writing courses and to develop writing and rhetoric courses appropriate to their area of specialization. They will be expected to provide intellectual and pedagogical leadership to the Department's offerings in first-year Composition and third-year professional and research-based writing.

The candidate will be expected to work closely with The Writing and Speaking Studio and the Educational Skills Department, and commit to working with culturally and linguistically diverse students in an institution with strong emphasis on diversity, globalization and experiential learning. Interest and experience in interdisciplinary collaboration is highly desirable.

New faculty will be expected to participate in the rotation of administrative duties related to our writing program, including but not limited to that of Writing Program Coordinator. FIT is a diverse campus, and faculty must be committed to working with a diverse student population.


Specific Competencies:
Successful candidates will excel in the following competencies:

  • Possess expertise in guiding students to discover how rhetorical theory and related writing pedagogy can challenge or solidify accepted norms and values and uncover moments of cultural evolution and revolution.
  • Demonstrate a history of scholarship and progressive pedagogy that examines human experience through key works of writing from diverse historical, racial, ethnic, religious, aesthetic, economic, social and cultural perspectives; while also encouraging them to challenge essentializing tendencies and debates that might circulate and solidify around the reception of these works.
  • Demonstrate ability to create a dynamic classroom where students can effectively communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries and balance differing worldviews based upon a deep knowledge and awareness of other people, countries, cultures, and beliefs through the careful study of rhetoric and writing.

Instructional Design
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt course materials to adjust to new innovations within and outside of the discipline.
  • Possess experience utilizing a variety of instructional delivery methods and emerging technologies to improve student learning.
  • Possess a willingness to embrace innovative pedagogical, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches, where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate instructional variety and flexibility to accommodate students with different learning styles, experiences, and abilities.
  • Demonstrate experience in creating engaging curriculum and classroom environments that will reinforce and further develop advanced skills in critical reading, thinking, presenting, writing, and communication skills.

Learning Enrichment
  • Possess a passion for expanding students' horizons, curiosities and imagination through rhetoric and wide-ranging curricular innovations that focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate the vision to deliver and advance the mission of the English and Communication Studies Department and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences to develop reflective, critical and engaged citizens of the world.
  • Demonstrate interest in developing a wide-ranging curriculum that takes advantage of areas of expertise while contributing to the ECS Department's vision.
  • Possess experience encouraging student interaction, collaboration, teamwork and cooperation in the learning process.

  • Maintain active participation in professional practices and scholarship, and a willingness to mentor faculty both within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across the College.
  • Demonstrate expertise in current critical, theoretical, and pedagogical trends and practices in the field.
  • Demonstrate ability to represent FIT with innovative scholarship presented at local, regional, national, and international professional organizations and through peer reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrate ability to support FIT's goals and mission of promoting issues of sustainability, pluralism, and diversity through rhetorical study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues to increase the visibility and profile of writing and rhetorical scholarship at FIT.
  • Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial, and teamwork-oriented relationships with other professionals.

  • Demonstrate ability to utilize innovative instructional technology and to select the most appropriate technologies to enhance student-learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrate expertise in using social and emerging media to create engaging and evolving methods of instruction and student-centered interaction.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric or closely related field with experience in social justice writing pedagogy and cultural rhetorics and research in the field of writing studies.
  • History of community engagement and initiatives from a social justice perspective required.
  • Candidates must also exhibit a record of academic research and publication, professional activities, successful college-level teaching, and familiarity with both online and hybrid learning environments.
  • ABDs will be considered with the understanding that successful defense of the dissertation/thesis is required prior to the start of the second semester of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience/interest in writing program administration and writing in the disciplines is highly desirable.


This position will be required to continuously 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 faculty position will begin Fall 2023. Review of applications will commence in September 2022 and continue until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 1, 2022. Please note a background check is required for appointment to this position.

Link to FIT Benefits for Full-Time Faculty

Collective Bargaining Salary Schedules (page 72) ; Successor Agreement (page 6)
Hiring Salary: $69,475 per year; per CBA, the salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please provide:
  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position;
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Research Philosophy Statement
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, 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 .

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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, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), 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. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, titleix@fitnyc.edu .

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 full-time tenure-track faculty position in the English and Communication Studies 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 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.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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 English and Communication Studies Department prepares students to be reflective, creative, critical, and engaged citizens of the world through the study of literature, writing, and communication. Our wide-ranging curriculum provides students with the tools to navigate their environment, to stimulate the imagination, and to communicate across boundaries and borders as they begin to enter 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 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.

Learn more at fitnyc.edu.

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