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Full-Time Faculty Position in Fashion and Textile Studies, School of Graduate Studies

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Job Description:

The School of Graduate Studies seeks a full-time faculty member in the Fashion and Textiles Studies Department specializing in Textile Conservation. The department offers courses in the conservation of textiles and dress, collection management, costume and textile mounting and museum practice, as well as in the history of fashion and textiles and fashion theory.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced textile conservator, able to teach introductory and advanced courses in conservation and related areas. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the management of the department's laboratories and study collections.

The candidate will have a record of scholarship and teaching experience, and will have made contributions to the field through research, publications, conference presentations, lectures, and involvement in professional meetings. The candidate will have a network of connections in the field, including contacts in museums and organizations such as the American Institute for Conservation, the Textile Society of America, and the Costume Society of America.

The ideal candidate will have a versatile and interdisciplinary perspective and the ability to work collaboratively with the department chair colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The candidate will be expected to serve on committees as required and with a commitment to advancing the department in alignment with the goals of the FIT Strategic Plan. (


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

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of and experience in textile conservation, conservation theory, fashion and textile history, and museum practices.
  • Possess experience in the field and have connections worldwide, through publications, conference presentations, and professional networks.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in global settings with international colleagues from multicultural backgrounds.

Instructional Design
  • Demonstrate involvement in the profession of conservation, fashion and textile studies and related career paths, including professional connections to museum and academic partners.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop and deliver course content on textile conservation, conservation theory, history of textiles and dress, or museum practices in classroom, laboratory and museum settings.
  • Demonstrate fluency with state-of-the-art technology and specialized equipment necessary in the classroom environment.
  • Demonstrate mentorship and leadership abilities in moving advanced students forward through an intense and rigorous curriculum.
  • Demonstrate a passion for the work and the ability to communicate effectively.

Learning Enrichment
  • Demonstrate a passion for research, conservation practice and writing with the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, and creativity in advanced students.
  • Demonstrate the usage of a variety of instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving in the fields of fashion and textile studies and museum practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning approaches.
  • Demonstrate the vision to build and advance the department through enhanced curricular approaches and regular assessment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing student interaction, collaboration, and creativity in the classroom.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to facilitating internships and other opportunities for students.

  • Maintain active engagement and currency in conservation practice and scholarly activities relevant to course content and museum practices.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field and maintain engagement with peers and colleagues, through publications, conference presentations and invited lectures.
  • Possess the willingness to share professional contacts and opportunities to achieve department and college goals.
  • Demonstrate the willingness and ability to serve as a college representative on matters related to the department and its mission.

  • Demonstrate significant proficiency in technological skills and knowledge of social media approaches to program advocacy and growth.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate through technology and to adapt delivery of course content and management using campus-wide technology.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates should have a terminal degree in art conservation, textile conservation or a related field, and experience in teaching, scholarly and professional practice in conservation areas. It is essential that the candidate have the ability to teach several courses in the MA program.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Preference will be given to candidates with graduate-level teaching and experience in advising graduate thesis projects and mentoring advanced students.


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 faculty position will begin Fall 2023. Review of applications will commence in September 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 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
  • Professional resum/Curriculum Vitae
  • 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: .

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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, .

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 Fashion and Textile Studies Department, School of Graduate Studies.

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.

A vital and growing part of FIT's rich educational mix, the School of Graduate Studies provides advanced professional education in seven disciplines closely tied to the college's mission, promotion in the post-baccalaureate study of business, art, fashion and design. The School is dedicated to advancing research in the creative industries and fostering collaboration and a dialogue that links faculty and students to outstanding professionals and practitioners.

The Fashion and Textile Studies Department is unique in its focus and its mix of history, theory and practical skills. Established in the 1980s, it was one of the first programs in the nation to specialize in fashion and textile history and conservation. The department is supported by the on-campus resources of the Museum at FIT and the Special Collections and College Archives, housed within the Gladys Marcus Library. The Fashion and Textile Studies MA program provides advanced academic and practical support for career paths that involve the study and interpretation of historic costume and textiles. Courses are developed and taught by both academics and independent practitioners, and deliver key skill sets in the areas of historical research, writing, public presentations, exhibition planning, collections management, object documentation and analysis, and conservation. Students graduate prepared to pursue careers in museums, archives, historic houses and auction houses, and for further study and academic careers. The program provides access to NYC museums and critical connections to the many museums worldwide which now employ our graduates.


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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