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Full-Time Faculty Position in Modern Languages and Cultures, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Teaching & Education
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Job Description:

The Modern Languages and Cultures Department seeks a full-time faculty member in French and Francophone Studies. The successful candidate will be experienced in developing initiatives for program growth, contribute to a coherently articulated program of instruction in French across levels of competency and organize cultural activities for students both in and outside of the classroom.

The candidate will be expected to create interdisciplinary curriculum in non-Western Francophone studies as well as in French language and culture. Strengths in postcolonial studies, critical refugee studies, migration studies, gender studies are desirable.

The new faculty member will serve on departmental and college-wide committees and participate in administrative activities as required. Responsibilities will include the design, implementation, and evaluation of syllabi and the development and administration of assessment instruments.

The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in teaching and a substantial record of scholarship related to French and Francophone cultures.


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

  • Speak, understand, and think in other languages.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for cultural diversity and has a positive approach to cultural differences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within, support, and maintain productive relationships in multicultural environments and models inclusive behaviors for students.

Instructional Design
  • Design and deliver course content that reflects a balance between classic thought, contemporary practice, and the state of the art in the field.
  • Balance both theory and the practical application of knowledge, inclusive of building skills that are required for professional success.
  • Design classroom and other learning experiences that foster and promote critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy skills, and creativity.
  • Demonstrate instructional variety and flexibility to accommodate students of different learning styles, experiences, abilities, demographics, and diversity.

Learning Enrichment
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire student interest, curiosity, imagination, creativity and love of learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support difference student learning styles and abilities.
  • Support student development and success through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Embrace and utilize emerging forms of pedagogy, where appropriate, such as team teaching, online teaching, interdisciplinary methods, active learning, etc.

  • Support FIT, its mission, goals, and initiatives through both classroom and non-classroom activities.
  • Demonstrate currency and active engagement in the profession of one's primary teaching discipline.
  • Engage in creative or scholarly activities within the discipline.
  • Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial and collaborative relationships with colleagues and professionals.

  • Incorporate instructional technology into delivery of course material and learning experiences.
  • Appropriately utilize technology to communicate with, and engage students in, learning outside of the classroom.
  • Understand and appreciate the advantages and limitations of utilizing technology for compiling, organizing, analyzing, and synthesizing information.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of adaptive assistive devices and technologies available to foster inclusiveness of special needs students and students with different learning styles.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. required in French, Francophone Studies or in Comparative Literature with a Francophone specialization. Native or near-native fluency in French and excellent command of English.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five (5) years of relevant college teaching experience


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. 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:

In order to be considered for this position, 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: .

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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 Modern Languages and Cultures 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.

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 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 Modern Languages and Cultures Department is a culturally and intellectually diverse community of faculty, staff and students who value knowledge, multicultural awareness, and the free and responsible exchange of ideas. The Department prepares students to live in and contribute to a diverse and changing world through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, develops the students' ability to understand and communicate in the languages they study at every level, in culturally appropriate ways, and prepares students to enter the global workforce equipped with the knowledge, confidence and communication skills needed for success in an interdependent world. The Department offers students the opportunity to study with dedicated faculty members who embrace and utilize emerging forms of modern language/culture pedagogy.


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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