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Full-Time Faculty Position in Textile Development and Marketing, School of Business and Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
23 May 2023

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Job Description:

The School of Business and Technology seeks a full-time faculty member in Textile Development and Marketing. The successful candidate will be a motivated professional with proven credentials to teach courses in the area of manufacturing, specifying, and styling woven textiles for apparel, home, technical, medical, and other end uses. The candidate will be an expert in advanced technical principles of woven fabric production using industry-standard techniques and technical software for powerloom, jacquard loom, and multi-shaft dobby handlooms. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to develop products that utilize woven textiles, and must have experience in teaching, training, or instruction, along with the desire to inspire and mentor our students to qualify for careers in these fields. The successful candidate will teach specialty classes relating to weaving in the Textile Development and Marketing major, as well as teach other textile courses at different depth levels of textile technology to additional majors serviced by the department.

The candidate will be experienced in managing innovation and in developing woven textiles used in different segments of the industry. Additionally, the candidate should have experience and a strong interest in developing and implementing interdisciplinary research and should be familiar with emerging trends in the field. Additional qualifications will include knowledge of the textile supply chain, product and project management, global marketing, and understanding and convey the importance of sustainable textiles.

The new faculty member will be an integral part of implementing strategic goals for the Department's program and will participate in administrative activities as necessary. Responsibilities will include building partnerships in industry, promoting the program, advising, and mentoring students interested in the discipline, and supervising a portion of the Department's weaving and knitting laboratory complex.

The faculty member will demonstrate proficiency in seeking out and obtaining research grants and implement research, and publish, for journals relating to the mission of the TDM department.


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

  • Possess working experience and understanding of the global supply chain process focused in the textile product categories while embracing the use of sustainability as part of the learning process.
  • Possess experience working with people from various cultural, racial, ethnic, religious and social groups that will support the education of a diverse student population.

Instructional Design
  • Implement an academically rigorous and interesting experience integrating professional practice with classroom learning.
  • Adapt the curriculum in response to industry needs.

Learning Enrichment
  • Embrace new forms of pedagogy (online teaching, remote teaching, blended classes, experiential learning).
  • Capitalize on the utilization of the Textile Development and Marketing weaving and knitting facilities, including connecting academic assets to industry opportunities.
  • Identify networking opportunities between industry professionals and the students through field trips, internships, seminars, and industry events.

  • Create and maintain a network of alumni and industry experts who can be called upon as resources for course and curriculum development, focus groups, guest speakers, internships and placement opportunities for students.
  • Actively develop research programs that are academically and financially beneficial to the College.
  • Demonstrate active engagement in the profession and in scholarly or creative expression.

  • Demonstrate effective use of technology and electronic information to deliver course material and learning experiences to students.
  • Understand and manage new industry technologies related to the field of woven textiles.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a Master's degree in textiles/weaving technology/fabric formation/textile engineering/textile technology or related fields.
  • Three to five years of industry related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Seven to ten years of relevant industry experience; teaching experience is preferred but not required. Preference will be given to candidates who have a portfolio of skills that include some of the following elements: professional technical knowledge of wet processing and all other areas of the fiber-to-fabric process.


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 Fall 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
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching 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 Textile Development Department of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.

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 over 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 Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology educates students for management and leadership roles within the fashion and related creative industries. Our curriculum integrates a deep appreciation of how markets, business environments, advanced business technology and competition can be managed in a global context. The Baker School provides a professional faculty and business climate that enables students to be immediately valuable contributors to their industries.

The Baker School of Business and Technology collaborates with the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, whose courses help students to better understand themselves, others, and their place in an increasingly complex world. The Baker School creates curricular and educational experiences that help hone general skills and behaviors that employers increasingly demand: critical thinking and problem solving skills, a strong sense of professional and ethical responsibility, social skills, the ability to work productively in teams, and good oral and written communications skills.

The vision of the School is to be the most academically recognized school of excellence where students come to learn about the business of the core industries that we serve-the creative, fashion and design industries-and where industry, government and associations see creative alliances for the development of ideas, solution innovation, future thinking, and problem solving.

Seven of the ten Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The mission of the Textile Development and Marketing Department is to prepare students for success in careers within the global textile supply chain and its related industries. The program offers education in the development of fabrics for the fashion apparel, home furnishings and other textile-related industries, with emphasis on global sourcing, fabric research and development, and end-use applications. The program emphasizes the need for students to work both individually and in teams in a mature and collegial manner. Alumni of the Textile Development and Marketing program are technologically competent, flexible, and familiar with all aspects of the fabric development process.


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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