Professional Lecturer in Fashion Merchandising

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Poughkeepsie, NY
01 Nov 2022
01 Dec 2022
Contract Type

Professional Lecturer in Fashion Merchandising



School of Communications & The Arts


Job Summary:

The School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College invites applications for a full-time Professional Lecturer in Fashion Merchandising, with a desired expertise in aspects of all tenets of sustainable fashion, to commence Fall 2023. This position requires extensive knowledge in all facets of circular fashion initiatives, social responsibility, ethical manufacturing practices, and their global impact. Candidates should have expertise in ethical supply chain assurance, global supply tracing, transparent product life cycle models, macro trend insights at the forefront of the fashion industry today, as well as sustainable branding tactics. Additional desired fashion skill sets such as product development, retailing, and global merchandising will be highly regarded.


This position aligns with the School of Communication and the Arts mission to inspire students to be ethically responsible professionals, with an understanding of sustainable and social responsibilities. We encourage applicants who can demonstrate through their teaching, professional activity, and service, their abilities to contribute to Marist’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Significant professional experience in fashion merchandising
  • Ability to teach effectively


Essential Functions:

  • Teach undergraduate courses from introductory to advanced levels of circular fashion and responsible business practices such as sustainability, social justice, and diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry.
  • Emphasize the importance of circular fashion in the greater global industry, and how these skills may be incorporated into community-based learning opportunities.
  • Mentor senior capstone thesis projects and student scholarship competitions.
  • Meet with students outside of class time for additional instruction as appropriate.
  • Engage in a variety of service duties, including school and college committee service, curriculum development and assessment, admissions, and community/industry outreach.
  • Engage in academic advising.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or terminal degree in Fashion Merchandising or related discipline
  • Three or more years of teaching at the collegiate level with evidence of effective teaching.
  • Experience with trend forecasting and product life management software.
  • The ability to demonstrate a strong analytical and creative skill set, deep knowledge of the latest disruptions within the fashion industry, and the ability to teach and critique student work based on standards of the fashion industry.
  • Deep collaborative spirit to work with other department faculty on cross-pollination of design and merchandising coursework, curriculum evolution and new interdisciplinary approaches to program initiatives.


To apply:


Required Application Documents:

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022. Cover Letter and CV are required for the first round of review. Advancing candidates may be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness in the form of sample syllabi and assignments, a teaching Statement, a diversity and inclusion statement, and other materials.


About the Department/School:

The Fashion Program at Marist successfully prepares its students to enter the world of fashion and pursue careers in merchandising, planning, product development, retailing, operations, fashion promotion, event production, and a gamut of other employment opportunities. Students gain the skills, knowledge and internship experiences within an encouraging academic environment to help them flourish in the fashion industry.


The Fashion Program is housed in the School of Communication and the Arts, which prepares students for careers in communication, media, fashion & art practices, building valuable skills that complement a foundation in a liberal arts education. With nationally ranked programs and Centers of Excellence in Sports Communication and Social Media, we foster an inclusive and engaged community of industry experts and research faculty dedicated to student success. We aim to inspire students to become empathetic and ethically responsible professionals with an understanding of the values of community engagement, sustainability, and social responsibility. Marist’s location in the Hudson Valley offers a traditional college experience that is only a train ride away from the rich cultural and professional opportunities New York City has to offer, while our global campus in Florence, Italy gives students the opportunity to expand their world.


We have innovative, undergraduate academic programs in Art and Digital Media, Communication, Fashion, Film and Television, Games and Emerging Media, and Music as well as graduate programs and dual degree programs in Integrated Marketing Communication (online), and Museum Studies (Florence).


About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #2 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit


Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.


Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.


Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.