Full-time Faculty Position in Color Science, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
4 Jan 2024

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences seeks a Color Scientist for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position, to help cultivate and expand the color science program at FIT. The program focuses on the exploration of the physical basis of color, utilizing the tools of colorimetry and spectroscopy to provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis. The color science program at FIT has been developed to support the specific needs of fashion and creative industries, including color in textiles, printed matter, and digital renderings.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and understanding of color science and digital color that supports applications that include new materials development, imaging science and photography, materials (art and textile) conservation, and remote sensing/satellite imagery.

The candidate may be experienced in chromic materials, photonics, biomimetics of photonic crystals, or a related field. This faculty position offers a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of color, materials, and design. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the area of color science.

Additionally, the candidate should have experience and a strong interest in the expansion of the current curricular offerings related to spectroscopy and analytics for materials characterization and applications within the fashion-related industries, and conduct other scholarly activities. There will be an opportunity for original research in the field of color science.

Candidates must have knowledge of color systems, color analytics including visible spectroscopy and digital color. Evidence of scholarly achievement, professional activities and teaching experience are desired.The successful candidate will exhibit clear promise for the development and delivery of innovative undergraduate science curriculum.

Successful candidates will excel in the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate appreciation for cultural diversity and inclusivity to all racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups, and incorporates this understanding into teaching and learning situations involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines.
  • Enrich student learning of basic principles in context by bringing through global interests and issues into the classroom.

Instructional Design
  • Teach color science curricula, update and create related courses.
  • Create interdisciplinary courses in the intersection of color science and the various art and design fields.

Learning Enrichment
  • Utilize a variety of classroom instructional delivery methods.
  • Utilize methodologies, including but not limited to group work, active learning, team project-based learning, use of technology in the classroom and interdisciplinary teaching to support learning outcomes, particularly for non-traditional science students.
  • Facilitate student acquisition of knowledge about color science.
  • Encourage student critical thinking and problem-solving skills, increase student scientific reasoning and communication skills.

  • Maintain active involvement in a scholarly field in an area of color science (or closely related field) and/or science education.
  • Contribute to and participate in scientific communities, present at conferences, and maintain collaborations with other scholars in the STEM fields.
  • Pursue grant opportunities in STEM-related areas.

  • Utilize color science technology and teach students to use them.
  • Utilize course management systems and demonstrate capability in utilizing multimedia technology in the classroom.
  • Educate students in effective gathering, assessing, and use of electronic information for research.
  • Understand evolving technologies for delivering scientific content and be able to integrate these new technologies in the classroom.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidate must have a PhD by the date of appointment (August 2024) required in Color Science or in a closely related field(s).
  • Evidence of scholarly achievement, professional activities, and teaching/outreach experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree in an appropriate field, closely related to color science.
  • Relevant experience in teaching and/or outreach activities.

Additional Information:

Please note, all offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the background check process.


The final starting salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience; Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Salary Schedules pg. 72.

Instructor: $59,673- $69,524
Assistant Professor: $69,475- $102,388
Associate Professor: $81,317- $122,427
Professor: $99,159- $149,217

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.


The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) provides comprehensive employee benefit programs designed to help keep our faculty and staff and their families healthy, safe, happy, and productive. Our programs also include a variety of components to help our employees improve the quality and balance of their work and family lives, and to help them prepare for their futures.
  • Retirement Plans
  • Health Care Plan and Dental Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Commuter Benefit Plan
  • FIT Tuition Exemption Program

For a full list of FIT benefits, visit our benefits webpage .

Pay Equity by State Employers

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Visa Sponsorship

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship by the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

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 .

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements

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 occasional lifting 10 lbs. or less.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please provide:
  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Research Philosophy Statement
  • Unofficial Transcript*
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

*Official transcripts will be required within the first 30 days of hire. Applicants with foreign degrees must submit a completed credential evaluation comparing their foreign academic accomplishments to standards in the U.S.

Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your submitted application materials.

This faculty position will begin Fall 2024. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled, or until April 2024. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by September 1, 2023.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: www.fitnyc.edu .

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 Science and Mathematics Department of the 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 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 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 six 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 Department of Science and Mathematics seeks to develop students' scientific and mathematical literacy, as well as critical thinking abilities. Using a variety of instructional delivery methods and appropriate technologies, faculty provide students with the analytical skills needed to locate and evaluate technical, scientific, and quantitative information so that they may contribute to and succeed in the global society.


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