Full-Time Faculty Position in Fashion History, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The History of Art Department seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member in the field of fashion history who will develop and teach broad surveys on and specialized courses in both historic and contemporary fashion.

The candidate will ideally have a specialization in one or more of the following areas: 1) fashion in North America; 2) costume design for television and film; 3) West, South, or Southeast Asian fashion; 4) museum experience in fashion/textile curation; 5) ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry.

The successful candidate will contribute to the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences minors, which include Fashion History, Theory, and Culture; Ethics and Sustainability; and the History of Art. They will be expected to contribute to the department, school, and college beyond the classroom by participating in committees and college-wide events, and engaging in scholarly activity including but not limited to conference presentations and/or publications.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate familiarity with best teaching practices including pedagogical innovation, inclusive strategies, and utilization of new technologies.

Successful candidates will excel in the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate awareness of global issues as they relate to and revolve around the discipline of art history and to the specific field.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for cultural diversity and difference.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for all racial, ethnic, religious, social, and gender groups, incorporating this respect into the pedagogical experience.

Instructional Design
  • Design and deliver course content that balances tradition, currency, and innovation in the field.
  • Design learning experiences that develop critical thinking and oral and written communication skills.
  • Employ pedagogical variety to accommodate students with different learning styles and educational backgrounds.
  • Adapt course content to adjust to emerging and current developments in the field.

Learning Enrichment
  • Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods, including emerging pedagogical techniques.
  • Emphasize the value of interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
  • Inspire students' intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking skills, and love of learning.
  • Enrich student learning and professional activities by taking advantage of New York City's resources in the art world.

  • Engage actively in the art-historical discipline through conferences, publications, and other professional activities.
  • Demonstrate and maintain currency in the field.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry into related fields.
  • Work effectively in the greater college community as a representative of the department.

  • Utilize emerging pedagogical technologies inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate a fluency with digital-image technologies and teaching methods.
  • Utilize appropriate technology to communicate with students and to engage them with the material outside the classroom.
  • Utilize technology to enhance professional productivity.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should have a PhD on a fashion-related topic or other terminal degree in related field (e.g., PhD in Art History, or MA in Fashion History or Fashion Studies).

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years or equivalent of full-time teaching or museum experience.

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:

In order to considered for this position, please submit the following documents online:
  • 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.

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

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

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 History of Art 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.

In the History of Art Department, we offer courses on the arts of Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Students explore the art of diverse cultures from the prehistoric to the postmodern, as well as the specific histories of architecture, costume and fashion, industrial design, photography, and textiles. Many of our classes satisfy interdisciplinary Liberal Arts minors, such as Fashion History, Theory and Culture; Asian Studies; Ethics and Sustainability; LGBTQIA Studies; African American and Africana Studies; and Middle East and North African Studies.


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