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Full-Time Faculty Position in Fashion Business Management, School of Business and Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The Fashion Business Management program seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member who is a business-driven professional with demonstrated leadership in the fashion and retail sectors, to teach undergraduate courses in the five key pillars of the program: leadership, product, merchandising, planning/analytics, and strategy.

Candidates will demonstrate a strong background in fashion business management with a focus on fashion analytics; providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, strategies, and practices in the field.

The successful candidate will be current in industry advancements and emerging trends with a passion for empowering students to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits while embracing academic scholarship. The primary responsibility will be teaching to deliver engaging lectures that promote active learning and encourage critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills; to develop and expand on curriculum in the areas of fashion analytics, planning and digital technology, merchandising strategies, brand development, and product development.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advising students and identifying opportunities through mentoring, internships, seminars, and industry functions while cultivating strategic alliances with industry and other academic institutions.

The successful candidate will serve an integral role in the planning and implementation of the strategic goals for the program, participate in department, School, and college-wide committee service, and support accreditation and administrative activities as required.

Specific competencies sought as related to the position:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the global nature of the fashion industry.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional, ethical, and social responsibility.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for all racial, ethnic, religious, social, and gender groups, incorporating this respect into the pedagogical experience.
  • Embrace the concept of sustainability as an integral part of the teaching and learning experience.

Instructional Design
  • Implement a rigorous academic experience by incorporating business practices with classroom learning.
  • Develop a variety of assessment methods for student work to capture various learning styles in the classroom.
  • Maintain strong connections within the industry to maintain currency for the introduction and integration of new methodologies into the curriculum.
  • Utilize the college's learning management system to maintain information required for assessment monitoring and stakeholder reporting.
  • Create experiences that require collaborative exercises, real-world problem-solving, and a skills-based approach to learning.
  • Incorporate instructional variety to service students of different learning styles, abilities, demographics, and/or diversity.

Learning Enrichment
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, creativity, and love of learning in students.
  • Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods to foster critical thinking, design thinking, and creative problem-solving and team-building skills.
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary learning into the Fashion Business Management curriculum.
  • Demonstrate currency in the industry, including new technology, and the ability to incorporate those changes into a progressive curriculum.
  • Embrace new forms of pedagogy including online teaching, blended classes, workshops, flipped classrooms, and experiential learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support different student learning styles and abilities.

  • Maintain active participation and engagement in industry-related activities that inform and enhance the discipline.
  • Participate in conferences relevant to the business of fashion and its industries.
  • Maintain and foster a cultivated network of alumni and industry experts who will serve as a resource for internships, mentors, curriculum development, guest speakers, and placement opportunities for graduates.
  • Demonstrate currency and engagement in the primary teaching discipline.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry into related fields.

  • Utilize course management systems and demonstrate capability in utilizing multimedia technology in the classroom, and emerging technologies and business models for fashion business management.
  • Possess industry-specific technology skills and demonstrate effective use of technology and data to deliver course material and convey applied learning experiences to students, including but not limited to buying, planning, product management software, and data analytics technology.
  • Utilize appropriate technology to communicate with students and to engage them with the material outside the classroom.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have an MBA or master's degree in a field related to the fashion industry, or enrolled in a master's degree program, in progress, to completion.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in the fashion retail industry.
  • Experience in the area(s) of fashion analytics, planning and digital technology, merchandising strategies, brand development, and product management.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear and understandable manner.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • College-level teaching or instructional experience.
  • Global expertise in the fashion business industry.

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) 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

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, .

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 occasionally 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
  • Professional Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Unofficial Transcript*
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

*Official transcripts are 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 in August 2023 and continue until the position is filled, or until April 2024. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by September 1, 2023. The salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience.

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: .

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 Fashion Business Management 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 undergraduate 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 global contexts. The Baker School provides a professional faculty and business climate that enables students to become valuable contributors to their industries.

The Baker School of Business and Technology collaborates with both the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 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, professional and ethical responsibility, social skills, the ability to work productively in teams, and strong communication skills.

The vision of the Baker School is to provide an environment of academic 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 degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Fashion Business Management department is housed within the Baker School of Business and Technology and oversees an Associate of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science
degree programs. The program emphasizes teamwork and collaboration, cultural awareness, and the communication and technology skills necessary for today's global fashion business

Students obtain a global perspective through both academic and experiential learning. The curriculum is designed to guide students in acquiring and developing the creative and analytical business skills necessary to succeed in various fashion-related careers including but not limited to retail buyer, planning and allocation, product development, retail and wholesale
management, data analytics, and multi-channel merchandising. The Fashion Business Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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