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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
26 Feb 2024

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Teaching & Education
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Job Description:

The Textile Development and Marketing program seeks a full-time tenure track-faculty member with proven credentials to teach courses in the areas of textile testing and quality assurance.

Candidates will demonstrate a strong background in the field of textile testing and quality assurance with the ability to integrate sustainability technologies and tools in the analysis of textiles and apparel into the curriculum. The candidate will have experience in teaching, training, or instruction, along with the desire to inspire and mentor our students to pursue careers in the textile industry.

The successful candidate will be current in industry practices, emerging technologies, and quality standards with the primary responsibility of teaching to deliver effective instructional materials and engaging teaching methodologies that promote active learning and encourage critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills.

The candidate will have strong knowledge of the textile supply chain, product and project management, global marketing, and understanding and conveying the importance of sustainability in the textile industry. In addition to teaching specialty classes relating to testing and quality assurance, the successful candidate will teach courses in textile fundamentals and technology to non-textile majors serviced by the department.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advising students, cultivating strategic alliances with industry and other academic institutions, and proficiency in laboratory management.

The candidate should have a strong interest in and motivation to develop and implement interdisciplinary coursework and research with a commitment to scholarship relating to the mission of the department.

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 textile product categories and global supply chain process.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional, ethical, and social responsibility.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for all racial, ethnic, religious, social, and gender diversity, incorporating into the pedagogical experience.
  • Embrace sustainability as an integral part of the teaching and learning experience.

Instructional Design
  • Implement an academically rigorous experience by incorporating professional and business practices in 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 and to introduce and integrate new methodologies into the curriculum.
  • Utilize the college's learning management system to maintain information required for assessment monitoring and stakeholder reporting.
  • Create student 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 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 Textile Development and Marketing curriculum.
  • Demonstrate currency in the industry, including new technology and the ability to incorporate 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.
  • Utilize the Textile Development and Marketing laboratory facilities, including connecting academic assets to industry opportunities.
  • Identify networking opportunities between industry professionals and students through field trips, internships, seminars, and industry events.

  • Maintain active participation and engagement in industry-related activities that inform and enhance the discipline.
  • Participate in conferences relevant to textile development 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.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry into related fields.
  • Actively develop research programs that are academically support and financially benefit the college.

  • Utilize course management systems and demonstrate capability in utilizing multimedia technology to deliver course material and enhanced learning experiences to students.
  • Possess industry-specific technology skills and demonstrate effective utilization of standard textile testing and quality assurance equipment to deliver course content and convey applied learning concepts and experiences to students.
  • Incorporate new industry technologies related to the field of testing, analysis, and quality assurance of textiles.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the use of knitting machines such as Stoll and Brother knitting equipment.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with professional written, oral, visual, and technological presentation standards.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have a terminal degree with appropriate Ph.D. in a relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research, research grants, and projects, and/or published articles relevant to fibers/polymers/textiles.
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of professional experience in the global textile industry. Experience in the area(s) of textile testing, analysis, and quality assurance.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear and understandable manner.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in textile engineering, textile technology, material science, polymer chemistry, or textile chemistry.

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 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 September 2023 and continue until the position is filled, or until April 2024. 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 Textile and Development Marketing 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 both the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts, whose courses help students to better understand themselves, others, and their place in an increasingly complex world. The Baker School co-operates to design 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 excellent 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 programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is dedicated to promoting continuous improvement in the practice of business in every industry worldwide.

The Textile Development and Marketing 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 collegiality, cultural awareness, and the communication and technology skills necessary for today's global business environment.

Students obtain a global perspective through both academic and experiential learning that prepares them for success in careers within the textile supply chain and its related industries. The program offers education in the development of fabrics for fashion apparel, home furnishings, and other textile-related industries, with an emphasis on global sourcing, fabric research and development, and end-use applications. Graduates of the Textile Development and Marketing program are technologically competent, flexible, and familiar with all aspects of the fabric development process.

The Textile Development and Marketing program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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