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Tenure-Track Faculty - Fashion Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Position is governed by the MSCA collective bargain agreement
Closing date
21 Oct 2023

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About MassArt:

Founded in 1873, and celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2023, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), is the nation's first and only independent, free-standing public college of art and design in the country. MassArt is an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, makers, educators, innovators and leaders striving to shape the future through art and design. We've spent 150 years demonstrating the truly amazing things that happen when a world-class art and design education is an option for every deserving student. Located in Boston's hub of arts and culture along the Avenue of the Arts, MassArt enrolls 2,000 students and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in 18 disciplines, as well as continuing education and youth programs.

MassArt strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion; the campus community reflects the layers of cultural and self-identity that proudly make up our region, nation, and world. We build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the College by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance to all and maintain an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.

Job Description:

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is seeking candidates for one full-time, tenure-track faculty position, in the Fashion Department beginning fall of 2024.

MassArt Fashion Design

MassArt Fashion Design is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country.  Our Fashion Design program explores the relationship between the classic principles of apparel design and bold innovations that drive the process of creation.  Students learn the processes, techniques, and tools needed to develop design concepts across formats in 2D and 3D - digital and hand sketches, flat patterns and draped toiles, and fully researched and constructed designs.  Expanding on the fundamentals of fashion design, students learn entrepreneurship procedures in apparel marketing, manufacturing, and mass-production practices.  Our students develop the critical skills they need to evolve into versatile design professionals and innovative messengers in the fashion industry. 

MassArt Fashion Design has developed national and international partnerships along with the many local collaborators that offer opportunities to engage students and faculty. Our long established travel courses, internship programs and scholarship projects have afforded students to engage and explore within the global community.  We continue to advance our curriculum in interdisciplinary areas, sustainability, bio-design, technology, diversity, and inclusiveness.

MassArt Fashion Design Mission Statement:

Since 1907 the MassArt Fashion Design Dept. has been cultivating and nurturing designers, leaders, and artists in the realm of fashion. Our mission is to shape thoughtful, individual, and collaborative designers and makers as creative problem solvers and critical thinkers, equipped with the technical and innovative skills to become reflective agents of change. Our underlying core values support students for the creative industries and community engagement to design with purpose and prepare them to be sustainable practitioners who are environmentally and socially responsible, culturally aware and prioritize equity and inclusion.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is seeking candidates for one full-time, tenure-track faculty position, in the Fashion Department beginning fall of 2024.

Full-time Tenure Track Position in Fashion Design

Position is governed by the MSCA collective bargain agreement

Salary: $66,000 - $74,000


  • Teaching undergraduate courses according to the current contract for full-time course load.
  • Advise, mentor, instruct, evaluate and motivate students.
  • Assess curriculum and develop syllabi through a process of evaluation and advancement
  • Commit to engaging and supporting a diverse and inclusive community
  • Cooperatively plan department and program initiatives
  • Participate in department events and activities - including but not limited to fashion shows, exhibits, review panels
  • Actively continue scholarship, research, creative and innovative practices
  • Participate in interdisciplinary programming opportunities with other departments
  • Fulfill duty to attend and engage in College-wide committees



Minimum Qualifications for the Position:

  • Master's degree
  • Preferred candidate should have at least one degree in fashion design, (masters and/or undergraduate degree)
  • College-level teaching experience - a minimum of 3 years teaching fashion or related field courses
  • Professional experience in the fashion industry - a minimum of 5 years
  • Participation in relevant academic, professional or community affiliations and collaborations

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Needed:

  • Proficiency in creative fashion design, pattern drafting, draping, apparel construction, and illustration
  • Proficiency in design development - including 2D traditional and digital methods of sketching and storyboard development, 3D concepts and iterations, textiles and fabric properties
  • Knowledge of fashion industry trend forecasting, innovative practices, and research
  • Knowledge of fashion workroom and lab practices with industry machinery and CAD software
  • Practice with fashion promotion, presentation and visual communication
  • Procedures in apparel marketing, manufacturing, and mass-production practices

Preferred Experience:

  • Adobe software, Gerber, PLM, CLO
  • Sustainability, Life Cycle Analysis, material innovation, wearable technology
  • Cross-disciplinary experience in professional practice and/or teaching
  • Cultural and Global perspectives
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Practice
  • Textile Science and Surface Design
  • Fashion Design Categories - RTW, Sportswear, Knitwear, Costume, Bridal, Women's, Men's, Children's, Avant garde, Couture, Custom, etc.
  • Accessories - handbags, footwear, millinery
  • Laser Cutting, Heat Bonding, 3D Printing


Additional Information:

Please note MassArt does not provide:

  • Employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship.  
  • E-Verify.  
  • Reimbursement for travel.   

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.  
MassArt provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. MassArt complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the college operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.


Application Instructions:

Preference will be given to applicants who apply before October 16, 2023.

Application Requirements:

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy addressing pedagogy including diversity, cultural competency and other areas of concentration
  • 10 Images with examples of professional work
  • 10 Images with examples of student work
  • 2 samples of syllabi of courses taught

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