The School of Graduate Studies seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member and chair to lead and administer the Global Fashion Management Department. The successful candidate will demonstrate business and creative skills in the fashion and apparel industry across a broad range of interdisciplinary fashion business management fields, with a strong focus on the global fashion industry, and demonstrate an understanding of the role of sustainability and technology throughout the global fashion industry. They must also be familiar with understanding corporate financial issues and marketing and promotional campaigns.
The successful candidate will demonstrate ability to work effectively, based on practical, corporate industry experience and through collaboration and participation in international settings with colleagues and program partners from multicultural backgrounds, including conceptualization, management and leadership of program-specific events and seminars. Specifically, this will include active communication and planning with partner institutions in Paris, Hong Kong, and Mexico City, and the leadership, planning, and execution of the opening three-credit seminar in New York, one of FIT's reputational events.
The new department chair will be the driving force to lead a master of professional studies in global fashion management and serve an essential role in the oversight of the program, as well as its expansion and implementation of new graduate course offerings in the degree curriculum, and executive education/advanced professional development formats, while also benchmarking those offerings against fashion industry, graduate business programs and academic best practices locally and internationally.
The successful candidate will possess global fashion industry expertise with a proven track record of collaborative exchange; ability to mentor emerging early and mid-career-level talent working in the fashion industry; experience in successful team leadership, and an established and active professional network within the fashion industry locally and internationally are required, including experience leading industry-related events. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as sustainability, is imperative.
The successful candidate will participate in department, School and college-wide service and campus-wide committee work. The candidate will have teaching and/or corporate training experience in the fashion industry, a record of scholarly or industry research, and contributions to the field that include some or all of the following: projects, publications, presentations, lectures, panels, and involvement in professional fashion industry-related activities. The candidate will demonstrate, based on applicable fashion industry experience, the ability to mentor student/faculty research projects and publication-level classroom deliverables.
An interest in and ability to fundraise for program growth to support alumni events is desired.
Specific competencies sought as related to the position: Globalism
- Demonstrate a record of global awareness-culturally, politically, and academically-and a working knowledge of the apparel industry's global supply chains, major retailers, production facilities, technological innovation, trade policies, industrial sustainability issues, and design knowledge within relevant global regions. Demonstrate an awareness of professional, ethical and social responsibility and be cognizant of a diverse and multicultural environment.
- Demonstrate a commitment to fostering and cultivating fashion and creative industry networks, leading to professional and other real-world opportunities for students.
- Embrace the concept of social impact and sustainability as part of the learning process.
- Demonstrate a capacity for mentoring and guiding graduate students through a rigorous and challenging curriculum, incorporating an awareness of current industry practices and technology in preparation for capstone thesis projects.
- Demonstrate the ability to mount an academically rigorous experience, incorporating current business practices with pedagogy.
- Articulate a pedagogical philosophy aligned with the department and apparel industry.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop a variety of assessment tools for student work, to capture the wide range of learning styles in the classroom.
- Demonstrate the ability to incorporate interdisciplinary programs to reflect contemporary apparel business operations.
- Cultivate and maintain connections with local and international businesses to support the integration of current and emerging professional practices into the curriculum.
- Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving in the apparel industry.
- Demonstrate the willingness to embrace various forms of instruction inclusive of instruction, online teaching, blended classes, and experiential learning.
- Demonstrate the ability to foster and cultivate writing, research and critical thinking skills in the classroom.
- Convey knowledge and application of team building skills in a corporate environment and the role of creativity and innovation in strategic business planning.
- Demonstrate the ability to provide platforms for the development of student presentation capabilities.
- Demonstrate a passion for the apparel industry and its many facets, with the ability to convey this excitement to students.
- Demonstrate the vision to build and advance the department through enhanced curricular approaches and regular assessment.
- Maintain active participation and engage in fashion and apparel industry-related research projects which inform and enhance the discipline.
- Participate in global conferences for the apparel industries, including the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI).
- Leverage and maintain a professional network of alumni and apparel/fashion industry professionals 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 disciplines, fashion and apparel industry trends, and also in related industries including global economic trends and various distribution channels, retail formats, and supply chain.
- Demonstrate interest and ability to promote the program through active social media campaigns.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of current and emerging technologies to support and enhance the learning and teaching environments.
- Incorporate programs supported by the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) platform in the classroom and online learning.
- Leverage professional development and educational opportunities offered campus-wide and through industry.
The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position; other duties may be assigned consistent with the classification of the position.Requirements: Minimum Qualifications:
- Candidates must have a graduate degree (MBA, MPS, MPA, MSc, MPhil, MEd, JD, PhD, ScD, DPhil, EdD or equivalent) and relevant fashion/apparel industry experience within a corporate environment; a demonstrated record in teaching; and relevant corporate learning and development/training experience.
- A minimum of 10 years of practical apparel and fashion industry experience at a management level within corporate industry brands and retailers.
- Demonstrated ability to teach a range of courses across disciplines in the MPS program, focused on the apparel and fashion industries, including domestic and overseas field study seminars.
- Preference will be given to candidates with a record of demonstrated success in the fashion industry, including training and development at the corporate level, curriculum development and presentations and/or college-level teaching, as well as practical experience on a senior level within a fashion brand, retailer, or production facility.
Please note, all offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the background check process. Salary
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. Benefits
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
- Qualifying Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program
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This position is eligible for visa sponsorship by the Fashion Institute of Technology. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
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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 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.
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This faculty position will begin Spring 2025. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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: http://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/chairperson position in the Global Fashion Management Department, School of Graduate Studies.
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.
A vital and growing part of FIT's rich educational mix, the School of Graduate Studies provides advanced professional education in seven disciplines closely tied to the college's mission, promotion in the post-baccalaureate study of business, art, fashion and design. The School is dedicated to advancing research in the creative industries and fostering collaboration and a dialogue that links faculty and students to outstanding professionals and practitioners.
The Global Fashion Management Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program prepares experienced apparel industry professionals to advance to more senior level and executive positions by providing interactive, student-centered education taught by seasoned industry professionals and accomplished academics. The program's global partnerships and international student body are designed to enrich the curriculum through discussion and awareness. Research, collaboration, and communication foster leadership, innovation, and strategic thinking, with the objective of infusing progressive ideas into a rapidly changing and highly competitive industry.