Assistant/Associate Professor, Fashion - School of Art

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 30, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks to hire an Assistant/Associate Professor of Fashion to advance scholarship or practice in fashion with a focus on one or more of the following areas: social justice, sustainability, or technology. This full-time tenure/tenure-track position begins August 2021.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

About the School of Art

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series.

The Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Fashion prepares students to excel across a wide range of fashion industry professions. Many of our graduates are admitted to prestigious graduate programs internationally. Course instruction modes include online, hybrid, and in-person classes. The ASU Fashion program is a dynamic center for the study of fashion futures with a rich and diverse curriculum. Faculty members emphasize critical concepts in their teaching including a close study of fashion design and product development, marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship, sustainability, global sourcing and wearable technologies. We explore fashion in cultural, economic, social and political contexts and the relationship of fashion to other disciplines. The position will serve undergraduate students in the School of Art. The Phoenix metropolitan area is rich in cultural organizations with which ASU has established robust partnerships.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue an active research agenda in leading fashion industry issues focused on one or more of the following: social justice, sustainability, or technology. The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to develop and instruct a variety of in-person, hybrid, and online course offerings. The successful candidate will teach and mentor undergraduate students based on department needs including developing new courses related to their area of expertise. Additional responsibilities include service to the program, School of Art and ASU. For information about the School of Art, visit

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD, MFA, MBA or appropriate terminal degree with coursework in fashion or relevant fields;
  • Evidence of sustained professional activity in the fashion industry;
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve national and international recognition in scholarly research and/or creative work;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching;
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses;
  • The ability to teach all levels of in-person and online undergraduate courses in fashion using innovative pedagogy;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers and colleagues in academic setting, the fashion industry and build relationships with professional organizations.
  • Familiarity with innovations and new directions in the fashion industry including trends in leading fashion industry issues focused on one or more of the following: social justice, sustainability, or technology.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit

  • Letter of interest addressing the position description and required qualifications;
  • Diversity Statement as a separate document;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Examples of scholarship (limit to 2 publications) and/or creative work (up to 20 images)
  • Names and contact information for three references;
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is April 29, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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