Full-Time Faculty/ Chair, Fashion and Textile Studies Department, School of Graduate Studies

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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 and Textile Studies 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 nearly 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 Fashion and Textile Studies Department is unique in its focus and its mix of history, theory and practical skills. Established in the 1980s, it was one of the first programs in the nation to specialize in fashion and textile history and conservation. The department is supported by the on-campus resources of the Museum at FIT and the Special Collections and College Archives, housed within the Gladys Marcus Library. The Fashion and Textile Studies MA program provides advanced academic and practical support for career paths that involve the study and interpretation of historic costume and textiles. Courses are developed and taught by both academics and independent practitioners, and deliver key skill sets in the areas of historical research, writing, public presentations, exhibition planning, collections management, object documentation and analysis, and conservation.  Students graduate prepared to pursue careers in museums, archives, historic houses and auction houses, and for further study and academic careers. The program provides access to NYC museums and critical connections to the many museums worldwide which now employ our graduates.


Job Description:

The School of Graduate Studies seeks a full-time faculty member to chair the Fashion and Textiles Studies Department. The department offers courses in the history of fashion and textiles, fashion theory, and museum practice, including conservation. The ideal candidate will be an active leader and scholar in a relevant field, with teaching and administrative experience. Candidates who are historians and curators should have a measurable understanding and appreciation of the field of conservation.

It is imperative that the candidate have the ability to teach multiple courses in the MA program and have experience in object-based practice, whether as historian, curator or conservator. As Chairperson, the selected candidate will work with relevant parties to oversee adjunct faculty hiring, curriculum development, student recruitment and admissions, and external outreach. The candidate will be expected to serve on committees as necessary, and must commit to advancing the department in ways that align with the goals of the FIT Strategic Plan. (http://www.fitnyc.edu/strategic-plan/index.php).

The successful candidate will be a recognized expert in the field, having made significant contributions through research, publications, conference presentations, lectures, and involvement in professional meetings. The candidate will have a network of connections in the field, including contacts in museums and organizations such as the Textile Society of America, the Costume Society of America, and the American Institute for Conservation. 



Specific Competencies:


  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of and experience in fashion and textile history, theory, and museum practices.
  • Possess experience of the field and have connections worldwide, through publications, conference presentations, and professional networks.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in international settings with colleagues from multicultural backgrounds.

Instructional Design

  • Demonstrate intense involvement in the profession of fashion and textile studies and related career paths, including connections to museum and academic partners.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop and deliver course content on history, theory, or museum practices in classroom, laboratory and museum settings.
  • Demonstrate fluency with state-of-the-art technology and specialized equipment necessary in the classroom environment.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for mentoring and leading advanced students through an intense and rigorous curriculum.
  • Demonstrate passion for the work and the ability to communicate effectively.

Learning Enrichment

  • Demonstrate a passion for research and writing with the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, and creativity in advanced students.
  • Demonstrate the use of a variety of instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving within the fields of fashion and textile studies and museum practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential learning approaches.
  • Demonstrate the vision to build and advance the department through enhanced curricular approaches and regular assessment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing student interaction, collaboration, and creativity in the classroom.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to facilitating internships and other opportunities for students.


  • Maintain highly active engagement in creative and/or scholarly activities relevant to course content and museum practices.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the field and maintain engagement with peers and colleagues, through publications, conference presentations and invited lectures.
  • Possess willingness to share professional contacts and opportunities to achieve department and college goals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to serve as a college representative on matters related to the department and its mission.


  • Demonstrate a high level of technological skills and knowledge of social media approaches to program advocacy and growth.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate through technology and to adapt delivery of course content and management using campus-wide technology.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a related field, and significant experience in teaching, scholarly and professional practice, and academic leadership. It is imperative that the candidate have the ability to teach multiple courses in the MA program and have experience in object-based practice, whether as historian, curator or conservator.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to candidates with graduate-level teaching and experience in advising graduate thesis projects and mentoring advanced students, and with graduate-level administrative experience, ideally as department chair or program director.

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.


Additional Information:

This is a full-time, tenure-track position as early as Spring 2022. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and experience. 

Link to FIT Benefits for Full-Time Faculty

Salary Schedule (page 72)


Application Instructions:

Please note that a background check is required for appointment to this position.

For consideration, please provide:

  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position
  • Professional resumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

Please note due that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually. Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: www.fitnyc.edu.

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, national origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, 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.

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.

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