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
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.
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
- 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
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively in international
settings with colleagues from multicultural backgrounds.
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrate a passion for research and writing with the ability
to inspire interest, curiosity, and creativity in advanced
- 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
- Demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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)
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
- Professional resumé/Curriculum Vitae
- A minimum of three professional references, including names,
titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact
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
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
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.