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 MFA Fashion
Design 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
Established in 2017, FIT's MFA Fashion Design program is based
on the FIT campus in close proximity to New York's Garment
District. Students enjoy the use of the program's newly-renovated,
state-of-the art studios, work rooms and equipment. Students
benefit from access to the world-renowned Museum at FIT, its
archives and its curatorial staff. Classes and students take
advantage of access to New York's museums and cultural offerings.
The MFA Fashion Design program curriculum includes one
international seminar that allows students to travel and explore
fashion design, making and sustainability strategies. Many courses
feature a wide array of international guest lecturers who provide
experienced fashion industry perspective and critique to students
in the program.
Mirroring the progressive direction of the fashion industry and
global marketplace, the MFA Fashion Design Department is committed
to diversity, inclusiveness and globalism. The program provides
advanced academic and technical education and mentoring for fashion
design career paths. Courses are developed and taught by academic
and industry practitioners, and deliver key skill sets that prepare
graduates to pursue careers launching their own brands, working
within established brands or teaching in higher education
The School of Graduate Studies seeks a full-time faculty member
and chair to lead and administer the MFA Fashion Design Department.
The department offers courses in fashion creation and design as
well as design communication, brand marketing, finance, retail,
international supply chain strategies, production, fashion history
and textiles, innovative technologies as well as sustainability,
cultural appropriation, diversity and other important social impact
issues affecting the global fashion industry. The ideal candidate
will be an industry leader and educator in the fashion field, with
teaching and administrative experience.
It is imperative that the candidate have the ability to teach
multiple courses in the MFA program and have professional
experience in the fashion industry. As Chairperson, the selected
candidate will work with relevant parties to oversee adjunct
faculty hiring, teaching assignments, curriculum development,
student success, recruitment and admissions, studio facilities,
fashion showcase and event coordination, external outreach, program
planning and budgeting. 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
Accordingly, the ideal candidate will have a versatile and
interdisciplinary outlook and the ability to work collaboratively
with a range of colleagues, students, industry partners,
administrators and external stakeholders to achieve program
learning outcomes and advance the program's development.
The successful candidate will be a recognized thought leader in
the fashion field, having made significant contributions through
professional achievements, conference presentations, lectures,
press, publications and the leadership of cross-functional global
initiatives, projects and teams. The candidate will have a network
of connections in the field, including international contacts in
fashion brands, retailers, academic institutions, professional
services, industry organizations and groups.
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
- Possess broad international knowledge of and interdisciplinary
experience in the global fashion community.
- Possess industry connections worldwide, through professional
work experiences, conference presentations, fashion organizations,
partnerships and networks.
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively in international
settings with colleagues from multicultural backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ability to develop and deliver course content
within the fashion design program: fashion concept and collection
development; the business of fashion and entrepreneurship;
international supply chain; design communication; emerging
technologies and/or relevant issues impacting the fashion
- Demonstrate ability to oversee the fashion design studio and
manage the studio technician, 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 commitment to the field of fashion, design and
related career paths, including connections to professional
industry partners and companies, service providers and leadership
- Demonstrate a passion for learning 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
- 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 facilitating industry networks,
professional experience, and other real-world opportunities for
- Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing student interaction,
collaboration, and creativity in the classroom.
- Possesses the ability to lead students in developing industry
practice in the context of critical thinking, problem-solving,
visual and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrate proven experience building, developing and leading
teams in vision creation, strategy implementation and management of
multi-faceted programs, brands or businesses
- Maintain highly active engagement in the fashion industry,
creative and/or academic activities relevant to fashion and
- Demonstrate leadership in the field and maintain engagement
with peers and colleagues, through professional networks,
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 fashion and design, as well as issues related to
the department and its mission.
- Applies a wide variety of industry practices and topics in
- Demonstrate a commitment to innovation and a high level of
technological skills, knowledge and approaches to promote and
advance the program.
- Demonstrate ability to communicate through technology and to
adapt delivery of course content and management using
- Demonstrate a commitment to building expertise and leading
students in the development and maintenance of technological
- Candidates should have a terminal degree (MFA, MBA or PhD), a
minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the fashion
industry, significant teaching or related presentation experience,
strong experience in academic and/or industry leadership and
management, and experience in mentoring the development of fashion
collection development and presentations.
- Preference will be given to candidates with a record of
relevant fashion industry leadership and teaching experience at the
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 beginning 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.