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 Cosmetics and
Fragrance Marketing and Management Department, School of Graduate
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.
This position will be the college's first shared tenure
track faculty line between the Graduate School and the
undergraduate Baker School of Business and Technology.
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 Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology
educates students for management and leadership roles within the
fashion and related creative industries. The curriculum integrates
a deep appreciation of how markets, business environments, advanced
business technology and competition can be managed in a global
context. The Baker School provides a professional faculty and
business climate that enables students to be immediately valuable
contributors to their industries.
The mission and goals of the Bachelors of Science in Cosmetics
and Fragrance Marketing Department is to develop students'
creative, intellectual, technological, and analytical capabilities
through a course of study that cross-pollinates the aesthetics of
the cosmetics and fragrance industries with business outcomes. The
program is committed to preparing students for professional
excellence in executive managerial and support positions in the
cosmetics, fragrance and toiletries business. The range of alumni
careers includes but is not limited to product development,
marketing, brand management, fragrance evaluation, sales, trend
forecasting and project management.
The Masters of Professional Studies in Cosmetics and Fragrances
Marketing and Management program provides advanced education for
emerging executives and is a think tank of innovative leadership
for the industry it serves. The program develops holistic leaders,
with dual competency in creative and analytical business skills,
through both academic and experiential learning. Students obtain a
global perspective of business through field studies in multiple
overseas markets and develop agility with leadership skills through
an Executive Mentor program that is part of the graduate
curriculum. The curriculum facilitates the development of empathic
leaders with the objective of shepherding brands that are global
corporate citizens and must delight and inspire the end
The ideal candidate will hold a terminal degree in the field and
significant creative and business skills in marketing and product
development while being able to identify opportunities for research
projects in the beauty industry. The new faculty member will be an
integral part of expanding and implementing the continued
integration of curricular offerings between the two departments and
should demonstrate the ability to take part in shared governance,
curriculum development and recruitment.
Responsibilities for the position will include teaching,
assisting with the College's cosmetics and fragrance laboratory,
mentoring students and building strong partnerships with industry.
In addition to excellent professional credentials, the candidate
should demonstrate experience in teaching and/or corporate
training, scholarly research, trade article publication or industry
keynotes, and the ability to produce innovative curriculum.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a desire to
participate in department and college-wide committee work, and most
importantly, display a passion for the cosmetics and fragrance
industry with the ability to convey this excitement to students at
both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the global nature of the beauty
- Possess a keen sense of professional, ethical and social
responsibility and demonstrate ability to recognize and be
sensitive to all racial, ethnic, religious and social groups in a
- Embrace the concept of sustainability as part of the learning
- Understand the unique global aspects of beauty marketing and
product development across geographic boundaries.
- Implement an academically rigorous experience by incorporating
business practices with classroom learning.
- Create a variety of assessment tools for student work to
capture the wide variety of learning styles in the classroom.
- Incorporate interdisciplinary programs to mirror the ways in
which industry works in the cosmetics and fragrance business.
- Maintain strong connections with the beauty industry to allow
for the integration of new professional procedures into the
- Embrace new forms of pedagogy including online teaching,
blended classes, and experiential learning.
- Foster writing, research and critical thinking skills in the
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of team building
- Provide platforms for the development of student presentation
- Maintain active participation and engage in industry-related
research projects which can inform and enhance the discipline.
- Participate in global conferences for the cosmetics and
- Maintain a strong network of alumni and industry experts who
will serve as a resource for internships, mentors, curriculum
development, guest speakers and placement opportunities for
- Demonstrate currency and engagement in the primary teaching
- Demonstrate ability to apply the latest technologies to enhance
learning and teaching including proficiency in PC or MAC-based
operating systems, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Adobe
- Incorporate programs provided by the SUNY Learning Network
(SLN) Blackboard in the classroom and in online and blended
- Attend workshops, seminars, and other educational opportunities
offered to/for FIT faculty.
- Provide students with knowledge of the latest technologies used
by the cosmetics and fragrance industries.
- Candidates should have a terminal degree in the field,
significant relevant industry experience (10+ years), teaching
and/or relevant corporate training experience, and a demonstrated
passion for the professional development of young executives.
- Preference will be given to candidates with a record of
significant professional achievement, success in industry training
and presentations and/or teaching in a university environment
(including guest lectures), and mentorship of emerging executives.
Strong preference will be given to candidates with global expertise
and a demonstrated record of promoting diversity, equity and
inclusion in their previous roles.
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 in Fall
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 resume/Curriculum Vitae;
- A minimum of three professional references, including names,
titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact
Please note 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.