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 History of Art
Department, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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.
The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the foundation
for an FIT degree, committed to providing a broad-based general
education for FIT students, integrating traditional academic study
with career preparation. Home to seven academic departments, 17
minors, and two interdisciplinary majors, our faculty prepare
students to become reflective, critical, and engaged citizens of
the world. Committed to scholarship, academic service and
student-centered instruction, faculty members foster an
understanding of diverse cultures and international perspectives as
well as an appreciation for the richness and changing composition
of American culture.
The History of Art Department offers more than 70 courses
studying the arts and visual culture of Africa, Asia, Central and
South America, Europe, the Islamic world, and the United States.
Students explore art from the prehistoric to the contemporary era,
grounded in historical study, and may also study the history of
architecture, costume, industrial design, photography, textiles,
and other fields of visual production.
The History of Art Department seeks an historian of Latin
American and/or Caribbean art and visual culture who will develop
and teach innovative historical surveys covering ancient to
contemporary art from the region. Strong preference for candidates
with museum or curatorial experience who can contribute to the
department's major, Art History and Museum Professions.
The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute new
course offerings to the Liberal Arts minors in the History of Art,
Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and/or African American
and Africana Studies, and to contribute to the department, School,
and College beyond the classroom by participating in committees and
college-wide events, engaging in scholarly activity through
conference presentations and/or publications.
The new faculty member will benefit from mentoring by working
with the department chair and with other department faculty, as
well as with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, which anchors a
faculty development program for training with online learning
systems and for other pedagogical guidance.
Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
- Demonstrate awareness of global issues as they pertain to the
discipline of art history and to the specific field.
- Demonstrate appreciation for cultural diversity and
- Demonstrate awareness of and respect for all racial, ethnic,
religious, social, and gender groups, incorporating this respect
into the pedagogical experience.
- Enrich student learning and professional activities by taking
advantage of New York City's resources in the art world.
- Design and deliver course content that balances tradition,
currency, and innovation in the field.
- Design learning experiences that develop critical thinking and
oral and written communication skills.
- Employ pedagogical variety to accommodate students with
different learning styles and educational backgrounds.
- Adapt course content to adjust to developments in the
Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods, including
emerging pedagogical techniques.
Emphasize the value of interdisciplinary teaching and
Inspire students' intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills,
and love of learning.
- Engage actively in the art historical discipline through
conference attendance/participation, publication, and other
- Demonstrate currency in the field.
- Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry
into related field.
- Work effectively in the greater college community as a valued
representative of the department.
- Utilize emerging pedagogical technologies in and outside of the
- Demonstrate a fluency with digital-image technologies and
- Utilize appropriate technology to communicate with students and
to engage them with the material outside of the classroom.
- Utilize technology to enhance professional productivity
- Successful candidates will have a PhD in the field by the date
of appointment (August 2022) and a minimum of three (3) years
teaching experience in a college or university, demonstrating
familiarity with best teaching practices, pedagogical innovation,
inclusive strategies, and teaching that incorporates new
technologies. Candidates should also have experience with
department/college-wide service and demonstrate professional
accomplishments in the discipline.
- Strong preference for candidates with museum or curatorial
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, but first consideration will be given
to completed applications received by October 15, 2021. Salary and
appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative
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
Additional materials may be requested at a later date.
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.