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Instructor, Design & Merchandising

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts, Business & Management, Marketing & Sales, Other Business & Management, Education, Instructional Technology & Design
Employment Type
Part Time
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About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

About the College

The center for creativity at Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design trains the next generation of scholars, thinkers, makers, creative managers, doers in media, entertainment, design, and the visual and performing arts. Westphal offers 18 undergraduate and nine graduate majors housed in award-winning facilities that encourage collaboration across creative disciplines. Our programs challenge students to center sustainability, access, and equity in their approaches to design, creative work, and scholarship. Through experiential learning, studio-based curriculum, and Drexel’s widely recognized cooperative education (co-op) program, our students are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century.

About the Department

Drexel University’s BS in Design & Merchandising is composed of a rigorous 4-year curriculum requiring academic and co-operative educational experiences. The Design & Merchandising (D&M) major integrates visual design, merchandising, and business insight for the fashion lifestyle industries. The Bachelor of Science degree educates students to conceptualize, plan, develop, market, and measure the opportunity for products and services for consumers through physical stores, online channels, televised content, and interactive media. Students develop thorough knowledge of how products come to life through sustainable textiles, design, and production, and strategize the optimal assortment, inventory, and pricing for business goals. The multidisciplinary curriculum, based on both theory and practice, is delivered through immersive, experiential learning. Graduates work across the fashion lifestyle industries engaged in creative strategies, dynamic merchandise assortments, and new product lines for global consumer markets.

Job Summary

We are looking for an experienced colleague who has deep knowledge of the design and merchandising curriculum development and implementation and can support the implementation of our strategic vision for the D&M Program. The faculty member should be capable of teaching a broad range of courses across the curriculum, from the foundation to senior problem, but also have the expertise in digital marketing in the business of fashion from analytics, ecommerce, social media and immersive media. This faculty opportunity is ideal for an accomplished professional or entrepreneur who possesses a command of the discipline and a vision for the future.

Essential Functions
  • Teaching responsibilities will include teaching and coordinating 15 credits assigned by the Program Director to meet program needs from foundation to senior problem courses with expertise in digital marketing in the business of fashion from analytics, ecommerce, social media and immersive media.
  • Service responsibilities include cultivating and fostering partnerships in the fashion industry, including our network of alumni who can be called upon as resources for course and curriculum development, guest speakers, internships, and placement opportunities for students. A specific project will be determined prior to the start of this academic position and will include a plan, goals and metrics of the results.
  • Advising students and participation in the ongoing assessment of existing curriculum.
  • Ability to teach in multi-channel modes (in the classroom, online and hybrid).
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years in a senior level position in the fashion industry with strong industry connections with a willingness to share industry contacts and opportunities to help achieve program initiatives.
  • Candidates must hold at least one degree in a relevant discipline with a demonstrated knowledge of fashion business concepts including buying, marketing, multi-channel merchandising, licensing/branding, design and product development.
  • Candidates should possess a knowledge of and appreciation for design and see the potential for design beyond the artifact. Interest in larger systems, patterns and behaviors that affect the discipline and create change is essential.
  • We seek a forward-thinking individual whose vision includes future based interests and who has a comprehensive understanding of the impact of the fashion lifestyle industry on the people and the planet.
Preferred Qualification
  • Master's Degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team development experience.
  • Candidates should be immersed in AI, virtual reality, and/or new and innovative technologies in retailing and the supply chain.

University City – Philadelphia, PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please provide the following documents at the time you apply to be considered:

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

Brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Three references that shall remain confidential unless/until the applicant is considered a finalist for the position

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 7, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

Advertised:Jan 25 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Mar 26 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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