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Date posted: January 2, 2015

Employer: Department of Design & Merchandising at Colorado State University

Position: Curator/Assistant Professor tenure track position of the Avenir Museum in the Department of Design & Merchandising

Job Description:
The department seeks a faculty member to teach a minimum or two courses per year; support teaching from the collections; conduct and disseminate research in support of museum exhibitions and programming; curate two academic exhibitions per year; oversee student-curated exhibits; able to direct and physically install exhibits; secure external funding; advise undergraduate and graduate students; promote collections; develop and maintain effective relations with donors and prospective donors; work with the Director and Collections Manager to set priorities, policies, and procedures for the collections; serve as a resource for curatorial-related inquiries; represent Colorado State University at professional and scholarly meetings. Please visit our website at www.dm.chhs.colostate.edu for the long position description.

The candidate is required to have a Ph.D. degree, experience in museum collections, post-secondary teaching experience, and academic credentials eligible for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, record of research and scholarship, ability to contribute in areas of service and outreach, physical capability to install exhibitions. An Assistant Professor would demonstrate potential for grantsmanship. Salary and rank commensurate with experience and qualifications.
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application deadline: February 1, 2015

Contact information:
Interested persons should send a letter of application, vitae, transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended; electronic portfolio of curatorial or exhibit work; documentation of teaching competence; evidence of research and grantsmanship; and four (4) professional references with postal addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers to:
Doreen Beard, Search Chair
Department of Design and Merchandising
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1574
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1574


Date posted: December 12, 2014

Employer: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Position: Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design

Job Description:
The Fashion Design department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago seeks innovative, accomplished fashion designers and artists/practitioners with proficiency in the area of fashion design to advance its innovative curriculum that teaches students to make substantive contributions in the world of fashion and art.

The ideal candidate will teach fashion design and construction courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentor students in conceptual and technical development, support professional practice opportunities, participate in year-end student shows and exhibitions, and support the evolution of the department through service. The full-time tenured or tenure-track position begins August 2015.

About the Department: The Fashion Design department, one of 23 departments at the school, is chaired by one of three full-time faculty, 2 full-time visiting artists, and 20 part-time faculty that offer 60 undergraduate courses in spacious, state of the art classrooms. The department also supports a one-year Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and a two-year Master of Design in Fashion, Body, and Garment degree with 30 dedicated students.

Sequential comprehensive design courses, seminars, studies in design history and theory, and electives from across the school support the development of student work.

The successful candidate will lead students in conceptual development, advance knowledge in new technologies in fashion construction and design imagery through seminars, studios, and tutorials.

All full-time faculty support the department through curricular development, administrative roles, student recruitment, and participation in the year-end runway shows. At some point in their careers, full-time faculty will likely serve a rotation as the department chair, and as such will provide leadership and direction to the curriculum and the department. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to an active professional studio practice and outstanding teaching.

A minimum of a bachelor's degree and three or more years teaching at the college-level is required; master-level degree and fashion industry experience preferred.

The ideal candidate has advanced studies in fashion and a global understanding of fashion design and its context in contemporary culture. An interdisciplinary approach to art and design is preferred.

Rank and salary are competitive with peer institutions, and are commensurate with quality of scholarship or practice, extent of teaching experience, and current professional standing.

Application deadline:
By Monday, January 12, 2015, please submit an application and required materials at SAICfaculty.slideroom.com. You will create an account before completing the application that is a combination of fill-in fields and uploaded documents. You are encouraged to begin the application well before the deadline. Applicants can save and continue to work on the application until the final submission. Once an application is begun, there is a grace period for additions or revisions. No late applications may be submitted for any reason. SAIC will underwrite the application fees; you will not be charged for the application process.

Complete the fields for: educational background; current position; and contact information for three professional references.

Please convert all word documents into PDFs before uploading. Required files to upload include: a cover letter stating interests and qualifications; résumé; artist/creative production statement; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample syllabi for an undergraduate course; and portfolio/evidence of current work/support materials as appropriate.

Contact information: saicteach@saic.edu


Date posted: December 4, 2014

Employer: Drexel University

Position: Archivist, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection

Job Description:
Housed within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) is a museum-quality research collection of costume and textiles. The Digital Archivist will be focused on the processing of FHCC holdings in both digital and analog forms. The successful candidate will develop and maintain plans, specifications, and procedures to support the effective collection and management of all archival content; will supervise the database, cataloguing, photography, and scanning of the Costume and Textile collection to facilitate access and digitization; and ensure that object information is correct and properly transferred between database programs and that all materials are handled according to professional and institutional standards.

This is a 12 month contract position with an opportunity for renewal.

Essential Functions:
Serve as FHCC Digital Archivist; supervise the planning and implementation of digitization project; develop a thorough knowledge of TMS software; develop and implement collection inventory protocol; administer TMS training to interns, co-ops, and work study students to ensure consistent data entry.

Professionally set-up and manage a dedicated photography studio, working in conjunction with collection manager to prepare objects for photography; photograph objects using proper procedures for specialized lighting needs; use best practices to hand le fragile paper items to scan for digitization; when necessary, edit photographs and scanned images for color/tonal accuracy.

Manage and maintain data storage and organization; transfer files between databases; work with curator and collection manager to develop and implement an online catalog of the FHCC collection; research object provenance utilizing FHCC archives and/or outside sources; correct discrepancies between object tags, files, and database records; ensure that label information is correct based on findings.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Supplemental Information:
Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful, environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is ma de. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

-Bachelor's degree required in related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
-Minimum of one year experience working in a historic costume and textiles collection, with demonstrated knowledge of museum-standard object handling practices
-Basic knowledge of design history and costume terminology
-Experience cataloging costume and textiles using TMS, PastPerfect, or similar databases
-Professional experience photographing historic dress on mannequins for publicity purposes, including knowledge of equipment and studio set-up
-Ability to climb ladders, kneel, and lift up to 40 pounds.

Contact information: To apply for this position, please apply online at www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind =79141 or visit www.drexeljobs.com and search for requisition number 6408.

For more information about Drexel University, please visit www.drexel.edu.


Date posted: October 6, 2014

Employer: The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Position: FT Faculty History of Art: Textile or Costume/Dress History

Job Description:
About Fashion Institute of Technology:
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 of the School of Liberal Arts.

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 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 35 courses, representing the arts of Asia, the United States, Africa, Central America, the Islamic world and Europe. Students explore art from the pre-historic to the post-modern and may also study the history of architecture, costume, industrial design, photography, and textiles.

The History of Art Department seeks an art historian who specializes in and can teach courses in textile or costume/dress history as well as art history surveys. S/he will be expected to contribute to the department, school, and college beyond the classroom by developing innovative curricula, participating in committees and college-wide events, engaging in scholarly activity through conference presentations and/or publications, and advising students in the Art History and Museum Professions major and History of Art minor.

Successful candidates will demonstrate abilities in the following areas:

  • Demonstrate awareness of global issues as they pertain to the discipline of art history and to one's specific field.
  • Show appreciation for cultural diversity and difference.
  • 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.
  • Instructional Design

  • Design and deliver course content that balances tradition and currency in the field.
  • Design learning experiences that develop critical thinking, oral and written communication skills.
  • Employ pedagogical variety to accommodate students with difference learning styles and educational backgrounds.
  • Adapt course content to adjust to developments in the field.
  • Learning Enrichment

  • Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods, including emerging pedagogical techniques.
  • Emphasize the value of interdisciplinary learning.
  • Inspire student intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and love of learning.
  • Professionalism

  • Engage actively in the art historical discipline through conference attendance/participation, publication, and other professional activities.
  • Demonstrate current in the field.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry into related field.
  • Work effectively in greater college community as valuable representative of the department.
  • Technology

  • Use emerging pedagogical technologies inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate a fluency with digital-image technologies and teaching methods.
  • Use appropriate technology to communicate with students and to engage them with the material outside the classroom.
  • Use technology to enhance professional productivity.
  • Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. by the date of appointment (August 2015) and at least three years of teaching experience in a college or university, demonstrating familiarity with best teaching practices and pedagogical initiative. Strong preference for candidates with museum experience and teaching experience that incorporates new technologies.

    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 individuals.

    Application deadline: This is a full-time, tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2015. Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled, but first consideration will be given to completed applications received by December 1, 2014. On-line applications are encouraged. Applications without all application materials will not be considered.

    Salary and appointment rank are based on education level and cumulative experience.

    Please note that a background check is required for appointment to this position. 

    Contact information: For full consideration, please visit: http://fitnyc.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=53233 and provide:

  • A cover letter (PDF format) of interest clearly indicating your qualifications and reason for application;
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF format);
  • A minimum of three professional references, including phone and e-mail contact information.
  • 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 at: www.fitnyc.edu.