Parsons The New School for Design |
, a division of The New School, seeks applicants for an assistant professor rank on a renewable term appointment in the School of Fashion.
Applicants should demonstrate expertise in the practice, history and theory of fashion design while also being able to engage with students and colleagues across a range of disciplines. Applicants should demonstrate innovative pedagogical approaches to activating students’ interest in all aspects of fashion and be forward thinking about what skills or literacies are now required to respond to complex 21st century global conditions.
The successful candidate will have an earned bachelor’s degree in a field related to fashion or significant industry experience that directly relates to the teaching and study of fashion. They will demonstrate potential to be strong in teaching, research, and scholarship. An MFA is desirable although not essential and the candidate will have an established record of professional accomplishments. An educational background or equivalent experience in fashion marketing/business is desirable.
The post will be located in the School of Fashion and involves academic responsibilities relating to a significant area of course provision, involving a faculty team across a range of activities. The Assistant Professor is expected to teach across a range of programs within the School of Fashion, 5 courses per year or equivalent, to both graduate and undergraduate students, hold regular office hours for students and colleagues, and participate in other classroom and extracurricular activities on a regular basis (e.g., critiques, juries, review panels, thesis supervision, independent study, advising, internship supervision, program citizenship, Parsons/New School committees, etc.). The Assistant Professor is expected to be current in their field.
- To make a significant contribution to creative academic curriculum through delivery and planning for the School working with the Dean, the Director of Academic Affairs, and other faculty.
- Teach fashion design students across a variety of courses within the School of
Fashion as part of an established faculty team.
- Undertake appropriate research, scholarship, creative practice and faculty development to ensure subject knowledge remains abreast of current practices.
- To be self-motivated and entrepreneurial as well as an eager team member. To seek out opportunities to share their expertise and research and to engage with other faculty and students across the school, the university and externally with the industry.
- To participate in school and institutional committees and working groups fully and effectively, offering significant input.
- The post holder will be expected to undertake other responsibilities and tasks as reasonably requested by the Dean/Operations/ DAA /Program Directors.
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in fashion (or related field), or demonstrated equivalence in the Fashion industry. MFA or equivalent professional qualification is preferred but not required.
- 1-3 years teaching experience at the university level.
- A proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training and aesthetic sensibilities.
- Ability to develop and nurture individual student’s design abilities and a strong commitment to progressive design education
- Demonstrated interest in developing critical, historical, and theoretical discussions around Fashion in the classroom/studio.
- Active/current professional practice or experimental creative/critical scholarship, with up to date experience of the field or industry.
- An interest in working collaboratively within Parsons, the New School University, and with external partners towards the development of shared projects and initiatives.
- Thorough knowledge of the global industry of fashion design, ideally with a minimum of three to five years work experience with a leading company in the field.
- Experience in garment construction, of materials, processes and equipment; and abreast of new technological developments to enhance students learning experience.
- Understands and explains technical/specialist terms commonly in use in own area of work, conveying information of a complex, conceptual and specialist nature adapting communication and media to suit the audience.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, and motivate effectively, as well as challenge appropriately and effectively.
- Proven excellence in all levels of communication, including but not limited to students, colleagues, and management.
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