Summary of working at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Adjunct Professor of CAD Textile Design (Former Employee) – New York, NY – August 8, 2018
Working at the Fashion Institute was fun and gave me a sense of fulfillment. Seeing the students light up once they gained the knowledge from a given lesson was wonderful. The workplace culture was fun and congenial but of course had some politics.
Management was sincere and fair.
Depending on how many classes you were given to teach before each semester, determined how many hours you would work. According to a hierarchy the professors were allowed to chose the courses that they wanted to teach. The hierarchy was determined by the number of hours you had accrued. Classes were usually no less than 3 hours each. Professors were required to open the room and set up for the class, take attendance and follow the syllabus and the course outline. It was important to instruct the students for 1 hour with a break and then the rest of the class was focused to do hands on practice of the days lesson.
As professors we were constantly learning something new. I learned how to use an internal software called Blackboard to help with the course work and Apple's Pages for creating documents and the lessons for the students. There was a constant need to use proprietary software to teach.
The hours were sometimes long because there was a lot of preparatory work to do and there was also long hours with grading of projects at the end of every semester.
Flexibility, friendly atmosphere, a opportunity to continually learn
low pay and long hours