Massachusetts College of Art and Design is seeking candidates for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Fashion Department beginning fall of 2020.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design - MassArt MassArt is the oldest, and one of two public, state supported, independent colleges of art and design in the country. We are committed to serving the public, and the broad demographic of students from across the Commonwealth, the region, the nation, and beyond. MassArt seeks to be a leader in increasing diversity within its curriculum and supports programs, faculty, staff, and student populations in reaching this goal. As we aim to promote an inclusive environment, we seek candidates who can actively participate in our shared goals. We encourage applicants to identify their strengths in the area of diversity and inclusiveness. In this urgent time MassArt prioritizes the teaching of sustainability in art and design and defines it as addressing and solving the problems at the intersection of social justice, health and well-being, and the environment.
MassArt Fashion Design Established in 1907, MassArt Fashion Design is one of the first public programs of its kind in the country. Our Fashion Design program explores the relationship between the classic principles of apparel design and bold innovations that drive the process of creation. Students learn the processes, techniques, and tools needed to develop design concepts across formats in 2D and 3D - digital and hand sketches, flat patterns and draped toiles, and fully researched and constructed designs. Expanding on the fundamentals of fashion design, students learn entrepreneurship procedures in apparel marketing, manufacturing, and mass-production practices. Our students develop the critical skills they need to evolve into versatile design professionals and innovative messengers in the fashion industry.
MassArt Fashion Design has developed national and international partnerships along with the many local collaborators that offer opportunities to engage students and faculty. Our long established travel courses, internship programs and scholarship projects have afforded students to engage and explore within the global community. We continue to advance our curriculum in interdisciplinary areas, sustainability, bio-design, diversity and inclusiveness.
Summary of Duties:
Teaching undergraduate courses according to current contract for full-time course load.
Advise, mentor, instruct, evaluate and motivate students.
Assess curriculum and develop syllabi through a process of evaluation and advancement
Commit to engaging and supporting a diverse and inclusive community
Cooperatively plan department and program initiatives, including
Participate in department events and activities - including but not limited to fashion shows, exhibits, review panels
Actively continue scholarship, research, creative and innovative practices
Participate in interdisciplinary programming opportunities with other departments
Preferred candidate should have at least one degree, or both masters and undergraduate degree, in fashion design
College-level teaching experience – a minimum of 3 years teaching fashion or related field courses
Professional experience in the fashion industry – a minimum of 5 years
Participation in relevant academic, professional or community affiliations and collaborations
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Proficiency in creative fashion design, pattern drafting, draping, apparel construction, and illustration
Proficiency in design development – including 2D traditional and digital methods of sketching and storyboard development, 3D concepts and iterations, textiles and fabric properties
Knowledge of fashion industry trend forecasting, innovative practices, and research
Knowledge of fashion workroom and lab practices with industry machinery and CAD software
Practice with fashion promotion, presentation and visual communication
Adobe software, Gerber, PLM,
Sustainability, Life Cycle Analysis, material innovation, wearable technology
Cross-disciplinary experience in professional practice and/or teaching
Cultural and Global perspectives
Entrepreneurship and Business Practice
Textile Science and Surface Design
Fashion Design Categories – RTW, Sportswear, Knitwear, Costume, Bridal, Women's, Men's, Children's, Avant garde, Couture, Custom, etc.
Accessories – handbags, footwear, millinery
Laser Cutting, Heat Bonding, 3D Printing
Bilingual with English and another language
Salary Information Compensation commensurate with full-time teaching experience, in accordance with the Massachusetts State College Association collective bargaining agreement. Full state employee benefits included.
Letter of Interest
Statement of Teaching Philosophy addressing pedagogy including diversity, cultural competency and other areas of concentration
10 Images with examples of professional work
10 Images with examples of student work
2 samples of syllabi of courses taught
Application Deadline: January 25, 2020
Job Close Date: Open until filled
Please note that MassArt does not provide employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship for administrators, managers, technical staff, library staff or support staff. All offers of employment are based on appropriate U.S. work authorization.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
About Massachusetts College of Art and Design
The five educational institutions that make up Colleges of the Fenway view diversity as a key component in the growth of our students' educational experience as well as our ongoing journey as professionals charged with maintaining the world class status of our institutions. By drawing from a wide cultural palette, we ensure that we have access to the full range of talent available. Through our respect for the vast array of backgrounds we create an environment that will help that talent grow. It is within an environment of respect that we are able to build and work toward our goals. Our goal is to create an atmosphere that values mutual respect. All Colleges of the Fenway members have policies and practices designed to safeguard our healthy environment as well as provide the support and access needed to do so. The Colleges of the Fenway are located in the heart of Boston?s academic, scientific and cultural communities and is within walking distance from landmarks such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Symphony Hall and world renowned medical institutions. Jobs at Emmanuel College: http://emmanuel.edu/About_Emmanuel/Employment.htmlJobs at Massachusetts College of Art and Desig...n: http://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Careers.htmlJobs at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: http://www.mcphs.edu/about-mcphs/careers-at-mcphsJobs at Simmons College: http://simmons.edu/overview/about/jobs/Jobs at Wentworth Institute of Technology: https://jobs.wit.edu/