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Assistant Professor, Fashion

School of Art

Job description:

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State Universityseeks to hire an Assistant Professor of Fashion with an emphasis in fashion marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship. This full-time, tenure-track position begins August 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue an active research agenda related to their expertise in fashion marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship; and demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to develop and instruct a variety of in-person, hybrid, and online course offerings. The successful candidate will teach and mentor undergraduate students. Additional responsibilities include service to the program, School of Art and ASU.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.


About the School of Art:

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students for the creative and critical challenges of the global 21st century. Students are taught and mentored in an environment that values innovation, excellence and affordability. Our faculty’s active research allows us to offer a number of specialties unique to ASU and the southwest region. The School of Art has programs ranked nationally in the top 9 and our MFA program is ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News & World Report. Our facilities support a full range of artistic experimentation and exchange and include four public galleries. Our ties with the vibrant surrounding arts community are strong and include numerous internship opportunities and a robust visiting artist/scholar lecture series.

The Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Fashion prepares students to excel across a wide range of fashion industry professions. Many of our graduates are admitted to prestigious graduate programs internationally. Course instruction modes include online and in-person classes. The ASU Fashion program is a dynamic center for the study of fashion futures with a rich and diverse curriculum. Faculty members emphasize critical concepts in their teaching including a close study of fashion design and product development, marketing, merchandising, management and entrepreneurship, sustainability, global sourcing and wearable technologies. We explore fashion in cultural, economic, social and political contexts and the relationship of fashion to other disciplines. The position will serve undergraduate students in the School of Art. The Phoenix metropolitan area is rich in cultural organizations with which ASU has established robust partnerships. 

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • PhD, MFA, MBA or appropriate terminal degree with coursework in fashion completed at the time of application;
  • Evidence of sustained professional activity in fashion;
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve national and international recognition in scholarly research or creative work;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching;
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers and colleagues in academic setting, the fashion industry, and /or the community.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses with apparel technology applications that support programs in two or more of the following areas: fashion marketing, merchandising, management, digital retailing and consumer experience management, entrepreneurship or supply chain expertise;
  • The ability to teach all levels of in-person and online undergraduate courses in fashion using innovative pedagogy;
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with industry/professional organizations;
  • Familiarity with new directions in the fashion industry including trends in sustainability, technology and digital applications.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit

  • Letter of interest addressing the candidate’s research, teaching, and service;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement;
  • Examples of scholarship (limit to 2 publications) or creative activity in the form of 20 images (pdf or jpg format, 1200 max pixel width);
  • Names and contact information for three references;
  • Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.


All applications must be submitted electronically via https://apply.interfolio.com/81176

Application deadline: 

Application deadline:

The application deadline is January 17, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.

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