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Assistant Professor, Fashion
Arizona State University

  • Oct. 10, 2017
  • Assistant Professor, Fashion
  • School of Art
  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ
    United States
  • Dec. 2, 2017
  • August 2018
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design
    Art - General
    Fine Arts - General
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Assistant Professor of Fashion – School of Art
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in Fashion at the assistant professor level beginning fall 2018.

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.

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life.

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States, and situated in the Sonoran Desert, the school supports a broad range of art practice and inquiry. Programs within the School of Art lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with concentrations in art history, art studies, museum studies and fashion; an online BA in art history; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with concentrations in art education, drawing/painting, ceramics, fibers, intermedia, photography, printmaking, sculpture/metals/woods; Master of Arts (MA) in Art with concentrations in art history or art education; and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art. In addition, the school participates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in Design, Environment and the Arts housed within the Herberger Institute. With several nationally ranked programs and one of the largest comprehensive art programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Art plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on both the Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses.

The Assistant Professor of Fashion position will serve undergraduates in the School of Art’s new BA degree in Fashion. Successful candidates should possess strong visual design skills, a capacity for conducting original creative design and/or scholarship, and the ability to teach a combination of practice-based studio courses and larger lecture courses. The appointee will be expected to assume a leadership role in implementing new directions in the newly formed fashion program. The position offers opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching and curriculum development. A background in creative practice or industry, ideally with emergent areas of fashion technologies, and an ability to bridge fashion across related fields are desired.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or MFA in Fashion or related area
  • Ability to develop and teach innovative introductory and advanced courses in the new Fashion program
  • Evidence of successful teaching experience in fashion design
  • History of practice-based innovation in fashion design
  • Record of successful creative activity and/or scholarship

Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated success in one or more of the following areas:

  • Evidence of strong commitment to innovative research as well as undergraduate teaching
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: fashion technology, sustainable practice, designing for diverse populations, material explorations in applications such as biomaterials, fashion entrepreneurship or performance, visual communication or other interdisciplinary work
  • Interest in interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching
  • Ability to generate and develop relationships with industry professionals
  • Global perspective
  • Visionary in fashion futures
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity in research and creative activity, teaching, recruitment, retention, and service

Instructions to Apply: Please submit:

  • Letter of Interest addressing creative activity and/or scholarship, teaching, work experience and vision for the future of fashion design and industry
  • Brief statement of teaching philosophy along with descriptions of courses taught and/or proposed
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Evidence of scholarship and/or creative activity in the form of 20 images (.pdf or .jpg format, 1200 max pixel width)
  • Separate image list that includes name, title, date, size and medium for each work

To apply:

Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 1, 2017; if not filled, reviews will occur every two weeks thereafter until search is closed. Screening of candidates will begin immediately; for best consideration, application materials should arrive by the deadline.

For information about the School of Art, visit

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.
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Contact Information

  • Fashion Search Committee
    School of Art
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ 85287-1505


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