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Assistant Professor, Fashion Design
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2021
Title Assistant Professor, Fashion Design
University Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Lakewood, CO, United States
Department Fashion Design
Application Deadline Oct. 3, 2021
Position Start Date Nov. 27, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Fashion & Textile Design

Salary Range: $60,000- $62,000
Open Until Filled

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design invites applications for the position of full-time Assistant Professor of Fashion Design with a strong background in creative ideation methodologies and diverse design communication approaches for teaching and course design and development. Be a part of an intimate and dynamic environment looking for a critical thinker and innovative problem solver to contribute to defining education for the future of fashion.

Job Summary:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an adaptive and inspiring teaching style, leadership qualities and interpersonal skills to represent and move the Fashion Design program forward. Additional responsibilities include participating in developing program strategies, events and partnerships; teaching and designing courses for a student centered paradigm; and working collaboratively across the college to support cross-disciplinary approaches and the institution’s mission and values.

Job Responsibilities:

Teaching + Instruction
Teach a minimum of 2 classes within each 8-week term for 5 terms per academic year
Courses taught in this role may include Fashion Design, Fashion Communication and Illustration in addition to other courses as needed
Support faculty in the integration of new methods and technology into the curriculum across the program
Demonstrate day-to-day responsiveness and effectiveness of instruction and administration (as measured by students, supervisor(s), and self-evaluations)
Support the student-centered paradigm and carry out RMCAD’s Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
Create and maintain an inclusive learning environment that encourages a culture of learning, valuing mutual responsibility and respect, life-long learning, and ethics
Pursue ongoing learning to stay current in content, pedagogy + instruction

Service to the Institution
Advise students in academics, career options, and outreach/community activities and opportunities
Participate in organizing and attending program events.
Participate in academic assessment, program reviews, and course and curricular development
Engage with community organizations and associations that promote RMCAD
Mandatory attendance is required for training sessions and departmental meetings

Professional Practice
Contribute discipline-based, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary scholarship that advances knowledge and learning (examples can include but are not limited to exhibitions, residencies, collaborations, peer-reviewed articles, texts, chapters, and presentations)

Required Qualifications:
MFA in Fashion Design or a related field
In addition to academic credentials and experience, must show evidence of professional practice of Fashion Design and Illustration and lifelong learning in academic development.
Must be proficient in traditional and non-traditional creative ideation and visual communication, and collection development from concept to product.
Must be proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign.
Must be proficient in hand drawing and visual communication through a variety of media
Familiarity with educational technology and teaching strategies.
Strong written, oral, and online communication skills.
Online candidates must reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, or Virginia.
On-Campus candidates must reside in the greater Denver Metro Area.
Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level
Evidence of exemplary student engagement and effective pedagogical strategies

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of ProCreate and CLO3D.
ONLINE university-level teaching experience
Leadership experience or evidence of high-level university service
Curriculum development geared towards an online environment

About the Department:

The Fashion Design Department at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is committed to upholding the organizational culture dedicated to student learning. Our educators’ model professional behavior, encourage innovation, and foster student growth. We partner with our local and global industries to ensure that student skills meet the demanding market needs. We deliver content to meet the needs of multiple learning styles. We foster community in our diverse population-teaching students to work as members of global teams. We enable student exit competencies and prepare students to become contributing professionals in our exciting and fast-paced industry.

The Fashion Design department fosters creativity and innovative design. Instruction supports learning an array of construction techniques, accessing the industry of product development and management, and understanding the needs of the human form. Courses provide a broad range of studio and educational experiences that foster artistic, professional, and personal growth. In the degree, Fashion Design core courses emphasize the fundamental principles of material investigation, garment design, garment construction, manufacturing, and the management of garment design development. Foundations courses seek to develop in students the principles of visual composition, observation, and the necessary practice to critique their own work and that of others in a professional manner. Liberal Arts courses offer a broad path of study across academic disciplines in which students develop critical thinking, academic writing skills, and creative inquiry. The Fashion Design Department educates and develops future fashion designers in the technical and conceptual abilities necessary to pursue professional careers in the fashion industry.

About the College:

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires a passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities, and the world. RMCAD was established in 1963 by Philip J. Steele, who had the vision to provide students with a quality higher education in art and design. RMCAD continues to experience growth since its comparatively modest beginnings and now thrives on a lush, historic campus, including more than 23 acres of land and 16 buildings.

In 2013, RMCAD celebrated its 50th anniversary as a diverse community of people inspired by creative possibilities in higher education. Today, we offer a rich and diverse selection of regionally accredited degrees at the BFA level. We are also pioneers in the online learning environment for art and design. RMCAD currently has over 1,400 students enrolled.

RMCAD is dedicated to living its mission and values, specifically that "Our students come first." The college continuously works with faculty and staff towards developing an evolving student-ready paradigm. RMCAD is dedicated to diversity and inclusion and maintains a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes values, and reflects the diversity of the community it serves. The college fosters a dynamic learning and working environment that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including but not limited to: race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, and age. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design continually strives to build an inclusive and welcoming community of individuals with diverse vision, talents, and skills. We welcome people from a multitude of backgrounds who are committed to creativity, academic excellence, societal and cultural evolution and betterment, civility, mutual respect, social justice, and the free and open exchange of ideas. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design commits itself to these tenants of change, growth, and action, which embrace diversity as an integral part of the academic and professional community.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). RMCAD’s degree offerings in Art + Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The on-campus and online Interior Design Program leading to the BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The Art Education Program leading to the BFA is approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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  • Emily Zbehlik
    Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
    Lakewood, CO


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