Fashion Design Full Time Faculty
DIVISION: Fashion Design
REPORTS TO: Chair of Fashion Design
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time fashion design faculty member. This position reports to the Chair of the Fashion Design Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The faculty member must have the ability to teach both studio-based and lecture courses with an emphasis on fashion apparel construction. The ideal candidate would also have fashion accessories (bag & footwear) design experience. In addition, the candidate should be able to work on industrial level sewing machinery and be proficient in basic digital technological tools used in the industry. Furthermore, the candidate will have a commitment to sustainable, climate change aware and socially responsible design direction. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- The faculty member is responsible for providing appropriate contemporary fashion pedagogy and assisting the Department Chair in expanding and growing the department.
- Teach three classes per semester during the academic year and advise undergraduate students with a focus in fashion design.
- Provide service to the department and the College by serving on college-wide committees, attending faculty meetings, working department lab hours, participating in shared-governance of the Fashion Design department.
- Mentor students in assigned classes and career options.
- Participate in classroom set-ups, visiting artist events and industry days.
- Participate in administrative duties such as writing and developing syllabi, developing curricular materials, monitoring student attendance, documenting student learning, detailing program assessment, and submitting grades in a timely manner.
- Enhance the visibility of the department through on- and off-campus events.
- Adhere to best teaching practices
- Embody and encourage diversity, sustainability and social justice culture.
- Other duties as assigned by the Chair.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- MA in Fashion Design or BFA with extensive experience in the field of fashion.
- Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience.
- Understanding of international fashion culture.
- Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
- Demonstrated teaching effectiveness of fashion pattern making.
- Must be able to analyze advanced fashion illustrations (and/or flats) based on extensive knowledge of flat pattern drafting, draping, and garment construction.
- Must have an understanding of designer-level fabrics, and their applications.
- Professional standing as a professional in the fashion community.
- Must be able to work creatively and effectively with a diverse student body as part of a team of professional designers/artists/educators.
This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to maintain a stationary position, use a computer and other office equipment, and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and virtually. Frequent interaction with others, including staff, faculty, students and third parties is required. The employee may occasionally be required to move files or other objects weighing up to 25 pounds, including from low and high places. The ability to move around within the office and between buildings on campus, attend off-site meetings and events, and travel between Ford Campus site to Taubman Center site are required. CCS will make reasonable accommodations that will allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors: Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master’s degrees in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design.
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format: a statement of educational philosophy, resume, and appropriate evidence of professional activity.
Include the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. The search committee may assign a skills assessment project/presentation to short-listed candidates.
The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization. CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.