Position Title Assistant Professor - Apparel Design & Merchandising
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Provide Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 012111
Department Applied Design - 265310
Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in apparel design,
merchandising or a related field preferred. ABD considered with degree
completion for all doctoral requirements by August 2022; if the candidate is
ABD, the rank will be instructor until doctoral requirements are complete.
Knowledge and experience with apparel design and product development
(from initial concept to consumer acquisition), merchandising, and
marketing of apparel and textile products.
Ability to teach in three or more of the following:
Patternmaking by hand
Computer-aided design (illustration applications, 2D and 3D patterning – Lectra, Browzwear), Adobe Creative Suite
Buying & Retail math
History of Apparel
Evidence of or potential for effective curriculum development and
commitment to the teaching of upper and lower-level studios and classes in
a college/university environment.
Professional industry experience or prior experience teaching at the
Evidence of or potential for productive research/creative scholarship.
Evidence of or potential for program, department, university, and
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
Description of the Department or Unit
The Department of Applied Design offers three NASAD accredited undergraduate
majors with nearly 500 students: Apparel Design and Merchandising (majors and
minors), Industrial Design with concentrations in Furniture and Product
Design, and Interior Design. The department includes design studios, 10,000
square feet of prototyping space, computer labs and designated classrooms.
Given faculty retirements and increased student enrollment, the department
of Applied Design is hiring several tenure-track positions.
The Apparel Design and Merchandising program focuses on design, merchandising
and marketing of apparel and textile products providing students with a
comprehensive understanding of the global apparel and textile complex.
Students acquire the skills necessary for the process of apparel product
development from concept to consumer including design, production,
distribution, marketing and merchandising. Students experience challenging
classroom and studio experiences, engage with industry professionals and
collaborative opportunities, participate in field trips and study trips to New
York and Europe. Students are required to complete an internship and have
obtained industry positions in all aspects of the apparel and textile complex.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Primary responsibilities will include developing and teaching courses in upper
and lower level studios, CAD classes, materials and processes courses, as well
as, other support courses in the apparel design and merchandising program
area. Additional responsibilities will include advising students, recruiting,
maintaining labs/materials, program development, providing instruction that
fosters student's success in their chosen area of study, as well as,
participating actively in departmental governance and performing academic
service to the university and college. Maintaining a high level of related
scholarly/creative work is required.
Type of Position Full Time Position
Appointment Type 1.0
Number Of Months Per Year 9
Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of classroom and educational environments in a
professional position at a university.
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains,
prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand
and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all.
The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion
that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge,
to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace
diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North
Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-
to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
Posting Date 01/26/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
Evaluation of Applications Begins 02/25/2022
Proposed Date of Hire 08/01/2022
Suggested Salary Range $63-$67k (commensurate w/experience and
qualifications), up to $4K in relocation, and $5k startup.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required
documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:
A letter of interest addressing responsibilities and qualifications
Philosophy of teaching
Diversity statement discussing how you will incorporate diversity and
inclusion into your teaching, research, and service
Complete contact information of three professional references
A portfolio of professional design work and scholarly endeavors
Portfolio of student work from classes taught is highly recommended (Link
to Portfolio 2)
Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
This position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.
Disability Accommodation Information
Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application
process by contacting Maranda Maxey, ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational
programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions
of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex,
gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability,
veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.
Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and
inclusive excellence both locally and globally.
We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and
inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community,
including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus
community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase
learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work
collectively to achieve a just experience for all.
We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable
environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their
culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed
to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an
expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of
the university community.
Background Check Statement
Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the
University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.
Eligibility for Employment
Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be
required before the hiring process can be completed.
Search Chair Name Anthony Wilson
Search Chair Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Statement of Research Interests
List of References with Contact Information
Link to Portfolio
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