Assistant Professor - Apparel Design & Merchandising

Appalachian State University

United States

February 25, 2022


Posting Details Position Title Assistant Professor - Apparel Design & Merchandising

Tenure Status Tenure Track Provide Rank Assistant Professor Position Number 012111 Department Applied Design - 265310

Minimum Qualifications

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:

  • Apparel Construction
  • Patternmaking by hand
  • Draping
  • Sustainability
  • Computer-aided design (illustration applications, 2D and 3D patterning – Lectra, Browzwear), Adobe Creative Suite
  • Buying & Retail math
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Styling
  • 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 college level.
  • Evidence of or potential for productive research/creative scholarship.
  • Evidence of or potential for program, department, university, and professional service.
  • Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)


    License/Certification 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

    Closing Date 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
  • Research statement
  • Diversity statement discussing how you will incorporate diversity and inclusion into your teaching, research, and service
  • Current vitae
  • 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

    AA/EEO Statement

    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.

    Important Contacts:

    Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer Office of Human Resources 330 University Hall Dr. Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-3187

    Office of Title IX Compliance 123 I.G. Greer Hall Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-2144

    ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director Office of Disability Resources 224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-3056

    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 Quick Link https: //

    Supplemental Questions

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Diversity Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References with Contact Information
  • Link to Portfolio
  • Transcript-Graduate (Unofficial) - No Password Protected Documents
  • Optional Documents

  • Link to Portfolio (2)
  • Transcript-Doctoral (Unofficial) - No Password Protected Documents