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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Apparel Merchandising & Management

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Last Updated: 1/19/22

Job Description

The AMM department is seeking a faculty in the intersection of fashion studies and ethnic studies.

Applicants will demonstrate research and teaching interests in areas of race, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to social, cultural, or political aspects of fashion design, production, distribution, and consumption. The new faculty hire will teach courses in the AMM curriculum, mainly focusing on the new courses in ethnic studies and fashion. There will be an opportunity to teach in the graduate program as well. Knowledge of culturally responsive teaching strategies and other equity-minded approaches that enhance teaching and research is required for this position.

The new faculty member will be a part of the Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty and will have the opportunity to engage with a new and permanent Office of Ethnic Studies Affinity Teaching and Scholarship. This is a space for collaboration across disciplines and methodological vantage points, mentorship, and professional development programming. The Ethnic Studies Affinity Faculty, and the resources to support them, are a key element of CPP’s ongoing efforts to ensure the flourishing of our diverse students and faculty and be the leading inclusive polytechnic University in the nation.

Minimum requirements:

  • D. in Apparel or Textiles Product Development, Design, Production, Consumer behavior, Retailing, or a related field, such as Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Ethnic Studies, from an accredited university by August 2022. ABDs will be considered, but a Ph.D. must be earned by August 1, 2022.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the apparel pipeline from fiber to market.
  • Ability to develop and teach a general education course that meets the requirements for Area F Ethnic Studies courses (described near the end).
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, service, and a commitment to working in an inclusive environment.
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates commitment and record of contributions through applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service, by discussing at least two of the above points (1-10) addressing the intersection of fashion and ethnic studies. (Limit to 2 pages)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to teach the AMM courses related to Ethnic Studies such as ‘Race, Ethnicity, and American Consumer’ or ‘Race and Ethnicity in Fashion’. Ethnic Studies are an interdisciplinary and comparative study of race and ethnicity, focusing on four historically defined racialized core groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and/or Latina and Latino Americans.
  • Demonstrated evidence of scholarly potential (publications, creative scholarship, presentations) in the areas of race, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion related to the AMM discipline. Topics may include (but are not limited to): social constructs of race, racism in the consumer market, marketplace discrimination, consumer inequality, stereotyping, consumer rights, inclusive product development, cultural appropriation/representation in apparel and textiles.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and enhance close relationships with companies and professional organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability for curriculum development and scholarship.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain internal or external funding to support scholarship.
  • Ability to contribute towards the delivery of the graduate program in International Apparel Management.

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