Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies, Fashion Cultures & Fashion Communication

  • The American University of Paris
  • Paris, France
  • Oct 10, 2019
Full time Communications, Journalism, Film, TV Fashion, Textile Design & Merchandising

Job Description

The American University of Paris invites applications for a teacher-researcher Assistant Professor position specializing in Fashion Studies, Fashion Cultures & Fashion Communication housed within the Department of Global Communications.

Candidates should have cross-cultural expertise and academic training in Fashion Studies or Fashion Communications and Cultures. In addition to excellent scholarship, ideal candidates would have fashion industry experience and contacts. Complementary disciplinary expertise or industry experience in any of the following areas are of particular interest: sociology, cultural studies, material culture, digital media, emerging technologies, visual culture, sustainability, journalism, branding, advertising, PR.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communications, Media studies, or a related discipline, with a strong emphasis on Fashion by time of appointment (August 1, 2020, pending final budgetary approval). Proven capacity for excellent, engaged teaching committed to student learning within a liberal arts context. Solid academic training in fashion, communication, media studies, or visual culture methods and theories. Strong record in curriculum development. Familiarity with liberal arts education, learning objectives, skill development (critical thinking, information literacy, writing in the disciplines, etc.) and assessment is highly desirable. Strong research and publication potential in Fashion Studies. Capacity to work in a multi-cultural environment a strong plus. Ability to speak French is recommended but not required.

European Union citizenship or legal right to work in France, while helpful, is not necessary at the time of application.

We invite and encourage members of underrepresented populations to apply. The University is an equal opportunity employer for whom diversity is an essential source of vitality and strength.

The Institution:  Founded in 1962, The American University of Paris (AUP) is a small, undergraduate and Masters degree-granting institution with a Liberal Arts core, dedicated to the advancement of the Arts & Sciences in an international and multicultural environment. AUP brings together the values of the American higher education system with its location in Paris and Europe. Located at the crossroads of American and European institutions of higher education and research, AUP facilitates its faculty’s development of an international and stimulating professional network. The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits AUP in the United States of America. AUP has cooperative agreements USA and European-based universities.

The Department:  Dedicated to the international and comparative study of communications, media and culture, the department houses two undergraduate majors, one in Global Communications and one in Journalism, an undergraduate minor in Cultural Anthropology and one in Political Communications and a dynamic MA program in Global Communications offering additional MA tracks in: Fashion; Development Communications; and Digital Cultures and Industries. The department has 12 full-time faculty, 6 part-time faculty, 140 undergraduate majors and 80 graduate students.


  • The full-time teaching load consists of six courses per year. We will entertain applications from individuals interested in a half-time position.
  • Teaching responsibilities will primarily be focused in the department’s Fashion Studies curriculum.
  • The development of an undergraduate fashion program will be an immediate responsibility.
  • Teaching in other areas of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum may be possible, including: visual culture, material culture, global digital media, transnational flows of identity and cultural value, critical cultural studies in branding, museums, and journalism.
  • Professional mentorship is an important component of our work with students.
  • Commitment to scholarship, excellence in teaching, integrative learning
  • Service to the department (contributing to curricular development and innovation, advising students)
  • Willingness to provide service to the university (participation in committee work, assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration)
  • Participating in faculty governance, including attending full faculty, department, and committee meetings
  • Working in a professional and collegial manner with the university community
  • Maintaining compliance with policies and procedures in the Faculty Manual

Faculty at AUP must have a commitment to liberal arts education in a highly international environment and pursue international research and scholarship. We seek engaged teacher-scholars and have high expectations of teaching and scholarly research for promotion. AUP follows an American model of academic promotion (Assistant, Associate, Professor).


Application Details

Please submit your application through to include

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of pedagogical philosophy with evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • statement of research interests
  • a writing sample of recent scholarship
  • three confidential letters of reference

 Applications should be received by November 15, 2019 for full consideration.

Application Deadline

November 15, 2019 for full consideration