Assistant Professor - Apparel Design & Merchandising

  • Appalachian State University
  • Boone, NC, USA
  • Oct 04, 2023
Full time Fashion/Textile Design & Merchandising

Job Description


Assistant Professor - Apparel Design & Merchandising

Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Department: Applied Design - 265310

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in apparel design, merchandising, retail technologies, or a related field. ABD considered with degree completion for all doctoral requirements by the start date; if candidate is ABD, the rank will be instructor until doctoral requirements are complete.
  • Knowledge of 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 three or more of the following:
    • Apparel construction
    • Patternmaking by hand
    • Draping
    • Sustainability in the apparel industry
    • 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 teaching of upper and lower-level studios and classes in a college/university environment.
  • Professional industry experience or prior experience teaching at 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 meet challenging classroom and studio experiences, engage with industry professionals and collaborative opportunities, and participate in field trips and study trips to New York and Europe. Students are required to complete an internship, and ADM program graduates have obtained industry positions in all aspects of the apparel and textile complex.

The College of Fine and Applied Arts (CFAA) at Appalachian State University is a dynamic and transdisciplinary academic unit offering 30 undergraduate degree programs, one graduate degree program and 13 minors through its seven member departments: Applied Design; Art; Communication; Military Science and Leadership; Sustainable Development; Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment; and Theatre and Dance (

Boone, North Carolina is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Known for mountain views and beautiful scenery, the area is a common vacation and summer home destination. The 3,333-foot elevation makes for cool summers, spectacular fall scenery, and excellent outdoor recreational opportunities.The Department of Applied Design believes that diversity in all its forms strengthens our community and is critical to nurturing the creative processes that we rigorously pursue. Therefore, we are committed to creating an inclusive learning and work environment that embraces people from all walks of life and is open to challenging assumptions and biases. As a result, Applied Design aspires to promote equity in our community and contribute to creating a more just society through our scholarly work, our interactions with external communities, and the impactful work of our graduates.

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 students’ 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.

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/21/2023
Suggested Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Evaluation of Applications Begins: 01/10/2023

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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.

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