Fashion Institute of Technology - Full-time Faculty Entrepreneurship

New York City, New York
Mar 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Entrepreneurship Department of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology for starting in Fall 2017.

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city's art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The college continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.

The Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology educates students for management and leadership roles within the fashion and related creative industries. Our curricula integrates a deep appreciation of how markets, business environments, advanced business technology and competition can be managed in a global context. The Baker School provides a professional faculty and business climate that enables students to be immediately valuable contributors to their industries.

The Baker School of Business and Technology collaborates with both the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts, whose courses help students to better understand themselves, others, and their place in an increasingly complex world. The Baker School co-operates to design curricular and educational experiences that help hone general skills and behaviors that employers increasingly demand: critical thinking and problem solving skills, a strong sense of professional and ethical responsibility, social skills, the ability to work productively in teams, and good oral and written communications skills.

The vision of the Baker School is to be the most academically recognized school of excellence where students come to learn about the business of the core industries that we serve-the creative, fashion and design industries-and where industry, government and associations see creative alliances for the development of ideas, solution innovation, future thinking, and problem solving.

The Entrepreneurship Department is designed to enable students to acquire and develop the tools, skills and entrepreneurial mindset for organizing and launching successful new ventures. We prepare our students to lead the industry by creating sustainable economic and social value. Students acquire a "can-do" mindset that enables them to create disruptive solutions to the challenges facing the industry. Centered on creativity and innovation, the Entrepreneurship Program will bridge the fast growing Fashion Tech start-up community to more mature and well-established industries. The program provides a unique opportunity to students in business, fashion or design to transform their creative ideas into profitable business ventures; it also prepares them to assume employment opportunities in existing corporations with an entrepreneurial mindset and culture. The program emphasizes relationships and networking; developing the foundational skills to start and sustain a business; and providing a framework to enable students to translate innovative ideas into a business for today's industries. Strong teamwork and collaborative abilities, cultural awareness, and the communication and technology skills necessary for today's global business environment are also emphasized.

Job Description:

The ideal candidate will be a creative and business-driven professional with primary responsibility for directing and managing the entrepreneurial studies program, teaching, research, producing innovative curriculum and building strategic alliances with industry. The candidate will be an integral part of implementing the strategic goals for the program, will participate in administrative activities as necessary, college-wide committee work, and will demonstrate mastery of direct and related concepts and their practical applications. The successful candidate will embrace academic scholarship and maintain a national and international expertise in the entrepreneurship field. He/she will be nationally and internationally accomplished in industry as well. Responsibilities will include advising and mentoring students interested in the discipline and building partnerships with industry. In addition to having unquestioned professional ability, the candidate should demonstrate an interest or experience in teaching or instruction; the ability to develop innovative curriculum; actively participate in departmental and college-wide committee work, a passion for entrepreneurship; and a desire to convey this to the student body.

In addition to the appropriate degree(s) and experience, FIT seeks candidates who have professional capabilities in the following five college-wide core competency areas:


  • Demonstrates an awareness of global issues and their impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of the global issues and understanding of the international impact in the entrepreneurial field.
  • Shows global industry experience with entrepreneurship and the start-up industries.
  • The ability to share knowledge about current global industry practices and future projects as related to entrepreneurship.
  • Shows appreciation for cultural diversity and has a positive approach to cultural differences.
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to all racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups, and incorporates this understanding into teaching and learning experiences.

Instructional Design

  • Implements an academically rigorous experience by incorporating business practices with classroom learning.
  • Creates a variety of assessment tools for student work to capture the wide variety of learning styles in the classroom.
  • Designs and delivers coursework that links learning objectives across disciplines and reflects how work is done.
  • Balances both theory and practical application of knowledge, to include building skills that are necessary to be successful in the entrepreneurial community.
  • Creates experiences that require collaborative exercises, real world problem-solving, and a skills-based approach to learning.
  • Uses instructional variety in order to accommodate students of different learning styles, abilities, demographics or and/or diversity.
  • Maintains connections to the entrepreneurial start-up and investment communities that allow for integration of professional practices with classroom learning.

Learning Enrichment

  • Embraces new forms of pedagogy including online teaching, blended classes, and experiential learning.
  • Demonstrates the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, creativity, and love of learning in students.
  • The use of a variety of instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  • The capacity to incorporate interdisciplinary learning into entrepreneurship curriculum.
  • The vision to advance the department's programs.
  • Demonstrates responsiveness to the industry's changes and practices including technology, with the ability to incorporate those changes into a progressive curriculum.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and application of team building capabilities.
  • Provides platforms for the development of student presentation capabilities.
  • Demonstrates the ability to support different student learning styles and abilities.


  • Creates and maintains a network of alumni and industry experts who can be called upon as resources for course and curriculum development, focus groups, guest speakers, internships and placement opportunities for students.
  • Highly active participant in the entrepreneurship, start-up, investing, creative and design communities with a demonstrated knowledge of the ecosystem.
  • Active engagement in the professional, scholarly and academic activities.
  • Demonstrated industry contacts and opportunities to help achieve department and college initiatives.
  • The ability to effectively speak on behalf of the department and/or college with industry supporters.
  • Participates in global conferences in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
  • Demonstrates currency and engagement in the primary teaching disciplines.


  • Demonstrates effective use of technology and electronic information to superbly deliver course material and learning experiences to students.
  • Demonstrates and utilizes basic Microsoft Office and/or other office product (Mac) in the areas of word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Possesses industry specific technological skills related to software programs, Advance presentation, video editing, 2D and 3D modeling and analytics software are a plus.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate through technology and can utilize college course management system including Blackboard hosted by OpenSUNY.
  • Commitment to updating technological skills and knowledge.


Master's degree and minimum of ten (10) years of executive experience in the entrepreneurial field and/or related industries.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following skills:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of mentoring students and nurturing innovation from idea to business creation, product development, marketing and commercialization.
  • Experience in the start-up industries, venture capital and the related fields.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current technology used for presentations.
  • The ability to create team projects to develop students' interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to identify key networking opportunities between industry professionals and the students through mentoring, internships, seminars, and industry functions and needs.
  • Active engagement in the profession.
  • The ability to actively nurture a diverse student body.
  • The ability to work with people from various cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups.
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications

Terminal degree preferred. Candidate should demonstrate a level of activity in scholarly research and endeavors relating to entrepreneurship

Application Instructions:

 This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position beginning in Fall 2017. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. The salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience. Please note a background check is required for appointment to this position. Online applications are strongly encouraged.
Please provide the following:

  • A letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position
  • Professional Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references with phone numbers and e-mail contact information
  • A list of academic activities beyond classroom instructions (course outlines, developed curriculum, participation in accreditation processes, etc.).
  • Please note that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually. 

Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at:

 FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,

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