Fashion Merchandising Professor
College of the Sequoias Community College District is seeking a candidate who is enthusiastic about the fashion-merchandising field to fill a full time 3-year, grant funded position in the Fashion Department beginning August 2019.
College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting faculty who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.
The primary responsibility is to teach a variety of fashion courses in accordance with established course outlines and develop and expand a strong fashion program. Class assignments may include evening classes, weekend classes and teaching at any of the college locations in Visalia, Hanford and/or Tulare.
Primary job duties include:
- Provide leadership for the future development and growth of the Fashion Department.
- Assess and develop cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students through appropriate assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings.
- Advise and instruct students regarding programs of study, other institutions of higher education, lifelong learning resources, and effective study skills.
- Refer students to support services, programs, resources, and other professionals as appropriate.
- Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations.
- Provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established office hours.
- Plan and organize instruction according to approved course outlines and student learning outcomes to maximize student learning in alignment with department, and District goals.
- Evaluate and select instructional materials such as textbooks, manuals, software, and tools in collaboration, as appropriate, with discipline faculty.
- Utilize the college curriculum processes to revise and update course content and materials of instruction in accordance with new theory, application, and industry developments within the education field.
- Apply for and utilize career technical educational support, resources and funding as appropriate to assist student learning and experiences in the fashion field and to maintain the fashion laboratory and equipment.
- Promote and expand work experience, internship and job opportunities for fashion students.
- Participate in department, division and campus governance and leadership activities, such as committees, task-forces, meetings and similar events.
- Develop and maintain connections with retail industry in the community, including the maintenance of an advisory board which meets regularly.
- Collaborate with high schools and other institutions to recruit students.
- Participate with college CTE processes and events.
- Maintain the fashion laboratory, including facilitating sewing machine maintenance and replacement, organization and replacement of items used occasionally (window display, production props and similar) and those used regularly (irons, fabric, thread, notions, machine accessories and similar) and maintenance of a private space for try-ons.
The candidate must meet the following criteria.
- Any bachelor's degree or higher AND two years of professional experience OR
- Any associate degree AND six years of professional experience. The professional experience required must be directly related to the fashion discipline OR
- The equivalent AND
- Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
The Consumer Family Studies Division, Fashion Department is looking for evidence of the following:
Connections with the local retailers in the community
Experience in various aspects of the fashion industry in the private sector.
Willingness to travel and manage work-experience students and interns and act as a liaison with work sites.
Ability to work as a fashion merchandiser and transfer knowledge to students.
Ability to work with computers and other technologies to provide high-quality instruction.
Evidence of an ability to address the needs of a diverse and frequently under prepared student population taking a wide range of college level courses.
Desire and evidence of an ability to take on leadership roles both within the department and in the institution as a whole.
Commitment to outreach to high schools and other institutions to recruit students interested in the fashion industry.
Experience in participating and coordinating fashion shows, high school competitions and similar events.
Experience working collegially and collaboratively within the college community.
Participation in department, division, college committees and participatory governance activities.
Community college teaching experience in the fashion area.
Ability to effectively engage with and facilitate authentic learning for students of diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences.
Experience with community college funding sources, especially Career Technical Education funding.
Experience teaching in a Hispanic Serving Institution and serving disproportionately impacted groups.
Ability to utilize a teaching pedagogy to enhance the learning experience of vulnerable students.
Ability to develop and maintain all fashion curriculum. Application Procedure
Applicants must submit the following material to be considered:
- Completed online application.
- Diversity Statement (included in the application packet).
- Letter of interest which addresses the Desirable Qualifications. In this letter we invite applicants to expand on strengths not covered in other parts of the application.
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Unofficial copies of transcripts of college/university work. (If transcripts are not in English, include a summary of courses and grades). Official transcripts are required upon employment.
- Equivalency documents (If necessary).
- Two (2) recent letters of recommendation addressing pertinent experience or equivalent competencies.
Partial reimbursement for travel costs may be available for applicants traveling more than 200 miles for an interview.