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Associate Professor/Full Professor Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design, TT

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL

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Associate Professor/Full Professor Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design, TT



Position Summary::

The Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design (CTD) at The University of Alabama (UA) is seeking applications for the position of Department Chair. The successful candidate will be one who has strong academic connections and industry contacts, providing visionary academic and administrative leadership to a dynamic faculty and staff.

The CTD Department is housed within the College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES), one of the largest such colleges in the U.S. CHES is comprised of five interdisciplinary departments united through a shared goal of improving the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. The College has a long history of multidisciplinary scholarly activity and service implemented through its constituent departments: Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design; Consumer Sciences; Health Science; Human Development and Family Studies; and Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management. The CTD Department has vibrant and productive faculty, with 14 full-time faculty members, and robust student enrollment and program offerings. The NASAD-accredited program supports two academic undergraduate majors: Apparel and Textiles (with concentrations in Fashion Retailing and Apparel Design) and Interior Design, and also supports a M.S. degree in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Clothing and Textiles. The Department attracts a diverse group of students, and builds on enhancing diversity and developing global leaders by promoting experiential learning opportunities, including two study abroad programs, and requiring students to complete full-time internships during their study. As such, graduates of our programs are highly sought-after following graduation, with global placements in their fields and many graduates becoming successful entrepreneurs. The Apparel and Textiles program nurtures creative thinkers and problem solvers with a human-centered design approach. Students participate in projects incorporating accessible, inclusive, and sustainable design criteria. Apparel design alumni obtain positions with established fashion brands such as Oscar de la Renta, Brandon Maxwell, and Macy’s. The Fashion Retailing Program is an exciting growing program whose graduates pursue a variety of buying and merchandising positions with major apparel manufacturers and retailers such as Donna Karan, Hermès, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and consists of sequential learning that provides training in a critical aspect of interior design. Studios focus on residential design as well as healthcare, office, retail, mixed-use, institutional spaces, and a Capstone studio. It is ranked in the top 50 Interior Design schools in the U.S. and ranked by Design Intelligence as one of the “Most Hired from Interior Design Schools” 2019-2020.

About the UniversityThe University of Alabama, founded in 1831, is the state’s flagship institution. The University is ranked among one of the top 50 public universities in the nation. holds an R1, very high research, Carnegie classification. and has an enrollment of over 38,000 students. UA is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. We are located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a diverse, vibrant community of over 100,000 residents that is situated along the banks of the Black Warrior River was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. The city lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham and is within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and the major cities of Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, and Atlanta.

Responsibilities:As the chief administrative officer of the department, the Chair will: 1. Provide leadership and advocacy for teaching, research, and outreach activities that articulate with the mission of the Department, College, and University.2. Supervise budgetary and curricular decisions.3. Mentor and support departmental faculty through promotion and advancement. 4. Encourage research and scholarly activities.5. Instruct undergraduate and/or graduate level courses when appropriate.

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Qualifications for the Position1. A terminal degree (PhD or equivalent, MFA, or MArch, as appropriate) in one of the fields within the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design’s programmatic areas, with 18 graduate hours earned in the discipline.2. Qualifications to be employed at the associate or full professor level with tenure.3. Strong interpersonal and communication skills for effective interaction with faculty, staff, students, and university constituents.4. Knowledge of, or previous involvement with, accredited programs or specialty accreditors. 5. Academic or administrative leadership experience (preferred).6. Previous experience mentoring junior faculty and/or graduate students.7. Previous experience in distance education (desirable).

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Review of applications will begin January 20, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position, and nominations of candidates, may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jeannine Lawrence at [email protected].

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThe University, College, and the Department Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning and work environment for our students, faculty, and staff. A diverse university community and inclusive environment are integral for excellence in teaching, research, and service. We are especially committed to increasing representation of those populations that have been historically excluded from participation in U.S. higher education.

UA EEO Statement:

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.
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To apply, candidates should complete an online application and upload the following:

1. A letter of application (attach as Cover Letter). In this letter, please address how your application meets the qualifications and expectations, what you would bring to this position, and include a diversity statement to further The University of Alabama’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2. A current curriculum vitae

3. Transcripts of graduate coursework (attach as Other Document 1)

4. The names and full contact information for three professional references (attach as List of References)


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The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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