Assistant Professor of Practice - Product Development & Communications

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Assistant Professor of Practice - Product Development & Communications


Textiles Merchan & Fashion Design UNL-1042

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Description of Work:

The Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design in the College of Education and Human Sciences is seeking to fill a non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Practice position in Product Development and Communication. This is a full-time, 9-month appointment with a 90% teaching, 10% service apportionment. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate will possess a broad range of product development and communication skill sets that can include (but would not be limited to): product development, apparel construction, textile science foundations, fashion communications, and relevant technologies in the field. The successful candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse students including underrepresented minorities. Textiles, Merchandising, & Fashion Design is a dynamic department that embodies the three primary missions of the university, namely teaching, research and service/extension. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of the National Retail Federation, in addition to faculty memberships in academic organizations such as the International Textile and Apparel Association and the American Collegiate Retailing Association. Thus, the innovative and impactful work within the department has tremendous reach with important impacts at local, national, and international levels; and supports the needs of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, our department and college are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who can demonstrate their experience with shaping a workplace culture based on respect for differences and/or experiences with promoting equity and positive cross-cultural relationships.

Additional information about the Department and College of Education and Human Sciences can be found at and

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in Textiles, Merchandising, Fashion Design, Communications, or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of one or more years of teaching as instructor of record in one or more of the following areas: apparel construction, introductory textiles, and fashion communications related to clothing and society.
  • Evidence of potential to teach using different modalities (e.g., face-to-face, online).
  • Evidence of potential to utilize and instruct students on relevant technologies in the field.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative form. Attach the following documents:

  1. Letter of application that includes a statement of interest and addresses the candidate’s qualifications for the position and fit with the program, including minimum both minimum and preferred qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information (i.e., name, email, phone number, position and institution) for three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s abilities to carry out responsibilities for the position.
  4. A statement that details the candidate’s philosophy, related experience, approach and commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  5. Teaching statement that includes a description of the candidate’s previous teaching experience and teaching philosophy. Please also include two examples of teaching documents (e.g., student project examples, course syllabi, and /or sample assignments).
Combine the statements and examples (items 4 and 5) into one document and attach as “Other Document.”

For additional information please contact Search Committee Chair, Sandra Starkey ([email protected]).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Sandra Starkey
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

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Planned Hire Date:

August 15, 2022


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