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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 Modern Languages and Cultures Department, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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 School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the foundation for an FIT degree, committed to providing a broad-based general education for FIT students, integrating traditional academic study with career preparation. Home to seven academic departments, 17 minors, and two interdisciplinary majors, our faculty prepare students to become reflective, critical, and engaged citizens of the world. Committed to scholarship, academic service and student-centered instruction, faculty members foster an understanding of diverse cultures and international perspectives as well as an appreciation for the richness and changing composition of American culture.

The Modern Languages and Cultures Department is a culturally and intellectually diverse community of faculty, staff and students who value knowledge, multicultural awareness, and the free and responsible exchange of ideas. The Department prepares students to live in and contribute to a diverse and changing world through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, develops the students' ability to understand and communicate in the languages they study at every level, in culturally appropriate ways, and prepares students to enter the global workforce equipped with the knowledge, confidence and communication skills needed for success in an interdependent world. The Department offers students the opportunity to study with dedicated faculty members who embrace and utilize emerging forms of modern language/culture pedagogy.


The Modern Languages and Cultures Department seeks a full-time faculty member in French and Francophone Studies. The successful candidate will be experienced in developing initiatives for program growth, contribute to a coherently articulated program of instruction in French across levels of competency and organize cultural activities for students both in and outside of the classroom.

The candidate will be expected to create interdisciplinary curriculum in non-Western Francophone studies as well as in French language and culture. Strengths in postcolonial studies, critical refugee studies, migration studies, gender studies are desirable.

The new faculty member will serve on departmental and college-wide committees and participate in administrative activities as required. Responsibilities will include the design, implementation, and evaluation of syllabi and the development and administration of assessment instruments.

The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in teaching and a substantial record of scholarship related to French and Francophone cultures.


Specific Competencies:

Successful candidates will excel in the following competencies:


  • Speak, understand, and think in other languages.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for cultural diversity and has a positive approach to cultural differences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work within, support, and maintain productive relationships in multicultural environments and models inclusive behaviors for students.

Instructional Design

  • Design and deliver course content that reflects a balance between classic thought, contemporary practice, and the state of the art in the field.
  • Balance both theory and the practical application of knowledge, inclusive of building skills that are required for professional success.
  • Design classroom and other learning experiences that foster and promote critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy skills, and creativity.
  • Demonstrate instructional variety and flexibility to accommodate students of different learning styles, experiences, abilities, demographics, and diversity.

Learning Enrichment

  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire student interest, curiosity, imagination, creativity and love of learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support difference student learning styles and abilities.
  • Support student development and success through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Embrace and utilize emerging forms of pedagogy, where appropriate, such as team teaching, online teaching, interdisciplinary methods, active learning, etc.


  • Support FIT, its mission, goals, and initiatives through both classroom and non-classroom activities.
  • Demonstrate currency and active engagement in the profession of one's primary teaching discipline.
  • Engage in creative or scholarly activities within the discipline.
  • Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial and collaborative relationships with colleagues and professionals.


  • Incorporate instructional technology into delivery of course material and learning experiences.
  • Appropriately utilize technology to communicate with, and engage students in, learning outside of the classroom.
  • Understand and appreciate the advantages and limitations of utilizing technology for compiling, organizing, analyzing, and synthesizing information.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of adaptive assistive devices and technologies available to foster inclusiveness of special needs students and students with different learning styles.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. required in French, Francophone Studies or in Comparative Literature with a Francophone specialization. Native or near-native fluency in French and excellent command of English.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five (5) years of relevant college teaching experience


This position will be required to continuously read and comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working conditions for this position will be any combination of the classroom, lab, and/or office space. Certain roles may be required to handle machinery and chemicals. The physical requirement for this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasionally lifting 10 lbs. or less.


This faculty position will begin Fall 2023. Review of applications will commence in September 2022 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.


The Fashion Institute of Technology is a State University of New York college of art and design located in New York City. In 1951, it became one of the first SUNY community colleges empowered to grant the Associate of Applied Science degree. Today, FIT also grants Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fashion and fashion-related fields. These include some unique programs, such as the United States’ only degree-granting program in Accessories Design, and the only baccalaureate program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing in the world.fashion_institute_of_technology1.jpg

FIT is fascinating. We are a public institution of higher education with ties to private industry designed to benefit our students. We have big city pizazz and high-end sophistication. But we boast a safe campus and a real-world mindset. We are the crossroads between commerce and creativity.


FIT is fashion. We are also design, fine arts, packaging, computer animation. We are technology, and also marketing, advertising, merchandising, production. And more. Our diverse programming has grown out of a rich history. Our Institutional Advancement is based on a clear mission. Our campus location and facilities are here to serve our college community.



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