Tenure Track Assistant Professor - Department of Design

University of California, Davis

The Department of Design at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a new tenure-track faculty position in Fashion Design. The appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level. Successful candidates should possess strong visual design skills and demonstrate a capacity for conducting original creative design and research work as well as possess a background in creative practice or industry, ideally with emergent areas of fashion technology.  Ability to bridge other areas of design such as visual communication, sustainable practice, product design, human centered design, etc is desired. Experience in one or more of the following is desired: wearable technology, sustainable fashion, designing for diverse populations. Candidates will demonstrate a strong portfolio of practice based creative work. Additional desirable skills and experience include (i) the ability to generate and develop extramural funding and relationships with industry and/or communities, (ii) the ability to form collaborations and/or partnerships with faculty across campus such as the sciences and engineering and to work collegially and collaboratively with faculty and staff in the Department of Design, and (iii) a history of practice-based innovation in the area of fashion design. The appointee will be expected to assume a leadership role at UC Davis in mapping new directions in fashion design. The appointee must be able to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and collaboratively participate in the activities, service, and life of the department as well as with other disciplines at the university level, and will establish meaningful connections to broader academic, professional, commercial and/or public communities. PhD or MFA (or foreign equivalent) is preferred but a minimum of an MA plus appropriate experience is required.  Teaching experience is required with studio-format teaching experience preferred; successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to teach a combination of practice-based studio classes and large lecture courses. An ability to advance the university’s and department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities is also desired. Appointment commences July 1, 2018. 

The UC Davis Department of Design, which includes the UC Davis Design Museum and the California Lighting Technology Center, is the only comprehensive academic design unit in the University of California system, one of the world’s leading public universities. The program offers a research-focused curriculum combining theoretical and humanistic study with innovation and practice. 

Candidates begin the application process by registering online at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01766. Submit letter of interest, CV, a brief statement of future research plans and a plan for the future of fashion design, a brief statement of teaching philosophy along with descriptions of courses taught and/or proposed, twenty-five images of creative works including at least 5–10 examples of student work if available, and the names and contact details for four references. Candidates are also required to submit an optional statement of diversity. Review of applications begins January 5, 2018 and continues until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be addressed to Prof. Susan Avila at stavila@ucdavis.edu.

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