Job Details

Southern Methodist University
  • Position Number: 4611270
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Fashion & Textile Design

AY2023-2024 5733 Journalism: Assistant Professor of Fashion Media
Division of Journalism

Location: Dallas, TX
Open Date: Sep 18, 2023

The Division of Journalism seeks candidates for a tenure-track position to teach in the division's popular Fashion Media program beginning August 2024. The successful candidate will join the division at an exciting period of expansion and innovation, and our new colleague will play a key role in shaping the curriculum and reimagining the program. As such, the successful candidate must have appropriate research and/or creative output for a tenure-track position and be an engaged teacher and mentor. The typical teaching load for this position is 2/3.

Specifically, we seek candidates with an interest in fashion and creative processes, ideally with a background in fashion history, fashion design and/or trend forecasting. Candidates who also have experience in media production (e.g., journalism, advertising, social, exhibition catalogs) are encouraged to apply.

While an appointment at the rank of assistant professor is anticipated, extraordinary candidates at all levels will be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a fashion-, communication- or journalism-related field required; A terminal degree (MFA/Ph.D.) preferred but not required.
  • Ability to conduct research or creative endeavors at a nationally or internationally recognized level
  • Ability to teach classes in fashion history, fashion design and fashion business

We're especially interested in hearing from applicants who have:
  • Prior collegiate-level teaching experience;
  • A background in or knowledge of media production; and/or
  • A background or interest in fashion from marginalized or underrepresented groups.

Application Instructions:
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Applicants should submit the following materials via Interfolio:
  1. A formal letter of application addressing teaching philosophy and interests;
  2. A C.V.;
  3. A statement of research or/and creative interests; and,
  4. A list of three references with contact information (references will not be contacted without the applicant's knowledge).

To ensure full consideration for the position, the application must be received by October 31, 2023, but the committee will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.

Questions may be directed to the search chair, Ethan Lascity,

SMU, a private nonsectarian university of roughly 12,000 students, is an inclusive and intellectually diverse community of teachers and scholars that values diverse research and creative agendas and is dedicated to academic excellence. The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is a culturally rich arts and global business center, offering exceptional museums, diverse cultural attractions and a vibrant economy.

The Division of Journalism, housed within Meadows School of the Arts, is home to nearly 200 majors across degree programs in Fashion Media and Journalism, along with business and sports journalism concentrations.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

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