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Lasell University
  • Position Number: 5303954
  • Location: Newton, MA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Fashion & Textile Design

Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising

The School of Fashion at Lasell University in Newton, MA seeks a highly motivated, collaborative and business-driven individual to assume the responsibilities of Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising for a Fall 2024 appointment. More senior rank will be considered based on experience and other credentials.

Combining a strong Liberal Arts core with professional courses, the School of Fashion produces graduates ready to compete for careers in fashion merchandising, design and media. From buying, planning, product development and marketing, to journalism and designing, our alumnae can be found occupying positions at companies such as Nordstrom, WGSN, Burberry, Nic +Zoe, Puma, Calvin Klein, Brides Magazine, WWD, Timberland, and the TJX Corporation, as well as becoming creative and successful entrepreneurs. With the support of faculty, fashion students at Lasell University create, manage, and distribute an award-winning bi-annual fashion and culture publication and e-zine, POLISHED Magazine ( In addition, the faculty work with students to produce two fashion shows, showcasing over 400 student designs drawing a crowd of over 1,500 attendees.

Responsibilities: We seek a candidate with significant experience in Fashion Merchandising, Fashion History and Fashion Curation. The successful candidate will teach across the curriculum with an emphasis on our Fashion Merchandising program. Working closely with the Fashion Merchandising Program Coordinator, the candidate will have the ability to shape the on-going development of the Fashion Merchandising curriculum. The successful candidate will exemplify and cultivate inclusive teaching practices and effective intercultural engagement among colleagues and students and partner in fostering an inclusive atmosphere. Additionally, the ideal candidate would potentially serve as the curator for the Lasell Fashion Collection, which contains over 3,000 objects and spans 200 years of fashion history. A research background in analysis and sustainability are welcomed qualifications.

Lasell is a student focused institution that values integrity, inclusion and empathy. Our mission seeks to "immerse students in experiential and collaborative learning that fosters lifelong intellectual exploration, social responsibility, and professional growth." In a setting that provides academic freedom for educators, faculty are encouraged and supported in the development of innovative teaching methods and the adoption of the emerging technologies. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence and enthusiasm in utilizing a project-focused approach to inclusive teaching, as well as student advocacy. Active participation in school and college service includes, but is not limited to, faculty standing committee work and academic advising.

Given Lasell's commitment to fostering an intellectually enriching and inclusive educational environment, our expectation is that the successful candidate will demonstrate competence and sensitivity in teaching and advising students who are broadly diverse with regard to various aspects of identity, such as race, ethnicity, ability status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, and religion. Candidates who share this commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in these areas.

Faculty rank will be determined by the Provost based on years of teaching and/or professional experience and the candidate's highest degree obtained in accordance with the Lasell Faculty Handbook.

Lasell University offers a competitive salary and benefits package for eligible employees. This includes but is not limited to outstanding time off benefits, health, dental and vision insurance, a 403B with a matching contribution after two years of service, tuition benefits and more.

Qualifications: A Master's Degree with at least five years of industry experience; terminal degree, such as MBA, MFA, or Ph.D., required; demonstrated commitment to contributing to an inclusive campus environment in which students and personnel from all backgrounds can thrive. Prior college teaching in higher education is preferred.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a philosophy of teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and the information of three (3) references using the forms below.

Review of candidates' submitted materials begin immediately; applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Lasell University is committed to increasing the diversity of its community and curriculum.
Candidates who believe they will contribute to that commitment are encouraged to apply.

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