Full-Time Faculty Position in Communication Design-Information Design

  • Job Description:

    Fashion Institute of Technology

    The ideal candidate will be an industry-leading information designer, with award-winning design sensibility. He/she must have six (6) or more years of high level, full-time professional experience in the specialized field of information design with a comprehensive understanding of current practices, trends, and technology. The candidate must also demonstrate ability to teach college-level visual design courses in both AAS and BFA levels.

    Job Description:

    The ideal candidate will be an industry-leading information designer, with award-winning design sensibility. He/she must have six (6) or more years of high level, full-time professional experience in the specialized field of information design with a comprehensive understanding of current practices, trends, and technology. The candidate must also demonstrate ability to teach college-level visual design courses in both AAS and BFA levels.

    The candidate will assist the department in conceptualizing its direction for the future and will be able to assist the Department in shaping and driving the changes needed for the associate and BFA degree programs. They will add leadership and direction in order to implement the College's strategic plan for 2020 (http://www.fitnyc.edu/6646.asp). Strong preference will be given to those candidates exhibiting experience and understanding of higher education. They will also need to carry out department work in addition to their teach responsibilities.

    It is expected that this new faculty member will have an active information design practice and record of utilizing design to promote sustainability and/or social justice. The new faculty member will be expected to have the relevant, terminal degree in design, an MFA, March, MDes, MS, etc. Experience in teaching information design at all levels in a college setting is required as is some familiarity with curricular development, cross-disciplinary emphasis, and utilization of technology and innovation in teaching.

    The ideal candidate will excel in the following areas:


    Demonstrate an understanding of globally diverse areas of design and business and a strong knowledge base in current design business practices.

    Demonstrate ability to integrate this knowledge into interdisciplinary, innovative, and cutting edge design curricula.

    Instructional Design

    Demonstrate a deep understanding, and successful application, of emerging pedagogy, such as team, online, and blended teaching, interdisciplinary teaching methods, and active learning, as well as a proven record of successfully imparting information literacy to students,.

    Demonstrate ability to be responsive to industry changes and practices, including technology use, and incorporate those changes, as well as their own professional experiences, into curricula.

    Demonstrate ability to develop curricula that take advantage of emerging technologies in the industry.

    Learning Enrichment

    Demonstrate ability to incorporate a variety of instructional delivery methods, including the use of demonstrations and specific project assignments, based on emerging and innovative pedagogical theory.

    Proven understanding and application of interdisciplinary learning.

    Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate ideas, being sensitive to different creative learning styles and abilities, while partnering with students to foster critical thinking and creative problem solving.


    Maintain a successful record of scholarly exploration in information design with evidence of presentations at professional conferences.

    Maintain active participation in the graphic design and/or advertising industry with a willingness to share industry contacts and opportunities to help achieve department and college initiatives.

    Demonstrate experience in management and supervision of a design team and/or staff within a collegial work environment.


    Demonstrate technological skills relating to software programs widely used in the industry.

    Demonstrate ability to communicate through technology and adapt to the College's learning management system as well as basic management systems.

    Demonstrate application of design to promote sustainability and/or to solve social issues.


    Bachelor's degree in information design, digital design, graphic design, or related fields. Minimum of three (3) years of post-secondary teaching experience (inclusive of design-related administrative roles such as Director or Coordinator positions). A minimum of six (6) years of high level professional experience in the specialized field of information design. Experience in data visualization and ability to create in multiple media and formats. A strong design portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of current design trends, concepts, and technology is essential.

    Master's degree preferred.

    Additional Information:

    This is a full-time, tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2016. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and experience.

    Please note that that a background check is required for appointment to this position.


    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 Communication Design.

    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 Art and Design offers 17 degree programs and is home to fashion majors, a breadth of visual communication majors and fields as unique as toy design and visual presentation and exhibition design.

    Art and Design faculty are industry professionals and foster meaningful curriculum that seeks to maximize the creative and technical potential in each student. Each major in the School of Art and Design is committed to stimulating analytical and independent thinking and faculty are committed to enriching student knowledge of global influences. Faculty members prepare students for entry and advancement in art and design careers and provide a collaborative environment that offers a rich and diverse array of interdisciplinary art and design-related projects and competitions.

    Reflecting FIT's Strategic Plan and educational goals, the Communication Design Department prepares students for professional excellence in Advertising and Graphic Design through rigorous design-based curriculum taught by faculty with outstanding academic and professional experience. It is a well-rounded education including a rich selection of liberal arts and related area courses. Students are exposed to their profession through an internship in their final semester, guest lectures, and museum, and design studio gallery visits, tapping into the extensive design community available in New York City.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply, please visit www.fitnyc.interviewexhcange.com. Online applications are strongly encouraged. Please note applications without all application materials will not be considered.

    Please provide the following:

    A letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position;

    Professional Résumé/Curriculum Vitae;

    Contact information for a minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

    If your application is accepted, the search committee will request you to provide the following additional application materials:

    Sample(s) of recent course syllabus or recently developed curriculum;

    A design portfolio with 10-15 samples of professional information design and data visualization projects that have been realized (maximum file size 3MB, with project name, year made, client). This will be viewed on screen; please set the color mode and image resolution accordingly.

    A PDF teaching portfolio with 10-15 samples of student work from different college-level courses of instruction (maximum file size: 3MB, with school, year, class name, project name, student name). This will be viewed on screen; please set the color mode and image resolution accordingly.

    3 Professional letters of recommendation

    Please note due that due to the volume of applications, we will not be able to contact each applicant individually. Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: www.fitnyc.edu.

  • Position: Other
  • Area of Focus: Design
  • City: New York City
  • Region: NYC tri-state
  • Duration: Full-time
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