Job Details

University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Position Number: 4497436
  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Fashion & Textile Design
Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in Fashion Design

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Application Deadline: The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 1, 2023, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Job Summary: The Textile and Fashion Design Program (TFD) in the Department of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison seeks applicants for a faculty position in Fashion Design with a focus on Circular and Sustainable Design. The full time, 9-month assistant (tenure-track) or associate (tenured) professor will teach undergraduate and graduate students, conduct research and provide thought-leadership in programmatic guidance in Fashion Design, ranging from continuous improvement in curriculum to training students to produce the next generation of leaders in the field of sustainable and regenerative textile and fashion revolution.

The TFD Program is currently undergoing a program revision to focus on producing graduates who are responsible, resourceful, and research-driven about the place of textiles and fashion in global societies, cultural, economies, and environments. As such, we are seeking candidates who will be responsible for teaching classes and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and conducting impactful research in fashion design and systems with an emphasis in resourcefulness, responsible design, and innovative research methods. This position will also provide thought-leadership for guiding the Fashion Design program and carries research, teaching, and service responsibilities appropriate for the rank sought: assistant or associate professor level. The 2-2 teaching load (4 courses per year) will include courses at introductory and advanced undergraduate level.

Additionally, the assistant or associate professor will deliver rigorous lecture, studio, and seminar instruction across a range of levels. A successful candidate will provide guidance and leadership in recruiting, teaching, and mentoring of students and advise students on academic and career choices.

The position is expected to provide experience and expertise in circular design and sustainability and preferably with one or more of following areas of interest within fashion design; technology integration, entrepreneurship, material innovation, craft, and fashion systems in local, regional and global contexts.

Other responsibilities include leading an independent and high-impact research program; seeking external funding as appropriate for the area of study; advising and working with graduate students; and participating in department, school, and university service.

Education: A Terminal degree (PhD or MFA) by the position start date and evidence of scholarship through practice-based work and/or publications in fashion design, textile design or art journals is required.


Years of experience and professional accomplishments will be commensurate with the rank sought. All candidates must have proven success in conducting research and teaching appropriate for their stage of career.

Associate professor candidates must possess experience and scholarly credentials that meet the tenure standards of the UW-Madison Divisional Committee and of the School of Human Ecology.

Minimum Required Qualifications:
- The ability to lead a research program that attracts external funding individually and/or through active collaboration, that actively attracts and engages graduate students, and that produces high-impact scholarship.
- The ability to teach Fashion Design studio, seminar, and lecture courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels with evidence of past teaching experience commensurate with the rank sought.
- Demonstrated experience in fashion construction, research-based, sustainable design solutions at a level appropriate for grad/undergrad studio teaching.
- The ability to work effectively within a diverse community, and a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.
- Awareness of industry practices in fashion and/or textiles.

Application Instructions: All applications must be submitted through the UW Jobs website. Please visit the following position listing for more information and a link to the application:

To apply for this position, you will need to upload the following:

Please upload the following:
1. A letter of application that addresses your relevant background for and interest in the position;
2. A current CV, including list of publications, exhibitions, awards, residencies, etc.;
3. A teaching philosophy and/or statement (max. 500 words);
4. A statement on research, including past achievements and future aims, and discussion of approach to scholarship (eg, practice-based, collection-based, exhibition, publication, etc) (max. 500 words);
5. A portfolio (max. 20 slides) of representative examples of practice-based research, and/or an example of published written work.

In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references willing to be contacted for reference check and letters of recommendation at a later date within the application system. At a future date you may be asked to upload other application materials.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is October 1, 2023, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Additional Information:
DESIGN STUDIES DEPARTMENT: The Design Studies Department is a vibrant community that approaches design from a broad range of disciplinary and practice-based approaches, and supports a range of undergraduate (Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Architecture, and Design, Innovation and Society, the third major underway) and graduate programs (MFA, PhD, and Masters of Design and Innovation). The Textile and Fashion Design Program, rooted in studio practice and cultural context, is currently undergoing a program revision to focus on producing graduates who are responsible, resourceful, and research-driven about the place of textiles and fashion in global societies, cultural, economies, and environments. Faculty and students have access to rich resources and facilities provided by the Center for Design and Material Culture in the School of Human Ecology.

THE CENTER FOR DESIGN AND MATERIAL CULTURE: The Center for Design and Material Culture is the primary destination for the multi-disciplinary study of material culture and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with particular focus on the study of design, material culture, and textile. This vision is supported by the rich resources of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, two galleries ( the Ruth Davis Gallery and the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery), and the Dorothy O'Brien Innovation Lab.

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development and Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of over 2,400 students, and 100+ graduate students. Faculty members in the School of Human Ecology often affiliate with centers and programs including the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Center for Financial Security, the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender. See

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 10 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. The University provides excellent technology and library resources. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See

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