Maine College of Art (MECA) seeks a Program Chair and Assistant/Associate Professor in Textile and Fashion Design. This is a full-time faculty appointment with duties commencing no later than August 1, 2017.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
This unique program was founded on the belief that one can best create fashion as a means of contemporary expression through a deep understanding of textiles (materials, techniques, pattern, color and texture). MECA’s Textile & Fashion Design (TFD) Program seeks to provide students with a comprehensive working knowledge of garment design and construction as well as textile practices. The program is philosophically grounded in understanding the body as a three dimensional kinetic form: how the silhouette can be altered through clothes, the proportion of the body as it relates to garments, the placement of pattern on the body, and conceptual expression through textile and fashion.
Courses in fashion design and garment construction, as well as textile design, surface pattern, and costume and textile history complement students’ acquisition of textile techniques in knitting and print design. These courses are supported by textile and apparel technologies and a strong emphasis is placed on hand processes in the designing of textiles for fashion. Developing excellent craftsmanship in support of strong, thoroughly explored personal concepts is paramount.
The chair has comprehensive responsibility for overseeing the program. The candidate must work collaboratively with faculty, staff and community members to sustain the program, promote excellence, establish appropriate collaborations and advise the College on future initiatives. The chair is expected to represent the College, recruit students with Admissions, and advise and inspire students while preparing them for professional success. The ideal candidate will be able to discuss design and teaching philosophy as it connects to fashion and textiles. MECA’s curriculum supports the creative spirit of our students, empowering them to become artists and entrepreneurs. The successful candidate will teach in the TFD program as well as in the Foundation program, or in other departments as appropriate. Engaged teaching, a commitment to community and individualized attention are hallmarks of a MECA education. A commitment to undergraduate teaching is essential, as is innovation and versatility. MECA’s educational philosophy, which consists of Studio, Agency, Place, Community and Ethics, is the backbone of all our programs.
MECA faculty teach six courses a year in graduate and undergraduate courses as experience allows. As is typical with full-time faculty appointments, other responsibilities include mentoring, student reviews, curricular development, active scholarship/professional output and a variety of institutional service activities.
The Chair reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of the College.
Start date: No later than August 1, 2017
Experience in fashion and/or textile design or a related field is required. Industry and/or administrative experience is preferred. Effective communication skills—both written and verbal—are essential, along with superior organizational and interpersonal skills. MECA is committed to a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Experience teaching at the college level or in a professional setting is preferred. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent technical knowledge, including complex draping and tailoring, pattern-making, garment construction, dyeing and product development. Candidates should be current in their knowledge of designer collections and industry trends, including sustainable fashion design and couture. Knowledge of the history of the discipline is required. Applications expressing an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning are encouraged. An active and current experimental, creative and/or critical practice in the field is required. An MFA is strongly preferred but the committee will review candidates with an undergraduate degree who have exceptional qualifications.
Compensations & Benefits
Compensation ranges from $45,000 to $60,000 based on credentials, experience and rank. A comprehensive benefits package is offered, including health, dental, sick and retirement benefits.
Digital applications are required. In one PDF file not to exceed 25MB please include: (1) an application letter which describes how the candidate’s experience, accomplishments and qualifications intersect with the listed position description; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching philosophy; (4) three sample syllabi; (5) a list of technical skills; (6) four current references; (7) a portfolio (20 images minimum) or link to an online portfolio; and, if available, (8) a portfolio of student work (maximum 20 images) or link to an online portfolio of student work. Attach the PDF to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place “TFD Chair Search: [Your Name]” in the Subject line. Applications will be kept confidential.