Full-Time Faculty Position in Communication Studies

Full-Time Faculty Position in Communication Studies
About Fashion Institute of Technology:

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 the English and Communication Studies Department, School of Liberal Arts.

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 Liberal Arts provides the foundation for an FIT degree, committed to providing a broad-based general education for FIT students, integrating traditional academic study with career preparation. Home to seven academic departments, 17 minors, and two interdisciplinary majors, our faculty prepare students to become reflective, critical, and engaged citizens of the world. Committed to scholarship, academic service and student-centered instruction, faculty members foster an understanding of diverse cultures and international perspectives as well as an appreciation for the richness and changing composition of American culture.

The English and Communication Studies Department prepares students to be reflective, creative, critical, and engaged citizens of the world through the study of literature, writing, and communication. Our wide-ranging curriculum provides students with the tools to navigate their environment, to stimulate the imagination, and to communicate across boundaries and borders as they begin to enter the marketplace.

Job Description:

The College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The English and Communication Studies Department seeks a full-time communication studies generalist with secondary area(s) of interest in intercultural communication, mediation, civility, gender and communication studies, environmental communication, game studies, and/or visual rhetoric. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute leadership and vision to the Department's communication studies program, to provide intellectual and pedagogical innovation for communication studies courses, to serve as a mentor to current and new communication studies faculty, and to develop interdisciplinary college-wide programming in their areas of expertise.

The candidate will be expected to work closely with other Liberal Arts departments and have a commitment to working with culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse students in an institution with strong emphasis on innovation, globalism and experiential learning. The candidate will be expected to teach existing courses in the English and Communication Studies Department, including Intercultural Communication, Professional Speech Communication, Small Group Communication, Public Speaking, and Argumentation and Persuasion, and to develop new curriculum in the candidate's area of expertise. They will also work closely with the Writing and Speaking Studio and other faculty within and outside of the School of Liberal Arts to develop curriculum and programming that enable our students to think critically and communicate effectively. The candidate will engage in academic service and conduct research of expertise.


Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:


  • Demonstrates an awareness of global issues and their impact in organizational communication.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for cultural diversity and has a positive approach to cultural differences.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work within, support, and maintain productive relationships in multicultural environments and models inclusive behaviors for students.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recognize and balance differing worldviews based upon a deep knowledge an awareness of other people, countries, cultures and beliefs, and their impact on organizational cultures and effectiveness.

Instructional Design

  • Demonstrate the ability design and create engaging curricula and take advantages of emerging communication technologies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to instruct students to use communication tools to solve real-world problems, and to adapt to and employ the latest digital tools to bring critical reasoning to global issues.

Learning Enrichment

  • Possess a passion for learning and teaching, with the ability to inspire enrichment, curiosity and creativity in students.
  • Demonstrate the use of innovative pedagogies, emerging technologies and diverse instructional delivery methods that foster critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Demonstrate the vision to deliver and advance the mission of the Department and School of Liberal Arts: to develop reflective, critical and engaged citizens of the world.
  • Possess the current knowledge of trends and advances in the area of organizational communication, systems and culture.


  • Maintain highly active participation in professional practices and scholarship, and a willingness to mentor faculty colleagues both within and outside of the School of Liberal Arts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to authoritatively and effectively speak on behalf of the English and Communication Studies Department, the School of Liberal Arts, and FIT.
  • Maintain positive, helpful, supportive, respectful, collegial, and teamwork-oriented relationships with other professionals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues to increase the visibility and profile of speech communication at FIT.


  • Incorporate instructional technology into delivery of course material and learning experiences
  • Utilize learning experiences that expose students to the uses of technology in their chosen discipline, industry, or profession.
  • Utilize technology appropriately to communicate with, engage students in learning outside of the classroom.

Candidates should have a PhD in Communication Studies by the date of appointment (August 19, 2019), or in a closely related discipline. Candidates should also exhibit a record of academic research and publication, professional activities, successful college-level teaching, and familiarity with both online and hybrid learning environments.

Applicants with research and teaching expertise in Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, and Professional Communication are invited to apply, as well as with experience in such subspecialties as intercultural communication, mediation, civility, gender and communication studies, environmental communication, game studies, and/or visual rhetoric studies. Experience with interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to teaching communication studies is especially desirable.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, tenure-track position beginning in Fall 2019. Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received by October 1, 2018. Salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience. Please note that a background check is required for appointment to this position. Online applications are strongly encouraged. Please note applications without all application materials will not be considered.

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

Application Instructions:

For consideration, please provide:

  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position;
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume;
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy; and
  • Sample publication/writing sample.

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.

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals.  Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.  Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, titleix@fitnyc.edu.