Full-Time Faculty of Fashion Design – Fashionista

The O’More College of Architecture and Design at Belmont University in Nashville is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Professor of Practice beginning in January or August 2023.

As noted in a 2022 study, Nashville is one of the nation’s hottest cities for fashion. Belmont University is perfectly located in the heart of Nashville. The city is a great place to teach faculty and for students to learn, develop their skills, and pursue careers in fashion beyond graduation.

Belmont’s fashion programs adopt a service-based mission and focus on ways to improve the design and production process in the industry. Partnership studio projects have included collaborations with Gigi’s Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Daybreak Arts, SVP Worldwide, Eastman Chemical Company, New Dialect Dance Company, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Atelier & Repairs, and Olah, Inc.

The fashion programs are located in the O’More College of Architecture and Design (CAD), which is a creative community that serves undergraduate students by offering liberal arts-focused programs in fashion design and merchandising, a CIDA-accredited program in interior design, and a new program in architecture that provides accreditation by the NAAB in 2025. The College’s facilities include expansive studios with industry-standard equipment, flexible classroom/seminar space, and a digital fabrication lab. Curricula across all programs benefit from the University’s general education core to develop well-rounded critical thinkers who can solve problems in diverse groups while focusing on topics central to their disciplines. In addition to benefiting from this rich tradition of liberal arts and programs focused on professional preparation in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment dedicated to creative exploration in a Christ-centered environment, students have access to numerous internship opportunities. and study abroad programs. Preparing students for their chosen professions, CAO programs emphasize the values ​​of sustainability in all its areas, equity, and service.

Located two miles from thriving downtown Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University has more than 8,800 students from every state and 33 countries. Nationally recognized for its innovative approach and commitment to undergraduate education, Belmont is a Christ-centered, student-focused community that intends to develop diverse leaders of purpose, character, wisdom and a transformational mindset who are willing and equipped to make the world a better place. . In the classroom and beyond, the University aims to empower students, faculty, and staff to become radical champions in helping people and communities thrive. While committed to being global citizens, Belmont also seeks to be a great neighbor, engaging and serving Nashville and the greater Middle Tennessee region as a trusted community partner. The University’s location in the heart of Tennessee’s capital – and Nashville’s growing reputation as one of the nation’s most vibrant, creative, and welcoming cities – provides the perfect setting for an incredible higher education experience in a community known as the ‘Athens of the South. “With more than 115 undergraduate areas of study, 41 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, Belmont University offers an unparalleled environment for students to become all they were created to be. Belmont University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse learning community of committed Christians from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. In accordance with applicable civil rights law, the University seeks employees of Christian faith who are committed to the mission of the University. The Belmont Office of Human Resources will conduct ongoing assessments of the means by which employment candidates are sought, so that the pool of candidates includes qualified women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Main tasks and responsibilities:
• Teach 24 credit/workload hours per year in the fashion design and/or merchandising program. Workload hours are calculated based on class type, Studio or Lecture.
• Academic advice and mentoring
• Academic activity
• Participating in relevant academic and professional organizations
• College and university service
• The statements above describe the responsibilities and essential job requirements, but are not an exhaustive list of duties that may be assigned.

Belmont University seeks to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff who share the University’s values ​​and will contribute to its mission and vision to be a leader among teaching universities bringing together the best liberal arts and professional education in a Christ-centered learning community. and services.

Required experience:
• Knowledge of current principles, methods and developments in the field of study
• Knowledge of the subject matter and content of the courses taught
• Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and professional industry experience.
Skill in one or more of the following areas:
o Fashion technologies which include but not limited to Optitex or Browzwear design software and Adobe Creative Suite
o Advanced sewing, patterning and draping skills
o Product development, sourcing and manufacturing
o Sustainable design practices
o Design of accessories and/or shoes

Academic Qualifications: Terminal degree (MFA or PhD), or degree at least one level above the level of instruction (MA/MS), or otherwise approved as qualified by the Dean. Please provide alternative credentials in the cover letter.

During the application process, applicants will be asked to attach a response to Belmont University’s Mission, Vision, Values ​​and “Five Ways of Being”, outlining how knowledge, experience and the candidate’s beliefs have prepared him to contribute to a Christ. student-centered and centered learning university, service and give a brief statement of teaching philosophy.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The candidate selected for this position will be required to complete a background check satisfactory to the University.

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Joseph E. Golightly