Job Opportunity: Chair, Department of Fashion Design

Employer name: Woodbury University, School of Media, Culture & Design

Date Posted: Sept. 10, 2010

Job Title: Chair, Department of Fashion Design

Woodbury University’s School of Media, Culture & Design invites applications for a faculty position as Chair to lead the Department of Fashion Design beginning in Fall 2011. The department offers a NASAD-accredited BFA in Fashion Design with a minor in costuming for film and television. Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with teaching experience, professional background, and degrees held.

The Chair of Fashion must be a knowledgeable, sociable, articulate, passionate, and effective leader, with highly developed communication and organizational skills. He/she is responsible for advancing the quality and reputation of the curriculum, students, and faculty; and must be able to represent all dimensions of the program to alumni, advisory boards, and accrediting agencies. The chair is also expected to collaborate with other members of the School of Media, Culture & Design to facilitate cross-disciplinary learning experiences with students in fields like animation, graphic design, psychology and communication.

An earned MFA in fashion design or in a related field from an accredited institution, as well as experience teaching studio courses and working in the apparel industries, with an emphasis on apparel product development. Ideal candidates will be attuned to the latest trends shaping the industry. Familiarity with study abroad opportunities is a plus as is previous academic administrative experience and knowledge of the assessment of student learning. We welcome applicants interested in costume and textiles, fashion show production, and design room preproduction process.

The University:
Nestled in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains near Griffith Park and Los Angeles’ major film and television production studios, Woodbury University is a student-centered and learning-centered institution dedicated to transforming and preparing students for successful careers in the twenty-first century. Founded in 1884, the small, private university (1600 students) has developed a philosophy and environment that nurtures creativity and accomplishment. It offers a unique array of programs in design, architecture, and business.

The Program:
With origins dating back to the historic Golden Age of Hollywood, the department’s notable alumni include designers Bill Travilla, Michael Novarese and Christiane King. It also manages an extensive Fashion Study Collection that is used to assist student learning in the classroom. More detail about the program may be found at

Review of applications begins immediately and will remain open until November 1, 2010. Send a letter of application, statement on teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to:

Chair, Department of Fashion Design
c/o Human Resources Office
Woodbury University
7500 Glenoaks Boulevard
Burbank, CA 91510-7846
Email Questions to: Sue Vessella, Associate Dean, School of Media, Culture & Design –

Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs.

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