Assistant/Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 012100 - School of Human Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking an outstanding candidate for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant, or Associate Professor, in Fashion Design and Product Development. This role focuses on teaching, research, and creative scholarship in applied textiles and apparel technologies and services. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration and innovation in a cross-disciplinary environment. The successful candidate will also develop and teach innovative undergraduate and graduate courses and will advise undergraduate and graduate students. This role focuses on teaching, research, and creative scholarship in applied textiles and apparel technologies and services.

Salary Grade:  

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The School of Human Sciences provides education, research, and outreach programs related to human interaction and relationships, early childhood, child life, youth, adult and family studies, and teaching education in Family and Consumer Sciences and Agricultural Education. In addition, selected School programs focus on commerce, marketing, and using technology for problem solving and designing programs and projects.

Area of Specialization:

Fashion Design and Product Development

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Develop and teach innovative undergraduate and graduate courses. Possibilities for
courses to teach could include but are not limited to: Fashion Design, Product
Development, Textiles, and Materials Testing, or Merchandising, with an emphasis on
currently applied textile and apparel technologies. The courses assigned will be based on
relevant experience and prior coursework.
• Mentor and advise students, fostering a culture of research and academic excellence.
• Establish a dynamic research/scholarship program, including securing extramural funding
and publishing in respected journals.
• Actively engage in collaborative initiatives within the department, across the university, and
with external partners.
• Contribute to creating a collegial and inclusive academic environment

Minimum Qualifications:

• Doctorate in Fashion Design and Product Development or a closely related field. ABD will
be considered.
• Demonstrated expertise in current applied textile and apparel technologies.
• Proven ability to collaborate and work collegially with peers and external partners.
• Track record of establishing and maintaining active research and/or creative scholarship
• Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

• Professional experience in the fashion industry.
• Experience with interdisciplinary collaborations and research.
• Success in securing extramural funding for research initiatives and a record of publications
in respected journals or peer-reviewed creative scholarship.
• Familiarity with online teaching and instructional technologies.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online at Include the following:
• Cover letter highlighting qualifications, commitment to collaboration, collegiality, and
research excellence.
• Curriculum vitae.
• Statement of teaching philosophy – 1 page limit.
• Statement of research goals and plans, including strategies for securing extramural funding
– 1 page limit.
• Contact information for three professional references.

Screening Date:

February 26, 2024, until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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