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Apparel Merchandising and Management, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 517158
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Business/Management

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Department of Apparel Merchandising and Management

Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Salary Range: $78,500-$80,500

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Apparel Merchandising and Management Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Apparel Merchandising and Management.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students participate in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership. 

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP. 

Student Population.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria.  We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

  1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;
  2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  3. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;  
  4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities; 
  5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities; 
  6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
  7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education; 
  8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and 
  10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of B. Huntley College of Agriculture: The Huntley College of Agriculture offers a variety of applied science programs in Agricultural Science, Animal Health Science, Animal Science, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, and Plant Science, as well as management and technology programs in Agribusiness & Food Industry Management and Apparel Merchandising & Management.  We are the legacy College of Cal Poly Pomona and a foundational aspect of the University’s identity and heritage.  Located in Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the nation with over 10 million people and close to the second-largest U.S. city, we are committed to the development and support of urban agriculture and sustainable food, agriculture, and related systems in California.

Our educational programs prepare our students for exciting careers in the food, agriculture, nutritional health, animal health, and apparel sectors as well as opportunities in federal and state agencies.  We are the primary provider of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in these disciplines in Southern California.  Our orchards, greenhouses, vineyards, large urban farm with organic certified acreage, animal units and laboratories, veterinary clinic, food science laboratories, experimental kitchens, and digital apparel design, production, and retail laboratories, provide hands-on experiences for our students under Cal Poly Pomona’s “learn by doing” philosophy. Our students engage with the campus and local community, gaining practical experience working with faculty and staff in our AGRIscapes Center, the Discovery Farm, and the Farm Store and with the extended community through industry internships, volunteer activities, and other interactions. Our faculty are engaged teacher-scholars with a strong commitment to student success, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Apparel Merchandising and Management (AMM) Department

The AMM offers a B.S. degree in Apparel Merchandising and Management with Options in Fashion Retailing, Apparel Design and Production and Textiles, and a Graduate Degree in International Apparel Management (IAM). AMM is an innovative business and technology-focused department and is dedicated to enhancing sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Through close relationships with industry, students learn both theory and practice, combining them to develop a comprehensive understanding of the business, technical, and social aspects of apparel design, development, production, distribution, retail, and consumption. The AMM curriculum offers a series of capstone courses leading to student-run microbusinesses. These capstone courses prepare them for leadership in their chosen career paths. The AMM program attracts a diverse student population from California and the program is taught by a diverse faculty team with years of experience.  The majority of our undergraduate students are Hispanics and Latinos (52%) and females (79%). Currently, there are approximately 400 AMM majors. The AMM program is located within the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture


The new faculty member will develop and teach undergraduate courses in apparel production, and/or fashion retailing at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, and branding with a concentration on emerging technologies related to the fashion industry. The faculty members will also be expected to teach graduate courses. The position requires excellence in teaching, professional and scholarly achievements, commitment to engaging with the local fashion industry, and service to the university. The successful candidate will demonstrate leadership potential for the advancement of their area within the Department. Applicants with knowledge of global supply chain dynamics and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements:

  • Ph.D. or Doctoral degree in Apparel Production and/or Fashion Retailing, or related fields from an accredited university. ABD will be considered, and the degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.
  • A commitment and a record of contributions to student success through the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, or service.  This will be described in the Student Success Statement, which must address at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above. 
  • Ability to teach undergraduates in a university setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in teaching the following areas:
    • Apparel production/Manufacturing
    • Fashion retailing
    • Fashion entrepreneurship
  • Evidence of scholarly potential (publications, working papers, scholarly presentations).
  • Work experience in the Fashion or related industry.
  • Ability to create and enhance close relationships with companies and professional organizations.
  • Ability to develop new opportunities for curriculum development and scholarship.
  • Ability to obtain internal or external funding to support scholarships.
  • Ability to contribute to the graduate program in International Apparel Management.
  • Ability to convey complex issues to undergraduates

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Application Process:

A completed application will consist of:

  • A cover letter that describes the candidate’s teaching and research interests and addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working or engaging with a diverse student population (Limit to 2 pages, refer to minimum qualifications section).
  • Contact information (names, titles, addresses, emails, and phone numbers) of five individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position.
  • A statement of research demonstrating the research agenda as it relates to desired qualifications for this position.
  • A transcript showing the highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists).

Finalists for the position will be required to: 

  • provide official transcripts for the highest degree before the on-campus interview.
  • provide three letters of reference dated within the last two years. 
  • make a presentation of creative work and a teaching demonstration to faculty and interact with students. 

The position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 20th, 2022.  Early response is encouraged.

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Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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