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Assistant Professor, Fashion Design - Creative Direction

Ryerson University

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan ( outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

The Opportunity

The School of Fashion ( in the Faculty of Communication & Design ( at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on creative direction in fashion design, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.

As Canada’s first and largest baccalaureate Fashion degree (B.Des.), the school offers options in both Fashion Design and Fashion Communication. In September 2010, Ryerson launched Canada’s first Fashion Master of Arts Graduate Program (MA in Fashion). The school’s guiding principles are diversity, heritage, and innovation.

The school works closely with The Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute (, a fellowship program dedicated to educate, support, promote, and advocate for new Canadian fashion design talent and bridge the transition from fashion education to practice.

The School of Fashion is a member of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes), an organization focused on advancing education and research in fashion design, technology, and business and related industries. The school’s international partners include the University of Arts London, Kingston University, University of Westminster, Amsterdam Fashion Academy, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Fu Jen Catholic University, Nottingham Trent University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


The new faculty member will champion the creative direction in the fashion design program (including curricular development, inter & intra-university collaborative projects, design competitions, and connections to broader professional, commercial, and public communities) by mobilizing human-centred design concepts from idea to solution using fashion design processes, methods, and experimentation.

The new faculty member will teach, mentor and supervise students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in practice-based studio classes and large lecture courses, encouraging students to explore fashion design from conceptual, applied, theoretical, historical, social, and global perspectives. Further they will take a lead role in curricular development of fashion within the school and across the Faculty of Communication & Design.

The new faculty member will establish and maintain a strong scholarly, research and creative activitities (SRC) agenda supported by external funding and disseminated through imaginative and creative means. Further they will collaborate with Ryerson and outside academic activities that are informed by design.

The new faculty member will passionately and collegially participate in the life of the school; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the university; and the local, national, and international communities.


Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to teaching; scholarly, research and creative activities; and service and will be expected to demonstrate an ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Required academic qualifications follow either of these two pathways:

A) a practice-based PhD in design (candidates nearing completion may be considered) AND a master’s degree preferably in design, fashion, textiles, or related discipline, OR

B) a PhD (candidates nearing completion may be considered) AND a master’s degree in Fashion Design

All candidates must demonstrate comprehensive clothing design experience in the fashion industry; strong teaching proficiency at the university level; evidence of emerging scholarly, research and creative activities; and an extensive portfolio documenting innovation and creative abilities.

Equity at Ryerson University

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page (

How to apply?

Applicants should submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by December 11, 2017. Click on “Start Application process above to begin or visit ” The application must contain the following components as separate PDF documents:

Letter of application
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Design Practice as it relates to teaching
Results of teaching evaluations (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier)
Examples of scholarly, research, and creative activities including, but not limited to, publications, juried exhibitions, academic conference presentations
Portfolio of 15-20 selected items of creative work as they relate to the opportunity, requirements, and qualifications outlined above
Web link to comprehensive portfolio demonstrating creative practice
The name, title, phone number and email address of at least 3 individuals who may be contacted for references.

Please indicate in your letter of application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications and any confidential inquiries can be directed to the DHC Chair Robert Ott at The review of applications will begin December 12, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Christine Danielewski at Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: The RFA’s website can be found at:
A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.