Assistant Professor - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The assistant professor will establish independent research, write proposals for internal and external funding, and develop a productive research program leading to refereed (i.e., peer-reviewed) scholarship. The assistant professor will also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in AMDT and collaborate with colleagues to create course curriculum that brings together understanding of omni-channel commerce in the textile and apparel industry with an emphasis on electronic and mobile methods. Other responsibilities include directing graduate student research, mentoring of student activities and organizations, and serving the university, college, department and professional organizations. As part of a closely- knit teaching team of six tenure-track faculty and three instructors, the applicant will provide quality research, teaching, mentoring, and support to produce “job-ready on day one” students in the apparel and textile industry.

Required Qualifications

Earned Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles with an emphasis on Consumer Behavior at the time of offer.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to teach in one or more of the following areas: electronic and mobile commerce, fashion forecasting, retail buying, consumer behavior, and retail operations/management.

Evidence of scholarly activity and research output.

Demonstrated evidence of proficiency in quantitative data analysis methods (i.e. structural equation modeling).

Demonstrated understanding of industry or professional practice.

Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships and contribute to team endeavors.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and written formats.

Record of active participation in academic and/or professional organizations.

Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, ideologies, and disciplines in a global environment.

Monthly Salary

Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT) at Washington State University has a passion for textiles and apparel. We are looking for a skilled and experienced individual who shares that passion and wants to be part of a growing program at one of the leading universities in the U.S. We have an opening for a tenure-track, assistant professor to join our teaching and research team on a 9-month appointment. This position will enhance the department’s position in the area of textile and apparel merchandising with an emphasis on electronic and mobile commerce.
Washington State lays claim to one of the largest apparel industries in the U.S., and has positioned itself as a leader in fashion and design with an $8.3 billion industry, more than 1,500 apparel companies and 3,100 self-employed designers ( WSU has a rich history in textiles and apparel, including a unique strength and competitiveness in the outdoor gear and sportswear market, as well as a robust industry partnership in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The department works closely with the AMDT Advisory Board to develop industry-relevant educational opportunities and research programs. Members include representatives from Nike, Nordstrom, Speedo, Eddie Bauer, Kenneth Cole, Cotton Incorporated, Konjo Ababa, and The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.

■ The Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT) at WSU is the only state-supported four-year university offering a full apparel design program and an in-depth merchandising program in Washington State.
AMDT is part of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and supports more than 270 undergraduate students.
■ Students select either Apparel Design or Merchandising as degree options. The program offers a B.A., M.A., and opportunities to participant in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.
■ New leadership and renovated facilities at the heart of campus have created exciting opportunities for our department. The new facilities will allow faculty and students to access a state- of-the-art textile and apparel research lab equipped with a 3-D body scanner, new textile testing equipment, a new 25-station computer lab, plotter, two apparel design studios, and classroom prepared for distance-education opportunities.
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The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the University’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
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Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.
Further information about WSU can be found at: 

Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 76 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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