Assistant Professor of Merchandising

  • University ofGeorgia
  • Athens, GA, USA
  • Nov 05, 2017
Full time Education

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Merchandising TMI department seeks to hire a faculty member in the area of
contemporary merchandising with strong focus in omni-channel
retailing and digital merchandising. This is a 9-month, tenure
track position at the assistant professor level. The successful
candidate will 1) teach 4 classes per year; 2) actively work on
scholarly research through publications and presentations; 3)
effectively serve at the department, college, university, community
and profession; and 4) provide supervision to master and/or
doctoral students.
Significant amount of engagement, especially with the retail
industries and profession, is expected, as such service will feed
into both teaching and research. The new faculty should be able to
teach undergraduate and graduate classes and direct graduate
research. The candidate will be involved in the further development
of e-tailing courses for the undergraduate in Fashion Merchandising
and graduate program in International Merchandising. The successful
applicant is required to teach and develop innovative courses in
two or more of the following areas: omni-channel/e-tailing,
international merchandising, retail planning and buying.
This faculty hire is expected to actively conduct research
and participate in interdisciplinary collaborations with the
University of Georgia faculty and industry. Thus, the potential for
research scholarship with a strong quantitative skill must be
demonstrated through publications and grantsmanship by securing
external funding in support of research and/or teaching. This
faculty will focus on research in contemporary topics in
merchandising and aggressively seek funding from external agencies
to support research such as omni-channel and digital merchandising.
This individual is also expected to contribute to the growth of
professional M.S. program in Merchandising and International Trade;
and help in increasing the participation of undergraduate students
in research and internship in the fashion industry. These
requirements are critical to maintain the stature and ranking of
our program.
The Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors is a
growing unit of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the
University of Georgia. The department has 13 faculty, over 250
undergraduate students majoring in Fashion Merchandising and
Furnishings and Interiors, and 23 graduate students. The department
is a member of the National Retail Federation and endorsed by the
American Apparel and Footwear Association. The Georgia Soft Goods
Education Foundation, a board of industry professionals, provides
guidance to the curriculum and scholarships for students. The
graduate programs lead to a Master of Science in Textiles,
Merchandising and Interiors and a Ph.D. in Polymer, Fibers, and
Textile Sciences and Ph.D. emphasis in International Merchandising.
UGA is a member of Advanced Functional Fabric of America (AFFOA)
Innovation Manufacturing Institute. It is the department's
expectation that the new faculty will engage with the Institute to
participate in our strategic plans to revitalize the textile and
apparel industry and sustain job growth in America. More
information about the Department and College can be found at

The University of Georgia, located in Athens, is a Research,
Land-grant/Sea-grant institution in the University System of
Georgia. Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is the largest
and most comprehensive educational institution in the state. The
campus and community of Athens offers many cultural and
recreational opportunities. UGA has approximately 36,000
undergraduate and graduate students and has been ranked by U.S.
News and World Report as one of the top 25 public institutions of
higher education in the United States. The Athens campus is
approximately 75 miles northeast of Atlanta, 60 miles from the Blue
Ridge Mountains and 195 miles from the coast. Athens fosters a rich
cultural environment interconnected with the university and is
perennially identified as one of America's most livable cities.
Visit the University's website at for additional
PROCEDURE: The application packet should include: (1) cover
letter of interest that addresses how credentials and experience
meet the qualifications of the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3)
statement of research area and goals; teaching plans and teaching
philosophy (no more than 6 pages), (4) contact information for at
least three references. Candidates should submit their application
materials online via
Direct additional questions about the position to Dr. Yoo-Kyoung
Seock, Search Committee Chair
Deadline for applications is November 20, 2017. Review of
applications will continue until the position is filled.
The college welcomes applications and nominations of minorities
and others who share our passion about and reflect our desire to
support a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University of
Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation
and gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected
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