Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Fashion Communication
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
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Northumbria School of Design has been delivering Fashion education for over 60 years and has established a significant reputation for outstanding graduates with creative vision, commercial realism, industry knowledge and skills. The School is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual with experience in both education and research as well as the leadership qualities required to inform and advance research and education in the field of Fashion Communication at Northumbria. The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of the practice and theory of Fashion Communication, with contextual research and professional practice within the field.
You will have academic and industry knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Fashion journalism and content creation, fashion social media and communication strategy, design and implementation; digital and physical environments; creative storytelling and campaign delivery; creative direction and fashion styling. You will demonstrate an ethical and social commitment to the development of Fashion Communication in society and a detailed understanding of the creative, technical, and applied skills required of the discipline.
For informal enquiries about this post please contact: Dr Heather Robson, Head of the School of Design email@example.com
To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4. In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all documents into a single file.
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Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme. We are also a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.
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This post is advertised across our Assistant Professor and Lecturer roles (role descriptions are attached). Colleagues appointed into our Lecturer grade are usually early career academics who are supported through their probationary period to develop their Academic profile. Upon completion of probation objectives these colleagues are automatically moved into the Assistant Professor role. The selection panel will assess your application and discuss with you which role you are being considered for at selection and appointment stages.
Please note this vacancy will close on 03/10/2022