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Limited Term Faculty (LTF) Position in Fashion Design (Design and Diversity)

Ryerson University

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University ( is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. To learn more about our work environment, please visit us on Twitter: @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page. We invite you to explore employment at Ryerson. Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at

The Opportunity
The School of Fashion ( in the Faculty of Communication and Design ( at Ryerson University invites applications for a Limited Term Faculty (LTF) position at the Assistant Professor rank in the areas of fashion design and fashion studies - design and diversity. The appointment shall be effective August 1, 2020, for a one year term, subject to final budgetary approval.

The School of Fashion at Ryerson University values diverse ways of knowing and understanding fashion, and diverse lived experiences that have been systemically marginalized and unrecognized by the fashion system and academic institutions. The School is excited to welcome a new faculty member with core Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) values to our community.

The School of Fashion ( has a long tradition of nurturing students along their journey to become design and communication leaders in the fashion and creative industries. We offer undergraduate (BDes in Fashion, BDes in Fashion Design and BDes Fashion Communication) and graduate (MA Fashion) programs with a unique focus on inclusion, decolonization and sustainability in fashion.

The School 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. Our international academic partners include the University of Arts London, Kingston University, University of Westminster, Amsterdam Fashion Institute, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Fu Jen Catholic University, Nottingham Trent University, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (
The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here ( and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here (

Note: Limited Term Faculty appointments at Ryerson University may not exceed a combined total of four years. Applicants with prior Ryerson LTF appointments need to consider this limitation, as it may render them ineligible to apply.

The duties of this position shall consist only of teaching and service. The candidate will contribute to our undergraduate programs through teaching large-lecture, lab and studio courses as well as mentoring students.

The candidate will teach in the area of fashion design, including body diversity/plus-size fashion, carnival fashion, computer aided design and production management. The successful candidate will provide support in service within the School and across FCAD, including helping coordinate the fashion design program. The candidate will also help the School of Fashion continue to develop its strategy to recruit and support Black students.

Candidates must hold a Master of Arts degree in a relevant discipline. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:
• extensive teaching and industry experience with specific expertise in plus-size fashion and carnival fashion;
• achievement of highly effective teaching at the undergraduate level;
• demonstrated community engagement with local Black communities and mentorship of Black students;
• commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
• an ability to contribute to the life of the School and the University through collegial service.

Equity at Ryerson
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.

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, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply
Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal ( (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by August 14, 2020. The application must contain the following components as separate PDF documents:

• Letter of application stating your interest in and suitability for the position
• Evidence of teaching excellence (e.g. teaching dossier)
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information for three references (name, title, phone and e-mail address) who can attest to the record of research/creative activity, teaching and professional skills you have presented in your application.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Confidential inquiries can be directed to the School of Fashion and DHC Chair, Dr. Ben Barry at

Ryerson is committed to accessibility ( for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Sumentha D’Souza, HR Advisor at