Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Retail Merchandising. Nine-month, 100 percent time, academic-year appointment. Anticipated start date is August 26, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Over the past decade, new technologies and environmental challenges have dramatically changed how retailers bring products, experiences, and services to the consumer. A macro perspective of the global supply chain, e-commerce, strong analytical acumen, and understanding the role of corporate social responsibility are critical to reaching business and social goals in the current retail environment. We seek a highly qualified individual who can foster a “design thinking” perspective in both retailing theory and practice, and contribute to field-shaping research, teaching, and community engagement in one or more of the following areas: environmentally resilient retailing and consumption, global sourcing, merchandise planning and allocation, e-commerce, retail analytics, social responsibility, and/or an emerging interdisciplinary domain advancing retail experience design and related technology innovations.
The Retail Merchandising program is one of a few in the United States located in a design college. This unique connection allows faculty and students to explore the role of design in retailing, including the design of consumer experiences, product services systems (PSS), and retail spaces. Located in the Twin Cities, a major metropolitan retail center with system campuses across the state including rural areas, faculty members pursue the mission of the land-grant university through research, teaching, and community engagement. We have a strong culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement to address local- and global-scale grand challenges by partnering with faculty, students, and colleagues in the College of Design, the University, and across communities.
Candidates must have an approach for developing connections with the retail industry, related professions, and communities beyond the University, as well as a clear vision for a successful research agenda. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups, knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.
RESPONSIBILITIES • Contribute to and support the mission of the University of Minnesota, a land-grant institution. • Create and grow an internationally competitive research program in retail merchandising. • Develop and teach current courses; for example, “Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption,” “Retail Buying,” and “Sourcing,” in online, hybrid, and traditional formats. • Collaborate with faculty across the College and University and establish ties to local, national, and international businesses to leverage research and teaching activities. • Disseminate research findings and teaching activities in peer-reviewed venues. • Pursue external funding to support scholarship. • Advise students in the Design Graduate Program, including Apparel Studies; mentor undergraduate students in Retail Merchandising. • Commit to supporting interdisciplinary initiatives in teaching and research with related fields in the College of Design and across the University. • Participate in faculty governance at the program, department, college, and university levels.
The College of Design is looking for a Retail Merchandising Tenure-Track Assistant Professor to join our dynamic team.
Earned doctorate in retail merchandising, business, apparel studies, or a closely related field by start date
Expertise in one or more of the following areas: environmentally resilient retailing and consumption, global sourcing, merchandise planning and allocation, e-commerce, retail analytics, social responsibility, and/or an emerging interdisciplinary domain advancing retail experience design and related technology innovations
Experience teaching at the collegiate level
A clear vision for an active research or creative scholarship program and a strategy to obtain external funding
Ability to support the College’s and University’s commitments to equity and diversity
Evidence of collaboration and strong interpersonal skills
A strategy for developing connections with the retail industry, related professions, and communities beyond the University
Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
Record of successful grant writing
Demonstrated effective teaching in online and/or hybrid environments
Record of innovative teaching practices
Attention to diversity and inclusion in teaching and/or research
Evidence of collaboration with faculty in multiple academic disciplines
Experience in curricular development
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