College of Design - University of Minnesota
Department of Design, Housing and Apparel Retail Merchandising Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
About the Position
Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Retail Merchandising. Nine-month, 100 percent time, academic year appointment. Anticipated start date is August 28, 2017. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Over the past decade, new technologies have dramatically changed how retailers bring products, experiences, and services to the consumer. A macro perspective of the global supply chain, 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 retail management perspective in both theory and practice, and contribute to field shaping research, teaching, and outreach in global sourcing, supply chain management, and/or social responsibility at both graduate and undergraduate levels. We have a strong culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement to address grand challenges by partnering with faculty and students in the College of Design and across the University.
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, faculty members pursue the mission of the urban land grant university through research, teaching, and outreach.
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. Industry experience is preferred. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.
- 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
- Teach current courses, for example, Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption, , and Sourcing-- in online, hybrid and traditional formats
- Collaborate with faculty across the 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 graduate students; mentor undergraduate students
- 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
- Earned doctorate in retail merchandising, business, or a closely related field by start date
- Expertise in retail merchandising including at least two of the following areas: global sourcing, supply chain management, retail management, social responsibility or business ethics
- Evidence of scholarship dissemination and/or grant writing
- Evidence of effective teaching in traditional, online, and/or hybrid environments
- A clear vision for an active research program and a strategy to obtain external funding in support of said program
- Evidence of attention to cultural diversity in teaching and/or research and the commitment to support the University’s equity and diversity goals
- Evidence of professional collaboration and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- A strategy for developing connections with the retail industry, related professions, and communities beyond the University
In addition to the required qualifications:
- Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Successful grant writing
- A record of innovative teaching in online or hybrid environments at the college level
- Evidence of collaboration with faculty or colleagues across academic disciplines
- Experience in curricular or course development
- Experience with retail planning and management software
- Experience in the retail industry
The College of Design includes programs in retail merchandising, apparel design, graphic design, housing studies, human factors and ergonomics, interior design, product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. The College offers rich opportunities for interdisciplinary research and public engagement through its highly regarded research and outreach centers including Wearable Product Design, Design in Health, Digital Design, the Goldstein Museum of Design, Metropolitan Design, and Sustainable Building Research.
Retail Merchandising and the College of Design are situated within a major research university that hosts an unusually broad range of disciplines, faculty and students. Partnerships and productive connections have developed with other highly ranked colleges, departments and programs, such as computer science in the College of Science and Engineering, the School of Nursing, and the Carlson School of Management. Resources include the Virtual Reality Design Lab, and the Usability Lab with eye tracking.
Minnesota is recognized as a progressive state and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as one of the major design centers in the United States. Well known for its high quality of life, the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area offers world-caliber museums and theaters, an exceptional parks system, outstanding historical landmarks, excellent educational opportunities, and access to a well-regarded health care system. The Twin Cities are also home to 21 Fortune 500 companies, including Target Corporation and Best Buy Company, Inc., in addition to thriving local businesses and a strong non-profit sector. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eigl45hfh/1-minneapolis-minn/#7684564556b2
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment. Search for Job ID# 313376. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions to complete an online application for the position.
The following additional documents MUST be attached AFTER application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there:
1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) transcripts of your graduate work (may be unofficial transcripts at time of application); 4) a statement of vision for research in retail merchandising; 5) a statement of vision for teaching in retail merchandising; 6) recent evaluations of teaching if available (no more than 10 pages); and, 7) contact information for three references.
Questions regarding the search process should be directed to Julie Hillman, Department Administrator. Telephone: 612/624-7721; email: firstname.lastname@example.org Questions regarding the position description and expectations should be directed to Hyunjoo Im, Search Committee Chair, PH: 612/625-8234; email: email@example.com
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016. For more information, please visit our web site at http://retail.design.umn.edu/
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Background Check Information
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