Department of Design seeks Professor (Design practices) in Fashion Design

Department of Design seeks Professor (Design practices) in Fashion Design

Aalto University

November 13, 2020
Department of Design seeks Professor (Design practices) in Fashion Design

Application deadline: December 7, 2020, 12am
Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Otaniementie 14
FI- Espoo

The Department of Design is looking for a professor with a strong professional portfolio in fashion design and teaching experience in higher education. The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed five-year term with the title of Professor (Design Practices). The appointment will begin as soon as possible, at the latest in August 2021.

Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design is one of the leading and most internationally known MA programmes at Aalto University. Our students’ works are frequently awarded and featured in fashion media. The recruitment aims to ensure the successful development and continuation of the nationally and globally acknowledged field and the internationally recognized Aalto fashion phenomenon. The Professor in Fashion Design will be a leading name in fashion, driven to ensure the dynamic and constant renewal of the field. The field is characterized by artistic creativity and continuously growing awareness of sustainability in its many facets. We seek a visionary and forward-looking fashion professional with international experience in the fashion industry, pedagogical competence to further the success of our students and experience in research and/or cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The title “Professor (Design Practices)” provides Aalto University’s departments with the possibility to hire highly qualified professionals to develop their areas of teaching, design work and/or research, and to re-evaluate and dynamically advance their field. In general, these professors are expected to be active designers and/or researchers, use the latest knowledge and developments as a basis for their teaching, and follow the developments and achievements in their field. The professors are expected to be active members of the Aalto University community and of society in Finland and internationally.

The applicants will be reviewed on the basis of the following areas: design merits; teaching, research and collaborative skills; and active participation and leadership in the professional or academic design community. The position requires a fluent command of both written and spoken English.

What we offer
The Professor will be part of an inspiring and supportive community of experienced professionals and highly motivated students. The Professor will also have the opportunity to use the Department’s extensive networks both nationally and internationally, and enjoy our great resources to build educational workshops, master classes and student productions with the help of our production service, Aalto Studios.

Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities, but applicants may also make salary requests. As an employer, Aalto University offers excellent learning and development opportunities, occupational health care services, a commuter ticket benefit, and versatile sports and exercise services.

To see the whole announcement with more detailed application instructions, please go to our webpage.  

The application period closes on Monday, December 7, 2020 (Eastern European time UTC +2).


Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a global leader in higher education in design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in fields such as art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning and architecture. Our graduates are innovators in and beyond their fields, drawing from over a century of tradition, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. Our new campus in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, makes working together within and across disciplines easier than ever before.

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. We appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression. We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. We constantly improve our expertise through high-level research in collaboration with our stakeholders. We strive towards a sustainable and just society and environment.

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