The Ohio State University, The College of Education & Human Ecology, Human Sciences

2191 14797
Position ID:OSU-HS-FRS [#14797, Mattus Professorship]
Position Title: Nina Mattus Professorship in Fashion and Retail Studies
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Human Sciences
Appl Deadline:2019/12/22 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/09/24, finished 2020/03/03, listed until 2019/12/22)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Nina Mattus Professorship in Fashion and Retail Studies, 
Associate Professor/Professor Rank 

Department of Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology, 
The Ohio State University. 

The Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University invites applications for a full-time (9-month) tenure-track position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank in Fashion and Retail Studies (FRS) to complement and extend our existing expertise and contribute to our program. We seek a faculty member with demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate and undergraduate levels and a strong program of research and involvement in external funding (commensurate with rank). This position will begin in August of 2020.  

We seek applicants with active programs of scholarly research and grantsmanship. Successful candidates will also participate in curriculum development and marketing for undergraduate and graduate programs, and direct and serve on graduate student committees. We encourage applicants who can teach courses in two or more of the following areas: Global sourcing; Consumer decision-making; Portfolio for merchandising careers; Digital retailing and social media marketing; Entrepreneurship; Retailing/Merchandising; Fashion Sustainability; and Social Psychological Aspects of Clothing. This position also includes service to the department, college, and university; and active involvement in relevant professional associations and with industry entities. 

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in FRS or a related field. Candidates must have a record of research-based publications in peer-reviewed outlets, grant funding to support their research program, and experience advising graduate students at the MS and Ph.D. levels in a manner consistent with tenured associate or full professors in this discipline at a research intensive (R1) university. Candidates must be fluent in English and possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate selected for this position must also be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by August 2020. The Department seeks candidates whose scholarship, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. Experience working in the fashion/retail industry is desired. 

Fashion and Retail Studies: The Fashion and Retail Studies program currently has five full-time lecturers and a clinical associate professor, with robust enrollments in undergraduate classes. At the graduate level, the program is part of the Hospitality and Retail Management specialization in the Consumer Sciences Graduate Program, with Ph.D. and MS degrees offered. A priority for this position is to rebuild the FRS graduate program. Alumni of The Ohio State University FRS graduate program continue to be leaders in the field and have obtained faculty positions across the United States and in other countries. The Nina Mattus Professor will have significant input in proposing and recruiting additional faculty positions in the future. 

Resources available in the FRS program include the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, a scholarly and artistic resource of apparel and textile material culture. The 11,500+ holdings encompass a range of three-dimensional objects such as textiles and articles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, including national dress costume, from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century designers.

Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin October 25, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and up to three representative publications, and a list of three references. 

Submission of electronic applications is required; please submit materials to Academic Jobs Online: PUT LINK HERE 

For more information, contact Dr. Sherman D. Hanna, Professor and Consumer Sciences Program Chair, 1787 Neil Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210, 614-292-4584,

The Ohio State University is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff for employment and promotion to ensure the highest quality workforce, to reflect human diversity and to improve opportunities for minorities and women. The university embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and eliminating discrimination. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status—defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status—is prohibited. 

The Department welcomes applications from individuals who may have had nontraditional career paths or who may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, caring for disabled or elderly family), or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia (e.g., in professional or industry service). The Department is committed to supporting the work-life balance of its faculty, staff, and students. The Ohio State University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.  

Department of Human Sciences: The Department of Human Sciences is home to four core academic areas, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees: Consumer Sciences, Human Development and Family Science, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and Kinesiology. In addition, the department plays a leadership role in Ohio State’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Nutrition (OSUN), and houses the Sport, Fitness and Health Program, an activity-based academic program providing classes to more than 8,000 Ohio State students each year. A strong partnership with OSU Extension enhances opportunities for outreach and engagement in the state of Ohio. Another important university partnership exists with Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, with an emphasis in our department on metabolomics.  

The department has a faculty of 56 tenure-track faculty, 4 clinical faculty, and 15 full-time lecturers. Faculty have funding with grants from local, state, and federal organizations such as NSF, NIH, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Faculty also have funding from a host of industry- and community-based organizations. In FY 2018, The Department of Human Sciences had new research awards totaling almost $5,600,000. Ten graduate majors and nine undergraduate majors are housed within the department; students may choose from 36 curricular options. In autumn 2017, 11,638 undergraduate and 584 graduate students were enrolled in departmental course work. In addition to our highly-qualified faculty, we have full-time staff members, lecturers and graduate assistants to support the department’s academic mission. These talented individuals provide instructional and academic assistance that is crucial to the successful operation of such a large unit. For more information, please visit

College of Education and Human Ecology: The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University is one of the best places to learn and embrace the human experience. We are known for developing Ohio's best educators, researchers, policymakers, exercise scientists, biomedical nutrition researchers, dietitians, financial advisors, event coordinators and other experts who improve society. The US News and World Report college ranking is No. 18 among 376 public and private universities granting doctoral degrees in education, tied with the University of California-Berkeley. The college ranks No. 10 among public universities. HDFS is ranked No. 6 among HDFS doctoral programs. The Nutrition Ph.D. program is ranked No. 9 among all doctoral programs in Nutrition in the United States according to the last National Research Council rankings. The Kinesiology program is ranked No. 6 among 52 similar programs in the United States according to the 2015 rankings by the National Academy of Kinesiology. For more information, please visit

The Ohio State University: The Ohio State University is one of the nation’s leading public research universities and is ranked 16th among national public research universities in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university serves 66,046 students on its main campus and regional campuses. The main campus of The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio, the 15th largest city in the country. A recent Gallup survey ranked Columbus the nation’s second strongest metro area for job creation, with research and technology institutions taking the lead. The Columbus metro area continued its steady growth as its population hit 2,021,632 in 2015, up about 1.2 percent from 1,997,308 a year earlier. The city’s corporate base and higher-education system draw people to it. Explore the city of Columbus through this link. Central Ohio has historic communities and suburban living, as well as a varied nightlife. The area is the headquarters to major corporations related to fashion and retail studies, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Ascena, Big Lots, Designer Brands, Express, and LBrands. 

The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio, the culturally vibrant capital of the state. The university is a center of innovation surrounded by diverse and livable urban, suburban, and rural communities. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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Further Info:
Dr. Sherman Hanna, Professor and Consumer Sciences
Program Chair
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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