Part-time Instructional Opportunities

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Western Michigan University seeks individuals to teach on a part-time basis. If you are interested in being considered as a part-time instructor in our department please submit the following:

  • An updated curriculum vitae with current email address.
  • Statement of interests, strengths, etc.
  • Teaching experiences and references.

These materials should be sent to Dr. Suzan Ayers unless otherwise noted.

We will notify you by email when we have received your materials. Please note that receipt or acceptance of materials does not constitute an offer of employment. If we are interested in further information or should an opportunity for employment arise, we will contact you. Thank you for your interest in our department.

Current openings

Part-time teaching opportunities in fashion merchandising and design

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Western Michigan University has several opportunities for part-time instructors on WMU’s main campus in fall 2018 (August 29-December 15). All positions require a graduate degree in the field of instruction, or a bachelor’s degree in the field of instruction and extensive related professional experience. Previous teaching experience is preferred. Support from previous instructors is available, and there are opportunities for continued part-time appointment in future semesters.

FCS 3300 Entrepreneurship in Family and Consumer Sciences (Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15)

Broad, practice-based course that provides an overview of creating and managing a small business in family and consumer science professions. The course also fulfills the baccalaureate-level writing requirement for the fashion merchandising and design and food operations and sustainability majors.

FCS 3260 History of Fashion (Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15pm)

Survey of the development of dress throughout history and its relationship to contemporary fashion. The course offers insight into the impact of historical, social, political, economic, technological and aesthetic conditions on dress and personal adornment from ancient to contemporary periods.

FCS 2200 Textiles (Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45pm)

Basic textile course emphasizing fibers, yarns, fabric constructions, dyes and printing, and finishes. These five components are studied for their contribution to the characteristics and performance of a textile fabric, and its use and care.

If you are interested in one or more of these opportunities, please send resume/vita and cover letter to Dr. Barb Frazier (