I am the only child of Bob and Terri (of Lakewood Manor.) I have the best parents in the world. My husband and my parents are my best friends. We all have so much fun together. We love to go to wine tastings, to movies, and to plays. We love good food, cooking, and discovering new restaurants. Mostly we love to spend time together trying new things. Many posts on this blog are chronicles of those adventures.
When Eric and I married, I gained a wonderful mother-in-law and father-in-law, a sister-in-law, and a brother-in-law. They live in the same town as my parents, only a few miles apart. Eric and I actually attended the same high school but we didn't meet until college. They love to play board games and watch old home videos. My mother-in-law is a great cook, she makes the best home-style meals.
I recently graduated from the University of Missouri with my PhD in Textile and Apparel Management. I adore the other students in the program (pictured below) and I miss them terribly now that we've all gone our separate ways. They are such brilliant and talented students. Now we are scattered across the United States, but every year we get together for the annual International Apparel and Textile Association Annual Conference.
In August of 2011, I joined the faculty of the Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design department at Indiana University. I'm teaching a variety of retail merchandising courses including brand management and advertising, visual merchandising, omnichannel marketing, and fashion history. My areas of academic interest include the use of social media in the fashion industry, the psychology and sociology of clothing, the creative use of technology in the classroom, and fashion history. My favorite part about teaching is the interactive collaboration between student and teacher. I'm called a "Lecturer" but I see myself more as a "guide on the side" than a "sage on the stage." I enjoy exploring innovative ways to teach the curriculum.