Melissa is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Fashion Studies Department. Melissa teaches courses such as Introduction to the Fashion Industry, Trend Research, Clothing & Society, Professional Practice, and Decision-Making.
Melissa has written and presented in the areas of professional development and experiential learning at corporate conferences such as Degreed LENS and at academic conferences such as the DesignEd Asia Conference at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Melissa's industry background includes serving at the Director of Fashion Arts and Events for the City of Chicago, executive producer for the city's fashion week, and developing and launching the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Driehaus Design Initiative, the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street, and the Executive Committee of the Chicago History Museum’s Costume Council.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Indiana University. After practicing law for seven years, Melissa returned to school and obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Fashion Marketing and Management from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago.
Experiential Learning, Professional Development, Social Justice in the Fashion Industry, Trends, Sociology and Psychology of Dress.
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Critical Race Pedagogy, Social Justice in the Fashion Industry related to issues of Race, Socio-Economics and the Environment, Consumer Behavior and Trends relating to Sustainability in the Fashion Industry.