Mercyhurst University

Amy Weaver-Kaulis, M.S.

Department Chair, Assistant Professor

Main 303

(814) 824-3387

"It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together." 

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes not only because I have the honor of living and breathing my love for everything and anything fashion-related each day in the classroom, but also because I get to pave the way for my students to do the same in their future careers.

I enjoy challenging my students to see the fashion industry from every angle; especially the unexpected ones.  I pose thought-provoking questions that spark engaging in-class discussions.  What impact does the fashion industry’s practices have on the economy, environment, and the quality of life for individuals near and afar?  What can be done to lessen the possible negative effects of each?  What laws are in place to protect each constituent?  I have learned that students have so much insight to share related to these industry related issues.

Education:
M.S., Industrial /Technical Merchandising and Fabric Analytics, University of North Texas (2005)
B.S., Fashion Merchandising, Mercyhurst University

Teaching and Research Interests:
Assessment
History of dress
Contemporary Fashion Analysis
Graduate/Alumni dispositions
International fashion arena
Fashion product line development
Computer rendering systems

Courses Taught:
Contemporary Fashion Analysis
Introduction to the Fashion Industry
Product Line Development
The International Fashion Industry
Merchandise Planning and Control
History of Dress

Current Research:
Alumni and graduating senior placement and career dispositions
Surveying graduates for program outcomes

Publications:
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, "Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes in Family and Consumer Science Programs", January 2007