Mercyhurst University

Jennifer Craven, M.S.

Instructor of Fashion Merchandising

Main 309

(814) 824-3828

 “You’ve heard the phrase ‘passion for fashion’…well, that’s me!"  

Beyond the clothing itself, I’ve always had an interest in the actual fabric – what makes one item different from the next, why is that garment made from this material and not another?  I decided to pursue this interest further by obtaining a Master’s degree in Textiles and Apparel from North Carolina State University.  Textiles is just one of the areas in which I teach.  My other love is for the communication side of the industry, particularly fashion journalism and public speaking.  I believe it is important for students to be effective communicators – and I love sharing my experiences with them to help them succeed. My students take away the skills needed to write and speak professionally, as well as the confidence that comes along with it.  And trust me, nothing looks better than self-confidence!”

Education:
M.S., Textiles and Apparel Technology and Management, North Carolina State University
B.S., Fashion Merchandising, Mercyhurst University

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Textile materials
  • Computer-aided fashion design
  • Writing and communication

Courses Taught

  • Textiles for Apparel
  • Product Line development with Illustrator
  • Public Speaking
  • Fashion Journalism

Current Research

The Language of Fashion: A complete guide to clothing and accessory styles

Pedagogical best practices