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Research and Creative Scholarship

Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty are engaged in research and creative scholarship in the area of product development, apparel design, historic textiles, interior environments, design thinking, and many more.

Our graduate students’ research topics cover a wide array of scholarly interests. We have curated a number of our graduates’ theses demonstrating the breadth of our research capacity.


The Department of Design and Merchandising engages with the community through three programs: the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, Fashion FUNdamentals, a summer STEM program for middle-school youth, and the Nancy Richardson Design Center.

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising houses CSU’s historic costume and textiles collection. The museum is open to the public with rotating exhibits, and also offers a hands-on laboratory for textile scholars and students.

Fashion FUNdamentals is a 2-week, summer program which taps young people’s interest in fashion to enhance their capabilities and self-esteem in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Nancy Richardson Design Center, a new facility on campus, is a hub for design-thinking entrepreneurship and a magnet for creativity to facilitate meaningful connections among CSU students, faculty, and the community.

Design and Merchandising Research News