William's degrees are all in fashion. He conducted dissertation research at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on Generation Y's attitudes towards fair trade products and investigated their religiosity as a potential predictor of purchasing fair trade products. William's master's degree is from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His master's thesis researched the store attribute preferences of college-aged Turkish consumers. His undergraduate degree is from Dominical University in River Forest, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. William's research interests include social justice in the apparel industry, sustainable consumption of apparel products, fashion student internship experiences, retail in emerging markets such as India and Turkey, paradoxical consumption patterns and network theory as related to the fashion industry.
Before coming to Kent State, William taught at Western Michigan University, Iowa State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. William worked in the fashion industry for fifteen years prior to teaching. He has done retail consulting, managed several Limited Inc. stores, worked as a sales representative based out of the Chicago Apparel Center and has held district- and national-level visual merchandising and management positions with Sears. He currently teaches fashion merchandise planning and buying, computer applications for retailing, fashion law, social justice in the apparel industry, Photoshop/Illustrator and apparel in the global economy. He is also the faculty advisor for the Kent State University Fashion Student's Organization.
For fun William enjoys working on sports cars, watching Formula 1 auto racing, cooking, traveling, spending time with his family and hearing from former students!