SRetail Merchandising College of Design


Jaeeun Kim

My professional career as a tenured assistant professor (senior lecturer in New Zealand faculty rank system) in the Business School at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand started in 2009 after I received my doctorate from the University of Minnesota. My experience of studying retail merchandising and consumer behavior in the Design Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota was very positive and helpful.


The program offered me very unique courses for retail merchandising. The program was also extremely supportive in creating a good environment to develop my professional career by providing me great teaching experience for several retail merchandising courses, funding opportunities for presenting my work at international conferences, and seminars and workshops during my graduate study. My academic advisor gave me unflagging support and inspiration at every step of my journey. All the faculty who are the experts in various subject matter areas inspired me to broaden my knowledge and experience in studying apparel and retailing.


These beneficial experiences helped me to receive many honourable awards during my graduate study including a best paper award from the consumer behavior track from ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), the Marjorie Joseph Scholarship from ITAA, a Competitive Dissertation Grant from the University of Minnesota, The Ludden Funds award from the University of Minnesota, and Graduate Student Travel Grants from the College of Design. These experiences at the University of Minnesota became the foundation for me to build on. I have since received the Faculty of Business Excellence in Teaching Annual Award in recognition of high quality of teaching and research from AUT University.


My efforts towards achieving my goal in becoming an outstanding researcher in retailing and fashion have resulted in several publications with my co-authors in leading journals for apparel, retailing, marketing research such as the European Journal of Marketing, Clothing and Textile Research Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Letters, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Service, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, and Journal of Global Fashion Marketing. My journey to the doctoral program (apparel studies track) within the College of Design at the University of Minnesota was very challenging, but it was fruitful at the end. I am so proud that I graduated from the University of Minnesota.

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