Faculty Leadership

Coordinator, Textile Design BS Program; Associate Professor of Textile Design

Associate Professor

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor

Professor

Adjunctant Professor

Adjunct Instructor

Associate Professor of Graphic Design Communication

Assistant Professor

Professor

Assistant Professor

Coordinator, Textile Design BS Program; Associate Professor of Textile Design

Marcia Weiss

Email: weissm@philau.edu

phone: 215-951-2762

Awards and Honors

  • Artwork Dialogue III awarded First Place Award in Fiber577 Exhibition. Ohio, 2013.
  • Artwork Dialogue III awarded Juror's Choice Award in Small Expressions 2012 Exhibition. California, 2012
  • Artwork Dialogue IV featured on The Art of Fiber exhibition poster. Virginia, 2011.
  • Artwork Ethnicity featured in Tennessee State Museum Quarterly. Tennessee, 2011.

Teaching Statement

Teaching involves exposing students to novel methods of thinking, varied techniques and alternative approaches to work. These form the platform for creative exploration, individual responses and uniquely imaginative perspectives.

Background

I have worked in the Textile Design home furnishings and automotive interiors fields since completing my undergraduate degree. Positions held include: Vice President of Design for Burlington Industries, Consultant for Springs Industries, Director and Marketing Manager of Working Class Concepts at Savannah College of Art and Design, and Stylist for JPS Automotive Products Corporation.

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • Graduate Textile Design Studios; Jacquard and Advanced Jacquard
  • Weave Design Studios I, II and III

Research Statement

My current body of artwork is inspired by Central Asian ikats, African narrow strip weaving including Kuba and Kente cloths, and a rich tradition of Pennsylvania German quilting. My double cloth woven ikats incorporate contrasting imagery face and back, with pieced sections of pattern hinting at the reverse.

Recent Publications

PATTERNBASE: A Collection of Contemporary Textile + Surface Design (two pieces of artwork selected for inclusion in this book). 2013 fiber577, The 577 Foundation, Ohio. 2013 (Juried Exhibition) Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Volume XLVIII No. 4, Issue 172, Fall 2012, two pieces of artwork featured.

Education

MFA, Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design; BS, Textile Design, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University)


Associate Professor

Hitoshi Ujiie

Email: ujiieh@philaU.edu

phone: 2159512682

Background

Hitoshi Ujiie has over twenty years experience in high-end textile design and manufacture, his achievements have combined first hand industry knowledge with academic pioneering in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japans textile industry), as an integral member of his family's business he inherited a specialized knowledge of short run, quality fabric production and finishing. Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. Here Hitoshi involved in the development of and oversaw the manufacture of printed fabrics in an arena that involved him on a worldwide level with other designers and contractors of fine fabric. In 1991 he established his current design studio that specializes in styling a wide range of new fabric products. He has secured a name for himself as well as a network of domestic and international clients. In the world of Interior Fabrics, Hitoshi stands out for his combination of traditional aesthetics with computer aided design expertise. Sensing the technological revolution that was on the horizon, he developed an expertise in the digital transformation of the design and photography into printing process. As an inkjet textile printing technologist, he is recognized the world over as a digital printing expert and is sought after for his presentations on the subject. At present he is associate professor of textile printing at Philadelphia University. His involvement in the set up of ""Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging"" has provided him with the rare opportunity to research and implement cutting edge digital printing technologies with innovative designs. This academic site makes it possible for him to meet and assess industry leaders and developers on an impartial basis as well as creating a forum that introduces new applications of technology and design to the public. In this capacity he has lectured, and published for a wide range of audiences. Through this context in 1998, he coordinated the exhibition, “Hands Off” at Parsons School of Design, where he had taught for 10 years. This publicity campaign introduced new digital printing tech from Japan through sponsored student works. Hitoshi received a B.F.A from Kyoto Seika University in Japan and a M.F.A from the University of Georgia.

Recent Publications

For additional information on Hitoshi Ujiie, please visit: www.hitoshiujiie.com

Education

MFA, University of Georgia


Adjunct Professor

David A. Gingras

Email: gingrasd@philau.edu

phone: 610-227-0383

Teaching Statement

My mission is to better prepare graduating students for working in occupations taught at Kanbar College, including Design, Engineering and Commerce (DEC).

Background

Auditing and Public Accounting, Price Waterhouse National Sales Manager marketing textiles @ Burlington/Klopman Vice President, Merrill Lynch Benefits Consultant @ Paul Revere Financial Group (now UNUM) Sport Management (BS & MS), Professional Studies @ Neumann University Sport Management (BS & MS) @ Fox School of Business, Temple Professor, Organizational Behavior (Core course) MBA Program @ Saint Joseph's University Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) L-3 Communications, Military Analyst Western & Southern Financial Group, Financial Representative

Education

BS, MA, MS, MBA


Adjunct Professor

Scott Fishman

Email: fishmans@philau.edu

phone: 215-968-0581

Teaching Statement

I take an applied approach to higher learning that integrates concepts and practice, and reflects decades of hands-on, executive level business experience.

Background

From my bio: Scott Fishman is a serial entrepreneur and recognized authority in healthcare marketing research and commercial analysis. As CEO of the firm he started in 1989, Scott directed the evolution of Research by Design (RBD) from a bedroom startup to one of the most successful and prominent firms in the healthcare research industry. Under Scott’s guidance, RBD became a key consulting resource for virtually every major pharmaceutical company, as well as a wide range of biotechnology and medical device manufacturers and healthcare advertising agencies. Following the sale of his firm to a global holding company in 2006, Scott founded Ethos LifeScience Advisors. Ethos provides guidance for investors, entrepreneurs, and start up enterprises, informing investment decisions with definitive analysis of the clinical and commercial value of new technologies. Scott also co-developed, launched and serves as consulting Program Executive for the Commercialization Acceleration Program (CAP) at the Wharton Small Business Development Center. CAP provides due diligence to Technology Transfer Offices, Incubators and VCs to support commercial development of intellectual property. Scott moderates the Life Sciences screening committee for Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group in the mid-Atlantic region, serves on the Life Science Investment Advisory committee for Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and has been an active speaker/panelist for various biotechnology development organizations. In addition to his commercial activity, Scott is an adjunct faculty member in the MBA program at Philadelphia University, and lectures on commercialization at Drexel University and in the Translational Therapeutics program at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • MBA: Global Management
  • Global Marketing
  • Managing Innovative People and Teams
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Undergrad: Management Foundations
  • Integrated Marketing Communications

Education

University of Texas at Austin, MA; University of Pennsylvania, BA


Professor

Muthu Govindaraj

Email: govindarajm@philau.edu

phone: 215-951-2684

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, 2001.

Teaching Statement

It does not matter what we teach. It only matters what the students have learnt. It matters a lot more what the students can do with what they have learnt.

Background

Deputy Manager, Research and Development, Machinery Manufacturers Corporation, India. 7 years.

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • Integrated Engineering Product Development
  • Design for Manufacturability
  • Machine Design
  • Senior Design Projects
  • Advanced Woven Structures

Research Statement

My research interests include modeling flexible materials, developing industrial, biomedical and composite textile structures and control systems for textile processes.

Recent Publications

Brookstein,D., Govindaraj, Muthu,. Transportation and Logistics Infrastructure: Creating an Infrastructure for Compressed Natural Gas Delivery for Automotive Transportation, Industry Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, May 30, 2012. H.G. Şenel-Ayaz, A. Perets, M. Govindaraj, D. Brookstein and P. I. Lelkes, Textile-Templated Electrospun Anisotropic Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, IEEE Buenos Aires, Sept. 2010. Govindaraj, M and Brookstein, D. ""Multi-component MultiplelayerWoven Textiles for Electronic Applications."" Ambience 08. Proc. of Smart Textiles - Technology and Design. Boras, Sewden: The Swedish School of Textiles, 2008. 72-78.

Education

School of Design and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.


Adjunctant Professor

Michael R. Hagy

Email: hagym@philau.edu

Education

University of Southern California, Systems management, MS


Adjunct Instructor

Wright Seneres

Email: seneresw@philau.edu

phone: 609-807-8017

Teaching Statement

Passionate about the visual image.

Background

Freelance multimedia designer and filmmaker, in addition to 13+ year career in wetlands and land use consulting in New Jersey as an environmental scientist

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • IDF-502 Foundations of Web Design & Strategy

Recent Publications

T-shirt design "I Am Here Now" featured in AIGA Philadelphia exhibition "Off the Rack", April 2013

Education

Communication Design Essentials certificate (University of the Arts); Master of Environmental Studies (University of Pennsylvania); Bachelor of Science, Biology (Rider University)


Associate Professor of Graphic Design Communication

Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel

Email: kradelm@philau.edu

phone: 215-951-2104

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant recipient
  • President, AIGA Philadelphia (2009-2011)
  • Creative Quarterly Magazine silver award
  • Logolounge Volume 8 and Master Library Series

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • Integrative Design Process
  • Package Design
  • Capstone
  • Corporate Identity
  • Advanced Typography

Education

MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design, Tyler School of Art and BA, Graphic Design, The Pennsylvania State University


Assistant Professor

Nioka Wyatt

Email: wyattn@philau.edu

phone: 215-951-5377

Awards and Honors

  • 2014 grant from Cotton Incorporated for $29,730
  • 2013 grant from Cotton Incorporated for $34,653
  • 2012 grant from Philadelphia University Nexus Learning $3,000
  • 2011 grant Philadelphia University Signature Learning $6,000
  • 2010 grant from Cotton Incorporated $35,000
  • 2009 grant from Philadelphia University Faculty Research $5,000

Teaching Statement

My goal as an Assistant Professor is to encourage my students to think creatively, critically, and become socially aware of the global fashion system and other industries. I infuse practical and theoretical models of learning for students to increase their knowledge throughout the fashion eco system.

Background

My expertise is in quality assurance for conglomerate products while focusing on product development for apparel and assessing global fashion ecosystems.

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Global Fashion Insight
  • Global Product Management: China Study Abroad
  • Integrative Design Process
  • Quality Assurance
  • Survey of Textiles
  • Seminar/ Textile Industry Issues
  • Textile Production

Research Statement

The principal feature of my professional development is to couple special projects and employ consultancies as a platform to build and enhance my research techniques. My professional development activities target not only making an original contribution to my field, but also explores the basis of practice in relation to research, as well as establishing the criteria for industry projects for my students through interdisciplinary design education.

Recent Publications

International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference October 2013 Cotton Lab 2012: From the Ground Up International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Paper Presentation November 2012 A Comparison of Problem Based Fashion Projects: QVC and Cotton Lab 2012 Global Business and Technology Association (GBATA) Conference July 2012 China’s Changing Landscape: The Case of Regina Miracle & International Protective Apparel Supply co presenter Tom Fung WHYY NewsWorks Article addressing Goodwill Marketing Strategies http://wordpress.philau.edu/today/2013/04/15/assistant-professor-nioka-wyatt-on-appeal-of-goodwill-stores-whyy/http://whyy.org/cms/justyouwait/ (start at 10.25).

Education

Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce, School of Business, MBA


Professor

Lloyd Russow

Email: Russowl@PhilaU.edu

phone: 215-951-2819

Awards and Honors

  • Philadelphia University, School of Business Administration Researcher Award, 2006;
  • Philadelphia University Professor of the Year, 2002;
  • Philadelphia University, School of Business Administration Service Award, 2001;
  • Philadelphia University, Student Government Association Service award, 1999;
  • Philadelphia University, Student Government Association Professor of the Year, 1996;
  • Philadelphia University Advisor of the Year, 1993;
  • Academic Advisor Appreciation award, 1997 and 1998;
  • Heritage Registry of Who’s Who, 2007;
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2000, 2005, 2007.
  • (U.S.) President's National Educator Excellence Award, 1986.

Teaching Statement

Active engagement is critical. Faculty is obliged to provide an environment conducive to engagement and the student is obliged to participate.

Background

Consultant to state governments (Georgia; ‘Four Corners”) and firms (Globe Battery; Coca-Cola) in identifying market global market opportunities and market entry. Consultant to higher education in program development; assessment of program profitability; Small business owner; venture capitalist; consultant through Small Business Administration and arbiter for Better Business Bureau. Assisted in the development of the professional international business credential; the Certified Global Business Professional

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • International Marketing;
  • Foundations of Marketing;
  • Principles of Marketing

Research Statement

My current research is focused on the administrative aspects of higher education, including financial assessment of programs, new program development processes and budgeting, web optimization. Other research areas continue in international marketing in the area of market screening, assessment and identification; data resource assessment; data modeling.

Recent Publications

Textbooks including: International Marketing, with Vern Terpstra and Ravi Sarathy; Global Environment of Business, with Vern Terpstra and Ravi Sarathy. and International Dimensions of Marketing, with Vern Terpstra (Translated into Spanish: Introducción a la Mercadotecnia Internacional)

Education

Georgia State University, Ph.D. (International Business and Marketing)


Assistant Professor

Harvey B. Lermack

Email: Lermackh@philau.edu

phone:

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award, sponsored by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Honorary member, Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration

Teaching Statement

I conduct my classes in an active and collaborative manner; and bring actual business situations into the classroom. I also believe that every course should educate students in functional concepts; help students to build confidence in their communications, team leadership, and analytical skills; and expand their knowledge of the external business environment.

Background

23 years of progressive management roles at Conrail, a major freight railroad, including as Training Director and Risk Management Director. 15 years as a nationally recognized consultant in strategic management, leadership development, and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), working with railroads, manufacturing and food processing companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and a large provider of services.

Courses Taught

At PhilaU:
  • Business Models
  • People and Teams in Organizations (Organizational Behavior)
  • Business Policy and Strategy (Business Capstone)

Research Statement

Research interests:
1. Integration of strategic management and Enterprise Risk Management processes at the enterprise level
2. Implementing leadership development, organizational behavior and risk management techniques to accomplish cultural change in large organizations.
3. Application of collaborative teams to interdisciplinary business education.

Education

Master of Business Administration, Widener University