Faculty » Mary Embry
Phone: (812) 855-5223
Mary Embry is a senior lecturer engaged in global sustainability issues in the retail industry. Her courses typically incorporate combinations of integrative and interdisciplinary learning, internationalized curriculum, human-centered design methods, servant leadership mindsets, and information literacy goals. These methods give students the opportunity to emerge as global citizens with competitive ability to become future-oriented retail industry transformers.
She has also worked in retail development and advocacy within the Fair Trade movement in the United States. In 2004 she began a Fair Trade advocacy non-profit, Fair Trade Bloomington, which worked collaboratively in 2009 with students and Global Gifts, Inc. to open a Fair Trade retail store in Bloomington, Indiana. She coordinates service-learning in Fair Trade retailing with professors and students across campus through the Advocate for Community Engagement (ACE) program in the Office of Service Learning. The Fair Trade Federation has recognized Global Gifts as a leader in Fair Trade education. As a Board member of the Fair Trade Resource Network, she influences educational programs in the United States Fair Trade movement. She has traveled to the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Kenya, China, and Ecuador to experience the lives of Fair Trade artisans. Currently she is designing service-learning experiences with product development and marketing project work in Ecuador.
Professor Embry is a Faculty Advisor for Enactus, a global social entrepreneurship network. Enactus IUB’s interdisciplinary project-based work has been recognized with six competitive regional championships since 2006 and two national recognitions. She has served on the Enactus National Faculty Advisory Board.
A graduate of Indiana University, Professor Embry has a MS in Apparel Merchandising. In 2012 she received the Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award, has been recognized as an Internationalization Collaborative Across Bloomington Fellow, a Sam Walton Fellow, and an Office of Service-Learning Faculty Fellow. She is also a City of Bloomington Be More Award Nominee.
Professor Embry is developing courses that integrate the work of design and retail students in a studio environment. She is collaborating with Professor Marleen Newman on integrative learning environments, including virtual studio processes that allow between course development of studio culture. She is also interested in the use of twitter as a tool that fosters out of class learning opportunities.
Recent Publications include:
Embry, M.C., Nicholson, N. & Scarfino, D. (2013) Lasting learning: measuring impact and success through sustainability.” In P. L. Lin & M. R. Wiegand (Eds.), Service Learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local. University of Indianapolis Press
Winge, T. M. & Embry, M.C. (2013) Fashion-Design Podcast Initiative: Emerging Technologies and Fashion Design Teaching Strategies. In Wankel, L. Blessinger, P. & Wankel C. (Eds.) Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education Series, Vol. 6D. Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Mobile Applications: Smartphones, Skype and Texting Technologies. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.
R416 Sustainability in Product, Fall
R404 International Textiles and Apparel Trade, Spring/Fall
C380 Design in the City, Fall
R490/D476 the Columbus Integrated Studio, Spring