Spring 2020 Faculty and Staff Updates
The School of Fashion at Kent State University would like to welcome the new faculty and staff joining the team this semester! The School welcomes Rylie Woods, who is joining as an academic advisor, and graduate student intern Benjamin Dalrymple. Woods will begin taking advising appointments later in the spring semester while Dalrymple will be assisting the advising team. Also joining the school are part-time faculty members Bethany Clark-Adjekota, D.J. Fladung and Nicole Goodson on the main Kent campus, and Dimitri Koumbis at school’s New York City Studio location.
The School of Fashion would like to congratulate Ann Walter of the New York City Studio. Beginning this semester, Walter has been promoted to director of the studio after serving as acting director of the NYC location since 2018. She recently received her Master of Education degree in instructional technology from Kent State University. She is an alum of the School of Fashion and received her Bachelor of Arts in fashion design. Walter has an extensive background in the fashion industry designing products and leading creative teams for mass retailers including Gap, Old Navy, Liz Clairborn and Justice.
The school also congratulates associate professor, Margarita Benitez, and part-time instructor Kathryn Simmons on their recent promotions. Benitez has been appointed the new faculty director for the School’s TechStyleLAB, and Simmons has been appointed the new associate director of the LAB. Benitez currently serves as an associate professor in the School of Fashion, with a dynamic international research portfolio where creative innovative technologies are the beating heart of her academic works. She is a proponent of interdisciplinary working and live industry engagement. Simmons is currently a part-time fashion instructor who brings vibrancy and a wealth of expertise in terms of collaboration, marketing and enterprise. She champions the development of professional networks and community engagement in creative ways.
Additionally, the school would like to congratulate fashion academic advisor, Emily Vanicek, on winning the Kent State College of the Arts Distinguished Advising Award for 2019. The award honors an advising member who demonstrates a passion for advising students on academic, career, or life goals; is committed to putting students first; and support student success. This award is presented annually during the Dean's Spring Retreat in January.