Professor Ashlee Rzyczycki joined the Gus Machado College of Business at St. Thomas University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the summer of 2020. In this role, Professor Rzyczycki looks to coordinate the first Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising at the University. Ashlee is a qualified professor and holds a Master of Arts degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Interiors from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in business from Mercyhurst University. In her current role, she teaches a variety of undergraduate business courses, including Principles of Business and Environmental Administration and other Fashion related special topics courses including Public Speaking in the Fashion Industry and Introduction to the Fashion Industry. Before joining St. Thomas University, professor Rzyczycki worked for a diverse range of institutions of higher education, including Mercyhurst University, Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and Kentucky Wesleyan College. Most recently, Professor Rzyczycki taught Fashion Merchandising in the College of Business at Mercyhurst University where she coordinated the University Fashion Council, organized recruiting events, advised over 30 students, and assisted with curriculum development. After a successful career as a consultant and program director working with various organizations in the business sector, Professor Rzyczycki now teaches and advises students on how to achieve success in the Fashion Industry. Ashlee specializes in Sustainability in the Fashion Industry, where she has been a presenter at various professional conferences. Additionally, she has led over 18 students to national recognition at the Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices annual poster competition. This competition aims to create business plans structured around the Triple Bottom Line; providing brick and mortar or online business models that promote socially responsible business practices.