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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design College of Arts and Sciences

Apparel Merchandising

Faculty » Janis Shaffer

Senior Lecturer

Phone: (812) 855-5223

Janis ShafferA recipient of such teaching awards as the IU Trustees Teaching Award and the Student Alumni Association Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, Prof. Shaffer has been a faculty member in our department since 1992 and in that time has prepared thousands of students for careers in the retail industry worldwide. She is deeply committed to working with students in their extracurricular organizations to help them build their leadership, organizational and communication skills; introducing students to retail industry leaders through on-campus guest speaker presentations; and leading annual student trips to national and international retail trade shows and corporations. Prior to her academic career, Prof. Shaffer worked for May Company in corporate buying and store management leadership positions. Her areas of expertise and academic interest include retail buying and management, and retail culture.

Prof. Shaffer received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University. She teaches a variety of retail courses, supervises students in summer internships and often sponsors retail field seminars.

In addition to courses taught in the department, Prof.  Shaffer co-sponsors the Retail Student Organization (RSO) where she works with over 400 students and 20 officers to help coordinate programs and enrichment opportunities for students.

Current Courses

R100 -Introduction to Retail Design and Merchandising
R315 -Principles of Retail Merchandising (Retail Math)
R409 -Retail Industry Field Seminar
Y398 -Internship in Professional Practice

Other Courses Taught

R316 -Retail Product Management
R319 -Professional Techniques in the Retail Industry
R321 -Practicum in the Retail Industry
R440 -Senior Seminar

rdmg - Retail Design + Merchandising Group