The Center for Graduate Studies & Continuing Education
LIM College's faculty members know of what they speak. They bring a wealth of professional experience and academic achievements to the classroom. Many of our professors hold or have held high-level positions in the fashion industry. Bringing vast knowledge, experience, and connections, these experienced practitioners are well equipped to guide our students through the complexities of the fashion business.
Below is a sampling of our exceptional faculty:
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Courses taught: Brand Management and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management
Joined IBM in 2007 after a nine-year career with Lotus Development. Dr. Barnes is currently the Cloud Marketing Leader, North America for IBM. She has also held a corporate strategy role with IBM. Dr. Barnes earned her Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ), an MBA in Strategy, Marketing and International Business from Suffolk University – Sawyer Business School (Boston, MA) and BS in Communications from The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX).
Courses taught: Business Law
Professor Brotz has an eclectic background in law, business, fashion/retail management, and education. He practiced law for 23 years in private law firms and in government service, which included extensive experience working with a wide variety of businesses to solve problems and improve procedures. He has also been a Human Resources Manager / Senior Store Executive for Bloomingdale’s, working at both the strategic and operational levels.
In addition to teaching in the MBA and undergraduate programs at LIM College, he is an adjunct professor in the MBA programs at Metropolitan College of New York and the Manhattan Institute of Management, the Mountbatten Internship Program (where he is also a Module Convenor), and he previously taught at Felician College. Professor Brotz is also an invited Guest Lecturer at Weller International Business School in Paris, France. His academic interests include global business education and improving students’ critical thinking, writing, and verbal presentation skills.
The recipient of a Juris Doctor degree with High Honors from Rutgers School of Law, Professor Brotz also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Honors from Rutgers University
Courses taught: Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management
Derek Cockle is an apparel industry veteran with extensive experience in product development, sourcing, and menswear and textile design. He has been at LIM College since 2003 and teaches several courses, including Applied Concepts in Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, Product Development, Menswear, Accessories, Fashion Magazines, and the Senior Capstone in Fashion Merchandising.
Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Cockle was the Vice President of Sourcing and Production for Boscorale Operating LLC. He has also designed textiles and menswear for Daewoo International, Pierre Cardin, Bill Blass, and Gianfranco Ruffini and been a Menswear Designer for Philips Van Heusen. In 1996, and again in 1998, Professor Cockle received Cotton Incorporated’s Textiles Designer of the Year Award for his men’s novelty woven shirt fabrics.
Professor Cockle received LIM College's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. The recipient of a Master of Arts degree in Textile Design from The Royal College of Art in London, England, Professor Cockle also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Textile Design from England’s Birmingham College of Art & Design.
Course taught: Business Ethics
Lucy Collins received her PhD in philosophy from Temple University where she specialized in existentialism, ethics, and fashion theory. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked for several fashion firms in New York as an editorial and PR assistant. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences on topics related to fashion theory. Dr. Collins teaches courses in ethics and fashion theory at both LIM College and Parsons the New School for Design. She has also delivered lectures at the School of Visual Arts program in Design Criticism.
She has been a blog contributor for Worn Through, Fashion Snoops, and a contributor to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of National Dress. Her writing has also appeared in Fashion Projects and Fashion Theory, as well as The Philosopher's Magazine. She is a member of The Costume Society of America, The American Philosophical Association, The American Society for Aesthetics, and The Popular Culture Association.
Courses taught: Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management
Robert Conrad, who joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2010, is currently a full-time faculty member in the Marketing, Management & Finance Department. Among the undergraduate courses he teaches are: Management, Sales Management, Retailing, and Multi-Channel Retailing. He also teaches Fashion Retail Management on the graduate level.
Professor Conrad has extensive professional experience in sales, marketing, operations and general management within the fashion industry. As Senior Vice President of Design and Product Development for Limited Brands, he helped develop Henri Bendel branded accessories, and as President of Modern & Classic Accessories for Liz Claiborne, Professor Conrad developed and implemented strategic plans for brands such as Liz Claiborne Accessories, Kenneth Cole Jewelry and Lucky Brand. He has also held positions with R. G. Barry (Dearfoam), Swank Inc., Crystal Brands (Monet), Revlon, and J.C. Penney.
Professor Conrad holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Peter’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Villanova University. He is a member of the Retail Marketing Society.
Courses taught: Visual Merchandising, Chairperson
For three decades, Eric Feigenbaum, Chair of the Visual Merchandising Department at LIM College, has had a diverse and distinguished career in visual merchandising and store design, making his mark in both the professional and academic arenas. Most notably, he was the 2012 recipient of the Markopoulos Award. Presented by DDI, it is the highest honor given to an individual in the visual merchandising and store design industry.
A pioneer in advocating an eco-friendly approach to visual merchandising, Feigenbaum is responsible for conceiving and designing the state-of-the-art LIM College Green Lab - a sustainable materials lab and research center.
Professor Feigenbaum previously served as the Director of Visual Merchandising for Walker Group/CNI, an architectural consultancy specializing in retail design worldwide. In that role he helped bring visual merchandising to Asia and South America and was involved in the design of stores in South Korea, Japan, Chile and Peru. He was also a key contributor in the development and application of Walker Group’s proprietary service Envirobranding®, which promotes the physical store environment as an integral component of a company’s projected brand image. And from 1986 to 1995, he served as the Corporate Director of Visual Merchandising for Stern’s Department Store, a Division of Federated Department Stores.A founding member of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) and the Vice President Emeritus and former Chair of its Education Committee, Feigenbaum has also served as Chair of the Society of Visual Merchandisers and on the Retail Advisory Committee for Display & Design Ideas magazine.
He is currently the New York Editor of VMSD (Visual Merchandising and Store Design) magazine and has penned more than 50 articles for that publication, including cover stories on Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Armani, Moschino, Uniqlo, Ivanka Trump, and Christian Lacroix. He has also written about visual merchandising for Museums and More and Home and Garden Retailer.
Feigenbaum has lectured on visual merchandising and store design at colleges and universities nationally and internationally including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, Syracuse University, the School of Visual Arts, Polytechnic Institute of Milan and the University of Rhode Island and he is regularly featured at industry conferences and events, including the National Table Top Association, the Toy Fair, the Gift Show, POPAI (Milan), the NADI Design Collective, the International Retail Design Conference, VisionEast, and The National Retail Federation’s Big Show.
Dr. Kenneth M. Kambara is currently a full-time faculty member in the Marketing, Management & Finance Department. Among the courses he teaches are: Applied Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Entrepreneurship, Global Markets and Cause Marketing.
A social media and marketing research consultant, Dr. Kambara’s areas of interest include brand management, entrepreneurship, and social media. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and the American Sociology Association.
Dr. Kambara holds a Ph.D. in Management from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business.
Courses taught: Marketing and Sales Management, Consumer Behavior in Fashion
Dr. Nicole Kirpalani is Assistant Professor of Marketing & Management at LIM College. Her research interests focus on the consumer side of marketing, including the co-creation of value, consumer relationships with fashion brands, and consumer privacy. In addition, she is engaged in research related to marketing pedagogy. Dr. Kirpalani teaches both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at LIM College. She is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at LIM College. She holds a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the City University of New York.
Courses taught: Financial Management, Accounting for Managers
Dr. Rudy Lalak holds a PhD in Accounting/Finance from TUI University (formerly Touro University International). He has an MBA in Economics from Iona College and earned an Advanced Professional Certificate in Taxation from New York University. He has also completed graduate-level coursework in Taxation at Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned a BS in Accounting from Fordham University.
Dr. Lalak’s career in financial services has provided him with substantial business experience as a Tax Analyst and Accountant. His accomplishments include membership of the Finance Division’s Diversity Council and Training Task Force team lead. He has developed a customized course curriculum regarding business finance and participated in the development of master degree programs in entrepreneurship. His commitment to teaching motivates him to step beyond the classroom and serve on several committees including, the Academic Affairs Committees, Faculty Council, Middle States Accreditation Team, and various executive and faculty committee groups.
Dean of Academic Affairs / Courses taught: Global Fashion Supply Chain
Former Managing Director of US Market for Cotton Incorporated and Associate Buyer Menswear for JC Penny Company. Dean Londrigan holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ) and a BS Business Management degree from St. Peter’s College (Jersey City, NJ).
Courses taught: Visual Merchandising
Karen Oleson has worked as a Creative Principal for Hambrecht Oleson Design Associates, as a Vice President/Creative Director at FRCH and as a Senior Project Designer at Bloomingdale's. In addition she was a professor at Pratt Institute.
She has a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Pratt Institute.
Courses taught: Global Fashion Supply Chain Management
President of APICS New York City – Long Island Chapter, a supply chain trade association that focuses on industry and educational advancement. A principal with OysterBridge Group, an advisory firm that focuses on supply chain and ERP implementation. He has earned an MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird Global School of Management (Glendale, AZ) and a BA International Relations, Clark University (Worcester, MA).
Courses taught: Global Management
Dr. Herbert Sherman is a Professor of Management at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, where he teaches courses in business strategy, business and society, and organizational behavior, and is currently the Acting Chair of the Management Science Department.
He has published four books in the last five years, as well as several readers, more than 30 cases, and numerous articles on strategic management, small business/entrepreneurship, and business ethics. He is also the Founding Editor of The CASE Journal, and Editor of the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Sherman holds a PhD from Union Institute and University, an MS from Polytechnic University, and a BA from City College of New York.
Courses taught: Marketing, Management and Finance
M.B.A., Iona College; B.B.A., Baruch College
Professor Tormey has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, Manhattan College, Iona College, Mercy College, and at Baruch College div. CUNY. He has worked as an Entrepreneur and CEO for Real Deals USA, Inc., as a Divisional Merchandise Manager at Belk Stores, a Fashion Buyer at Sears Roebuck & Co, a Regional Collection Manager for CIT Financial Corp, a Broker with Dreyfus Mutual Fund and as Contributing Editor at Fashion Manuscript.
Professor Tormey holds an M.B.A. from Iona College and a B.B.A. from Baruch College.
Course: Managing Creative Minds
As Founding Director of the LIM MBA program, Dr. Wlodarczyk was responsible for the operations and effective implementation of the program’s objectives. Prior to joining LIM College in 2009, he served as a professor of business administration at Concordia College, New York. Earlier in his career, he also taught and served in various administrative capacities at Lindenwood University, Missouri, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and College of Banking, Krakow, Poland. He has taught a wide range of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas of management and international business.
Dr. Wlodarczyk received his PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also earned a Masters in Educational Administration, a Masters in Business Administration, and a B.A in Applied Teaching Methodology. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Wlodarczyk also develops curriculum for graduate studies in Organizational Behavior. In 2011, he authored the book, “Work Motivation: A Systematic Framework for a Multi-Level Strategy” a psychological exploration of the nature of work motivation and human creativity through the prism of individual, group, and organizational perspective. He is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor teaching Managing Creative Minds in the MBA program at LIM College.