Melissa G. Carr is Associate Professor and Apparel Merchandising Director where she is largely responsible for the curriculum of merchandising classes. Carr started her professional career in the retail environment, working in management at Nordstrom in the women's shoe department and then as a Senior Buyer/Business Unit Manager for an Internet catalog company in Chicago. She stays active in the field by working apparel shows and consulting. She coauthored the textbook Guide to Fashion Entrepreneurship which is intended for students and fashion professionals seeking information on how to develop, market, and sell their own product lines as independent labels or brands. She is a member of the National Association of Retail Buyers, International Textile and Apparel Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, American Collegiate Retailing Association, Fashion Group International, Chicago, and the Fashion Group Foundation.