- University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, School of Design, Master in Design, Cum Laude, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1999
- Domus Academy, Summer Course “To Design the Global Offer,” Milan, Italy,1999
- Fashion Institute of Technology, Courses: Fur Design, Fashion Illustration, New York, N.Y., 1976
- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Bachelor of Science in Design, Major: Fashion Design, 1975
- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cooperative Education Program, Professional Practice Achievement Certificate, 1975
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE | University of Cincinnati
- Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, (DAAP) Courses, 2015 – 2018, Associate Professor
Fiber Art Fashion, 2016-2018 (Developed course) Included exploring, fabric, textiles and their relationship with fashion culture, design and art practices. Students examined the relationship between material, process, and the maker, as well as the critical role that cloth and fiber processes play in the global economic marketplace. The course included a historical and cultural overview of textiles techniques and methods, such as screening printing, textile painting, dyeing, surface manipulation, print and pattern development and mark-making.
- The Art of Jewelry & Leather Accessories Design 2015- 2018, Associate Professor
Developed course: This course explored jewelry and leather design as it relates to contemporary art, fashion, culture, and society. Students investigated the basics of working with non-precious metals, wire, chain, findings, found objects, and selected leathers as an introduction to jewelry fabrication and small-scale leather design. Students learned Jewelry making and leather construction techniques to provide students with a working vocabulary, a concrete skill set and understanding the design process of jewelry making and small-scale leather accessories.
- Taught Independent Studies course with Masters of Design Students, 2016- 2018
Thesis committee member for Masters Students, 2006, 2017
DIVISION OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE I Associate Professor
- Professional Development Seminar for Master of Design & Interior Design, 2015 –2017
This course was designed to prepare graduate students for effective participation in the Professional Practice Program at the University of Cincinnati. The course prepared students for work assignments in industry. Completion of this course was mandatory for involvement in the Professional Experience Practicum, which was modeled off the University of Cincinnati Cooperative Education Program.
- Introduction to Cooperative Education, 1993-2015 I Assistant Professor
Faculty responsibilities included teaching to Fashion Design Students, Product Development Course content included: Reflection advising, Career assessment and planning, Resume and interviewing preparation, Portfolio development, Professional Practice Program procedures, Ethics in the workplace, Student accountability, Global perspectives and Workplace communications.
- Professional Practice Instruction, 1993-2015 Assistant Professor
Course for Fashion students included Integration of their academic program with discipline related learning assignments in industry. Development of learning objectives, assessment of student learning outcomes, portfolio assessment, resume development and individual career plans. Certification of students for graduation. Responsible for approximately 250 students per year. 1974
SELECTED SCHOLARY/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
- Fashion Institute of Technology, Accreditation Review, New York, New York, 2014
Developed course Syllabi for Masters of Design Professional Development Course, 2013
ACCE, Accreditation Training and Certification to conduct program reviews, Savannah, Georgia, 2013
- Ohio Means Internships (OMIC), group investigator, Division Awarded grant, for $1,822,373.00
- The Center for Cooperative Education Research and Innovation Grant Award recipient, 2011, 2012
- Course Development, Italian Travel Trend Design Seminar (2000, 2001) three credit hour course. Wrote a Grant to fund the course and trip. Problem Statement: To develop a working sketchbook that will enable fashion students to learn new approaches to solving contemporary design and trend issues within a global context. Goals of the Project: To expose students and faculty to the rich cultural, historical aspects of Italian Design. To develop linkages within the Italian Fashion Industry and Academic Community. The Italian Course trip in 2000, included 34 students enrolled and in 2001, included 37 students enrolled.
- Accreditation, ACCE Training Committee, planned activities for the Conference. Cincinnati, OH, 2011
Accreditation, ACCE Training Seminar, reviewer training for Cooperative Education Accreditation, Blacksburg, VA, 1999
Grant, funded for Global Travel Study to Europe, attended Domus Academy in Italy, course, “To Design the Global Offer,” met with fashion professionals in Italy and France in order to gain an International Fashion Perspective, also campaigned for Cooperative Education Opportunities, 1996
Grant, Ohio Arts Council Workshop Assistance, Awarded, 1996
Grant, Globalization Initiative, University of Cincinnati Awarded, 1996
Grant, Faculty Development Council, University of Cincinnati Awarded, 1996
Contributing author for the “Professional Practice Student” Text/Work Book, a collaborative faculty effort to enhance the Cooperative Education Experience. Chapter dress, 1994
PROFESSIONAL DESIGN EXPERIENCE
- Cynthiaga’s Design Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993 –2000, Designer. Duties and responsibilities included: product development, fashion forecasting and trend development, created and designed concepts for accessories, developed innovative art and accessories.
- Nicole Belts Division of Lee-Vic Industries, New York, N.Y., 1982-1987, Design Consultant. Duties included: design and development of accessories line, researched trim market, textile market, leather goods, hardware market, involvement in all phases of merchandising, planned advertising and market programs. Shopped market for “trend” in United States and Europe.
- Koos Van Den Akker, New York, N.Y., 1981 Freelance Designer. Assisted designer with accessories and apparel production, Created collage designs for the collection
- Cynthia Lockhart Accessories, New York, N.Y., 1981 –1989, Created collection for better specialty markets, supervised design room, sample production marketing. Developed private label collection, researched market for trend, created press kits, storyboard presentations. Clients included, Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Macy’s, Charivari, Henri Bendels and Barneys.
- Andrea Gayle/Division of Leslie Fay, Inc. New York, N.Y., 1979 – 1981, Designer. Responsibilities:
designed, developed dresses for moderate price contemporary dress line, appraised textile, developed original sketches. Supervised design room with assistant designer, three sample makers.
- Oggi LTD/Division of Mardi Gras, New York, N.Y., 1978 – 1979, Designer. Duties designed contemporary dress line, planned color direction, fashion forecasting, apportioned sizes for fit and purchase yard goods, supervised design sample room.
- Riflesso Division of Kay Windsor, Inc., New York, N.Y., 1977 – 1978, Designer. Duties created contemporary dress line, involved in all phases of design and merchandising, approved duplicate samples: fit, cost cuts, yardage; managed design sample room.