For years, Michael Mamp has been teaching fashion merchandising and design courses at CMU. For him, the most rewarding part of being an instructor is developing lasting, meaningful relationships with students.
“One of the reasons why I’m back at CMU is because a professor who was one of my instructors during my undergrad has kept in touch with me all these 20+ years,” he said.
And now, as an instructor at CMU, he has the opportunity to be that driving force in other students’ lives.
“I’m working with a senior right now who’s graduating in December and just got a job offer from a design firm in New York City,” said Michael. “And I think I had him in my first class my first semester here, and to have the opportunity to see him grow and develop over this period of time and to be a part of that process has been exceptionally rewarding for me.”
In the classroom, Michael does his best to keep things dynamic and inspiring for his students. The recent addition of the Makerbot 3-D printing lab at CMU has offered new opportunities and challenges for students of design.
“It’s been exciting to see the work that the students have done in the 3-D printing class we’ve had several pieces accepted for international juried exhibition, and we have several more currently under review,” said Michael. “So it’s been a great learning experience for the students learning a new technology but also visualizing something in three dimensions versus going from a two dimensional flat pattern.”
But while the technology may have changed since the last time Michael was at CMU, one thing has remained the same – the Chippewa spirit.
“I think at CMU we do a better job of connecting with students and also maintaining those relationships,” he said. “There are always going to be things in a job that you like and don’t like, but if there’s something that motivates me every day to continue to try to do my job to the best of my ability, it’s because I know I have the ability to impact students. I think we have a responsibility to provide the best experience we can for those students, and I think we take that very seriously.”
Michael’s favorite course to teach is Visual Merchandising.
He also holds an M.A. in fashion and textile design and a Ph.D. in apparel merchandising and design.
Michael teaches seven fashion merchandising and design courses and works closely with students on professional portfolios and collections.