Welcome from the Director
“The Center for Retailing exists to connect students and faculty at the Kelley School with the nation’s best retailers.”
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Indiana University’s Center for Education and Research in Retailing at the Kelley School of Business. I am delighted that you are exploring our Web site. Since its inception in 1997, the Center has been actively engaged in the transformation of retailing from a single business course into an area of study—one that relies on corporate involvement, award-winning teaching and research faculty, and highly sought-after business students to create a culture of education and excitement about retailing.
The Center for Retailing exists to connect students and faculty at the Kelley School with the nation’s best retailers. Building connections is integral to a student’s development and to the relevance of our faculty’s research. Through the educational and research programs highlighted on this Web site, we celebrate these connections. For instance, the Target Excellence in Business Leadership Program creates a supportive environment for students to challenge themselves both personally and academically, and our alumni—many of whom hold corporate leadership positions at top retailers—share their expertise in our courses and support our faculty’s insightful research.
As such, the Center is well positioned to continue to:
- increase student awareness of opportunities in retailing through courses and sponsored programs and events;
- prepare students for both challenging entry-level positions and leadership positions in the industry;
- conduct research on the business challenges retailers face, and then disseminate the innovative approaches that result;
- inspire students and faculty to meet current retailing challenges and take advantage of emerging opportunities.
I encourage you to explore our Web site in detail to learn more about what we do to partner with those interested in retailing. Retailers, you are also invited to our retailing classrooms and conferences to continue to build your business-related skills, and to share your insights about the increasing challenges and opportunities within the retail industry. Students, we invite you to learn what retailing is really like—fun, fast paced, and creative, for starters—and about the exciting opportunities it offers you.
Thank you for your interest in Kelley’s Center for Education and Research in Retailing. I look forward to connecting with you in the future.
Theresa Williams, PhD
Director, Center for Education and Research in Retailing
Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing
thdwilli [at] indiana [dot] edu