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Christy Crutsinger, Ph.D.
Dr. Christy Crutsinger returned to her faculty position in fall of 2019 after serving in central administration for over a decade. In her role as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs she was responsible for the development and implementation of academic policy, evaluation of research centers and institutes, and major student success initiatives including the launch of the Academic Success Center. Previous to this appointment, Crutsinger served as the Vice Provost for Faculty Success where she developed and launched the innovative hub for faculty, focusing on professional development across the career pipeline. A few noteworthy accomplishments include the development of the Chair Academy, the Leadership Fellows program, the Faculty Mentoring Grant Program, and the signature UNT Foundation Salute to Faculty Excellence awards program and event.
Crutsinger holds a faculty appointment as Professor in UNT’s Department of Merchandising & Digital Retailing. She served as associate dean of the School of Merchandising & Hospitality Management from 2006-2010 and as chair of the Merchandising Department from 1998-2006. Under her leadership, the department received the American Textile Manufacturer Institute (ATMI) 2000 Award for Excellence for exemplary and innovative programs including the nation’s first 100% web-based graduate merchandising degree.
Her research focuses on consumer motivations and influences on shopping patterns including studies on shoplifting, Internet use, service expectations, and employee behaviors. Most recently, her work has investigated the impact of work experiences and expectations on career intentions of university students and faculty. In 2017, Crutsinger was invited to deliver the keynote address, “The Consumer Experience Trend: Redefining Industries and Talent,” at the International Summit Forum for Fashion, Technology and Talent at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University in China. Leveraging her years in academic administration, her scholarly work focuses on career and professional development. She teaches courses in the Social Psychology of Dress and Appearance, Talent Development, and Leadership Theory.
Crutsinger currently serves as UNT’s Faculty Athletic Representative for NCAA- Division IA intercollegiate sports and has been a member of the UNT Athletic Council for over 15 years.
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