Mary Embry

Mary Embry

Senior Lecturer

Director, Center for Innovative Merchandising

  • (812) 855-3544
  • Kirkwood Hall 320
  • Office Hours
    By Appointment Only


  • M.S., Apparel Merchandising, Indiana University, 2006
  • B.S., Apparel Merchandising, Indiana University, 1993


Mary Embry is a Senior Lecturer of Merchandising, focusing on sustainability, fair trade, and product development. Having won a Trustees Teaching Award in 2016, Professor Embry is a specialist in service learning, information literacy, international consciousness, and integrative learning that spans from making to the marketplace. As the Founding Director of the Center for Innovative Merchandising, she bridges curriculum and practice, directing high impact student programs that build skills in creative and entrepreneurial leadership. Professor Embry is also a fair trade activist who regularly gives guest lectures and contributes to several organizations both on-campus and off, including the Office of Sustainability, the Advocate for Community Engagement program, Fair Trade Bloomington, and the Fair Trade Communities national steering committee. Her work on fair trade has taken her to the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Kenya, China, and Ecuador; in the summer of 2016 she led a group of IU students and Bloomington community members interested in fair trade to Guatemala.