After 16 years in the retail industry, William Hauck accepted an appointment as assistant professor of the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising effective with the fall 2000 semester.His industry experience was primarily at the corporate level in the human resources, store operations, merchandising, and distribution/logistics organizations of various national and regional retailers.As assistant professor, he was assigned to the merchandising faculty to teach courses in the retail and buying areas of the curriculum.He is also a coordinator of the merchandising internship program.During the past three years, Bill has served in an administrative assignment as the School's Assistant to the Director.
Mr. Hauck's teaching philosophy focuses on helping students to develop a core set of portable skills and competencies that are relevant for the industries in which they would likely be employed.These include technical and knowledge-based, research and discovery, problem-solving, analytical, and decision-making, communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. Mr. Hauck's primary line of research inquiry is in the area of corporate social responsibility and ethical behavior in merchandising, especially as applied to various human resources issues in the retailing arena.As a former human resources executive, sexual harassment in the workplace is a topic that is prevalent in the fashion and retail industries and merits further research, especially on recognition and management of sexual harassment behavior. Several co-authored articles on the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace have been published in various academic journals.
Hauck also has a parallel line of research inquiry that has evolved over the years in the area of consumer behavior as it relates to social responsibility, pricing, and elasticity of fashion and luxury products and services. Co-authored articles on ethics and consumer price perceptions have been published in an international journal.
Hauck earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communications from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.