Rebecca Schuiling
(517) 353-9086

215 Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Building
375 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyArt, Art History, and Design

Teaching Specialist
Apparel & Textile Design

Curriculum Vitae


Rebecca E. Schuiling is a knitwear designer and an educator. Her research focuses on knit materials as a medium for artistic expression and knitted dress through the lens of popular culture. Her work has been exhibited in Slovenia, she has participated in an in international design workshop in China, and has conducted research in Portugal, France, Italy and Thailand.

Prior to entering academia, Rebecca worked in the apparel industry as a knitwear designer and as a designer for Dillard’s Department Store. Currently, Rebecca is an Academic Specialist in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University.

The focus of Rebecca’s teaching centers on her industry experience, concept, research, experiential learning, the design process, and LdL pedagogies. Rebecca’s current courses at Michigan State University include Explorations in Apparel and Textile Design, Design Studio, Knitwear; and History of Dress and Textiles. Rebecca also taught Basic Apparel Structuring, Structuring Tailored and Couture Garments, Textile Materials, Apparel Pattern Design and Accessory Design. Rebecca is the Internship Coordinator for ATD. She also leads a study away program to New York City.

She presents her knit research at international and national conferences. Rebecca is launching an extensive research project into knitwear throughout the 20th century in popular culture. This research will be presented at research conferences and ultimately result in a book.

Artist Statement

My research seeks to provide insight and understanding into knitted dress through the lens of popular culture, and the artists who use knit as a medium to create art. Handcrafts surface as the focal points in several art movements; however, knitting was only included in scant amounts. My contribution to the discipline is addressing this gap in the knowledge by examining the complex and complicated roles of knit within fashion, art, and society.

University News

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Published March 20, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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MSU Professor Receives National Prize for Research on Women and Politics
Published March 13, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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MFA Exhibition on Display March 11-May 21 at the MSU Broad Art Museum
Published March 8, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
The 2023 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, which runs March 11-May 21 at the MSU Broad Art Museum, will feature the work of the four MFA candidates who are graduating this spring. The exhibition is…Read now »
Apparel and Textile Design Student Wins Trip to New York Fashion Week
Published March 7, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Inspired by the cherry blossoms on Michigan State University’s campus in spring, MSU senior Kate Blaszkiewicz created an elaborate one-of-a-kind gown made out of paper, which earned her a trip to…Read now »
New Open Educational Resource Focuses on Values-Based Scholarly Communication
Published February 27, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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A new open educational resource (OER) created at Michigan State University aims to increase understanding of how a values-based approach to scholarly communication can address the challenges of…Read now »
Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium
Published February 10, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
For the first time ever, the Global Digital Humanities Symposium at Michigan State University will be held as a combination of virtual and in-person events. The 2023 symposium will take place as a…Read now »
Faculty Voice: Providing a Forum for Cross-Regional Muslim Studies
Published January 31, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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Collaborating with Smithsonian Institution on Sounds of Religion Exhibition
Published January 30, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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Paula Winke Named Inaugural Arts & Letters Professor
Published January 17, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
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College of Arts & Letters Part of National Blueprint for Advancing College Equity and Excellence
Published January 13, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
As a member of the Boyer 2030 Commission, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, participated in the development of a national…Read now »
MSU Linguist Receives NSF Grant for Cutting-Edge Research in Word Pattern Recognition
Published December 19, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Faculty Promotions for 2022
Published December 1, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Published November 16, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Inaugural Endowed Professor Teaches How to Connect Writing With Culture
Published November 15, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Applying a Critical Eye to User-Experience Design Research and Teaching
Published October 21, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Ph.D. Candidate Recognized for Research on Health Disparities Among Immigrants
Published October 11, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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New Faculty and Staff Welcomed to the College
Published October 6, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
This year, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes 24 new full-time faculty and staff members. These faculty and staff members were recognized during the 2022 Faculty Welcome Reception, which was…Read now »
MSU’s Serling Institute Celebrates 30 Years of the Jewish Studies Program
Published September 8, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
This year, Michigan State University marks the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Studies Program, part of The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. The institute…Read now »
Toolbox Dialogue Initiative Center to Create New Curriculum for NSF Program
Published September 6, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Humanities Commons Network to Expand to New STEM-Focused Commons
Published August 18, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Humanities Commons, an online open-source platform hosted and sustained by Michigan State University and used by thousands of humanities scholars and practitioners around the world, was awarded a…Read now »
Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Research Buddhist Migrants
Published August 10, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Jon Keune, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University, received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award for the 2022-23 academic year that will support his research on the…Read now »
Ph.D. Linguistics Student Awarded Fellowship by International Organization
Published July 28, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Brittany Finch, a doctoral student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University, recently was named the 2022 recipient of the Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship by the International…Read now »
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Published July 27, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Graduate Named to Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Published June 13, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Jonathan Choti Receives Carnegie Fellowship for Educational Project in Kenya
Published June 7, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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