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

Paula Winke Named Inaugural Arts & Letters Professor
Published January 17, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Paula Winke, Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (LiLaC) at Michigan State University, recently was named the inaugural Arts & Letters Professor recognizing her…Read now »
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
The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize the faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term. Full Professor…Read now »
Forms of Freedom Project Reimagines Pedagogy, Artmaking, and Educational Justice
Published November 16, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Conceived through an imperative to reimagine the possibilities for public pedagogy, Forms of Freedom: The Art and Design of Black and Indigenous Creative Public Pedagogies is a two-year research…Read now »
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Published November 15, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
As the inaugural Karen L. Gillmor Ph.D. Endowed Professor in Professional and Public Writing at Michigan State University, Kristin Arola, an innovative scholar and researcher, is not only teaching…Read now »
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
The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI) Center, a research and outreach program based within the Department of Philosophy in Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters, received a…Read now »
Humanities Commons Network to Expand to New STEM-Focused Commons
Published August 18, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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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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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
Jonathan Choti, an African-born scholar and Assistant Professor of African Languages and Cultures at Michigan State University, will engage with counterparts in Kenya this summer as part of the…Read now »
Comic Studies Society Conference Coming to MSU this July
Published June 6, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The Comic Studies Society (CSS), one of the premier academic communities dedicated to comic studies, will hold its fifth annual conference at Michigan State University from July 28-30 this…Read now »
New Artist-in-Residence Program Aims to Create Intersection Between Art and Research
Published May 20, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
This spring, Michigan State University launches the Farmscapes to Forests: Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Artist-in-Residence Program, which will welcome…Read now »
Philosophy Student Gives New Perspective on the Nature of Marx and Nietzsche
Published May 13, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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As a Philosophy major, Izzy Taylor studied how the philosophies of Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche share traits in some areas and how they differ in others. For Taylor, this research began as a…Read now »
BranchOut Dance Performance Encourages Audience Engagement with Natural Environment
Published May 2, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
A new and thought-provoking dance performance project, called BranchOut, which will engage audiences with the natural environment around them while experiencing and exploring the nature of tree…Read now »
Ph.D. Student Receives National Award for Efforts to Improve LGBTQIA+ Health Outcomes
Published May 2, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
An advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, Wilfredo Flores, Ph.D. Candidate in Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University set to graduate this spring, is being recognized,…Read now »
College of Arts & Letters Students Earn First-Place Awards at UURAF
Published April 22, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Graduate Student Wins Award for Best Abstract at Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium
Published April 19, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Andrea Hernando, a second-year graduate student in Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language at Michigan State University, recently won the 2022 Best Abstract in Linguistics Award at the Graduate…Read now »
MSU Receives Templeton Religion Trust Grant for Islamic Architecture, Science, and Interreligious Relations Project
Published April 18, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University has received a $228,000 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund a multi-year, multi-national, multi-faceted research project on “Science, Art and Faith:…Read now »