Andrew H. Reilly

Andrew H.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Dr. Andrew Reilly of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has garnered national and international prominence in innovatively shaping international and national pedagogy in the fields of Fashion, Design, and Merchandising disciplines. Students who are immediate beneficiaries of his innovations experience transformative learning opportunities that integrate cutting-edge scholarship into classroom instruction and then expanding those opportunities into community settings. He offers students three channels of learning to reinforce learning: fashion knowledge, concepts, and stories. Students speak to their experiences thus: “He’s a true industry professional working with students in an inspiring way,” and “…very insightful and made me think critically about ethical issues around the world,” and, “You are truly inspiring, thought-provoking, and caring.” Professor Reilly’s mentorship of students has created opportunities for them to compete in the global arena and gain national and international exposure for their work. Former graduate students express their gratitude for the many ways he inspired and supported their development. A former TA has become a leader in the area of hemp and the home-grown fashion industry in Hawai’i, and another is now an academic in their own country who credits Professor Reilly with the direction his professional development took, as well as with how he approaches his own pedagogical goals. “Professor Reilly balances the demands of an associate professor with exemplary professional grace.” To Dr. Andrew Reilly, as he teaches the discipline of fashion, design and merchandising, the most important values he can instill in students are respect and critical thinking. But along that path, he clearly instills more. Japanese-speaking students in one of his classes took the sound of his first name and assigned kanji to each syllable, creating a joyful pseudonym: “happy dragon who inspires others.”

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences