Patricia Fisher

Associate Professor & Program Lead, Fashion Merchandising & Retailing

JWU Faculty Since 1991

Professor Patricia Fisher

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Patricia Fisher is currently one of the lead faculty in the Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Program. She focuses heavily on hands-on learning projects in all her classes and connects with industry regularly to keep course content relevant. Prior to teaching full-time she served as the Department Chair of Marketing for 11 years. In addition to her teaching role, Fisher serves on University Faculty Council, advises the Retail Preparedness Association, and mentors freshmen commuter students.

Patricia has 15 years of retail merchandise management experience in both large and small retail environments. She has 30 years of higher education experience in teaching and leadership.


  • MBA, Johnson & Wales University
  • B.S., Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • A.S., Marketing, Johnson & Wales University

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.


  • RTL 1015: Introduction to Retail and Fashion
  • RTL 2122: Retail and Fashion Lab
  • RTL 3240: Retail Math
  • RTL 2010: Apparel Quality Analysis
  • RTL 3010: Merchandise Buying

Q&A with Patricia

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

I love when I take students on an industry field visit to meet JWU alumni who share their Fashion Lab experiences. The alumni tell their career story and explain the importance of the JWU lab projects which made the difference in their career progression.