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Faculty & Staff

The RMI Team

Our Faculty & Staff collectively prepares retail studies students for a career in retail. Whether in the class room or in our office suite, students receive balanced guidance in many areas to ultimately provide them with a full view of the industry and the tools necessary for their success. With extensive experience in both the retail industry and higher education, the Retail Management Institute’s faculty and staff are valuable resources for assisting retail studies students with internship opportunities and jobs post-graduation. We are proud to claim 100% of our students have secured a job within three months of graduation. Providing experiential curriculum, scholarships, industry opportunities and an extensive support network, the Retail Studies Program has developed more than a 1,000 graduates into industry leaders and influencers, since 1981.


Kirthi Kalyanam, Ph.D. - RMI Executive Director

Kirthi Kalyanam

L.J. Skaggs Distinguished Professor
Executive Director, Retail Management Institute

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Vinita Shah

Program Director

Assistant Professor of Marketing Savannah Wei Shi Head Shot

Savannah Wei Shi, Ph.D.

J.C. Penney Research Professor
Marketing Professor, Marketing


Professor Emeritus and Co-Founder

Dale Achabal

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Vishwa Chheda

On Call Administrative Assistant