Andrew Burnstine believes that it is more about the "what" and the "how" than the "why," as it pertains to Lynn University. What is Lynn? It is the educational Jewel of South Florida and Boca Raton. It is where students come from over 80 counties worldwide, to learn and thrive in an environment that is caring, nurturing, and stimulating. The "how" is Lynn's dedicated and professional faculty and staff who work every day to make sure that each student not only has the opportunity to see their future goals but to realize them as well.
Andrew Burnstine has been teaching and chairing fashion marketing and design programs for almost 30 years. Dr. Burnstine was chairperson of the fashion marketing and management program at Berkeley College in NY, and also ran a fashion marketing and design program at a South Florida University. He also taught at many universities and colleges around the country, including New York University, Westchester Community College, SUNY Purchase College, Kent State University and LIM. Dr.Burnstine was Executive vice president of Martha Inc., an exclusive women's specialty store chain in New York City and Florida where he acted as buyer, merchandiser, and vice president for over 18 years. In his last life, he was also a professional circus clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, where he also attended clown college. His first fashion design was creating his own clown costume. He was later honored to have the great fashion designer, Bob Mackie make a costume to "clown around"! Burnstine’s Ph.D. dissertation was on the "History of Costume Design of the Big Apple Circus." As you can tell, Dr.Burnstine loves fashion, retailing, marketing, buying and costume history.
B.A., New York University
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University
Dr. Burnstine believes that students learn when they are exposed to different ways of understanding the material. Reading, elaboration through lectures, and the presentation of diverse visual media, and discussions of the material, in addition to class projects, give every type of learner several ways to "get it." Even though testing is important, students learn better and have a greater sense of accomplishment through the completion of complex projects that consolidate large areas of the material being covered.
He also believes that it is crucial to promote other kinds of learning than that related to the course material. Students should learn critical thinking through questions posed and discussed in class. The structure of projects should lead to improvement of social skills. Projects that require classroom presentations can improve speaking skills and professionalism. Those done by groups of students can teach them how to get the best work from each member of the group, and will help them in the “real world”, working for major fashion and retail companies.
Evolution of fashion
The business of fashion
Fashion and retail strategies
Areas of scholarship
- Retail strategies
- Dress and culture
- History of fashion
- Fashion marketing
- Arts management
Awards and honors
- New York University Alumni Board of Directors, 2007–present
- Rotary District–6990 Assistant Governor, 2007-present
- Fashion Group International South Florida Chapter- Board of Directors, 2006-present
- Council of International Fashion Designers-Board Member, 2017-2018
- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002-2004
- Congressional Citation, Project Real (Congressman Peter King) 2001
- Berkeley College Teacher of the Year Award,1999
Kent State University, University Medallion, 1994