Rachel Kaminski Sanders graduated from Florida State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and Technology. Rachel spent her senior internship in the showroom of Donghia, a luxury interior design company, studying textile designs. After college, Rachel moved to New York City to start a career in the fashion industry. She had the opportunity to work with the fashion department at InStyle magazine, which landed her a job with Bottega Veneta’s communication department. At Bottega, she was able to work with a number of national publications and travel to Milan several times for Fashion Week. But through her work with interns from local universities, Rachel discovered a desire to teach.
She moved back to South Carolina in 2010 to attend graduate school at Clemson University, where she received a Master of Arts in Teaching both English and Social Studies for grades 5th-9th. Rachel landed her first teaching position at a public magnet art school. She taught seventh grade writing there for three years before deciding to pursue a PhD. In 2018, Rachel received her doctoral degree in language and literacy education from The University of Georgia after producing a text-free dissertation. She brought attention to taken-for-granted traditions in education that continue to marginalize individuals through the privileging of written language by using skills she acquired as an undergraduate to write her research solely in the language of dress. As an artist, fashion designer, and female educator, she seeks to broaden the types of scholarly research compositions accepted within higher education, an area she feels is imperative to advancing academic research.
Rachel is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at The University of Texas at San Antonio.