Marcus Appleby – Bringing the design profession to the classroom

Marcus Appleby smiles outside of the Nancy Richardson Design Center.

Marcus Appleby, who serves as industry liaison and instructor in the Colorado State University Department of Design and Merchandising, works to create lasting relationships with his fellow colleagues and students. His expertise in design technology that improves efficiency has led him to his role at CSU.  

Tell us a bit about yourself!  

I am originally from Overland Park, Kansas, but have called Denver home for about nine years. I previously studied at Kansas State University. Outside of academia, I enjoy the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer; skiing, camping, and fly fishing. Additionally, I love to cook. 

What brought you to Design and Merchandising at CSU?  

My first engagement with the program was through my involvement with the Council for Interior Design Qualification. I was invited to a guest lecture about the value of credentialing and the process to do so. From there, I had the opportunity to serve as the industry outreach coordinator. In that role, I strive to build better relationships between professionals, students, and the program at-large. I am very excited to further my relationship with CSU as an instructor. 

What are your research and/or teaching interests, and how did you get interested in that topic?  

My interest as a practitioner in developing design technology processes to improve efficiency has informed my teaching approach in multiple subject matters such as building codes and design studio. The impact I hope to have is to prepare students to succeed in the design profession and to create national program recognition. 

What is your teaching philosophy?  

I believe in an application-based learning environment that brings the design profession to the classroom. There is an obligation to communicate differing ideas, insights, and opinions with mutual professional respect to come to the best design solutions. 

What is your favorite thing about CSU and the campus?  

The people. Everyone has been welcoming and eager to help. 

The Department of Design and Merchandising is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.