Call for Papers – ITAA Annual Conference

Concept -- Research – Teaching – Technical Design

Submission Deadline – April 1

 
Research Presentations
ITAA scholars are invited to submit proposals to present original research papers at the ITAA Annual Conference. Appropriate submissions include research studies and scholarship from diverse theoretical positions. Research must be completed at time of submission and may not have been published or reported at a national or regional conference prior to the ITAA Annual Conference. Each paper must be presented by one of the authors in oral or poster format.
 
Technical Design/Fashion Illustration/Textile Design: Scholars are invited to submit proposals to present original research posters at the ITAA Annual Conference on Technical Design / Fashion Illustration / Textile Design. Appropriate submissions include design research from diverse positions, recognizing that design includes apparel, costume, textiles, accessories, functional and technical design, apparel product development, and fashion illustration. This call is for research only, and does not include the teaching of technical design or fashion illustration. Although the final poster can have a strong visual focus, the proposal should include a strong research focus. Select the Technical Design track for review and presentation.
 
Undergraduate students, who have posters accepted for the Technical Design Track, are then eligible to apply for the Blanche Payne Scholarship for Textile & Apparel Design. This is a $5,000 award for outstanding design scholarship and professional promise. Criteria for selection include: (1) Undergraduate level standing; (2) Acceptance of at least one design entry in the ITAA Design Exhibition or a research poster proposal in the Technical Design/Fashion Illustration/Textile Design track at the ITAA Annual Meeting; (3) Statement of the design process with attention paid to the scholarship of design; (4) potential for future contributions to and leadership in textiles and apparel profession; (5) academically sound background and high level of scholarship; with a balance of textiles and apparel, and supporting disciplines; (6) aptitude for advanced study; and (7) enrollment at a degree granting institution.   For more information go to Awards – Undergraduate Students.
 
Research Peer Review Process: Research papers will undergo double blind review. The following criteria will be used in evaluating papers: (1) Significance/usefulness of the research/scholarship; (2) Application of relevant theory or framework and pertinent literature; (3) Appropriateness of methods/exploration techniques; (4) Clarity of results and implications; and (5) Compliance of abstract preparation directions and clarity/organization of the writing.
 
Teaching Presentations
ITAA scholars are invited to submit proposals to present papers on Creative Teaching, Curriculum Strategies, and Best Practices at the ITAA Annual Conference. Papers should report in narrative form and focus on: (1) Innovative teaching strategies; (2) The use of resources, media, and/or technology; (3) The process of curriculum development and evaluation as used in programs, courses and/or workshops; or (4) Best practices related to education programs. Papers may not have been published or reported at a national or regional conference prior to the ITAA Annual Conference. Each paper must be presented by one of the authors in oral or poster format.
 
         Teaching Peer Review Process: Papers will undergo blind review. The following criteria will be used in evaluating papers: (1) New/creative/innovative strategy, approach, or practice that merits sharing with others; (2) Clear purpose/objective of strategy for identified audience; (3) Implementation of strategy/practice clearly delineated; (4) Description of effectiveness or success of the strategy or practice in fostering desired teaching/learning outcomes and indication of plans for continuation, revision, or follow-up; and (5) Compliance of abstract preparation directions and clarity/organization of the writing.
 
Concept Presentations
ITAA scholars are invited to submit proposals to present original concept papers at the ITAA Annual Conference. Appropriate submissions include (1) Position papers, (2) Best practices, (3) Philosophies or (3) Related issues that require action, or knowledge sharing at the interfaces of research, policy and practice. It may express an opinion on an emerging issue which may be controversial, impacts the public, or represents a professional need. It is supported by analysis and synthesis of current facts, data and research literature, and proposes future directions. The paper must be completed at time of submission and may not have been published or reported at a national or regional conference prior to the ITAA Annual Meeting. Each paper must be presented by one of the authors in oral format. 
 
Concept Peer Review Process: Concept papers will undergo double blind review. The following criteria will be used in evaluating papers: (1) Significance/innovation of the concept; (2) Quality of analysis and synthesis of relevant facts, data and literature; (3) Effectiveness and strength of argument; (4) Clear proposal for future action; and (5) Compliance of abstract preparation directions and clarity/organization of the writing.
 
Follow-Up
Authors will be notified electronically of the outcome of the review at the email address supplied by the submitter, and, if the paper is accepted, will be notified of the presentation format and pertinent information.
  
All oral and poster presentations at the annual conference must be presented by one of the original abstract authors.  The presenting author must register for the conference by September 15, allowing the conference organizing committee adequate time to prepare the Conference Program.  Registration is required in order to present. Conference presentations will be included in the online ITAA Proceedings. If one of the authors fails to present the paper (oral or poster) at the conference, the presentation will not be included in the online ITAA Proceedings.
 
Papers of Distinction

All abstracts submitted to the Concept, Research, and Teaching call will be considered for a Paper of Distinction award (previously Track Best Paper).  Authors of particularly noteworthy abstracts will be asked to provide a full paper, which will be reviewed and considered for the Paper of Distinction award (certificate), and winners will be  recognized during the annual conference. Winning authors will be encouraged to submit their expanded papers to the review process for the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.

 
Authors should select from the following tracks for review and presentation (track code given in parentheses):
·        Aesthetics/Design/Product Development (ADP)–including the creative process, factors of design, body scanning, product development for target markets, specification development, etc.
·        Consumer Behavior (CB) – including phenomena related to how consumers behave in the marketplace, shopping behavior, fashion movement, merchandise quality, consumption patterns and consumer practices.
·        Culture (CUL) – including cross-cultural comparisons, critical theory, ethnic studies, feminist theory, ethnographic studies, anthropological approach.
·        Fashion Studies (FS) – including theory of fashion, critical analysis of fashion through interdisciplinary thought, fashion as object, practice, etc.
·        Historic (HIS) – including artifact analysis, historic trends, archeological studies, cross-cultural comparisons, etc.
·        International (INT) – including trade analysis, economic theory, sourcing, global supply-chain, etc.
·        Merchandising/Marketing/Retailing I. Management (MMGT) – including issues related to satisfaction, stores, the retail process, etc.
·        Merchandising/Marketing/Retailing II. Visual & Promotion (MVP) – including issues related to E-commerce, advertising, branding, retail atmospherics, etc.
·        Pedagogy (PED) – the art and science of teaching including critical pedagogy, curriculum development, systematic analysis of teaching, etc.
·        Popular Culture (POP) – includes critical analysis of popular culture as it relates to the area of apparel/textiles including communication, ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, media, etc.
·        Professional Development & General (PDG) – including future trends for the profession, curriculum issues, industry or inter-disciplinary linkages, professional development, etc.
·        Social/Psychological Aspects (SPA) – including appearance management, identity, group behavior, popular culture, body image, acculturation, gender and dress, etc.
·        Sustainability/Social Responsibility (SSR) – including issues focusing on environmental and social impact across all tracks.
·        Textile & Apparel Industries (TAI) – including sizing, manufacturing, socially responsible practices, production technology, etc.
·        Textile/Apparel Science (TAS) – including fiber science, functional dress, etc.
·        Technical Design (TD) – including design research from diverse positions, recognizing that design includes apparel, costume, textiles, accessories, functional and technical design, apparel product development, and fashion illustration
·       Undergraduate (UG)-including work where the undergraduate is first author and has done the bulk of the work; undergraduate papers can be authored solely by the student; or can be co-authored with a faculty member or members