Call for Papers – ITAA Annual Conference

Concept -- Research – Teaching

Submission Deadline – April 1

ITAA scholars are invited to submit proposals to present studies on original (a) research, (b) teaching, and (c) concept at the ITAA annual conference.  Studies must be completed at time of submission and must not have been published or reported at an international, national or regional conference prior to the ITAA Annual Conference. Each study must be presented by one of the authors in oral or poster format.  Deadline for submissions is April 1.

Research Presentations: Appropriate submissions include research studies and scholarship from diverse theoretical positions.

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: Appropriate submissions include studies on creative teaching, curriculum strategies and best practices at the ITAA annual meeting. Studies should be reported in narrative form.


          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: Appropriate submissions include (1) Position papers, (2) Best practices, (3) Philosophies or (4) 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.
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.

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.   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, product development for target markets, specification development, and related studies.
  • 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, and related studies.
  • Historic (HIS) – including artifact analysis, historic trends, archeological studies, historic cross-cultural comparisons, and related studies.
  • International (INT) – including trade analysis, economic theory, international business, global sourcing issues, and related studies.
  • Merchandising/Marketing/Retailing I. Management (MMGT) – including issues related to satisfaction, stores, the retail process, and related studies.
  • Merchandising/Marketing/Retailing II. Visual & Promotion (MVP) – including issues related to E-commerce, advertising, branding, retail atmospherics, and related studies.
  • Pedagogy (PED) – the art and science of teaching including critical pedagogy, curriculum development, systematic analysis of teaching, and related studies.
  • 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, and related studies.
  • Professional Development & General (PDG) – including future trends for the profession, curriculum issues, industry or inter-disciplinary linkages, professional development, and related studies.
  • Social/Psychological Aspects (SPA) – including appearance management, identity, group behavior, body image, acculturation, gender and dress, and related studies.
  • Sustainability/Social Responsibility (SSR) – including issues focusing on environmental and social impact across all tracks.
  • Textile & Apparel Industries (TAI) – including sizing, manufacturing, socially responsible industrial practices, supply chain/operations management and practices, production technology, and related studies.
  • Textile/Apparel Science (TAS) – including textile science/evaluation, functional clothing development/evaluation, and related studies.
  • Technical Design (TD) - various techniques and concepts to make a fashion design turn into a product, including the use of technology and digital processes.
  • Undergraduate (UG) - including work where the undergraduate is first author and has done the bulk of the work; undergraduate studies can be authored solely by the student, or can be co-authored with a faculty member or members.