October, 2018

Volume 41, No. 5


2018 ITAA Annual Conference

Re-Imagine the Renewable



Conference Website


Where you can register for the conference,

add a tour or workshop,




purchase a ticket for the Legacy Fundraiser

                                    at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame




President's Message


By Jane Hegland, ITAA President


Greetings and welcome to October!


I write this message in late September but the weather in South Dakota has taken a dip into lower temperatures – and feels a bit like November! And, of course, we are thinking about our friends on the eastern seaboard, as they weather the storms, rising waters, and, cleanup from Florence. We hope to see you at ITAA.


This year has flown by quickly and we are making final preparations for ITAA 2018.


As I have delivered a message for each newsletter this year, I have focused on encouraging members to become involved, and I continue this message in this newsletter. Talk to Council members. You will learn a lot about this organization. I know that I have learned so much and have a new appreciation for all that Council members do throughout the year to prepare for and deliver this event.


We have great speakers. Kim and Linda are rolling out some cool new technology for our members, and we do hope for your feedback.


And finally, I think that everyone is interested in at least a peek at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame!


We look forward to seeing you in Cleveland.



Graduate Student Liaison Conference Edition


By Sergio Bedford, Graduate Student Liaison


I am very excited to meet with all the students at ITAA in Cleveland! The whole conference should be full of fun, discovery, and networking with old friends and new connections. Here are two graduate student events that we have scheduled! Looking forward to seeing you at one, or both!


Graduate Student Gathering

Tuesday, November 6, 8-9:30 PM

Bar 32

*This top floor location overlooks the lake and has great views of the downtown area!

Small plates and drinks are available for purchase.

Graduate Student Fireside Chat

Wednesday, November 7, 7-8:30 PM

Location: Hope Ballroom A


“Best Practices in Teaching Panel”

The panelists come from a variety of textile and apparel disciplines and provide insight, tips, and strategies to be outstanding teachers in the classroom.


Coordinator: Sergio C. Bedford



Lynn Boorady, PhD

            Buffalo State University

(Winner of 2017 ITAA Teaching Excellence Award)

Catherine Leslie, PhD

            Kent State University

(Winner of the 2017 ITAA Teaching Excellence Award)

Tara Konya, PhD Candidate

            Southern New Hampshire University

Amber Chatelain, EdD

            Eastern Kentucky University

(2nd Place Rutherford Teaching Challenge, 2015)


I am also happy to meet with any graduate students between sessions, breakfast or lunch!  Have you liked us on Facebook?


Feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or comments!


See you soon!


Regent's University London 


The Regent’s study abroad programmes offer a truly international and inspiring experience.  Our students study alongside students and staff from 140 countries in what is a truly global community. What’s more, we provide a unique and exclusive scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students on Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising to enable talented students to study Fashion at Regent’s University London: in the heart of one of the world’s greatest Fashion Capitals.  For further details and how to apply please visit our website.


Get an insight into the study abroad experience from one of our alumni…


Carrie Elizabeth Ackley, Columbus College of Art and Design

Scholarship Award Winner, Spring 2018


My time studying at Regent’s University London has been more than anything I ever could have imagined and I’m so sad that it’s flying by so quickly! London is such a diverse city in so many ways and I’m constantly noticing something new every time I step outside. I absolutely love the amount of history here as well! The buildings have all been built during different periods so the variance in architecture styles makes for a very visually stimulating walk around the city.


So far I’ve visited Stonehenge, Bath, and Oxford; I have plans to visit Paris, Amsterdam, and possibly Ibiza after my finals are over. I’m taking three modules: Fashion Styling & Photography, Fashion History, and Fashion Trends. It’s been really great because I can’t take courses like these at my home university (except for Fashion History) and we go on so many field trips, plus the classes are small like back home. I especially enjoyed a talk that London-based designer Sylvia Ayton gave in my Fashion History course. She discussed what it was like running her own boutique in the 1960s (one of my favourite decades in fashion history) as well as her time spent as designer at department store Wallis & Co. in the seventies.


Hearing her speak very much validated my goals for after graduation because I don’t necessarily want to design my own label. It confirmed that you can have a very fulfilling career as a designer working within a company— you don’t have to have your own brand. I think the biggest challenge for me has been finding a balance between focusing on studies and experiencing London— this is forcing me to grow in the time management department! Receiving this scholarship has helped me to grow as a person as well. The last time I had flown on an airplane was when I was only two years old and I had never travelled outside of the US/Canada so coming here was definitely a huge step out of my comfort zone. It has one hundred percent paid off! I’ve formed many new friendships that will last a lifetime and I’m planning on visiting the friends I’ve made sometime during the summer or fall.

 Attention Design and History Scholars


As previously shared via email, CTRJ has two focused issue options for your scholarship. 


TAPAC Update

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


Many great things are happening at TAPAC! We have 36 Affiliate Program Members, with several more in the process of joining (list of programs is available at ). The first two textile and apparel programs are in the process of TAPAC Accreditation review.  Three other programs have submitted their Applications for Accreditation Eligibility and are in the process of completing their Self-Study documents. 

Do you have questions about the value, process, and cost of accreditation?  TAPAC is offering a Pre-Conference Workshop “Preparing Your Program for TAPAC Accreditation: Understanding Standards and Self-Study Requirements” on Tuesday, November 6, 2:30-5:30 pm.  Sign up on the ITAA Conference website.  TAPAC Affiliate Member Programs receive a reduced registration fee.

If you cannot attend the workshop, please join the TAPAC Open Forum on Wednesday, November 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and visit the TAPAC table at the Resource Exhibit. 

For more information about the Textile and Apparel Programs Accreditation Commission, contact Dr. Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director, or Dr. Elena Karpova, TAPAC President,

Social Media Marketing Committee


The Electronic Communication Committee has had a name change to the Social Media Marketing Committee, and we are looking for additional volunteers to help with ITAA’s social media marketing. This committee is relatively new and we are open to ideas! We would love to have both faculty and students to participate in this committee. We will be meeting in Cleveland, OH on Thursday from 1:30-2:30.  If you are interested, please send an email to


Professional Development Opportunities

Explore opportunities on the ITAA Website in the Professional Development Center.  You are welcome to submit information about your academic programs, study tours, and special programs at no cost.  Open positions cost $150 to post, but the fee also includes distribution of the full announcement to ITAA members.  Contact Nancy Rutherford, for more information.


Since the Last Newsletter

Positions Posted

Baylor University, Assistant Professor in Apparel Design

Baylor University, Department Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Georgia, Assistant Professor of Polymer, Fiber & Textile Sciences

Indiana University Bloomington, Assistant/Associate Professor, Fashion Design

SUNY Oneonta, Assistant Professor of Fashion and Textiles, Design Focus

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Assistant/Associate Professor, Apparel Merchandising and Management

Oklahoma State University, Professor and Head, Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising

University of Arizona, Director, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Missouri, Assistant Professor in Textile and Apparel Management

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Putnam and Hayes Distinguished Professor, Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies

University of Delaware, Assistant Professor in Functional Design and Product Innovation

University of Georgia, Lecturer in Furnishings and Interiors


Special Calls and Announcements

Call for Submissions, Gerber Technology FashionTech Professional Award

Special Issue Call, History of Textiles Fashion and Textiles Journal

Contest/Give-Away, University of Fashion - Laurence King Publishing

Call for Papers, 2019 Sustainability in Fashion Conference


Academic Programs

Western Michigan University, B.S./Fashion Merchandising and Design

Western Michigan University, M.A./FCS-Textile and Apparel

Texas Woman's University, Fashion Programs

PO Box 70687
Knoxville, TN 37938-0687
Executive Director, Nancy Rutherford, Ph.D