April, 2018

Volume 41, No. 2

ITAA 2018 Ballot

For Council Members and Nominating Committee - Members at Large

Vote Online Here - Now through May 1, 2018

Voting Members include Professional & Emeritus member categories.

Candidate Statements

President's Message


By Jane Hegland, ITAA President


Greetings, ITAA members! I write this message on the first day of spring, which this year involves yet another snowfall. It’s pretty outside, but in the north country, we are ready to be done with winter!

We had a productive meeting in Cleveland in February.  Co-Chairs Kim Hahn and Linda Ohrn-McDaniel, along with our VP for Conferences, Sheri Dragoo, are working hard to make for another great ITAA conference. If you’re looking for other reasons to attend, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is just across the street from our hotel!

As part of ITAA’s efforts to increase international opportunities for our members, the Culture and Industry Learning Tours Committee has organized a trip to Uzbekistan coming up this summer, organized and led by Mary Littrell and Jana Hawley.

As I mentioned in my previous message, I encourage all of you to become more involved in ITAA. I’ve had several requests from members about joining a committee, or other ways to participate. Whatever your interests, engage in ITAA. Your involvement makes a difference.

Cheers, Jane

Graduate Student Liaison Report


By Sergio Bedford, Graduate Student Liaison


Last month, the ITAA council invited me to join them for the mid-year meeting. I’m glad to be in a room filled with supportive people who really care about graduate students, mentor us, and help us become the next generation of ITAA leaders.


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Upcoming Deadlines

View calls and links below.


April 27: 2018 Janet Else Visiting Scholar or Practitioner Award (Extended Deadline)

June 4: Creative Design (Deadline extended due to ITAA C&I Tour to Uzbekistan)

July 1: Graduate Fellowships

July 1: Undergraduate Scholarships

CTRJ Manuscript Preparation Suggestions

By Pam Ulrich, VP for Publications


The VP for Publications along with the Editor and Associate Editors and Publication Policy Committee are pleased to announce a special manuscript consultation session for authors during the upcoming ITAA annual conference in Cleveland. The intent is to provide continuing support for the successful submission of quality manuscripts to theClothing and Textiles Research Journal.To this end, “Writing Quality manuscripts for theClothing and Textiles ResearchJournal,” inCTRJ’'s 2018 issue 1, volume 36, is being followed up in this Newsletter withManuscript Preparation Suggestions for New Researchers.” At the conference, authors will have the opportunity to consult about their manuscript with the editor, current and past Associate Editors, Publication Policy Committee, and Editorial Board members. 



Call for Manuscripts:Advancing Design Scholarship in Textiles and Apparel


Submission Deadline: November 15, 2018; Expected Sage Publication Date: Late 2019


Editors: Sherry Haar, Kansas State University and Elizabeth Bye, University of Minnesota

Design scholarship is misunderstood by non-designers and often by designers making it difficult to communicate value and impact on the field for promotion and tenure, funding, and award recognition. A lack of published manuscripts and examples representing design research in textiles and apparel contributes to an absence of awareness and understanding.


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TAPAC Update

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


TAPAC is off to a great start in 2018! TAPAC currently has 23 TAPAC Affiliate Program Members whose Program Representatives will serve as members of the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates These are programs that are interested in applying for program accreditation and/or learning about and being involved in the accreditation dialogue. Draft Textile and Apparel Program Accreditation Commission (TAPAC) Standards were used to conduct two pilot program reviews in October 2017 (Kansas State and University of Rhode Island). Based upon the feedback from those reviews, the TAPAC Board of Commissioners (BOC) fine-tuned and approved the Textile and Apparel Program Commission Accreditation Standards. They have been sent to all of the TAPAC Affiliate Program Members and are available to ITAA members upon request. They are also available on the TAPAC website As you will recall, these standards were developed through an ITAA Task Force initiative led by Dr. Gwen O’Neal with input from ITAA members at several ITAA Town Hall meetings.   

For a copy of the Standards or for information about TAPAC Affiliate Program Membership, please contact Dr. Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director, or Dr. Elena Karpova, Pres., TAPAC BOC, .

Student Fellowships and Awards


Undergraduate Students:

Details for all awards provided via the following site:

  • Regent’s University London, Will Conard Scholarship for Fashion Merchandising – July 1 Deadline
  • Regent’s University London, Will Conard Scholarship for Fashion Design – July 1 Deadline
  • Eden Travel International Design Award – July 1 Deadline
  • Blanche Payne Award – September 1 Deadline

Graduate Students (July 1 Deadline):

Details for all awards provided via the following site:

  • Lois Dickey Fellowship: Outstanding Continuing Doctoral Student Award
  • Joan M. Laughlin Fellowship: Outstanding Continuing Doctoral Student Award
  • Robert C. Hillestad Fellowship: Outstanding Graduate Student in the Study of Historic Textiles or Costume Award
  • Marjorie Joseph Fellowship: Outstanding Beginning Doctoral Student Award
  • Oris Glisson Fellowship: Outstanding Beginning Masters Student Award
  • Sara Douglas Fellowship for Professional Promise - Masters and Doctoral Students

If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the Student Fellowships & Awards Committee, Dr. Annette Burnsed,  

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.

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