December, 2018

Volume 41, No. 6

Congratulations to ITAA 2018 Award Winners!

See the full list of winners


Faculty and Student Awards

Research, Teaching, and Sponsored Awards

Creative Design Awards

President's Message


By Jane Hegland


Greetings All, and Happy December!

This has been a great year for ITAA! Conference attendance was high, presentations of all manner were top quality, and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue! The jury may be out on the App, but I thought it was a very useful feature for the conference and so clearly represented the conference theme. I found it to be very easy and what better way of being sustainable than with an App? An additional advantage is that if you don’t care for the App, you are able to print your own copy of the program. I am sure we will be talking more about the App at our mid-year meeting, and I look forward to those conversations and any feedback from you!


I was also so impressed by the Kent State team, whose planning and implementation of all the details was so remarkable. And a special thanks to Kim Hahn and Linda Ohrn-McDaniel and their crew of students for all they did to make the conference go so smoothly!


As you also know, Dr. Nancy Rutherford will be retiring soon. Melody LeHew, Jana Hawley, Ann Paulins, Sergio Bedford and I will serve on this most important committee. We are in the process of crafting a position description and plan to conduct interviews at our midyear meeting.


I’ve really enjoyed my time as President in 2018. I learned so much more about the organization and how things work at other universities.


Melody LeHew was a great President Elect, and will take over the Presidency on January 1, 2019. Our secretary, Melanie Carrico is really good at organizing our notes and providing feedback when necessary. Thanks to Kathy Mullet for paying special attention to all things related to finance and budget, and Marianne Bickle provided wise counsel for the group.


Thanks to Byoungho for continuing to serve as VP for planning, to Youn for her service to scholarship, and to Sheri Dragoo for taking on and refining the conference-planning process.


Thanks also to Lynn Boorady who is serving as VP for Operations and so carefully manages the awards and the awarding process.


Barbara Frazier is outgoing VP for Education, and Pam Ulrich is outgoing VP for Publications. Both will be missed, as their terms end on December 31.


And most importantly, a very special thanks to Nancy Rutherford for all she does for ITAA!


As Counselor, I look forward to working with new council members Jung Ha-Brookshire, Kim Hiller Connell and Grad Liaison Jenny Du Puis om 2019.


Cheers, and best wishes to you all.



What a Wonderful Conference We Had!


By Sergio Bedford, Graduate Student Liaison


What a wonderful conference we had! I’m still inspired by the numerous discussions, presentations, and sessions I attended. I always enjoy going to the conference to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and reinvigorate my love for research! 


Upcoming 2019 Deadlines

Updated calls and submission links for Faculty Awards, Visiting Scholar, Salon Session, Special Topic Session, Workshop, Research, Teaching, Concept, and Student Best Paper are available at the links below. 


February 1: Faculty Awards

February 1: Visiting Scholar

February 1: Salon Session

February 1: Special Topic Session

February 1: Workshop

April 1: Research/Teaching/Concept

April 1: Student Best Paper

Call for Manuscripts - History of Textiles and Fashion

Editors: Linda Welters and Abby Lillethun

Focused Special Issue of CTRJ

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019

Expected Sage Publication Date: 2020

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Call for Manuscripts - Design Scholarship


Editors: Sherry Haar and Missy Bye

Focused Special Issue of CTRJ

Submission Deadline: January 14, 2019

Expected Sage Publication Date: 2020


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Sustainability in Fashion

DEADLINE EXTENSION.  The deadline for abstract submissions for the ITAA/Regent’s University Joint Conference on Sustainability in Fashion has been extended to December 15th


The conference will be held July 30-August 1, 2019 at the beautiful Regent’s campus in London.  This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your scholarship on sustainability while at the same time hear great speakers such as Kate Fletcher!  If you have a great idea for a panel at this conference, please contact Jana Hawley or Gill Stark to share your ideas. A great idea could likely appear on the agenda!


We will accept student poster submissions until February 1st.  We plan a focused session for students posters. Students will have the opportunity to hear the keynote speakers but we have also scheduled special sustainability tours throughout London for student attendees. 


TAPAC Update

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


Assembly of Delegates:

The inaugural meeting of the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates was held November 5, 2018.   The Program Representatives of the 36 TAPAC Affiliate Program Members plus the TAPAC Board of Commissioners (BOC) comprise the Assembly of Delegates.  Major accreditation updates announced at the assembly included:


- 2 Accreditation Review Site Visits conducted in Fall 2018

- 2 Accreditation Review Site Visits are scheduled for Spring  2019

- 2 Applications for Accreditation Review submitted, with expected site visits in Fall 2019


The rights and responsibilities of the Assembly of Delegates were discussed as were delegates’ questions and suggestions.  Election results were announced:


Board of Commissioners:

Tammy Kinley—2nd term; Nancy Miller—2nd term; Missy Bye

Standards Committee: Mijeong Noh; Pamela Ulrich         

Nominating CommitteeJaeha Lee; Pam Norum


Dues notices for 2019 TAPAC Affiliate Program Membership will be sent in December.


For additional information about TAPAC, contact Dr. Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director,












Submissions Invited for the 2019 Rutherford Teaching Challenge

The ITAA Teaching Innovation and Resources Committee invites submissions for the 2018 Rutherford Teaching Challenge. The Teaching Challenge is designed to encourage development and dissemination of innovative teaching strategies that address emerging issues in the apparel and textile field. This year’s theme is Incorporating Sustainability/Upcycling into the Apparel and Textiles Classroom. Submissions will be double-blind reviewed by the Teaching Innovations and Resources Committee. Winning submissions will be awarded $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd place. Winning authors will be invited to present their teaching modules at the 2018 ITAA Conference Poster Session. Please see Full Call for submission guidelines. Past winning submissions can be found here



ESRAP 2018 Poster Competition


For the second year, Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) sponsored the ESRAP Student Merchandising Poster Competition. The competition is a juried poster competition where students incorporate Triple Bottom Line practices in the development of a business plan for a socially responsible fashion retailer. The business plan may be for a traditional brick and mortar or a non-store retailer. The overall goal of the competition is to empower students to become change agents through the application of socially responsible business practices to fashion retail development. Through the competition, students develop a practical understanding of the challenges of running a truly socially responsible business.


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2019 Membership Renewal Underway


Renew before January 31, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Renewal Discount.  Sign onto the ITAA website, and you will see a renewal link on your member profile page and on the homepage in the “My Profile” section.  Select the Member Category appropriate for your situation and enter ERDISCOUNT in the Promotional Code field to receive a 10% discount.  Follow steps to pay online by credit card or select the “Bill Me” to print an invoice.  Please note that an invoice will NOT be mailed to you.


While renewing your membership, please update your personal information.  The address you provide is used for the CTRJ mailing list, and needs to be complete.  On the website, Location = State/Province; Postal Code = Zip Code.  

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

Radford University, Instructor/Assistant Professor in Fashion Design

Indiana State University, Chairperson, Human Resource Development & Performance Technology Department

Texas Tech University, Assistant/Associate Professor in Hospitality & Retail Management

Colorado State University, Assistant/Associate Professor in Product Development

Seoul National University, Assistant/Associate Professor in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

SUNY-Buffalo State, Assistant Professor in Apparel Merchandising and Textile Design Technologies

Ryerson University, Assistant/Associate Professor, Material Practices & Textile Design

Western Michigan University, Assistant Professor, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Belmont University, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design

University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor in Retail Merchandising

Louisiana State University, Assistant/Associate Professor of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising

Virginia Tech, Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and Director of the Oris Glisson Textiles and Costume Collection

Fashion Institute of Technology, Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design-Menswear

Fashion Institute of Technology, Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design-Art Area Drawing & CAD

Fashion Institute of Technology, Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design-Apparel-Hands-on Versatile Designer

Fashion Institute of Technology, Full-Time Faculty in Fashion Design-Apparel Area-Evolving Technology/Sustainable Designer

Central Michigan University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Central Michigan University, Lecturer in Fashion Design

Framingham State University, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design and Retailing

Cornell University, Chair, Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design

University of North Texas, Two Assistant Professor Positions: Retailing/Digital Retailing; Retail Technology

Kent State University, Assistant Professor, Fashion Merchandising

Kent State University, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Illinois State University, Assistant/Associate Professor, Fashion Design and Merchandising

University of Rhode Island, Lecturer, Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design

Michigan State University, Artist in Residence, Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Meredith College, Assistant Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences and Program Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences

Texas Christian University, Instructor in Fashion Merchandising with Design Focus

Appalachian State University, Assistant Professor, Apparel Design and Merchandising

Columbus College of Art & Design, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Fashion Institute of Technology, Full-time Faculty/Chair, Fashion and Textile Studies Department


Special Calls

Fashion/Tech Hackathon

Call for Proposal for Edited Books

CFP - 2019 UMN-SIVA Joint Symposium: Fashion & Active Aging


Academic Programs

Carson-Newman University, B.S. Fashion Merchandising & Design

Texas Tech University, Interior and Environmental Design Ph.D. Program

Texas Tech University, M.S. in Environmental Design with Concentration in Apparel Design

Texas Tech University, Master of Science in Environmental Design

Auburn University, Ph.D. in Consumer and Design Sciences

Auburn University, Master's in Consumer and Design Sciences

Auburn University, B.S. in Apparel Merchandising, Design & Product Development

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



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