April, 2019

Volume 42, No. 2

ITAA 2019 Ballot

For Council Members and Nominating Committee - Members at Large


Vote Online Here - Now through May 5, 2019

Voting Members include Professional and Emeritus member categories.

 Candidate Statements


President's Message


By Melody LeHew


April is here!  Spring is my favorite season, the season of regeneration. Upon reflection, the notion of regeneration may be an apropos term for our organization this year. ITAA Council met in Las Vegas in March. The meeting was productive, bringing forth several initiatives with potential to infuse new energy into our work, committees, and organization. I am very appreciative of the dedication and leadership exhibited by ITAA Council Members and by the membership in general. I feel immensely honored to serve as President.

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Graduate Student Liaison Report


By Jenny Leigh Du Puis, Graduate Student Liaison


Happy April! To all those who have submitted for the April 1st deadline, I hope you’re able to take a well-deserved break this week after polishing those submissions!


At the beginning of March, the Council met in sunny Las Vegas, NV to plan the annual conference. I am so excited about the events we’re working on, and will be sure to share the details with you as they become finalized.


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                  Viva Las Vegas!


                     Tammy Kinley & Sheri Dragoo


Casinos!  Shows!  Shopping!  Neon!  Elvis!  The Rat Pack!  Donny & Marie!

What do you think of when you think about Las Vegas?  For generations, this has been the pleasure capital of the U.S.  Sheri and I discovered earlier this year, that there is so much more to this city than casinos!  After weeks of having been focused on getting in your research abstracts before the deadline, now it’s time to start thinking about how to spend your time in Vegas.  If you haven’t had a chance to complete our Excursion Survey, please take a few minutes to do that now. We are seeking interest at this point, trying to decide the three or four options to offer through the program, hoping to capture as much interest as possible.


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Upcoming 2019 Deadlines

All calls updated for 2019


June1: Creative Design  (Submission Site Now Open)

June 17: Rutherford Teaching Challenge

July 1:  Graduate Student Fellowships

July 1:  Undergraduate Student Scholarships

September 1: Undergraduate Student - Blanche Payne Scholarship



2019 Design Submissions

ITAA design competition has always accepted both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional entries. This year, we are reminding you all that not all design submissions have to be wearable garments. In addition to garments, non-apparel and/or 2-dimensional design work for the juried Mounted Gallery, such as wall hangings, fabric art, textiles, quilts, CAD designs, are also appropriate items to submit. When writing the submission abstract, submitters are encouraged to emphasize the context and innovation of the piece within current scholarship. Photographs of the pieces can follow the same guidelines as apparel items, with exception to the photograph of a back view if the back of the piece is not part of the composition of the design. Accepted 2-dimension entries are required to provide proper mounting for display purposes if the item is not to be laid flat when displayed. If you are interested in submitting a 2D work and would like more information, please contact Casey Stannard (, Laura Kane (, or Ling Zhang (


























The Publication Policy Committee (PPC) is conducting a survey to hear from the ITAA members’ perceptions about Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ). The PPC group, as well as Editor and the Associate Editors, are working hard to enhance the reputation of CTRJ as a flagship journal of our discipline. Members’ opinions and suggestions are critical for future work plans. It will not take more than 5 minutes of your time; however, your opinion would be extremely valuable. Please consider participating in the survey from


The survey will be closed on April 5.


Thank you all,

Marianne Bickle, on behalf of ITAA Publication Policy Committee




CTRJ Focused Special Issue:


Textile and Apparel Trade & Global Sourcing

Manuscript Submission Deadline: April 30, 2020

Expected Sage Publication Date: July 2021


Guest Editors:

Sheng Lu, University of Delaware

Ting Chi, Washington State University


The topics related to textile and apparel trade and global sourcing are broad and can be approached from a variety of methodological and philosophical ways. Papers may address trade and/or global sourcing issues from business and industry, economic, sociological, marketing, political science, or pedagogical perspectives. Papers from an interdisciplinary perspective are also encouraged.


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Letter from VP of Publications,

Jung Ha-Brookshire, University of Missouri


What is new with CTRJ ?  Issue 2    

The first three months of this year have passed by! Time does fly! I am Jung Ha-Brookshire, a professor of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri and, starting this year, I am serving you all as the Vice President of Publication for the next 3 years. One of the key roles of VP of Publication is to promote and advocate our own journal, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. I am writing this newsletter to give you updates on a few initiatives that we do. 

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            Sustainability in Fashion

Online Registration Now Open


The conference will be held July 30-August 1, 2019 at the beautiful Regent’s campus in London.  This is a wonderful opportunity to focus on sustainability and hear great speakers such as Kate Fletcher! 


Visit the Conference Website to learn more about the conference schedule, speakers, venue,  and accommodations.


TAPAC - Why Your Program Should Be a Member

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


Affiliate Program Members  TAPAC is on the move!  There currently are 33 TAPAC Affiliate Program Members ( ) and several programs in various stages of the TAPAC Accreditation application process. If your program is not a TAPAC Affiliate Program Member, we encourage you to make that a priority decision.  The TAPAC Affiliate Program Application Form is available at


REMINDERS from the Teaching Innovation & Resources Committee

Please consider submitting to the ITAA Teaching Collection.

The Teaching Collection is an effective way to share teaching resources and  best practices with ITAA members and advance the scholarship of teaching and learning. Submission guidelines can be found on the ITAA homepage in the Professional Development Center tab.

The remaining submission dates for 2019 are May 1, August 1 and November 1.


Please consider submitting to the Rutherford Teaching Challenge.

The Teaching Challenge is designed to encourage innovative teaching strategies which address emerging issues within our industry. In addition to national recognition, a stipend will be awarded as follows: $500 for 1st place, $300 of 2nd place and, $200 for third place. Guidelines can be found here:****JUNG-HA, CAN YOU PLEASE PUT THE LINK TO THE CHALLENGE HERE? THE ONLY PLACE I HAVE FOUND THE LINK IS IN THE CURRENT NEWSLETTER UNDER UPCOMING DEADLINES (?)

The 2019 Rutherford Teaching Challenge theme is: Incorporating Sustainability/Upcycling into the Apparel and Textiles Classroom.

Submissions are due by June 17, 2019.

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