June, 2019

Volume 42, No. 3

ITAA 2019 Election Results

Melody  LeHew, ITAA President

On behalf of the ITAA Nominating Committee, I am pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Election Ballot  Congratulations to the following members:



Byoungho Ellie Jin

2021 President


Cynthia Istook

VP of Planning

Elena Karpova

VP of Scholarship



Mary Ruppert-Stroescu 



Charles Freeman

 Nominating Committee 


Scarlett Wesley

 Nominating Committee 



Thank you to everyone on the ballot, your willingness to serve in leadership positions is greatly appreciated.  I also want to thank the membership for being engaged and for voting. We are a volunteer professional organization and your service is essential for the longevity and success of ITAA!




ITAA 2019 Faculty Award Winners


Congratulations to the ITAA 2019 Faculty Award Winners:


Tammy Kinley, ITAA Fellow

Byoungho Ellie Jin, ITAA Distinguished Scholar

Sheng Lu, ITAA Mid-Career Excellence Award

Kristen Morris, ITAA Rising Star Award

Amrut Sadachar, ITAA Rising Star Award

Alyssa Adomaitis, ITAA Teaching Excellence Award

Michael Mamp, ITAA Teaching Excellence Award


                                 Upcoming Deadlines


 View calls and links below:


June 17: Rutherford Teaching Challenge

June 23: Sustainability in Fashion Joint Conference Early Registration Deadline


Risk and Reward 2019!


Tammy Kinley and Sheri Dragoo, Conference Co-Chairs

Now that the semester is wrapping up, we hope you have some time to think about the fun things you want to do in Las Vegas in October!  Thank you for responding to our survey; it was very helpful!  We are very excited about some of the pre- and post-conference travel opportunities this year!

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Graduate Student Liaison Report


By Jenny Leigh Du Puis, Graduate Student Liaison


Happy Summer Break!  


Whether you are a beginning graduate student or at the tail end of your studies, summer can be a great time to decompress, ramp up your professional development, and/or get a good amount of work done. Some grads work well with an established routine with a 9 to 5 timetable even if working from home, while others change things up day by day and work as they are best able to.  Maybe your idea of a fun summer equates to days by the pool, or maybe it’s hours of unfettered access to the studios and labs at school! 


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New Faculty Award from EFI Optitex

for Excellence in Teaching

EFI Optitex has started a new award to encourage faculty to use technology in the classroom. Note that the school nor the faculty member needs to be currently using Optitex as their software - this contest is open to all faculty/instructors. Participants are asked to write an essay of no more than 1,000 words describing the importance of teaching technology (must include some aspect of computerized pattern making but other technology is welcome) and how technology prepares our students for the industry. Images and/or videos are not required but recommended. Essay must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST, October 1, 2019, directly to Sabrina Cove at The $750 prize will be awarded at the 2019 ITAA Conference.

EFI Optitex also will sponsor the Award for Marketable Sustainable Design ($250) at the Graduate and Undergraduate Levels.  Winner will be chosen from accepted designs plus an essay.  See ITAA Creative Design Awards for more details.



Clothing and Textiles Research Journal Myths

Elaine Pedersen, Editor of CTRJ

Earlier this year a survey was sent to ITAA members asking for their experiences with and perceptions of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal. Thank you to everyone who responded to this survey. In reading frequent responses it became apparent that there are some commonly held myths about CTRJ.

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What is New with CTRJ ? Issue 3

Letters from VP of Publications, Jung Ha-Brookshire, University of Missouri

I hope many of you are enjoying the summer break. I am Jung Ha-Brookshire, a professor of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri and I serve you this year as the Vice President of Publication. One of the key roles of VP of Publication is to promote and advocate our flagship 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! 

Register before 23 June 2019 to receive the early discount!

Academic Delegate: £375
Student Delegate:  £225   

Full-price registration from 24 June - 15 July 2019
Academic delegate: £425
Student delegate: £275




TAPAC -- Put It On Your Schedule

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director

How do “Trends and Technologies in the Age of Disruption” impact your students and the way you as educators must prepare them for their future careers?  Meet Dr. Mike Fralix, President & CEO of [TC]2 (Textile/Clothing Technology Corp.) and Industry Liaison member of the TAPAC Board of Commissioners who will address this question at the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates meeting, Sat., Oct. 26 @ 4:45-6:00 p.m. 

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Curriculum Development and Review Update

Mariana Mitova, CDR Chair

Happy Summer, ITAA! Whether you are planning on relaxing, doing research, teaching or other projects, I wish you all the joy in what is coming for you.

My name is Mariana Mitova, Curriculum Development and Review (CDR) chair; and I wanted to provide you with information on the work the CDR committee has done over the last year and a half. The committee took initiative at the 2017 Annual Conference to evaluate whether or not revisions of the ITAA meta-goals (MG) were needed. The process began with surveying the membership, and the results showed need for MG revisions. Based on the input from membership, a facilitated discussion was planned and hosted at the 2018 Annual Conference. About 30 ITAA members attended and engaged in review activities including editing exercises and dot voting on the needed changes. During the facilitated discussion, the attendees were divided in three groups- each group had a facilitator and a recorder. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Barb Frazier, Kim Hiller, Virginia Wimberley, Amy Harden (Recorders), and to Amanda Muhammad, Anupama Pasricha, Laurie Apple (Facilitators).

Based on the information collected at the facilitated discussion, a draft of the revised meta-goals was created. The draft includes the current meta-goals, proposed meta-goals and all the notes, suggestions, and ideas form the facilitated discussion. As the draft was created, the following guiding questions were considered:

·         Do we have all the Textiles and Apparel (T&A) content covered?

·         Are we up to date with the proposed changes?

·         How do we communicate the competencies within each meta-goal in the most understandable and clear way?

At this point, CDR is seeking reviewers with various expertise to assist in the revisions and to ensure that all T&A content is covered. The work on the revisions will be done over the summer so we can submit the draft to ITAA Council for approval by August 1. If you are interested in helping us as a reviewer, please send me a message at by June 5 and I will send you the draft. Following Council’s feedback, the revised meta-goals will be available to ITAA membership for comments. The final revisions will be presented to membership at the town hall meeting in October at the annual ITAA conference and there will be an electronic membership vote on the revisions after the annual meeting.

Lastly, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Barb Frazier, Western Michigan University, Katy Polston, The University of Texas, Austin, and Ashley Kim, SUNY Oneonta for their continued commitment and support throughout the revision process.


Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer's Guide

by Karen L. LaBat, Ph.D. and Karen S. Ryan, M.D.

Reviewed by Susan P. Ashdown, Emerita Professor, Cornell University


How often do we see a book that is a game changer, both within our field (with potential to change our approach to design) and the outsider’s view of our field (validating and securing the place of apparel as the most complex of all designed products)? This book formalizes what has, until now, been treated as intuitive knowledge or subjective, individualized procedures.


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Intergeneration Mentoring - Words of Wisdom

By Jung Ha-Brookshire


Since 2016, a group of ITAA members have been organizing the intergeneration mentoring workshops at ITAA. The purpose of the workshops has been to encourage more intergenerational communication and gain institutional knowledge from all generations of ITAA members.


This year we are moving the workshop to a digital format and would like to develop a database of "words of wisdom" from ITAA members. All academic ranks are welcome to share their "wisdom."  The database will then be analyzed to explore key strategies in developing faculty career plans, with a hope for additional publications.


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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, at




REMINDER 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 August 1 and November 1.


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

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

Auburn University, Three Lecturer Positions, Dept. of Consumer and Design Sciences

Western Michigan University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Instructor of Design for Consumers

Arizona State University, Instructor, Fashion Technology

Ryerson University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies

Ryerson University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Design and Studies, Design and Diversity

Ryerson University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Design, Design Practice

Villa Maria College, Program Coordinator/Instructor, Fashion Design & Merchandising


Special Calls and Announcements

Special Issue Call: Fashion and Textiles Journal

Call for Papers: Textile & Apparel Trade and Global Sourcing, CTRJ Special Issue

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