August, 2019

Volume 42, No. 4

Sustainability in Fashion Joint Conference

Jana Hawley, Symposium Co-chair

More than 100 delegates convened on the beautiful Regent’s University campus in London on July 30th-August 1st to share and learn about Sustainable Fashion. The conference agenda was packed with keynote speakers, scholarly presentations, networking, and social fun.


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Recycled Saris a Big Hit at the Conference

 Raji Nair and Jana Hawley


In keeping with the sustainability theme, the ITAA/Regents conference bags were made from recycled saris. Each member was able to select a bag from the many choices.


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President's Message


By Melody LeHew


It is that time of year again… summer projects and activities are wrapping up and back to school preparations are in full swing.

This summer I had the pleasure of attending the Sustainability in Fashion Joint Conference. Big thanks to Jana Hawley and Gill Stark for planning a wonderful event. Regent’s University in the heart of Regent’s Park was a lovely setting and all the staff were helpful and kind. If I were still a student, I would love to attend Regent’s University for a semester or year-long study abroad experience. I guess I will always be a student at heart because I enjoy the anticipation and possibilities that a new academic year provides: new students, new projects, and new opportunities for learning.

This is also an exciting time for ITAA, as we plan and prepare for another great annual conference. Be sure to check out the information provided below by our Las Vegas conference co-chairs: Tammy Kinley and Sheri Dragoo. As Council members, we appreciate all that they are doing to arrange an exciting and informative event.

Have a great start to your academic year!


                                 Upcoming Deadlines


 View calls and links below:

August 15:  Conference Program Promotion Page

September 1:  Blanche Payne Award

September 14:  Early Registration Deadline for 2019 Annual Conference




Risk and Reward 2019!

Tammy Kinley and Sheri Dragoo, Conference Co-Chairs


Have you registered for tours?

Have you made hotel reservations?

Have you registered for the conference?

Have you purchased your Legacy Fundraiser ticket?

So much to do!

We have pulled together some things to help you prepare for traveling to the conference.

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ITAA 2019 Workshops - More Information

Enhance your professional development by participating in workshops at the 2019 Annual Conference.  Workshop reservations can be made as part of the registration process or purchased separately through the "Related Products" at the bottom of the conference webpage.  Click on links to learn more about the 2019 Workshops.

Advancing Your Scholarly Teaching in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Creating Custom Half-Scale Dress Forms from 3D Body Scans


Effectively Writing Design Abstracts and The Role Of Creative Scholarship in the External Tenure Review Process


Exploring the Future of Fashion Design Curricula for a New Generation of Learners

Guiding Faculty in Creative Scholarship:  A Workshop for Program Directors and Chairs

Knowledge and Skills for Preparing a Competitive 21st Century Workforce in the U.S. Fiber, Textile and Apparel (FTA) Industry:  A Triangular Design Approach


Understanding the Requirements and Expectations for Preparing the Self-Study Report for Textiles and Apparel Programs Accreditation (TAPAC) Accreditation Review



Clothing and Textiles Research Journal Report

Elaine Pedersen, Editor of CTRJ

This article continues with a discussion of members responses in the recent CTRJ member survey. There is also a report on manuscript decisions from January 1 to June 30 of 2019 manuscripts.

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What is New with CTRJ ? Issue 4

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

Summer is almost gone and we are now facing another exciting fall semester! 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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  Legacy Scholarship Fundraiser 




TAPAC -- Calling All Programs

By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


Now is the Time to Get Involved!  If your program is not an Affiliate Program Member yet, now is the time to join. (  (Note:  Only Affiliate Program Member Representatives are eligible for nomination to TAPAC Board of Commissioners or Standing Committee positions.) Affiliate Program Member Representatives will be voting on the new Board of Commissioners members and Standing Committee members in mid-August.  They will also take part in the TAPAC Assembly of Delegates Meeting, Saturday, August 26, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Mike Fralix, TAPAC Industry Liaison, will share his experiences and insights about “Trends and Technologies in the Age of Disruption” with faculty from Affiliate Program Member schools on Saturday, August 26 from 4:45-6:00 p.m.

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Invitation to Attend the 2019 Joint Symposium



SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2019

St. Paul, MN


Co-Hosted by College of Design, University of Minnesota (UMN) and

School of Fashion Design, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA)

Co-Sponsored by China Center, UMN

This 2019 joint symposium with the College of Design, University of Minnesota and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts calls together all those who are interested in research, teaching, and design relating to fashion’s dynamic role in active aging. Due to the many facets in the use of fashion in active aging, this symposium invites those in diverse areas of design and such fields as anthropology, engineering, and cultural studies, to join the on-going dialogue regarding the pivotal role of fashion in aging through scholarly presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers and creative design exhibits. Research and designs of scholars from over twenty universities and institutions in China, Australia, Canada, Korea, and the US will be presented at the symposium. Come join us!


Registration and lodging info can be found here: 


Symposium Co-Chairs

Juanjuan Wu, Marilyn Delong, Keling Li, and Jun Wu



World Cultures Materials Available

Nancy A. Rudd, who recently retired from Fashion & Retail Studies at The Ohio State University, has many files related to world cultures that she has developed and taught over the years.  Some have more content than others, and many have accompanying slides (which could be converted to digital files).  If you are interested, please contact Nancy at  Cultures include:

Inuit, Netherlands, Japan, Bolivia, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, India, Guatemala, Ainu, Navaho, Sweden, Amish, Philippines, Nigeria, Lapps/Sami, Egypt, Amazon Tribes, Greece, Scotland, Hawai`i, and Czechoslovakia.                                     



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

Baylor University, Department Chair and Mary Gibbs Jones Endowed Chair of Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Tennessee at Martin, Assistant or Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising

University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Assistant or Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising Program

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