December, 2019

Volume 42, No. 6




President's Message

By Melody LeHew, ITAA President


The end of the year is approaching quickly. Like most academics, I am getting excited about the end of the semester, while also stressing a bit about all of the grading of papers, projects and last assignments necessary to close out a semester. However, the thought of starting a new semester in January keeps me energized. This scenario makes me think about the cyclical nature of our profession and life in general: a continuous series of beginnings, middles and ends that keeps us moving forward, working to attain the next goal or phase.

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Graduate Student Liaison Report

By Jenny Leigh Du Puis, Graduate Student Liaison


Hello Grads! What a resounding success we had with the ITAA conference this year, with presentations in all formats and an excellent turnout in numbers. I got the chance to meet many of you at the gathering on the first night, around the halls, and in many presentations and I have to say that we are a wonderful, strong, and driven bunch (and we remember how to have fun)!

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500 by Friday!


By Amrut Sadachar, Social Media Chair


Check out ITAA’s new LinkedIn page and help us reach 500 followers by Friday!


All the ITAA members are strongly encouraged to join/follow and participate in the ITAA LinkedIn page. Follow LinkedIn ITAA page “International Textile and Apparel Association” here.


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Rutherford Teaching Challenge Renamed

Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award:

Submissions Invited for 2020

By Kelly Weathers, Chair of Teaching Innovation and Resource Committee


The ITAA Teaching Innovation and Resources Committee invites submissions for the newly renamed 2020 Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award. It's the same great opportunity just, with a new name!


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Upcoming Deadlines


December 13, 2019: 4th International SCORAI Conference

April 1, 2020: ITAA-KSCT Joint Symposium

April 1, 2020:  Student Best Paper Competition















CTRJ Update - New Style Guide

By Elaine Pedersen, Editor


Starting November 2019 CTRJ and Sage Publications are requiring authors to use the 7th edition of the APA style manual for their manuscripts. This article will inform you of some of the changes and additions in the 7th edition. Many authors think of the APA manual as something to use for text citation and reference style. However, the APA manual continues to contain a variety of useful information more than merely style expectations.

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Welcome New CTRJ Editors Starting

September 1, 2020


By Jung Ha-Brookshire, VP of Publications


Dear ITAA members,

I hope all of you traveled safely back home after another successful ITAA conference in Las Vegas. With this letter, I would like to share some of the upcoming changes in editorial leadership for Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ). I had a brief moment of introduction of new editors at the conference in October but surely didn’t have enough time to explain all that happened in the last few months. I hope I will be able to share the processes that took place with the change in editorial leadership, so that I can seek your comments further to refine the next step processes.

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 TAPAC Congratulations!


By Carol Warfield, TAPAC Executive Director


TAPAC congratulates the first two programs to be accredited:

  • Colorado State University, Apparel and Merchandising Program, Department of Design and Merchandising--Accredited May 2019 through April 2026.
  • Kansas State University, Apparel and Textiles Program, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design--Accredited October 2019 through September 2026.

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Fashion at the Periphery Conference


For a generation of fashion students and lovers of fashion raised on Project Runway, fashion is defined with a hard binary: you are either ‘in’ or you are ‘out’. “Fashion at the Periphery” aims to destabilize this binary by looking at fashion issues and subjects that reside in the periphery, some by choice, others through neglect, and many as a result of injustice.

For its inaugural conference, The Chicago Fashion Lyceum (CFL) seeks presentations that might explore the peripheries of both fashion and the field of fashion studies from a variety of disciplines, points of view, theories, and methodologies.

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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.

Submission dates for 2020 are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.






REMINDER: State of Skills Survey

Please consider completing the State of Skills in the Apparel Industry 2020 Global Survey conducted by MOTIF, if you have not already done so.


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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 Ping Wei, for more information.


Since the Last Newsletter

Positions Posted


Purdue University, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Sales and Retail Management
Texas Tech University, Assistant Professor in Retail
University of North Texas, Lecturer in Merchandising
University of North Texas, Assistant Professor in Retail Technology/Digital Retailing
University of Georgia, Research Professional for Customer Experience Learning Laboratory
Central Michigan University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Technology
Texas Woman's University, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Fashion Design
The Ohio State University, Nina Mattus Professorship in Fashion and Retail Studies, Associate Professor/Professor Rank
Washington State University, Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles
Kansas State University, Teaching Assistant Professor or Instructor, Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design
Belmont University, Full-Time Faculty Position in Fashion Design
Iowa State University, Postdoctoral Position in Modeling and Protective Clothing
University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor in Fashion Merchandising
University of Houston, Post Doctoral Fellow in Social Movements on Social Media
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Professor and Department Head, Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management



Special Calls & Announcements

Call for Submissions: 2020 Student Best Paper Competition
Call for Abstracts: Chicago Fashion Lyceum Conference
Call for Abstracts: 2020 ITAA-KSCT Joint Symposium
Call for Abstracts: 4th International SCORAI Conference
Online Materials to Enhance Retail Small Business in the US and India


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Cary, NC  27519-3643
Executive Director, Ping Wei, CAE