April, 2020

Volume 43, No. 2

ITAA 2020 Ballot

For Council Members and Nominating Committee - Members at Large


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 Candidate Statements




President's Message

By Ann Paulins, ITAA President


How appropriate that our upcoming Fall 2020 meeting has the theme “Innovate to Elevate.” We are all certainly in a time of innovation (if not chaos) facing the challenges of reimagining instructional formats and recrafting research endeavors to be compliant with ever-changing mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this challenging time, I wish every ITAA member, your families, and your communities good health and good humor. I’m grateful for the many communities of which I am a part, including ITAA, where helpful resources and messages of hope have become abundant.

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Graduate Student Liaison Report

By Domenique Jones, Graduate Student Liaison

Hi graduate students!  I know we are all doing our best to cope with the “new normal” surrounding us, and I just want to say you are all inspiring and you will persevere through this chaotic time.  

The Council met in Denver at the beginning of March to plan this year’s conference, and I am very excited for all the grad student events and highlights we are planning.

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Plan Your Travel to Colorful Colorado

for the 2020 ITAA Conference

By Nancy Miller and Carol Engel-Enright, 2020 Conference Co-Chairs


Carol and I hope you are all doing well in this strange and scary health and economic situation and we hope you are looking to better times, particularly in November for the ITAA Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Colorado has it all: beautiful natural scenery, a fun metropolitan area, and an artistic flare that all play a part in the apparel industry here. We are known for our outdoor adventure spirit, which has inspired the outdoor apparel industry that is present and growing rapidly. Many brands, such as VF Corporation, Spyder, and Fjall Raven, call Colorado their home, as well as the national trade show Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show. This inspired the focus this year on the outdoor textiles and apparel industry, and we have some fun tours and workshops planned around this theme. So, after weeks of working on your research abstracts and staying in the house, it’s time to put the 2020 ITAA Conference on your travel calendar to visit the Mile-High state, catch up with ITAA friends, and enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountain air.

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Design Review Committee Update


By Laura Kane and Casey Stannard, Design Review Committee Co-Chairs


Exciting changes are coming for this year’s creative design submissions! The Design Review Committee had a very productive meeting at the annual conference in Las Vegas and have made changes to this year’s design call to reflect the discussion. First, designers will be required to submit a design abstract (150 words) along with their initial submission. The abstract will be used in the design catalog for accepted designs. 


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Support from SAGE Publishing 

by Jung Ha-Brookshire, VP of Publications


SAGE Publishing, publishers of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal (CTRJ), recognizes the challenges our members are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and has taken several actions to support the teaching and research community. Below is an excerpt of an email from Martha Avtandilian, Publisher of Social Science Journals at SAGE, to Elaine Pedersen, Editor of CTRJ.


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Upcoming Deadlines



April 15, 2020: Student Best Paper Competition
April 15, 2020: Research, Teaching, and Concept Scholarship

May 1, 2020: ITAA Conference Salon Session: Elevating and Evaluating Curatorial Scholarship

May 1, 2020: ITAA Teaching Collection
June 15, 2020: Creative Design Scholarship

June 15, 2020: Nancy Rutherford Teaching Innovation Award

July 1, 2020: Graduate Student Fellowships

July 1, 2020: Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

July 31, 2020: CTRJ Focused Issue on Textile & Apparel Trade and Global Sourcing




What is New with Clothing and

Textiles Research Journal?

By Jung Ha-Brookshire, VP of Publications


Thank you for participating in the survey on the new description and the marketing phrase for CTRJ. The survey was available from December and February via Qualtrics, and a total of 86 responses was collected.  

1.  Description of the journal (which will be available from the CTRJ website in the “About this journal” and “The Description of the Journal” sections ( 

Overall 64% of the responses indicated somewhat agree (31.4%) and strongly agree (32.5%), while 16.2% strongly disagreed and 15% somewhat disagreed. 

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 Deadline Extended for

CTRJ Focused Issue

The call for papers for the CTRJ focused issue on Textile and Apparel Trade and Global Sourcing has been extended. The new deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.

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 TAPAC Accreditation Process:

An Industry Perspective


By Mike Fralix, TAPAC Industry Liaison

I was very pleased when I learned that TAPAC was in the process of establishing an accreditation process for colleges and universities that have degree programs for students pursuing careers in textiles, apparel and related areas. For a number of years, the AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association) had an industry committee that worked with colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada to help educators understand the current needs and requirements/ skill sets of employees in the fashion industry. It was first named the AAFA Education Committee and then transitioned into the AAFA Professional Leadership Council.

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Member Spotlight

Congratulations to ITAA member Karen LaBat, co-author of Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer's Guide, winner of the 2020 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award in the "Engineering & Technology" category.

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ITAA Teaching Collection

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.

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