October, 2020

Volume 43, No.5

President's Message

By Ann Paulins, ITAA President


The year 2020 has been tough. At the release of this newsletter, we still have a quarter of the year left to go! Despite the continual flow of arduous events we face in community, workplace, and personal settings, ITAA members have forged forward as teachers, scholars, parents, family-member caregivers, friends, and community leaders in ways that are often intertwined, and inevitably strengthen the fabric of our society.

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Pivoting for the Pandemic

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

Now that the semester is underway, we hope you have some time to think about our virtual annual conference and have or will register to access the activities.

All presentations and creative designs will be presented via the iPoster platform. Each research/teaching/concept (RTC) presentation and creative design will have an interactive poster created by its designated presenter. Posters will be made available to conference registrants two weeks prior to the conference so presentations may be viewed at your leisure in preparation of discussions that will be held during the timeframe of the conference.


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2020 ITAA Faculty Awards

Lynn Boorady, Vice President of Operations


Each year, ITAA recognizes our professional members in the areas of teaching, conducting research or contributing service in the area of textiles and apparel. Candidates demonstrate excellence in their respective award categories, are active in ITAA and show professional leadership. Unfortunately this year we cannot congratulate our winners in person but please take the  time to click through and read about the accomplishments of a few of our members. Deadlines for faculty awards is February 1 each year.


Dr. Linda Niehm

2020 ITAA Distinguished Scholar Award



Dr. Andrew Reilly
Dr. Huiju Park
Dr. Chunmin Lang
 2020 ITAA Fellow    2020 ITAA Mid-Career Award    2020 ITAA Rising Star Award

Dr. Hang Liu
Dr. Jessie Chen-Yu
Dr. Jin Su
 2020 ITAA Rising Star Award    2020 ITAA Service Award    2020 ITAA Service Award



Extended: Call for 2021 ITAA


Graduate Student Liaison Nominees

By Domenique Jones, Graduate Student Liaison

Please nominate a graduate student (or yourself!) to serve as liaison representative to ITAA Council for a one-year term starting January 2021. The Graduate Student Liaison is responsible for maintaining and monitoring graduate student communications, events, elections, and records. The liaison also proposes special topic sessions and newsletter articles to address emerging issues important to graduate students.

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Membership Committee Chair's


By RayeCarol Cavender, Membership Committee Chair

As we gear up for another exciting conference, I wanted to share a brief Membership Committee update. As part of our ongoing objective to diversity ITAA membership, we have recently identified 59 U.S.-based community colleges (CC) with programs in our disciplines (e.g., merchandising, design), and have extended them an invitation to join our organization.

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News New with CTRJ?

By Jung Ha-Brookshire, Vice President of Publications

Hello ITAA members,

I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. I have a few great news to share about CTRJ and I hope this good news would brighten your days a bit. 

The Publisher’s Report 2020 from Sage has the following data for CTRJ. These data are based on the calendar year 2019.

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 Thinking Outside the Triangle

By Mike Fralix

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way businesses operate and the way that students are being taught. Digital is not a new concept, but many schools, including Colleges and Universities have made a major shift to use technologies that have been available for quite some time. Virtual meetings have become a new norm for the Fashion Industry and for classrooms.

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TAPAC at ITAA's Virtual Conference

Attention ITAA members!  TAPAC has planned two special activities for you during the 2020 ITAA Virtual Conference.  

• Workshop on Writing the TAPAC Self-Study Report – Tuesday, November 17, 3:00-5:00 pm EST

• Special Topic Session:  Accreditation Reviewers – Tips and Best Practices for the Accreditation Review Preparation, Process, and Report – Friday, November 20, 4:00-5:30 pm EST

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Remembering Dr. Lois E. Dickey

It is with sadness we mourn the loss of former ITAA President and Fellow Dr. Lois E. Dickey, who passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020. Lois, who celebrated her 100th birthday in July, served as Chair of the former Department of Textiles and Clothing, School of Home Economics at Ohio State University, and provided many years of dedicated leadership and service to her institution, the profession, and ITAA.

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KSU Museum Announces Newest Exhibition,

"Fortuna: Designs by Vincent Quevedo"

The Kent State University Museum’s newest exhibition, “Fortuna: Designs by Vincent Quevedo” marks the first new exhibit for the museum since its reopening in August, following the closure  since March due to COVID-19. “Fortuna” is on display now and features works by award-winning designer and Kent State School of Fashion associate professor, Vincent Quevedo.

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Curated by the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection of the University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft exhibition runs from August-November 2020.

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Dress & Escapism: The Dress Research

Exhibition Series

Dress & Escapism is a series of three exhibitions that explores dress research in a variety of remarkable ways. Through six case studies, Part 1 of the series surveys late eighteenth-century dress and embodiment transitions, examines certain curatorial practices, and looks into the reproduction of period garments and the wearing of these copies as useful and undervalued avenues of inquiries.

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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


Michigan State University, Chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Oklahoma State University, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences

Central Michigan University, Assistant Professor in Fashion Merchandising


Special Calls & Announcements

TAPAC Webinar: Strategic Planning for Your Program

University of Fashion Free Covid-19 School Subscription Access

Call for Papers: CTRJ Special Issue on Black Lives Matter: Black Contributions in the Apparel, Fashion, and Textiles Industry

Call for Papers: Journal of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture Special Issue: Historically Marginalized Identities, Social Justice, Fashion and Style

Call for Papers: CTRJ Special Issue on Fashion and Textiles in COVID-19 Global Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

Call for Papers: CTRJ  Focused Issue on Impact of Technology: New Directions for Theory Development and Research Methodology

Call for Papers: CTRJ Focused Issue on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning



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