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Research, Teaching, and Concept Scholarship

ITAA scholars are invited to submit proposals to present studies on original (a) research, (b) teaching, and (c) concept at the ITAA annual conference.  Studies must be completed at time of submission and must not have been submitted to a conference or journal at time of submission to the ITAA Annual Conference. Each study must be presented by one of the authors in oral or poster format.  Deadline for submissions is April 1.

UPDATE: Submission deadline has been extended to April 15.


Research: Appropriate submissions include research studies and scholarship from diverse theoretical positions.


Teaching: Appropriate submissions include studies on creative teaching, curriculum strategies and best practices at the ITAA annual meeting. Studies should be reported in a narrative form.
Concept: Appropriate submissions include (1) Position papers, (2) Best practices, (3) Philosophies or (4) Related issues that require action, or knowledge sharing at the interfaces of research, policy and practice. It may express an opinion on an emerging issue which may be controversial, impacts the public, or represents a professional need. It is supported by analysis and synthesis of current facts, data and research literature, and proposes future directions.
Proceedings Template NOT Needed for the Abstract Review File
Authors should select from the following tracks for review and presentation:
  • Consumer Behavior (CB) – phenomena related to how consumers behave in the marketplace, shopping behavior, consumer perceptions, consumption patterns and consumer practices.
  • Culture (CUL) – cross-cultural comparisons, popular culture, critical theories, ethnic studies, feminist theory, ethnographic studies, anthropological approach, and related studies.
  • Design/Product Development (DPD) –the creative process, technical design, factors of design, product development for target markets, specification development, and related studies.
  • Historic (HIS) – artifact analysis, historic trends, archeological studies, historic cross-cultural comparisons, and related studies.
  • Merchandising/Retailing I. Management (MGT) – merchandising or retail management, customer service, retail technology, B2B commerce, and related studies.
  • Merchandising/Retailing II. Marketing(MRK) – brand image, advertising, promotion, retail atmospherics, and related studies.
  • Pedagogy and Professional Development (PED) – critical pedagogy, curriculum development and assessment, future trends for professions, industry or interdisciplinary lings, professional development, and related studies.
  • Social/Psychological Aspects (SPA) – appearance management, identity, group behavior, body image, acculturation, gender and dress, and related studies.
  • Sustainability/Social Responsibility (SSR) – issues focusing on environmental and social/ethical impact across all tracks.
  • Textile & Apparel Industries (TAI) – trade analysis, economic theory, international business, sizing, manufacturing, socially responsible industrial practices, global sourcing issues, supply chain/operations management and practices, production technology, and other related industry issues.
  • Textile/Apparel Science (TAS) – textile science/evaluation, functional clothing development/evaluation, and related studies.
  • Undergraduate (UG) - scholarly work where the undergraduate is first author and has done the bulk of the work; undergraduate studies can be authored solely by the student, or can be co-authored with a faculty member or members.