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I provide leadership for college-wide innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives for faculty, staff, and students in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.

Administrative highlights as department chair of Apparel, Events, & Hospitality Management (AESHM):

  • Increased departmental external funding to over $3 million since 2017, a one faculty team received a $1.5 million grant.

  • Launched the Event Management Masters Program with the first cohort starting Fall 2019 and first graduates were Spring 2022.

  • Two faculty have start-up businesses based on research and 3 patents are pending.


  • Providing leadership to the establishment of new textile science and product development research labs in the Human Nutritional Sciences Building.


  • Establishment of three new Executive Advisory Councils for: (a) Hospitality Management, (b) Event Management, and (c) the Textiles & Clothing Museum.


  • The establishment of two new departmental led facilities in the Iowa State University Student Innovation Center /, which opened in August 2020: (a) INNOVATE 1858 (student operated retail store) and (b) SPARKS (student operated café).


  • Opened and manage the College of Human Sciences Culinary Creation Lab in the Iowa State University Student Innovation Center.


  • Established new student learning facilities: (a) AESHM Data Analytics Laboratory, (b) THE MEETING ROOM: Where Experiences and Technology Innovative, (d) AESHM Photo Studio, and (e) AESHM 3D Body Scanning Lab.


  • Facilitated curricular and operational updates to the Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom (student operated dining facility) and classrooms and studio spaces in both MacKay Hall and LeBaron Hall.


  • Manage approximately $429,000.00 of undergraduate and graduate scholarships for all 3 programs.

Career highlights:

  • Research - Scholarship

• 20 research awards
• 101 refereed research and teaching presentations
• 22 publications (journal articles, chapters in books & full papers from conference presentations)


  • Design - Scholarship

• 21 design awards regionally, nationally, and internationally
• 70 juried exhibitions
• 42 years of design experience
• 15 invited exhibitions
• 13 curated exhibitions


  • Teaching

• 33 years of teaching experience in apparel/merchandising
• 34 graduate students advised to completion
• 72 juried exhibitions by students
• 62 awards received by students for research and creative scholarship



1997                 Doctorate of Philosophy        

Human Resources and Family Sciences

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dissertation Title: African American Appearance: Cultural Analysis of Slave Women’s Narratives


1994                 Masters of Arts                     

Design, Merchandising and Consumer Sciences Colorado State University

Thesis Title: AutoCAD for Hand-Knitted Garment Production: Art Deco Design


1990                 Bachelor of Science               

Apparel and Merchandising

Colorado State University

                        Honors: Cum Laude


1987                  Associate of Arts, Liberal Art

Lamar Community College

Honors: President’s List and Graduation Student Speaker

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