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 https://www.sictr.iastate.edu /, 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.
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
• 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