Melody LeHew

Melody LeHew

Fashion Studies Graduate Faculty Member, certified to direct doctoral and master's students

Contact Information

213 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. Retail and Consumer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S. Textiles and Clothing, The Ohio State University
  • B.S. Textiles and Clothing – Fashion Merchandising, The Ohio State University

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Education

Courses Taught

  • FASH 325 Apparel and Textile Retailing
  • FASH 825 Strategic Planning for Sustainability
  • FASH 830 Fashion Behavior and Sustainability

Professional Biography

Dr. Melody L. A. LeHew received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Textile and Clothing from The Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in Retail and Consumer Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her scholarship program focuses on sustainability education and sustainable strategies in soft goods production, distribution and consumption.

Dr. LeHew has experience teaching consumer behavior, fashion theory, retail management, business strategy, and sustainability principles. She has received external funding to support sustainability research from USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge grant program, and funding to support strategy research from the International Council of Shopping Centers. She is currently co-chair of NC1030 – Sustainable and Resilient System: Transformative Response to Disruptions by Families, Businesses, and Communities, a federal multistate research project.

Dr. LeHew values shared governance and the philosophy of servant leadership, as reflected by her seven years of service as a Faculty Senator, culminating in her election to serve as President of Faculty Senate. She served two years as Interim Department Head in the department of Hospitality Management and in 2019 elected to serve as President of the International Textile and Apparel Association.

Vita (pdf)