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Brosdahl receives Stowe award

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Deborah BrosdahlDeborah Brosdahl, associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design, will receiving the 2008 Dean Barbara S. Stowe Endowed Faculty Development Fund Award from the College of Human Ecology.

The biannual award supports professional development of outstanding Human Ecology faculty.

Brosdahl will use the award to attend the second biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Nov. 9-11, in Raleigh, N.C. She also plans to incorporate information and strategies from the conference into the K-State apparel and textiles curriculum.

"Sustainability has become very important to the field of apparel and textiles because the industry often has been found to be in violation of polluting the environment, taking advantage of those less fortunate and making exorbitant profits, often at the expense of others," Brosdahl said. "It is important that educators in the apparel and textiles discipline prepare their students, as potential leaders, to become dedicated to making the industry more sustainable."

Brosdahl said her project will help her become a more active advocate and leader for incorporating sustainability in the K-State apparel and textiles curriculum and in industry.

A member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Brosdahl belongs to the association's curriculum and research discussion group and environmental discussion group.

Her research on textiles and apparel sustainability has received more than $540,000 in funding, including several Challenge Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her latest Challenge Grant was awarded to develop educational materials to enhance students' understanding and practice of sustainability as future leaders in the textile and apparel industry.

Brosdahl also has research interests in consumer behavior and textile and apparel education. Her work has been published in numerous journals and she has presented her work both nationally and internationally.

Brosdahl joined K-State in 1998 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and became her department's director of graduate studies in 2007.

She teaches courses in consumer behavior, research methods, forecasting, buying and history of fashion. In addition, she serves as a faculty member for the master's degree program in merchandising offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.

Her professional affiliations include serving as an officer of the International Textile and Apparel Association, the main professional organization for the apparel and textile discipline. She also is a founding board member of the International Colour Congress, and a member of the American Collegiate Retail Association, Costume Society of America, American Family and Consumer Sciences Association, International Federation of Consumer Sciences and Kappa Omicron Nu and Phi Upsilon Omicron honoraries.

Brosdahl earned a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Iowa State University; a master's in textile and apparel management from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and a doctorate in textiles and clothing, also from Iowa State.

Prior to joining K-State, she served as an assistant professor in the department of apparel, merchandising and interior design at Washington State University. Before beginning her career in academia, she owned her own catering business and worked as retail buyer and manager.

Source: Deborah Brosdahl, 785-532-1314, brosdahl@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, and is filed under Interior Design and Fashion Studies.