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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

225 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Fax: 785-532-3796

Department head:

Barbara Anderson

Director of graduate studies:

Joy Kozar

Graduate faculty:

Barbara G. Anderson, M.Arch., University of Kansas
Julia Day, Ph.D., Washington State University
Michael Dudek, M.S., Florida State University
*Sherry Haar, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
*Kim Hiller-Connell, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Migette L. Kaup, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee2
Hyung-Chan Kim, M.F.A., Iowa State University
*Jooyoun Kim, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Joy Kozar, Ph.D., Iowa State University2
*Melody L. A. LeHew, Ph.D., University of Tennessee1
Bryan Orthel, Ph.D., Washington State University
Genna Reeves-DeArmond, Ph.D., Oregon State University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.
1Denotes graduate faculty that are associated faculty in Women’s Studies.
2Denotes graduate faculty that are faculty in Gerontology.

Inter-Institutional faculty:

Shubha Bennur, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jennifer Jorgensen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Rita Kean, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Holly Bastow-Shoop, North Dakota State University
Jaeha Lee, North Dakota State University
Linda Manikowske, North Dakota State University
Greg Clare, Oklahoma State University
Jane Hegland, South Dakota State University
Nancy Lyons, South Dakota State University
Susan Strickler, South Dakota State University



The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design offers a resident master of science degree in apparel and textiles, a distance master of science degree in merchandising, and a resident doctor of philosophy degree from the College of Human Ecology with a specialization in apparel and textiles.

Resident graduate programs include an interdisciplinary core of courses and individual programs of study, capitalizing on the interests and disciplinary backgrounds of students and faculty, to build the theoretical, technical and methodological skills necessary to solve human ecological problems involving apparel and textiles.

The distance master of science degree specialization in merchandising is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), an online multi-institution degree program. 


The graduate programs in apparel and textiles prepare students for positions in education, industry, and public service that require expertise specific to the field. An overarching mission of the department is to facilitate environmental and social responsibility through scholarship, education and outreach that enhance ecologically sustainable products, processes, and behavior.

Facilities and Equipment

Product Development Laboratories

The recently renovated apparel product development laboratory includes industrial sewing, pressing, and patternmaking equipment, ergonomic furnishings, and high tech teaching technologies. Industry standard software and hardware is used for product development, patternmaking, and technical specifications. 


Research Laboratories

The textile research laboratory provides facilities for nanoweb fabrication, wettability characterization, and water vapor permeability testing.  The equipment includes an electrospinning/electrospray machine (Spraybase®), optical tensiometer with a tilting stage (Attension Theta, Biolin Scientific), and a water vapor transmission rate tester (W3/031, Labthink).

A TC2 NX-16 body scanner capable of capturing the human body to a resolution of 2mm, a GTCO Calcomp RD3 pattern digitizer, Vicon Bonita 10 motion capture system, and Novel pliance X are available for research into anthropometrics, clothing sizing and patternmaking. A variety of software, including Meshlab and Blender are used to manipulate scanned data.

The natural dye laboratory is equipped for dyeing, printing, and steaming of textiles for research and creative inquiry projects. An Atlas launder-ometer and colorimeter are available for colorfastness to washing tests.   


Energy, Behavior, and the Built Environment Laboratory

The Energy, Behavior, and the Built Environment Laboratory (EBBEL) engages in interdisciplinary research and outreach related to human behaviors and interactions within the built environment, high-performance design strategies (such as daylighting), and resulting energy use in buildings.


Institute for Environmental Research

The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design has a working relationship with the internationally known, Institute for Environmental Research located in Seaton Hall.  Our faculty have worked on studies related to the relationship between people and their thermal environment.


Center on Aging

Some faculty in the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design also serve as faculty in the gerontology programs and conduct collaborative research with other gerontology faculty through the K-State Center on Aging.  The Center on Aging offers both undergraduate and graduate coursework for students, and faculty conduct basic and applied research on issues of aging with particular emphasis on the social, economic, psychological and environmental factors that may improve the quality of life for older adults.

Historic Costume and Textiles Museum

The Historic Costume and Textile Museum is a notable collection of traditional and artistic artifacts, which are available for scholarly research. With over 15,000 holdings, the collection includes a number of Nelly Don dresses, wearable art from Anita Mayer, American quilts, haute couture, salon shoes, military uniforms, Byzantine-era textiles, Chinese and other ethnic textiles, and clothing and textiles from famous and not-so-famous midwesterners. The collection began at the beginning of the 20th century and continues to be augmented by friends, faculty and Kansas State University alumni who have lived and traveled throughout the world.

Admission and application

Application procedures

Applicants follow the Application Procedures of the Kansas State University graduate school available at http://www.k-state.edu/grad/admissions/application-process/  The supporting documents below are required by the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design as part of the application process and will be requested in the online application.

  • Three references
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from each university attended
  • Statement of objectives. One page stating reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, career goals, research interests, and specific area of study
  • Resume (.pdf file)
  • GRE score. No minimum score is required. GRE requirement is waived for the distance M.S. merchandising program. Arrange for official score to be sent to Kansas State University, institutional code 6334
  • Project Report option only, submit 4-6 images of recent work as a .pdf file
  • Assistantship application (optional for resident

International Students:

  • TOEFL scores. (Minimums: 550 paper-based; 213 computer based; or 79 internet-based) Arrange for official scores to be sent to Kansas State University by ETS, institutional code 6334.
  • Affidavit of financial support form
  • Bank document (less than 6 months old - No certificates of deposit)
  • Copy page of Passport with Photo ID and official name


Application deadlines

Ph.D. and M.S. Apparel and Textiles Resident Programs

  • January 8 for fall (August) enrollment
  • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment

M.S. in Merchandising Distance Program

  • March 1 for summer or fall (June or August) enrollment
  • October 1 for spring (January) enrollment

Review by graduate faculty

The graduate faculty in the department review applications as a group and decide to recommend admission. It is advised that applicants contact graduate faculty members prior to applying to ensure there is a match between research interest and faculty expertise. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and the application fee has been paid. If admission is recommended by the ATID graduate faculty, the Graduate School conducts a final review. In the event that the faculty decide against admission, the applicant is notified by letter sent via email.


Financial aid is available through teaching and research assistantships. Graduate students receive a monthly stipend and may be eligible for a tuition reduction or waiver. Assistantship applications are due January 8 with a decision announced by March 15.


Doctor of Philosophy Emphasis Area(s)

Master of Science

Master of Science Emphasis Area(s)


Apparel and Textiles

Interior Design