Dr. Nancy Hodges was named “Distinguished Scholar” by the International Textile and Apparel Association. She currently serves as the Head of the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies, which recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. Dr. Hodges earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1998 and has since been on the faculty at UNCG. She teaches General Education Core undergraduate courses on the cultural, historical, and social psychological factors of dress, and graduate courses on qualitative methodology, literature and thought, consumer research, and dress and identity. She served as Director of Graduate Studies for the CARS program from 2004-2014, and has, thus far, served as dissertation advisor for 21 completed doctoral dissertations and thesis advisor for 23 MS theses. She has published over 50 articles in refereed journals, including the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, and Women’s Studies International Forum. She has been awarded a total of eight different ITAA Paper of Distinction and Best Paper awards in addition to serving as Vice President for Planning. She was the 2010 UNCG recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence award and in 2012 she received the Bryan School of Business and Economics Senior Research Excellence award.
ITAA is a professional and educational association comprised of students, professors, and scholars in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. The organization has been holding national meetings of textile and clothing professors since 1959.