Dr. Nancy Hodges
Burlington Industries Professor
Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies
Nancy Hodges is the Burlington Industries Professor and Head of the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). 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.
Dr. Hodges’ research examines issues of higher education and employment relative to the US and North Carolina textile, apparel, and retail industries. Dr. Hodges has garnered more than $1 million in external grant support for her research program. She recently completed a second, five-year project funded by the NC Agricultural Research Service on the changing workforce of North Carolina’s textile sector. She is also the Project Director and Co-PI of two USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants totaling approximately $800,000 focused on researching global industry trends for the purposes of curriculum design and assessment. 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 presented her research at numerous juried national and international conferences, and has been awarded a total of 10 Paper of Distinction and Best Paper awards for her publications and presentations. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Network for one of her articles published in the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management.
She has served as the Vice President for Planning for the International Textile and Apparel Association and is on the Executive Board of the Costume Society of America’s southeastern region. Dr. Hodges has also served on the Editorial Board for the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and is presently on the Advisory Board of Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Social, Psychological and Education track for the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.
Dr. Hodges’ work has been recognized by her peers. She has received several college and university awards, including college awards for Outstanding Teaching in 2003 and 2009. In 2010 she was the UNCG recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence award (one award is given per campus throughout the UNC system each year). In 2012 she received the Bryan School of Business and Economics Senior Research Excellence award. Most recently, she was awarded the 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award from The Graduate School of UNCG for her work advising and mentoring graduate students (one award is given at UNCG each year).