Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Where do you currently work?
I currently work in the Department of Family and Consumer Science at Western Kentucky University. I teach classes related to interior design and fashion merchandising. Some of the classes I teach are History of 20th Century Dress and Clothing and Human Behavior. I serve on the board of the Kentucky Museum. My students complete a project in collaboration with the Kentucky Museum where they document and research a piece of historical clothing from the museum collection. I have served as curator of education at the National Quilt Museum and the outreach coordinator for the Department of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State University. My research has focused on the everyday women’s clothing of the 1920's in the US.
How has folklore prepared you for your career?
Opportunity has always had a way of finding me. As each opportunity came my way, I found I could utilize my folklore training. This is especially true when I began work on my dissertation. The interview skills I learned in Folklore Fieldwork set the tone and directed the interviews and information I collected while researching at the University of Missouri. My folk studies training offered me many different tools, but most importantly it allowed me to appreciate the pluralistic nature of society. In the classes I teach today, at WKU, I try to pass this on to my students to help them understand how they can be global citizens.
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