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Kathleen R. Smith

Kathleen R. Smith

Clinical Assoc Professor

Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences

(THES)-AFLS-Human Environ Science

Phone: 479-575-2577

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Dr. Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development (AMPD) program in the School of Human Environmental Sciences in her sixteenth consecutive year at the University of Arkansas.  She teaches in the area of merchandising and computer based product development. Dr. Smith has established exceptional relationships with leaders in the apparel industry through her extensive involvement with the AMPD advisory board.  These relationships have resulted in the integration of innovative hands-on educational experiences into her classes.  Dr. Smith has developed the experiential learning component within the AMPD program curriculum enhancing the traditional classroom with internships and study tours, both domestic and international.

Functional Design, Merchandising and Social Media Technology

Use of industry based and office based software in the classroom and the transference of knowledge into a corporate environment. The effect on hiring practices within the apparel industry using Social Media and its effect on internships and hiring practices in the apparel industry is an ongoing focus of research and collaboration with other Land Grant institutions. 

Undergraduate Courses taught at the University of Arkansas

Advanced Apparel Merchandising (Senior Capstone); Apparel Studies Pre-Internship/Internship (Required of all students); Apparel Studies Pre-Study Tour/Study Tour (Required of all students); Computer Based Methods for Apparel (functional design with industry projects); Merchandising Methods (Retail Math); Introduction to Fashion Merchandising; Visual Merchandising; Fashion Illustration; Quality Assessment; Textile Lab Introduction to Apparel Production (basic construction techniques); Apparel Production (Flat Pattern); Specialty Fabrics; Draping; Tailoring;  Contemporary History of Apparel.

Undergraduate Courses taught at the Art Institute of Charlotte, NC

Leadership Skills; Personnel Management; Selling and Promotion; Merchandising; Industry Study Tour.

Graduate Courses taught at the University of Arkansas

Theories and Trends in Apparel Merchandising; Special Problems Research:  Recent Trends and Research in Innovative Functional Apparel Product Development; Master’s Thesis.



Ed.D.    2008, University of Arkansas

            College of Education and Health Professions

            Major:  Higher Education

            Dissertation:  A Comparison of the Aptitude and Attitude of College Students toward Social and             Technical Computer Technology

M.S.     1993, University of Arkansas

            College of Agriculture and Home Economics

            Major:  Clothing and Textiles

            Thesis:  Effects of Laundering on the Colorfastness of Fiber Reactive Dyed Deltapine 50 and 90 Cotton             Cultivars

B.S.      1977, The Ohio State University

            College of Home Economics

            Major:  Clothing and Textiles

A.A.S.  1976, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

            Department of Fashion Design

            Major:  Women’s Tailored Garments

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles Published

            Apple, L.M., Smith, K. R., Moon, Z.K. & Revelle, G. (2015). Development of Teaching Modules Using E-Textile Activities to                   Engage Female Middle-School Students in STEM Thinking. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. (Submitted)

Smith, K.R., Southward, C.L. & Apple, L.M. (2014). C2 = BOK:  Two Capstone courses using the Body of Knowledge. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, January 2014.

           Smith, K.R. & Southward, C.L. (2013). Facebook:  Students and Retailers May Not Be Friends.  Retail  Education Today 33 (3),             4-10.

Smith, K. R. (2012). College Students’ Perceptions of Aptitude and Attitude toward Social Media Technology and Technical Computer Technology.  International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology; 2(5), 24-40. ISSN 2162-1357(Print), ISSN 2162-1381(Online).     

Juried Design Exhibitions Published

Smith, K. R. & Hopper, S.K. (2012).  Electroluminescent Safety Apparel for Motorcyclists. Juried Showcase and Design Exhibition, International Textile and Apparel Association, Inc. Annual Conference, Oahu, Hawaii.  In ITAA Proceedings, #69. Retrieved from www.itaaonline.org.  (Refereed Exhibition and Published Proceedings).



            2015 Outstanding International Education Award Co-recipient, Bumpers College International Programs Office (IPO).

            2011 Service Award for 10 years of consecutive service by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

            2011 Nominated for the Dr. John and Mrs. Lois Imhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Mentorship.

            2010 Participated and Completed JC Penney Professor Internship Program, Dallas, TX     

            2008 Nominated for the University of Arkansas Academic Advising Council Outstanding Faculty Award

            2007 Nominated for the University of Arkansas Academic Advising Council Outstanding Faculty Award

            2007 Awarded the Alumni Society Outstanding Advising Award by the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life                     Sciences.