Pedagogy and Professional Development

The Impact of COVID-19 on Fashion Students’ Stress Over Teaching Modalities

  • Hyojung Cho (Texas State University)
  • Sergio Bedford (Texas State University)
  • Gwendolyn Hustvedt (Texas State University)
  • Yuli Liang (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
  • Maloree Malone (Texas State University)


The COVID-19 pandemic hit higher education particularly hard, with many campuses pivoting to online or hybrid teaching modalities across almost all programs. As universities moved to a virtual world to mitigate the spread of the virus on their campuses, institutions serving communities of color were impacted by the health and economic burdens of the pandemic. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine the current effects of the pandemic on fashion merchandising students’ fear of severe illness due to COVID-19 and stress over teaching modality. An online survey was conducted on Fashion Merchandising majors or minors. The results show that the group with a higher level of fear of severe illness due to COVID-19 reported more stress over fully face-to-face classes than the group of a lower level of fear. Furthermore, the non-white student group was more fearful of severe illness due to COVID-19 than the white student group.

Keywords: COVID-19, Stress, Teaching modality, Ethnicity, Fashion students

How to Cite:

Cho, H., Bedford, S., Hustvedt, G., Liang, Y. & Malone, M., (2022) “The Impact of COVID-19 on Fashion Students’ Stress Over Teaching Modalities”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
01 Jan 2023
Peer Reviewed