Pedagogy and Professional Development

Future Proofing Your Department

  • Christy Ann Crutsinger (University of North Texas)
  • Jana M Hawley (University of North Texas)


Many forces are impacting the academic landscape such as increasing competition, the inability of American families to pay for college, and the growth of for-profit universities. Accountability to external stakeholders also remains at the forefront of this discourse. Through the lens of upper administration, this paper presents an overview of the changing textile and apparel industries,discusses demographic shifts in higher education, highlights the challenges of inertia of change and provides a checklist for textile and apparel programs to future proof their discipline at their respective institutions.

Keywords: textile, programs, apparel, departments, leadership

How to Cite:

Crutsinger, C. A. & Hawley, J. M., (2019) “Future Proofing Your Department”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi:

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Published on
15 Dec 2019