Carrie Cox, Ph.D.

 (270) 227-8381




University of Missouri

• Ph.D. Human Environmental Sciences (Textile and Apparel Management)

Dissertation:  The Meaning of 1920s Dress for Small Town Women:  Flappers, Styles, and Sources of Clothing.

Western Kentucky University

• M.A.   Folk Studies

• B.S.     Textiles & Clothing


Professional Experience

 Assistant Professor      2015 – present

 Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising

 Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

• Fall 2015 Courses:  IDFM 231 Textiles and Apparel Quality Analysis,

332 History of Twentieth Century Fashion, 431 Clothing and Human Behavior

• Spring 2016 Courses:  IDFM 231 Textiles and Apparel Quality Analysis,

431 Clothing and Human Behavior (web and live)

Special Projects Coordinator/Lecturer   2012 - 2015

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology (JCSET)

Murray State University, Murray, KY

• Coordinate internship program “Test Drive a Racer” matching students with companies and agencies for professional internship experiences.

• Work with faculty and administrators to coordinate outreach and recruitment initiatives in the region.

• Assist faculty with grant writing.

• Coordinate and/or assist with JCSET conferences and special events.


Outreach Coordinator       2008 - 2011

Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Murray State University, Murray, KY

• Coordinated innovative outreach programs for the six departments of the College.

• Promoted and coordinated hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related outreach activities for K-12 students in MSU’s 18 county region.

• Established and coordinated the College’s student ambassador program.

• Served as a liaison between the College and K-12 schools in the 18 county region.

• Helped coordinate camps and competitions for middle and high school students enrolled in Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses.

• Coordinated STEM Events and Outreach Activities for K-12 students undergraduates and teachers reaching 21,000 contacts-2010-11; 7,000 contacts-2009-10; and 4,000 contacts-2008-09.


Curator of Education      2004 - 2008

       National Quilt Museum (NQM), Paducah, KY

• Collaborated with educators in west Kentucky to develop and deliver core content relevant programming for students.

• Administered educational tours for over 6,000 school-age visitors per year.

• Trained docents to deliver interpretive tours for visitors.

• Developed training materials and handbook for docents.

• Organized, developed and conducted a variety of camps, workshops and hands-on activities for over 1,500 students each year.

• Coordinated annual National School Block Challenge Contest for more than 250 student participants across the nation.

• Facilitated collaborative art education projects with Yeiser Art Center, Challenger Learning Center, River Heritage Museum, Kids Day in the Arts, Girl Scouts, and the Carson Center.

• Offered quilt education presentations for adults, children, and community.

• Created promotional materials for outreach to K-12 students.


Curator of Collections       1991 - 1993

Centralia Historical Society Museum, Centralia, MO

• Executed curatorial responsibilities for historic house museum.

• Inventoried, researched, documented, stored, and exhibited the collection.

• Created inventory and registration systems.

• Established new acquisition and storage procedures.

• Designed and implemented collections management policy.

• Designed and implemented docent manual for training 50+ volunteers.



Teaching Experience

• ITD 351—Textile and Material for Interiors

Consumer-oriented study of textiles emphasizing fibers, yarns, fabric construction and finishes in relation to use, serviceability and care of apparel and household fabrics.

Curriculum Development

• ITD 355—Textile Estimating and Fabrication for Interior Design

A study of textile estimation and fabrication processes for interior design.  Emphasizes softgood product characteristics, design considerations, material and cost estimation, and softgood fabrication processes for interiors.

Teaching Interests

• My teaching interests include the history of textiles and costume, clothing and human behavior, clothing construction, 20th century dress, textiles for interiors, and textile estimating and fabrication



Research Interests

• My primary research interests include 1920s women’s dress, the transition from home-sewn to ready-to-wear clothing, and the historic role of the mothers as seamstresses.



Scholarship & Presentations

• Cox, C.H. (2015, October).  1920s Dress for Small Town Women:  Disguised as a Flapper.

Costume Society of America Regional Conference:  Art of Disguise, Winston Salem, NC.

• Cox, C.H. (2015, October).  Twentieth Century Fashion.  A presentation at the Downtown Abby Inspired Tea, Bowling Green, KY.

• Cox, C.H. (2010, June).  STEM Education and Outreach at MSU.  A presentation at the Teacher Quality Institute, Paducah, KY.

• Cox, C.H. & Schwender, J. (2007, February).  Quilt School:  The Role of the Quilt Museum.  A presentation at Traditions and Trajectories:  Education and the Quiltmaker Symposium, Lincoln, NE.

• Cox, C.H. (2006, March).  Quilt Care Day.  A presentation to the state meeting of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers, Paducah, KY.

• Alexander, C. & Cox C.H. (2005).  History of Quilting in the U.S.  A lesson plan published in the KET Visual Arts ToolKit.

• “Virtual Art Museum” CD-ROM (2005).  Selected images of quilts from the NQM collection and developed related K-12 classroom activities and in-depth questions for the KET Visual Arts ToolKit

• Cox, C.H. (2004, September).  Quilts at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society.  A presentation to the Quilt Lover’s of Murray Quilt Guild, Murray, KY.

• Cox, C.H. (1994).  1920s Women’s Dress:  Social Reaction and Personal Meaning.  Costume Society of America Region III Meeting, Des Moines, IA.

• Cox, C.H. (1993, April).  Quilt Conservation Workshop.  Bethel Colony, Bethel, MO.

• Helm, C.A. (1988).  The silk kerchief:  Expression of Shaker culture.  The Candle, 69(2), 4-5.



• School Block Challenge, National Quilt Museum contest exhibit, Paducah, KY, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

• Global Ties of the College of Human Environmental Sciences in the International Year of the Family, Columbia, MO, 1994

• 1940’s Women and the War, Cole County Historical Society, Jefferson City, MO, 1994


External Grants

Kentucky Arts Council Grant (2007), “Lewis and Clark”, National Quilt Museum

o Created the Lewis and Clark informational booklets for students and adults.

o Developed and taught Lewis and Clark related hands-on activities for K-12 students.

o Coordinated the Lewis and Clark Art and Essay Contest for students.







Museum Intern

Museum of Art & Archaeology, Columbia, MO

• Revised and edited docent training information.

• Assisted the Curator of Education.

Research Intern

Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY

• Documented the historic interior of the Felt’s home c. 1835.

• Conducted and indexed tape recorded interviews with informants.

Curatorial Intern

Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY

• Catalogued men’s clothing collection.

• Labeled, prepared for storage, and researched men’s clothing collection.

 Museum Intern

Shakertown Museum, South Union, KY

• Guided interpretive tours and assisted with operation of the gift shop.

• Researched Shaker history and material culture.


Professional Memberships

• Costume Society of America

• International Textile and Apparel Association

• Phi Upsilon Omicron


Outreach Related Conferences

• KY Girls STEM Collaborative West KY Forum, (2010-2013, October) Paducah, KY

• National Science Foundation Grant Writing Conference, (2010,  March) Nashville, TN

• Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Meeting, (2010,  June)

Shelbyville, KY

• Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Meeting, (2009,  June)

Lexington, KY



• Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Committee 2009-2015

• Calloway County High School Speech Team Volunteer and Judge, 2010-2014

• Calloway County Middle School Speech Team Volunteer and Judge, 2007-2010

• Calloway County Middle School PTSA Membership Chair, 2008-2010

• Girl Scouts of America Brownie and Junior Troop Co-Leader, 2002-2007

• Museum of American Quilter’s Society Volunteer, 2003-2004

• Phi Upsilon Omicron Rho Chapter Advisor, 1992-1995

• Graduate Professional Council Representative. 1994-1995

• New York Quilt Project Volunteer, 1988

• Phi Upsilon Omicron Rho Chapter Initiation Chair and Librarian, 1987-1989


• “Top 100” Alumni Honoree, Family & Consumer Sciences Department, Western Kentucky University, 2011

• Calloway County Conservation District Distinguished Service Honor, 2011

• Girl Scout Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2005

• Phi Upsilon Omicron Orinne Johnson Writing Award, 1988