Carrie Cox, Ph.D.
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
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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
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 of Art & Archaeology, Columbia, MO
• Revised and edited docent training information.
• Assisted the Curator of Education.
Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY
• Documented the historic interior of the Felt’s home c. 1835.
• Conducted and indexed tape recorded interviews with informants.
Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY
• Catalogued men’s clothing collection.
• Labeled, prepared for storage, and researched men’s clothing collection.
Shakertown Museum, South Union, KY
• Guided interpretive tours and assisted with operation of the gift shop.
• Researched Shaker history and material culture.
• 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)
• Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Meeting, (2009, June)
• 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