Eulanda Sanders has been named the next chair of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University.

Iowa State University taps Eulanda Sanders to lead apparel, events, and hospitality management

Eulanda Sanders, the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing at Iowa State University, has been named chair of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2017.

“Dr. Sanders has demonstrated superb scholarship and leadership,” said Laura Dunn Jolly, dean and Dean’s Chair in the College of Human Sciences. “She has a deep understanding of the department, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a vision to take the department to new heights of excellence.”

Sanders joined the Iowa State University faculty in 2012. Since then, she has led the apparel design and product development programs, mentored graduate students and faculty members in those areas, and managed the digital apparel and textile studio. She expanded Iowa State’s doctoral program in apparel design. Since June 2016, she also served as the equity adviser in the College of Human Sciences.

Her research focuses on theoretical design solutions for apparel design and wearable art, social and psychological aspects of African American appearance, integration of solar technologies in apparel and soft goods, knit wear design and production, and computer-aided design and pattern making. Her work has been shown in 96 exhibitions, of which 68 were juried, 15 invited, and 13 curated.

In November 2016, Sanders and graduate student Brianna Plummer received the ATEXINC Award for Innovation in Textile Instruction, at the annual International Textile and Apparel Association Conference. Sanders also has twice been a finalist for the Textile Society of America’s biennial Founding Presidents Award, which recognizes the best paper presented at the organization’s symposia. Iowa State University honored her with the Marvin A. Pomerantz Award in September 2016, in recognition of her outstanding teaching, research, and outreach.

She has served as a Fulbright Scholar to India as part of the Fulbright-Hayes “Fabric of Indian Life” project, taught computer-aided design at Beijing Union University in China, and conducted textile research in the Ghanaian cities of Accra, Cape Coast, and Kumasi.

Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in apparel and merchandising, and a master’s degree in design, merchandising, and consumer science, both from Colorado State University. She holds a doctorate of philosophy in human resources and family sciences from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Before her Iowa State University appointment, Sanders served on the faculty at Colorado State University from 1990 until 2012. There, she advanced from instructor to professor of design and merchandising in the College of Applied Human Sciences. She also served as the first director for the Center of Women’s Studies and Gender Research from 2010-2012 in the CSU College of Liberal Arts.

The Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students in interdisciplinary areas including apparel design and product development, leadership and on-site management, event planning, entrepreneurship, and multi-channel retailing.

The apparel, merchandising and program is No. 1 in the Midwest and No. 2 nationally among public colleges in fashion merchandising — No. 3 nationally among public schools and colleges in fashion design — in rakings by FashionSchools.org. The hospitality management program is ranked among the top 15 in the world by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research and among the top 10 programs in the nation by TheBestSchools.org. Iowa State’s event management program is the only four-year program in Iowa. Enrollment in the event management major has soared to 365 students since it was established in AESHM in 2011 to meet high industry demand.

In making the announcement, Jolly praised Robert Bosselman, who has led AESHM as chair since his arrival at Iowa State University in 2007, and members of the search committee for their thoughtful consideration of candidates. Bosselman will continue to serve on the hospitality management faculty.