Eulanda Sanders and Barbara Woods will be featured in the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar. Photo by Ryan Riley.

Sanders, Woods to be featured in 2018 calendar

Two women in human sciences will be featured in a calendar recognizing their leadership and the positive differences they’ve made at Iowa State University.

Eulanda Sanders, professor and chair of apparel, events, and hospitality management; and Barbara Woods, special projects manager for Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and an adjunct assistant professor in human development and family studies, are among 12 women featured in the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar. They were chosen from among 70 nominations.

The calendar, in its 12th year, is organized by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics and funded by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. It will be unveiled during a reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Sun Room and South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. The reception is free and open to the public. Copies of the calendar will be distributed for free during and after the reception.

A trendsetter and inspiration

Sanders, who joined the faculty at Iowa State in 2012 as the Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, was named chair of her department last July. She is believed to be the first African-American woman to lead a department on the Iowa State campus.

In her five years here, she’s 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 (DATS). She also expanded Iowa State’s doctoral program in apparel design. Her colleagues call her an inspiration.

“With her support, Dr. Sanders’ students have secured numerous coveted awards for their innovative work in fashion and apparel from professional societies,” said Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies. “These awards elevate not only the AESHM department and ISU, but the recognitions also play a critical role in distinguishing Dr. Sanders’ students as rising stars in the field and informed critical thinkers in the 21st century.”  

Sanders is a champion for excellence, equity, and inclusiveness. She has served as the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser since June 2016 and helped to organize a series of five professional development workshops aimed at assisting graduate students and faculty of color across campus attain tenure-track positions, achieve tenure and promotion, and prepare for academic administrative positions.

“Using her position as a faculty member and now department chair, Dr. Sanders stands up and gladiates for others,” Jordan said. “To gladiate is to fight for and engage in debates or controversies. ‘Gladiate’ is the perfect word to appropriately communicate her tireless efforts to serve faculty, staff, and students across the campus community.”

Epitomizing ‘science with practice’

Woods is a valued leader in extension statewide and nationally. With a career spanning 36 years, she is well-known for her work with inclusion, program evaluation, technology, and financial management.

She received her doctorate in home economics from Iowa State in 1981 and is credited with bringing county extension offices into the computer age. In the early 1980s, she helped secure millions of dollars in grants to place ISU Extension and Outreach on the cutting edge of technology, bringing it from a dial-up system to a network.

Woods works tirelessly and selflessly to improve the lives of children, youth, and families using her strong professional ties in extension and family and consumer sciences. She brings a wealth of experience and institutional memory in working with historically underserved populations. She’s mentored and helped people of color to navigate difficult waters and improve their lives, particularly with finances.

“Dr. Woods is an individual with outstanding accomplishments throughout her career and epitomizes Iowa State University’s mission of ‘science with practice,’” said Debra Sellers, associate dean of the College of Human Sciences and director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach. “Her unique experiences and wisdom, gained through purposeful and impactful service to our system across the years, were and remain a significant advantage for our Human Sciences Extension and Outreach community.”

Woods received the Career Achievement in Outreach Award from the College of Human Sciences in 2017. She was also recognized with Distinguished Service awards from the Iowa affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2016, and from ISU Extension and Outreach in 2011.

“She is open, honest, and inclusive in her interactions with people,” said Laura Dunn Jolly, dean and Dean’s Chair of the College of Human Sciences. “She is a clear thinker and is often the team member that ‘cuts to the chase’ with an ‘aha’ insight to move the team forward in accomplishing a task. She makes a difference in all that she does and encourages others to make a difference as well.”

Other women featured

Ten other Iowa State students, faculty, and staff members are featured in this year’s Women Impacting ISU calendar. They include: Emily Barske, Sherri Angstrom, Monica Howard-Martin, Daniela Dimitrova, LeQuetia Ancar, Stacy Ko, Erin Pederson, Rachael Barnes, Kayla Sander, and Judy Vance.

Last year, Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education; Margaret Van Ginkel, a hotlines coordinator and human sciences specialist in family finance; and Britney Williams, a senior in kinesiology and health, were featured in the calendar. See a full list of past honorees on the Catt Center website.