Kitty G. Dickerson, PhD

Kitty Dickerson

Professor Emerita


PhD, Saint Louis University; MS, Virginia Tech; BS, Virginia Tech


Dr. Dickerson is a retired professor and chair of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management. Her specialization areas include textiles, apparel, and retailing industries with particular emphasis on global trade and sourcing issues. For more than two decades, Dr. Dickerson has met with industry leaders, policymakers, and other scholars at national and international levels to gain insight into the global nature of the textile and apparel industry. She has traveled in a number of countries and has met in Geneva, Brussels, and Washington with policymakers on global textile and apparel issues.

In 2006, Dr. Dickerson was chosen for the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Textile and Apparel Association. She has also been selected by that group for the "Educator of the Year" award. Additionally, she has served as the Association's president and has been named Fellow in that organization.

In 2002, Dr. Dickerson won the prestigious University of Missouri Distinguished Faculty Award. The award emphasizes the faculty member's relationship with students as well as sustained efforts in research and service. One award is given by MU annually. She has received many awards for her work including the MU Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education and Textile World's "Top 10 Leaders" Award.

She is the author of two seminal textbooks in the field of textiles and apparel. These books have been translated into Korean and Arabic by publishers in these regions. Along with these successful textbooks, Dr. Dickerson has published more than 85 articles in academic and trade journals.

For 17 years, Dr. Dickerson served on the Board of Directors for the Kellwood Company, a $2.5 billion Fortune-600 firm at its peak. She served as Chair of the Board’s Corporate Governance Committee, as Presiding Director, and on the Executive Committee as well as on the Audit Committee.

Articles about Dr. Dickerson

"Textile expert cut from global cloth," Columbia Tribune.

"Thinking Globally," Mizzou Magazine.

Research Interests

  • Global textile and apparel trade
  • Restructuring of the global textile and apparel industry
  • Textile and apparel trade policy
  • Sourcing Issues

Books Authored

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Textiles and Apparel in the Global Economy Prentice Hall

This book provides a global perspective on the production and marketing of textiles and apparel. It integrates historical, geographic, and economic factors into a unifying framework that helps readers understand world trade in softgoods, in particular, the ways in which international variables affect the U.S. textile and apparel industry.

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Inside the Fashion Business Prentice Hall

Considered to be the single most comprehensive book on the fashion industry today. Provides an overview of the fashion industry, integrating the excitement of the industry with a bottom-line business perspective.

Service and Outreach

Dr. Dickerson is active in the college, the university, the community and with industry. She often speaks for industry, government, and academic groups world wide.