Innovative Leaders in a Global Fashion Supply Chain
The Department of Textile & Apparel Management, in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, is a global leader focusing on the apparel and textile supply chain. TAM’s award-winning faculty is internationally recognized. Ranked as one of the top programs of its kind, TAM prepares students for a wide variety of career options such as merchandising, buying, sourcing, product development, technical design, e-retailing or retail operations. The curriculum focuses on leadership, the global supply chain, sustainability, creativity/innovation and technology. Through course work, field study experiences, internships, leadership conferences and student organizations, TAM students develop the skills they need to be a top recruit for industry positions.
Research and Outreach
TAM faculty have focused their research in dynamic and carefully interwoven areas that lie at the heart of the global textile and apparel industry. Their research encompasses all levels of the industry including economics, trade, consumer behavior, history, product development and management, socio-cultural studies, retail management, and environmental issues. They collaborate on interdepartmental, interdisciplinary, and intercollegiate research projects with faculty in marketing, management, history, engineering, sociology, history, economics, journalism, and law. They build bridges between these disciplines and conduct both applied and theoretical research. Their exemplary research programs have gained them international recognition evidenced with the ATMI Award for Excellence.
The faculty serve on editorial boards, review manuscripts from several journals, serve as officers and chairpersons in international professional organizations, serve on corporate boards, and serve as associate faculty and Executive Board members of the Center for the Digital Globe. The faculty have received two different USDA Higher Education Challenge grants in the past two years, and a multitude of other internal and external grants.
For more information about faculty research visit the TAM faculty page. In addition to research, the faculty are involved with University of Missouri Extension and contribute primarily to Missouri Families.