Sherry Schofield, Ph.D.
Dr. Schofield has a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Textiles and Apparel, with a minor in Gerontology. Her dissertation, Textile handcraft guilds: A conduit for identity, friendships, and successful aging, demonstrated the importance of handicrafts in the lives of older women. This work was an extension of her thesis, Perceived needs and benefits of home sewing: A regional study, which focused on the advantages individuals receive from home sewing. Her thesis work, and subsequent Master's degree, was completed at North Dakota State University, as was her B.S. degree in Textiles and Clothing.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Dr. Schofield strives as an academician is to be recognized as a leader in the area of design and aesthetics. To accomplish this goal, she approaches her scholarship from two diverse but interrelated perspectives: 1) Adding to the body of knowledge on design process and product through research and theory development, and 2) Using the design process to bring about innovative and creative apparel designs of her own. As such, she has published articles and made several presentations on design process, and has exhibited her creative scholarship at various international and national venues. Both of her scholarship forms have received international acclaim; she was asked to be a visiting lecturer at the Beijing Institute of Clothing and Textiles (BICT) in China. The two-day, graduate student and new faculty workshop, presented information and techniques for research in apparel design, has been a reviewer for several textbooks in the area of patternmaking and illustration, and has won numerous awards for her designs, including the coveted "Best of Show" at the International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition. In addition, she and another colleague, Linda Öhrn-McDaniel, were asked to design the guvanatorial gown for Ohio's First Lady. The dress revealed the life story of the governor and his wife in embroidered text.
Recently, Dr. Schofield, and Robin Selinger, a faculty member from the Liquid Crystal Institute, received a grant from the Ohio Board of Regents for research on Flexible Cholesteric Displays: Device Simulation and Fashion Applications. The key goal of this research is to develop a prototype color-switch user interface that can be used in a wide variety of fashion accessories.The focus will be on developing hardware that is rugged enough to survive frequent handling—or mishandling—and a user interface that is easy and intuitive to use.
Dr. Sherry, as she is referred to by students, teaches courses in apparel design, focusing primarily on 3-dimensional design, including construction, pattern making and draping. Her graduate research interests include work on traditional textile handcrafts, design process, functional design and incorporating technology into fashion applications.
Beyond the university, Dr. Schofield is very active member of the International Textile and Apparel Association, an organization for primarily academics in the area of textiles and clothing. Within the organization, she currently serves the role of Vice President of Scholarship, and will serve as Conference Chair for the 2010 Annual meeting scheduled to take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Prior to her current role, she served as the Chair of the Design and Aesthetics committee.