Dr. Copeland received her doctorate degree in apparel and textiles from Kansas State University in 2015. While at Kansas State she specialized in environmentally sustainable apparel and social networking sites. Her scholarship continues to focus on knowledge of apparel issues among consumers and strategies for increasing the environmental sustainability of the apparel and textiles supply chain, as well as social networking site use and perception. She has written book chapters pertaining to fashion education and has published articles dealing with constructivist based classroom learning, global consumer behavior, and social media usage. Some articles under review regarding big data and fashion knockoff’s, media strategies affecting millennial consumers and the effectiveness of sustainable messaging among apparel brands. Dr. Copeland is currently an instructor of record for Fashion Fundamentals and Seminar in Fashion Merchandising at Kent State University. Dr. Copeland has extensive industry experience working and interning in such countries as New Zealand, Spain, China, and England, as well as the U.S. She has experience with fashion PR, retail wholesale sales, local magazine art development and styling, and writing and editing for national blogs in places such as Missouri, Kansas, NYC, and Philadelphia. Her main experience comes from working in Seattle, WA at Nordstrom on both the sales floor and within both corporate marketing and international relations.
Environmental Science and Design Research Institute