Kent State Fashion School Professor Awarded IFFTI Mobility Initiative for Sustainability Grant

KSU Fashion School Assistant Professor Chanjuan Chen


Kent State University Fashion School assistant professor, Chanjuan Chen, was recently awarded an International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) Mobility Initiative Grant of $2,000 to fund an upcoming visit to several universities in the United Kingdom. Chen will explore the best curricular and pedagogical practices being implemented to assist students in gaining a more concrete understanding of sustainability and its importance in the future of fashion design.


Chen, who uses sustainability as the core of her teaching and research, hopes to gain useful information at both Nottingham Trent University and Kingston University through cutting-edge research methods of study on undergraduate and graduate level courses, workshops and special events pertaining to sustainability, while touring each institution’s facilities and departments.  After visiting the globally recognized institutions, she will share her findings with faculty members in fashion and textiles degree programs.


 “In the fashion industry, there is an urgent need for sustainable principles to be implemented throughout the design and manufacturing process. My research has been focused on innovative methods of fashion sustainability. I have worked towards incorporating this field of study into the classroom as well as encouraging collaborative opportunities with fellow faculty members,” said Chen. “I hope to enlighten faculty on how sustainability and ethics should be at the core of learning, teaching and research.”


Learn more about Kent Fashion School assistant professor, Chanjuan Chen.



Since its inception in 1999, IFFTI has grown into the most comprehensive and prestigious international organization, representing leading fashion higher education institutions in the areas of design, technology, and business. The foundation is currently comprised of 45 members from 22 countries. Learn more about IFFTI on their website,


About the Fashion School

 Established in 1983 as the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the school was named an Ohio Center of Excellence by the state Board of Regents and is a member institution of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).




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