Jana Hawley, Ph.D. was Professor and Department Chair for Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri before joining the Norton School. Previously a Professor and Department Head for Apparel Textiles and Interior Design at Kansas State University, Dr. Hawley earned her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Textile and Apparel Management and her Masters from Oklahoma State University in Clothing and Textiles. Her bachelor’s degree is from Fort Hays State University in family and consumer science education. She has been on faculty at Indiana University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Missouri.
Hawley is a Fulbright Scholar to India, HERS Fellow, Southeastern Conference (SEC) Administrators Leadership Development Fellow, International Textile Apparel Association Fellow, a University of Missouri President’s Administrative Leadership Fellow, a Kemper Excellence in Teaching Recipient, and Global Scholar to Thailand, India, and Turkey. She has served as president of the International Textile and Apparel Association and is a board member of the Council for Textile Recycling.
Areas of expertise include sustainability, textile recycling, service learning, and global initiatives. She is also an expert on the Old Order Amish and their business practices. She works on initiatives that promote ethical sustainability in the apparel industry. Hawley’s vision led students to work internationally with fair trade organizations to develop women’s economic cooperatives, particularly with women in rural India. Her work in sustainability has gained her international recognition. She serves on the Board for the Council for Textile Recycling., was an advisor for the International Textile Recycling Conference in Japan and worked for the Eco-Design program in Korea. She leads study abroad programs to India, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Hawley is connected closely with the retailing industry including work with executives from Wal-Mart, Dillards, Bass Pro, Target, Kohl’s, and others. She is a frequent consultant to industry in the areas of sustainability. In addition, her work with women in underdeveloped countries has significantly impacted economic and community development. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and proceedings, several of which have received honors.