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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance

Sherry Schofield, PhD

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Get to know Dr. Schofield


I am fundamentally interested in eliminating social injustices borne by adults in poverty (frequently members of racial and ethnic minority groups) that threaten families and enable disease and disability for everyone in those families. I do this by studying adults’ everyday work and family life, and how these experiences “get under the skin” to produce poor health for both parents and children.


All of my academic training has been interdisciplinary

  • B.S. North Dakota State University – Fargo, North Dakota
    Apparel and Textiles
  • M.S. North Dakota State University – Fargo, North Dakota
    Apparel and Textiles
  • Ph.D. Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa
    Textiles and Clothing; Gerontology Minor

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Tyner, K., Ogle, J., & Schofield, S. (2013). The role of maternity dress consumption in shaping the self and identity during the liminal transition of pregnancy. Accepted for print in Journal of Consumer Culture; Special Issue on Producing Motherhood.

Ogle, J., Tyner, K., & Schofield-Tomschin, S. (2011). Watching over baby: Expectant parenthood and the duty to be well. Sociological Inquiry, 81(3), 285-309. Ogle, J., Tyner, K., & Schofield-Tomschin, S. (2011). Jointly navigating the reclamation of the “Woman I Used to Be”: Negotiating concerns about the postpartum body within the marital dyad. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 29(1), 35-51.

Chae, M., Schofield-Tomschin, S. (2010). Investigation of design characteristics and regulatory requirements for snowboarding helmets. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 3(2), 89-97.

Beach, J. L., Kincade, D., & Schofield-Tomschin, S. (2005). Human complexity: Development of a theoretical framework for the clothing and textile field. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 23(1), 28-44.

Ogle, J. P., & Schofield-Tomschin, S. (2002). Indigenous knowledge in visual merchandising of textile
products. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 20(4), 196-204. (The authors are listed alphabetically; authors contributed equally to the paper.)


International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) President. Elected position. One year term as president, one year as President-Elect (2012) and one year as Counselor (2014)

HERS Fellow, selected as one of two faculty to represent Kent State University,
competitive process. Will participate during the summer of 2014.

Selected as Keynote Speaker, 2nd International Textile and Costume Congress Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand, October 28, 2013.

Provost’s Fellow, Spring 2012, work ½ time in the Provost’s Office. One of two faculty chosen for the year, competitive process.

First Place – Garment Design, Beyond Geometry, 17th Annual RAGS Wearable Art Gallery competition, Tacoma, Washington, March 2011.

First Place – Garment Design, Through the Garden Window, 15th Annual RAGS Wearable Art Gallery Competition, Tacoma, Washington, March 2009.

Effective use of Historical Inspiration. A Century Apart. Design competition of the International Textile and Apparel Association annual conference, Los Angeles, California, November, 2007.

Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Human Resources and Education, Virginia Tech, 2005




Research Grant Writing Program Development Public Health Statistics Mentoring




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