Jana Hawley, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism at the University of North Texas. Her prior appointments include Director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at University of Arizona, Department Chair of Textiles and Apparel Management at University of Missouri and Department Head at Kansas State University for Apparel Textiles and Interior Design. She has also been faculty of merchandising at Indiana University, University of North Texas, and University of Missouri.
While at University of Arizona, she oversaw three academic programmes and three centres of excellence including the nationally recognized Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, the Take Charge America Institute for Financial Literacy, and the research-intensive Frances McClelland Institute for Children Youth and Families. She is a Fulbright Scholar to India, a HERS Fellow, ITAA Fellow, SEC Administrators Leadership Fellow, a Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching, and a Global Scholar to Thailand, Turkey and India. She has led Culture and Industry tours of retailing and merchandising faculty to Guatemala and Uzbekistan. She is past-president of the International Textile and Apparel Association, has published or presented more than 100 scholarly works, and serves on the Editorial Board for Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Missouri and is most noted for her leadership and scholarship in the areas of international craft development, textile recycling, and fashion industry sustainability. For eight years, Dr. Hawley has volunteered as an artist assistant at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.