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Ohio State University

The program name change to Fashion & Retail Studies for the old Textiles & Clothing area (initiated in 2007-08) was approved by the University. The change was official beginning in Autumn quarter 2009.

The Fashion & Retail Studies program faculty members have been working with a new Industry Task Force. The Task Force members have created a Speaker Series that will begin in October 2009. The goal is to have 6 high-level industry professionals give student presentations each year about the retail industry to familiarize students with various type of companies in the supply chain, the numerous career possibilities available and the skills and abilities needed to excel in a career in the retail industry. The Task Force will give feedback on the curriculum during the 2009-2010 academic year.

The Department of Consumer Sciences is conducting a search for a new department chair. The position description will be released in November.

The graduate programs in the Department of Consumer Sciences show the strongest metrics in the College of Education & Human Ecology.

The Ohio State University will make the switch from quarters to semesters in Autumn 2012.

Distance education and technology enhanced learning will be major initiatives for the College of Education & Human Ecology, beginning this year.

The productivity of faculty and research staff in the College of Education & Human Ecology increased by every measure during the first half of fiscal year 2009. The funding received increased by almost 33% over the same period last year; the F&A (IDC) expenditures increased by nearly 21%; and the funds requested/proposals submitted has increased by over 235%.

Following the release last year of the University’s Strategic Plan, the College of Education & Human Ecology launched a new Strategic Plan this year.


The Overarching Vision for the College Strategic Plan:

To become the nation’s top-tier, public College of Education and Human Ecology for undergraduate and graduate study.

To integrate the creative energy and expertise of the college and use it to resolve pressing social, educational and health/wellness needs locally, statewide and beyond.


The Strategic Goals:

1: Recruit the Best Students and Promote Their Success

2: Build an Extraordinary Faculty

3: Conduct Research and Scholarship to Advance the Quality of Life for Individuals, Families, Schools and Communities

4: Come Together in Concert with All Constituencies

Refereed Journal Articles

Ha, S. & Stoel, L.  (2009). Consumer E-shopping Acceptance: Antecedents in a Technology Acceptance Model.  Journal of Business Research, 62 (5), 565-571.

Ha, S. & Stoel, L. (2008). Promoting Consumer-Retailer Relationship Building:  Influence of Consumer Trustworthiness of Customer Loyalty Program Marketing. Journal of Customer Behaviour, 7(3), 215-229.  

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