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Marsha Dickson
Co-Director of Sustainable Apparel Initiative
Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services
University of Delaware
308 Alison Hall South
Newark, DE 19716


PhD, Iowa State University

MS, Iowa State University

BS, Kansas State University

Courses Regularly Taught

Consumers and Social Responsibility

Socially Responsible Apparel Production and Sourcing

Worker Centric Social Responsibility

Representative Publications

Dickson, M.A., Waters, Y., & Lopez-Gydosh, D. (2012). Stakeholder expectations for environmental performance within the apparel industry: The urgency of business response. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 45, 35-49.

Hustvedt, G., & Dickson, M. A. (2011). The challenge of internationalizing FCS faculty activity. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 103(4), 22-29.

Littrell, M. A., & Dickson, M. A. (2010). Artisans and fair trade: Crafting development. Kumarian Press.

Dickson, M. A., Loker, S. J., & Eckman, M. (2009). Social responsibility in the global apparel industry. New York: Fairchild Books.

Parker, L. & Dickson, M. A. (Eds.) (2009). Sustainable fashion: A handbook for educators. London: Labour Behind the Label.

Dickson, M. A. (2009). Linking transformative consumer research and human rights in support of socially responsible business. Fashion Information and Technology, 6, 70-75.

Katz, J., Higgins, E., Dickson, M. A., & Eckman, M. (2008). The impact of external monitoring and public reporting on business performance in a global manufacturing industry. Business & Society, 20(10), 1-22.

Hustvedt, G., & Dickson, M. A. (2009). Consumer likelihood of purchasing organic cotton apparel: Influence of attitudes and self-identity. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. 13(1), 49-65.

Dickson, M. A., & Eckman, M. (2008). Media portrayal of voluntary public reporting about corporate social responsibility performance: Does coverage encourage or discourage ethical management? Journal of Business Ethics, 83, 725-743.

Honors and Awards

Member, Board of Directors, Fair Labor Association

Member, Board of Directors, Fair Factories Clearinghouse

Distinguished Scholar, International Textile and Apparel Association, 2011

ThinkTank Chair—Career Development, Prime Source Forum, 2010. (The Prime Source ThinkTank is a social media platform that is designed to enable senior executives in the apparel industry to communicate with their peers in an electronic format that overcomes geographical constraints, see

Apparel Magazine All Star Award, International Textile and Apparel Association, 2009. (Recipients demonstrate exemplary and innovative contributions in teaching/curricular development, research, or service activities in the textile and apparel field; contributions have made an impact the textile and apparel industry.)

Award for Outstanding Programming [for the certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business], University Continuing Education Association Mid-Atlantic Region, 2008.

Panelist on "Education—the U.S. Perspective", Prime Source Forum 2007, Hong Kong

Founder and President, Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business

Scholar-in-Residence, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, 2004.

Research Interests

Socially Responsible Apparel Production and Sourcing

Corporate Social Responsibility

Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility



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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • United States Fashion Industry Association