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  • Marsha Dickson, Professor

    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