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Oklahoma State University

Cosette Marie Joyner Armstrong

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Associate Professor

434A Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-9525
Fax: 405-744-6910

cosette.armstrong@okstate.edu

Education

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Human Ecology: Apparel & Textiles
M.S. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS Apparel and Textiles
B.S. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN Textiles, Merchandising, and Design

Expertise

Research expertise: sustainability education, sustainable design and consumption Teaching expertise: visual communication, sustainable design

Publications

Park, H. & Joyner Armstrong, C.M. (in press). Collaborative apparel consumption in the digital sharing economy: an agenda for academic inquiry. International Journal of Consumer Studies.

Lang, C., Armstrong, C.M., & Liu, C. (in press). Creativity and sustainable apparel retail models: Does consumers’ tendency for creative choice counter conformity (TCCC) matter in sustainability? Fashion and Textiles.

Lang, C. and Armstrong, C.M. (in press). Fashion and price: Influences on the reasons and frequency of clothing disposal. Family and Consumer Science Research Journal.

Joyner Armstrong, C.M., Hiller Connell, K.Y., Lang, C., Ruppert-Stroescu, M., & LeHew, M.L.A. (2016). Educating for sustainable fashion: Using clothing acquisition abstinence to explore sustainable consumption and life beyond growth. Journal of Consumer Policy, 39(4), 417-439. Special Issue: Sustainable Textiles: The Role of Consumers, Civil Society, Corporations, and Government.

Joyner Armstrong, C.M., Hustvedt, G., Hiller, K.Y.C., LeHew, M.L.A. & Anderson, B.G. (2016). When the informal is the formal and the implicit is the explicit: Holistic sustainability education at Green Mountain College. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17(6), 756-775.

Armstrong, C.M. (2016). “Don’t step on the ants!” Biomimetic pedagogy for sustainability in a Costa Rica study away experience. Journal of Sustainability Education, April. Special issue: Place and Resilience in Sustainability Education.

Armstrong, C.M., Niinimäki, K., & Lang, C. (2016). Towards design recipes to curb the clothing carbohydrate binge. The Design Journal, 19(1), 159-181.

Armstrong, C.M., Niinimäki, K., & Lang, C., Kujala, S (2016). A use-oriented clothing economy? Preliminary affirmation for sustainable clothing consumption alternatives. Sustainable Development, 24, 18-31.

Armstrong, C.M. (2015). In the zone: Vygotskian-inspired pedagogy for sustainability. Journal of Classroom Interaction, 50(2), 48-59.

Ruppert-Stroescu, M., LeHew, M.L.A., Armstrong, C.M., & Hiller Connell, K.Y. (2015). Creativity and sustainable fashion apparel consumption: The fashion detox. Clothing Textile and Research Journal, 33(3), 167-182. Special Issue on Creative Thinking and Problem Solving.

Armstrong, C.M., Niinimäki, K., Kujala, S., Karell, E., & Lang, C. (2015). Sustainable product-service systems for clothing: exploring consumer perceptions of consumption alternatives in Finland. Journal of Cleaner Production, 97, 30-39. Special Issue: Why have ‘Sustainable Product-Service Systems’ not been widely implemented?

Eike, R.J., Armstrong, C.M., Hiller, K.Y.C., Hustvedt, G., LeHew, M.L.A.& Anderson, B.G. (2015). Integrating sustainability into the social sciences: what are the essentials? Journal of Sustainability Education, 7 (December).

Armstrong, C.M. & LeHew, M.L.A. (2014). Barriers and mechanisms to the integration of sustainability in textile and apparel education: Stories from the front line. Fashion Practice, 6(1), 59-86.

Niinimäki, K. & Armstrong, C.M. (2013). From pleasure in use to preservation of meaningful memories: A closer look at the sustainability of clothing via longevity and attachment. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education 6(3), 190-199.

Lang, C., Armstrong, C.M. & Brannon, L.A. (2013). Drivers of clothing disposal in the United States: An exploration of the role of personal attributes and behaviors in frequent disposal. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 37, 706-714.

Remington, S., Hiller Connell, K.Y., & Armstrong, C.M., & Musgrove, S. (2013). Assessing sustainability education in a transdisciplinary undergraduate course focused on real-world problem solving: a case for disciplinary grounding. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 14(4), 404-433.

 

Armstrong, C.M. & Lehew, M.L.A. (2013). A case study in sustainability and fashion education: Adventures on the green. Journal of Sustainability Education, 4(Winter).

Armstrong, C.M. & Lang, C. (2013). Sustainable product service systems: The new frontier in apparel retailing? Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, 17(1). Special issue on Fashion and Textile Strategies for Sustainable Design and Consumption.

Hiller Connell, K.Y., Remington, S., & Armstrong, C.M. (2012). Assessing systems thinking skills in two undergraduate sustainability courses: A comparison of teaching strategies. Journal of Sustainability Education, 3(March).

Armstrong, C.M. & LeHew, M.L.A. (2011). Scrutinizing the explicit, the implicit, and the unsustainable: A model for holistic transformation of a course. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, 13(2), 17-43.

Armstrong, C.M. (2011). Implementing education for sustainable development: The potential use of time-honored pedagogical practice from the progressive era of education. Journal of Sustainability Education, 2(March).

Armstrong, C.M. & LeHew, M.L.A. (2011). Sustainable apparel product development: In search of a new dominant social paradigm for the field using sustainable approaches. Fashion Practice, 3(1), 29-62.

Presentations

Park, H., Joyner Armstrong, C.M., & Singh, C. (2017). Sealed with love: Stories of emotional attachment to a sustainable apparel brand. American Collegiate Retailing Association Annual Conference; St. Paul, Minnesota, March 29-April 2.

Joyner Armstrong, C.M., Kang, J., & Lang, C. (2017). Clothing style confidence: The development and validation of a multi-dimensional scale to explore a new consumption paradigm. American Collegiate Retailing Association. American Collegiate Retailing Association Annual Conference; St. Paul, Minnesota, March 29-April 2. 

Joyner Armstrong, C.M. & Clare, G. (2017). Come grow old with me: The use of simulation in retail merchandising education. Workshop. American Collegiate Retailing Association. American Collegiate Retailing Association Annual Conference; St. Paul, Minnesota, March 29-April 2.

Park, J. & Armstrong, C.M. (2016). Sustainable collaborative clothing consumption: Laying the groundwork for empirical investigation. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference: Vancouver, British Columbia. November 8-11.

Armstrong, C.M., Niinimäki , K., Hirscher, A.L., Gwozdz, W., Laitala, K., & Cooper, T. (2015).  Educational strategies for the sustainable fashion consumption imperative: A panel discussion. Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference. Barcelona, Spain

Lang, C. & Armstrong, C.M.   (2015).  What's mine is yours: Does fashion leadership impede clothing renting and swapping? International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. Sante Fe, New Mexico

Niinimäki , K., Armstrong, C.M., & Hirscher, A.L. (2015).   DIY in fashion: an opportunity for social manufacturing and system change? Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference. Barcelona, Spain

Armstrong, C.M., Hustvedt, G., Hiller Connell, K.Y., LeHew, M.L.A., & Anderson, B.G. (2014).  The implicit nature of holistic sustainability education: The student perspective at green mountain college. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, biennial conference. Portland, OR

Lang, C. & Armstrong, C.M.  (2014).   Exploring the factors influencing clothing disposal frequency and reasons. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. Charlotte, North Carolina

Lang, C. & Armstrong, C.M.  (2014).  Gauging the potential for sustainable product-service retail models for clothing: consumer evaluations in Finland and the United States. American Collegiate Retailing Association Annual Conference. Dallas, TX

Lang, C., Armstrong, C.M., Hiller Connell, K.Y, Ruppert-Stroescu, M., & LeHew, M.L.A.  (2014).  Fashion detox: the challenges and benefits of consumption abstinence among college students. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. Charlotte, North Carolina

LeHew, M.L.A., Hiller Connell, K.Y., Anderson, B.G, Armstrong, C.M., & Hustvedt, G. (2014).  Environmental sustainability education: Best practice assessment for application to fiber, textile and clothing programs. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. Charlotte, North Carolina

Armstrong, C.M. (2013).  Sustainability in fashion education in the U.S.: How to catch a moving train. Innovative and Sustainable Fashion Seminar: Baltic Fashion Project. Helsinki, Finland. October 2-4.

Armstrong, C.M. (2013).  From the door to the floor, aisle to wall: Pulling customers to purchase Business For Breakfast For Small Business Owners (May 16, 2013). Stillwater, OK.

Armstrong, C.M., Hawley, J., Hiller Connell, K., LeHew, M.L.A., & Ruppert-Stroescu, M. (2013).  Fashion detox: The sustainable living challenge. Fashion and Social Responsibility Symposium. St Paul, Minnesota. April 19-21.

Eike, R.J. & Armstrong, C.M.  (2013).  Integrating sustainability science into a social science discipline: An exploration of key competences for formal and informal education. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, annual conference. Nashville, TN. October 6-9.

Hiller Connell, K.Y., Armstrong, C.M., LeHew, M.L.A., Ruppert-Stroescu, M., & Hawley, J.  (2013).  “You are doing what?”  Motivations for fashion acquisition abstinence. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. October 15-18.

LeHew, M.L.A., Armstrong, C.M., & Hiller Connell, K.Y.  (2013).  Infusing environmental sustainability into textile and apparel curriculum: Professional development needs for a discipline in transition. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. October 15-18.

LeHew, M.L.A., Armstrong, C.M., Hiller, K.Y., Hustvedt, G., & Anderson, B. (2013).  Making climate change a functioning thread in the baccalaureate curriculum: Transforming fiber, textiles, and clothing education [Abstract]NACTA Journal, 57 (Supplement 1) (www.nactateachers.org)..

Armstrong, C.M.  (2012).  Visual merchandising in an age of visual overload. Small Business Conference (October 24, 2012). Stillwater, OK.

Armstrong, C.M. & LeHew, M.L.A.   (2012).  The Integration of Sustainability in Textiles and Apparel Education: Key Stakeholder Narratives. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference: Honolulu, Hawaii. Forthcoming.

Armstrong, C.M., LeHew, M.L.A., Hiller Connell, K.Y., Hustvedt, G., & Anderson, B.G. (2012).  Making climate change science education sexy: Weaving environmental competencies into the fashioncurriculum. Poster/exhibit presentation. International Conference on Climate Change; Seattle, WA.

Lang, C., Armstrong, C.M., & Brannon, L.A. (2012).  Drivers of frequent apparel disposal: A comparison by generational cohort and gender. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference: Honolulu, Hawaii. Forthcoming.

LeHew, M.L.A., Armstrong, C.M., & Jenkins, B. (2012).  Honoring earth and sky: Sustainability via versatile design. Original design from biodegradable materials. American Association of Family and Consumer Economics annual conference: Phoenix, AZ. Forthcoming.

LeHew, M.L.A., Hiller Connell, K.Y., & Armstrong, C.M. (2012).  Making climate change a functioning thread in the baccalaureate curriculum: Initiating a transformation in fiber, textiles, and clothing education. Poster and published abstract; NACTA Journal, 55, Supplement 1.

Remington, S., Hiller Connell, K.Y., Armstrong, C.M., & Musgrove, S. (2012).  Assessing sustainability education in a transdisciplinary undergraduate course focused on real-world problem solving: a case for disciplinary grounding. Assessment Institute: Indianapolis, IN. Forthcoming.

Armstrong, C.M. (2011).  The journey of sustainability and the new mindset. Invited lecture to Beyond Green: Material Mindset and consultancy to Amsterdam Fashion Institute: Amsterdam, The Netherlands; November 5-13.

Armstrong, C.M. & LeHew, M.L.A.   (2011).  Course redevelopment for sustainable development: Holistic transformation of an apparel product development capstone. Oral presentation and proceedings paper. International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference: Philadelphia, PA.

Armstrong, C.M., LeHew, M.L.A., & Hiller Connell, K.Y. (2011).  Weaving environmental sustainability competencies into courses and curriculum: A dialogue about successes and challenges. Special session and proceedings paper; International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference: Philadelphia, PA.

Armstrong, C.M. (2010).  Middle Tennessee Pride. Original design from alternative material, Best in Show.American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, annual conference: Cleveland, OH.

Armstrong, C.M.  (2010).  Teaching skills for sustainable development, countering assumptions. Poster presentation; Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, biennial conference. Denver, CO.

Armstrong, C.M. (2010).  Tackling assessment of education for sustainable development: A rubric for collaborative work. Poster presentation; K-State Sustainability Conference. Manhattan, KS.

Armstrong, C.M. & Hiller Connell, K.Y.   (2010).  Assessing systems thinking skills of apparel and textiles undergraduate students. Oral presentation; Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, biennial conference. Denver, CO

Armstrong, C.M. & Meyer-Brosdahl, D.C.   (2009).  Surveying knowledge, attitudes, and interest about sustainability among apparel & textiles undergraduates. Poster presentation and proceedings paper; International Textile & Apparel Association, annual conference. Bellevue, WA.

Armstrong, C.M. & Rudd, L.E.   (2009).  Transformational integration of sustainability into an apparel manufacturing course. Oral presentation and proceedings paper; Greening of the Campus VIII, Ball State University. Indianapolis, IN.

Armstrong, C.M. (2007).  Got Skirt? Original handbag design from alternative materials for mounted exhibit, accepted for exhibition. International Textile and Apparel Association, annual conference: Los Angeles, CA.

Armstrong, C.M. & Niinimäki , K.   (2014).  Empathic fashion product-service systems for sustainable development: Opportunity or utopia? Global Fashion 2014, International Fashion Conference. Ghent, Belgium

Armstrong, C.M., Niinimäki , K. Kujala, S., & Lang, C. (2013).  Fashion services: Influences on patronage.Innovative and Sustainable Fashion Seminar: Baltic Fashion Project. Helsinki, Finland. October 2-4.

 

Courses Taught

DHM 1101 Wicked Problems of Industrial Practice

DHM 2423 Technology and Visual Communication for Merchandisers

DHM 3423 Styling for Merchandisers

DHM 3853 Visual Merchandising

Awards & Recognition

2015                First place, Rutherford Teaching Challenge. Flipping for Visual Merchandising. International Textile and Apparel Association annual conference, Sante Fe, NM. $600.

 

2014                Marguerite Scruggs Award for Meritorious Early Career Research. College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University. $1000.

 

2014                Literati Network, Awards for Excellence, Highly Commended Paper of 2013; International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

 

Graduate Advisor Recognition

2017                Singh, C. Consumer-brand relationship: a catalyst for product longevity and sustainable consumption. Virtual Research Poster Symposium winner; OSU Rsearch Week.

 

2016                Lang, C. Collaborative consumption: Identifying the influence of personality traits on consumers’ acceptance of clothing renting and swapping. International Textile and Apparel Association Graduate Student Best Paper. Faculty advisor.

Grants

Fiore, A.M., Chung, T., Hurst, J., Niehm, L., Sadachar, A., Sanders, E., Bhandari, V., Armstrong, C.M., Swinney, J., Pookalangara, S. (2016-2019). A multi-dimensional approach to meet 21st century retailing education and industry challenges for India and the U.S. Funded by Indo-U.S. 21st century Knowledge Initiative.Role: Co-PD. $199,735.

LeHew, M.L.A., Armstrong, C.M., Hiller Connell, K.Y., Anderson, B.G., & Hustvedt, G. (2012-2015). Making climate change a functioning thread in the baccalaureate curriculum: Transforming fiber, textiles, and clothing education. Funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Higher Education Challenge Grant Program. Role: Co-PD. $713,847.

LeHew, M. L. A., Hiller-Connell, K. Y., & Armstrong, C.M. (2011-2012). Making climate change a functioning thread in the baccalaureate curriculum: Initiating a transformation in fiber, textiles, and clothing education. Funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Higher Education Challenge Grant Program Role: Co-PD. $30,000.

Professional Memberships

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability of Higher Education

American Collegiate Retailing Association

Service

OSU Sustainability Stakeholder

College of Human Sciences Academic Affairs Committee

DHM Curriculum Committee

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