Rachel Eike, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Apparel Design & Product Development

Education:

  • Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Doctorate of Philosophy in Human
  • M.S. Oklahoma State University, Masters of Science in Design Housing
  • B.S. Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, Apparel Merchandising
  • Accademia Italiana, Florence Italy, Area of Study: Apparel Design

Associations:

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Baylor Round Table

Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP)

International Federation for Home Economics

International Textile and Apparel Aassociation (ITAA)

Certifications:

May 2016 Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (awarded by the CT2 - Centers for Teaching & Technology) This certificate program is designed to foster experiential, investigative and reflective approaches to teaching and student learning. It calls for a commitment to learning-centered and reflective teaching. Georgia Southern University

May 2013 University Faculty Preparation Certification (awarded by Graduate College) This certificate program is designed to make doctoral students more competitive for tenure-track faculty positions. It involved formal and informal instruction in pedagogy through select coursework, observations of exemplary instruction and practical experience in developing materials for and conducting a course in the student’s discipline. Oklahoma State University

Endorsements:

May 2014 Endorsement in Program Assessment (awarded by University Assessment) The purpose of the Program Assessment Endorsement is to develop knowledge of program assessment philosophy, techniques, and methods leading to the ability to implement robust program assessment practices in a participant’s respective unit(s). Oklahoma State University

Background:

Dr. Eike has educational preparation in creative and functional product development, specifically with the wearable environment, as well as sustainability in the apparel industry. Dr. Eike has worked in the area of textile science and environmental sustainability at Oklahoma State University while pursing doctorate degree. Prior to her position at Baylor University, Dr. Eike served as an assistant professor for two years at Georgia Southern University, where she spearheaded a service-learning sustainability-focused garment mending and alteration program for the university community. She hopes to integrate more sustainability-driven educational opportunities for her current and future apparel students. While Dr. Eike also studies human factors on creative and functional apparel, she considers and accounts for the environmental sustainability impact of all designs and prototypes.

Courses:

  • Apparel Design I ADM 2372
  • Contemporary & Couture Tailoring ADM 3301
  • Advanced Collection Development ADM 4371

Research:

Dr. Eike’s current creative scholarship and research involves sustainability in the fiber, textiles, and clothing discipline. She also has research experience in functional design, involving military and medical applications.

  • Sustainablé Education, Design, & Practices
  • Product Development: Aesthetic & Functional
  • Textile Surface Design & Fabrication