Baylor University
Family & Consumer Sciences
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Cloud

Rinn M. Cloud, Ph.D.

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences


Mary Gibbs Jones Endowed Chair in Textile Science

Contact Information

Telephone: (254)710-6266


Office: 117 Goebel Building

Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Thursday 2:30 to 5:30 pm

Mailing Address:

    One Bear Place #97346

    Waco, TX 76798


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Greensboro

  • M.S. Purdue University

  • B.S. Louisiana State University


  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • International Textile and Apparel Association (Vice President of Publications)
  • Industrial Fabrics Association International


With educational preparation in both textile science and apparel design, Dr. Cloud has worked in the area of textile product performance at Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech and Florida State University where she held the Margaret Sitton Professorship in Human Sciences and served as department chair for 11 years. Her research focuses on the health and comfort aspects of a variety of functional fabrics and task-specific garments. She studies the influence of human factors and environmental attributes on protective clothing for agricultural workers, medical personnel and police/military personnel. Her work also extends to garments for dance, sports and posture support.


  • FCS 2310 Textile Science

  • FCS 4312 Textile Testing and Analysis


  • Technological advances in fibers and fabrics

  • Sustainability in the textile industry

  • Textile product development

  • Garment specifications and tech packs