Rinn M. Cloud, Ph.D.

Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
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Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

1978 Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
1975 M.S. Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN
1972 B.S. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Contact Info
Office Phone: 254-710-3626
Fax: 254-710-3629
Office location: 100 MGJ, 117 Goebel

About Dr. Cloud

Dr. Cloud joined Baylor University in the fall of 2010 after previously serving on the faculty for 10 years at LSU, 6 years at Virginia Tech and 15 years at Florida State University where she was the Margaret A. Sitton Professor of Textiles and Consumer Sciences for 12 years and department chair for 11 years. She was appointed as department chair for Family and Consumer Sciences in February 2014.

Currently serving as Vice President of Publications for the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Dr. Cloud also served four years as Editor of the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal and has received the Prentice Hall/ITAA Distinguished Scholar Award, the Lectra Award for Innovation in Teaching, and the Pacesetter Award from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro School of Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Cloud’s teaching and research are focused on textile product performance with emphasis on the health and comfort aspects of a variety of functional fabrics and task-specific garments. She has studied 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. This work has contributed to her record of more than 40 publications, 75 professional presentations, $435,000 in grant support, and direction of 30 doctoral, master’s or undergraduate student research projects.

In addition to ITAA, Dr. Cloud is active in the American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists, the Industrial Fabrics Association International and the F-23 and D-13 Committees of ASTM. She has served as External Reviewer for Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of the West Indies, and two doctoral students from University of Chennai, India.


  • Technological advances in fibers and fabrics
  • Sustainability in the textile industry
  • Textile product development
  • Garment specifications and tech packs

Selected Publications:

Cloud, R., Cao, W., and Song, G. (2013) Effects of functional textile finishes on comfort and protection of consumer apparel. Chapter 16 in Advances in Dyes, Chemicals and Finishes for Technical Textiles, M.L. Gulrajani, Ed., Woodhead Publishing Limited: Cambridge, England.

McRoberts, L.B., Cloud, R.M. , and Black, C., (2013) Evaluation of the New York Posture Rating Chart for assessing changes in postural alignment in a garment study. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 31, 81-96.

Cao,W. and Cloud, R.M. (2011) The effect of pre-wetting on liquid penetration performance of surgical gown fabrics, The Journal of the Textile Institute,102, pp 604-611.

Cao,W. and Cloud, R.M. (2011) Balancing protection and comfort in textiles worn by medical personnel. Chapter 14 in Improving Comfort in Clothing, G. Song, Ed., Woodhead Publishing Limited: Cambridge, England. 

Song, G., Cao, W. and Cloud, R. (2011) Medical textiles and thermal comfort. Chapter 10 in Handbook of Medical Textiles, V.T. Bartels, Ed, Woodhead Publishing Limited: Cambridge, England. 

Barker, J., Black, C., and Cloud, R. M. (2010) Comfort comparison of ballistic vest panels for police officers. Journal of Textile and Apparel Management, 6 (3). Published on-line at http://www.bioresourcesjournal.com/index.php/JTATM/issue/view/29.

Cao, W. and Cloud, R. (2010) Effects of temperature on liquid penetration performance of surgical gown fabrics, International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 22, pp 319-322

Mitchka, J., Black, C., Cloud, R.M., and Heitmeyer, J. (2009) Problem structure perceived: Dance practicewear needs of adult female dance students. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 27, 31-44. 

Black, C., and Cloud, R. M. (2008) Assessing functional clothing needs of bicycle patrol officers. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 1, 35-42.

Cloud, R.M., Brown, W. and Moore, M.A. (2004) Methods for collecting end-user assessments of personal protective equipment. Solutions and Opportunities for the Safety and Protective Fabrics Industry: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Safety and Protective Fabrics, pp. 61-66