Janis White

Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences



MLHB 111

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Janis White, CFCS, Associate Professor (half-time), has fashion merchandising experience with Leonard Bros. Department Store (now Dillard’s in Fort Worth) and Younkers Department Stores in the Midwest (Iowa). She has worked in sales, management, and special events. As Director of Special Events at Younkers Department Store in Iowa City, Iowa, she coordinated fashion shows as part of the community outreach and marketing for that store. She has been teaching in the Fashion Merchandising program at SHSU since 1989. She maintains contacts in the fashion industry through colleagues and former students so that she stays current in the field. Her research interests include sustaining strong programs within the Family and Consumer Sciences discipline, documenting the impact of study abroad experiences among college-age students, and contributions of women who worked at the intersection of chemistry and family and consumer sciences, especially in the early 20th century. She is married to retired SHSU chemistry professor Dr. Rick White; they have two grown children and two grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures. She now serves as Secretary to the Texas Affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


  • Ph.D., Fashion Merchandising, Concentrations in Marketing, Statistics, and Computer Science, 1994, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. Dissertation: Retail Product Development Programs and the Changing Role of the Apparel Buyer
  • M.A., Textiles and Clothing, Minor in Higher Education, 1978, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Thesis: An Investigation of the Knowledge and Attitudes of Retail Personnel Concerning Children’s Flame Retardant Sleepwear
  • B.A., Fashion Merchandising, Minor in General Business Administration, 1973, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Honors and Awards

  • The Sammy Award, Sam Houston State University (as Advisor to the Fashion Merchandising Club), 2006
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Sam Houston State University, 2002
  • Nell I. Morris Scholarship, Texas Women’s University, 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Textiles, especially in regard to flame retardant apparel
  • Late 19th and early 20th Century Female Chemists who impacted the multiple disciplines within Family and Consumer Sciences
  • 20th Century Costume