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Office Address: 28 MacKay Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
Cell: 1-323-273-8874

PhD in Apparel, Merchandising and Design, expected Summer 2017
Iowa State University
Concentration: Socio-psychological Aspects of Dress
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Dissertation: #fatshion: Stigma Resistance and Fashion Opinion Leadership among Plus-Size Vloggers
Co-major Professors: Dr. Eulanda Sanders and Dr. Mary Lynn Damhorst

Master of Communication Management, 2009
University of Southern California
Concentration: Digital Social Media/Online Communities Program
Capstone: Member of a four-person self-managed team that successfully launched a new online community in four months with a $10,000 budget

Master of Arts, 1995
The Ohio State University
Two degrees: Slavic Studies and History of Art
Thesis: Correlations and Harmonies: Similarities in the Work and Beliefs of Kazimir Malevich and Vasilii Kandinsky
Major Professor: Dr. Myroslava Mudrak

Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1988
The Ohio State University
Major in Russian, minor in German, member of the Honors Program


  • Dress and social media
  • Dress, identity, expertise, and creativity in online games and virtual worlds
  • Fat studies
  • Consumer behavior
  • Historic and current handknitting and crochet
  • Sustainability, slow fashion, and handmades
  • Organizational behavior, professional socialization


Weisz, J., Mohrman, S. A., & McCracken, A. (2013). It’s a great time to be a physician: Leading for change. Bozeman, MT: Second River Healthcare Press.

Book focused on sustainability and disruptive innovation in the healthcare industry. Much of my research prior to starting the PhD program was centered on organizational design for sustainable effectiveness, along with organizational leadership, organizational change management, and other topics in industrial-organizational psychology.


Mohrman, S. A., Vernon, C., & McCracken, A. (2013). Sustainability at Cleveland Clinic: A network-based capability development approach. In C. Worley & P. Mirvis (Eds.), Organizing for sustainable networks and partnerships. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.

McCracken, A., & Mohrman, S.A. (2012). Huron Hospital: Leading with sustainability to create a high-performing system. In D. D. Warrick & J. Mueller (Eds.), Lessons in leading change: Learning from real world cases. Chicago: Rossi – Smith.

Mohrman, S.A., Shani, A.B., & McCracken, A. (2012). Organizing for sustainable healthcare: The emerging global challenge. In S. A. Mohrman & A. B. Shani (Eds.), Organizing for sustainable healthcare. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.

Mohrman, S.A., & McCracken, A. (2011). A physician turned leader commits to building an award winning organization. In D. D. Warrick & J. Mueller (Eds.), Lessons in leadership: Learning from real world cases. Chicago: Rossi – Smith.


McCracken, A. (2016). [Review of the book Killer fat: Media, medicine, and morals in the American “obesity epidemic,” by N. Boero]. Journal of American Culture, 39(2), 235.

McCracken, A. (2016). [Review of the book A stitch in time: The needlework of aging women in antebellum America, by A. Newell]. Journal of American Culture, 39(2), 254-255.


McCracken, A. (2016). Exploring the uses and importance of avatar dress in a multiplayer online game: A qualitative study of women gamers. Manuscript in preparation.

McCracken, A. Dong, H., Hoyt, M., & Niehm, L. (2016). “The stories that come with the shoe”: A qualitative study of male sneaker collector motivations, experiences, and identities. Manuscript in preparation.

McCracken, A. (2016). Player imagination and creativity in and out of “The Lord of the Rings Online.” Manuscript in preparation.


McCracken, A. (2017, April). Male gamers dress their avatars too: A content analysis of dress and appearance issues in a YouTube gaming video series. Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, San Diego.

McCracken, A. Dong, H., Murphy, C., Hoyt, M., & Niehm, L. (2016, November). “The stories that come with the shoe”: A qualitative study of male sneaker collector motivations, experiences, and identities. Proceedings of the 2016 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC, Columbia. Abstract published on (Acceptance rate: 75%).

Shane-Nichols, A., Jablon, S., Dorie, A., McCracken, A., Curwood, S., Sadachar, A., & Fiore, A. M. (2016, November). Comparing perceptions of effectiveness of on-campus and hybrid apparel Ph.D. programs. Proceedings of the 2016 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC, Columbia. Abstract published on (Acceptance rate: 75%).

Ghalachyan, A., & McCracken, A. (2016, March). Following in the footsteps of Cruella de Vil: Fashionable female villains in contemporary children’s media. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Seattle.

McCracken, A., (2015, November). Exploring the uses and importance of avatar dress in a multiplayer online game:  A qualitative study of women gamers. Proceedings of the 2015 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Abstract published on (Acceptance rate: 54%).

McCracken, A., Jablon, S., & Dorie, A., & Garrin, A. (2015, November). Integrating distance students into a graduate student organization. Proceedings of the 2015 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Abstract published on (Acceptance rate: 54%).

McCracken, A. (2015, April). Women, their avatars, and dress in massively multiplayer online games. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, New Orleans.

McCracken, A., & Marcketti, S. B. (2014, May). “I really am so excited to wear these!” Exploring YouTube haul videos. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting and National Symposium of the Costume Society of America, May 28-31, Baltimore. (Acceptance rate: 45%).

McCracken, A. (2014, April). An undying icon of style: The uses and pleasures of dress in the life of the vampire Saint-Germain. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association, Chicago.


History of European and North American Dress (AMD 354), Iowa State University, Fall 2016

  • Taught one section of course, which is an overview of dress from ancient times to the mid-1800s.
  • Class was developed around team-based learning principles and features a flipped classroom with online lectures and in-class learning and discussion opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with the teachers of two other sections of course.
  • 3 credit hours, 16 students

Dress and Diversity in Society (AMD 165), Iowa State University, Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

  • Served as instructor for course, which focused on the socio-psychological aspects of dress for individuals and society.
  • Delivered in-class lectures, activities, and facilitated learning groups. Created and updated online and in-class lectures, text documents, activities, quizzes, individual assignments and group assignments.
  • Course featured a flipped classroom and team-based learning.
  • Graded assignments, communicated with students, used Blackboard extensively.
  • Supervised 3 graduate student TAs
  • 3 credit hours, 300 students per semester

Dress and Diversity in Society (AMD 165), Iowa State University, Summer 2015

  • Online version of course
  • Created and updated online lectures, text documents, activities, quizzes, individual assignments and group assignments
  • Graded all assignments, communicated with students. Daily Blackboard use.
  • 3 credit hours, 40 students

Textile Science (AMD 204), Iowa State University, Spring 2014

  • Taught weekly lab section.
  • Gave presentations, created slides, prepared experiments and demonstrations.
  • Graded assignments.
  • 3 credit hours, 17 students


Dress and Diversity in Society (AMD 165), Iowa State University, Fall 2013-Spring 2015

  • Graded assignments including exercises, critiques, reflection papers, and individual and group work.
  • Edited and graded online discussion boards.
  • Used Blackboard extensively.
  • Taught occasional lecture classes.
  • 3 credit hours, 300 students per semester

Consumer Behavior (AMD 467), Iowa State University, Fall 2014

  • Created PowerPoint slide decks.
  • Taught occasional lab sessions, assisted with in-class activities
  • Graded assignments and posted grades on Blackboard.
  • Tweeted relevant news about subject matter and class reminders to students.
  • 3 credit hours, 70 students


Spring 2017     Introduction to Retail Merchandising (AMD 275), Iowa State University

  • For this practicum I am working with instructor Grit Vece while under supervision of Dr. Linda Niehm.
  • Teach course unit on Human Resources function
  • Attend class sections and assist with in-class activities and trip to visit Von Maur corporate offices
  • 3 credit hours, 150 students

Spring 2017     Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences (AESHM 474), Iowa State University

  • Work with supervisor and course instructor Dr. Linda Niehm
  • Develop and teach new unit on social media entrepreneurs
  • Work with student consultants and liaise with local businesses
  • Attend all class sections and assist with in-class activities
  • 3 credit hours, 140 students


Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Endowed Graduate Assistantship, Iowa State University Textiles and Clothing Museum, Fall 2016

  • Curate gallery exhibit: “Our Favorite Things: 10 Years and 30+ Exhibits,” 2017. Design layout of exhibit, prepare garments, create didactic and marketing materials, liaise with faculty and staff serving as guest curators.
  • Work with all aspects of the Museum. Build and take down exhibits, assist with accessioning items into the collection, research pieces from the collection.
  • Research and write blog posts and create other social media marketing.
  • Use PastPerfect Museum software.

Enhancing Women’s Creative Thinking Potential at Iowa State” Program
Grant-Funded Research Assistantship, Iowa State University, Fall 2013

  • Research done in conjunction with Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (AESHM 222) course
  • Conducted content analysis of student journal entries
  • Collected detailed notes and quotations from famous women on creativity and problem solving


Mason Hoyt, Apparel, Merchandising, & Design undergraduate, Spring and Fall 2016, Spring 2017


McCracken, A. Our Favorite Things: Celebrating 10 Years and 30+ Exhibits. Mary Alice Gallery, Morrill Hall, Iowa State University, January 25-April 8, 2017.


  • Alice Ford Family & Consumer Science Scholarship (Iowa State University, $1000), 2017
  • Named the second Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet Graduate Assistant for the Iowa State University Textiles and Clothing Museum, 2015-2016
  • PAG Professional Development Grant (Iowa State University, $180 per year, 2015 & 2016)
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, 2015
  • Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, 2015
  • College of Human Sciences Tuition Award for Study Abroad, 2014 (Iowa State, $800)
  • Ed/Nancy Lewis International Scholarship, 2014 (Iowa State University, $300)
  • Costume Society of America Midwest Region Student Travel Award, 2014,  ($500, 1 awarded)
  • Helen Easter FCS Graduate Scholarship, 2013 (Iowa State University, $4000)
  • University Fellowship for Master’s-level graduate study, 1990 (The Ohio State University)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 1988
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1987
  • Dobro Slovo (National Slavic Honor Society), 1987
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, 1985
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, 1985
  • National Merit Scholarship (Ohio State University), 1984
  • Ohio Academic Scholarship, 1984


  • Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Associate, 2015
  • Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Associate, 2014-15 (70 participants)


  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2016-present
  • American Association of University Women, 2016-present
  • Association of Internet Researchers, 2015-present
  • Costume Society of America, 2013-present
  • International Textile and Apparel Association, 2013-present
  • Iowa Museum Association, 2016-present
  • Popular Culture Association, 2013-present
  • Textile Society of America, 2012-present


President, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Graduate Student Association, Iowa State University, 2016-2017

  • Oversee all functions, plans, and activities of AMDGSA; develop calendar of events for academic year.
  • Preside over all meetings; represent AMDGSA on campus.
  • Ensure that AMDGSA operates in conformity with the standards set forth by Iowa State University and Student Activities Center
  • Consult with Treasurer about annual budget request

Iowa State STEM Fest, 2016 (Sept. 17)

  • One of three facilitators for ISU’s Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program at open house that focused on science and engineering learning activities for mostly K-12 students and their families.

Treasurer, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Graduate Student Association, Iowa State University, 2014-2016

  • Developed annual budget. Collected AMDGSA membership dues and maintained records of transactions. Prepared financial reports for Executive Committee and membership.

Secretary, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Graduate Student Association, Iowa State University, 2013-2014

  • Handled all official correspondence; took and distributed meeting minutes.

Abstract Submissions Reviewer, “Bald Eagle & Panda” U.S.-China Culture Exchange Virtual Conference, 2014 & 2015

Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

CEO is a research department in USC’s Marshall School of Business. Its professors and research scientists partner with executives to engage in action research. They study a variety of topics related to organizational effectiveness, organization design, and sustainability, with the dual goals of influencing management practice and contributing to academic research and theory.

Sustainability Research Associate, Web Content/Social Media Manager, and Events Program Manager, 2004-2012
Events Program Manager and Executive Secretary, 2001-2003

Sustainability Program

  • Main research associate and program manager for Center’s ongoing sustainability research activities and conferences.  Focus areas included healthcare system sustainability and organizing for sustainability. Researched, wrote, and edited chapters, casebooks, and books.

Electronic Communications

  • Oversaw all aspects of the Center’s internet presence, including website, email campaigns, webinars, webcasts, intranet, social media, wikis, and online communities.
  • Acted as liaison between Center, programmers, and business school IT department to ensure smooth functioning of site.
  • Instituted quarterly e-newsletter to stakeholders with a goal of communicating useful news, articles and information. Wrote, edited and designed issues.
  • Collaborated with Director of Executive Education to craft messages and generate stories. Leveraged information, articles and news between email campaigns, e-newsletter, and website.
  • Scheduled, wrote and sent email campaigns for all upcoming workshops, book releases, webinars, and webcasts.
  • Liaised with external partners to promote programs/events on outside websites.

Print Communications

  • Wrote, copyedited, formatted, and proofed popular and academic books, book chapters, journal articles, brochures and reports.
  • Served as assistant to Director to edit, proof, and submit his articles, blog posts, and chapters; duties also included transcription and typing drafts of his writing.
  • Designed marketing postcards, brochures, and other advertising deliverables.
  • Communicated with in-house event managers, printing companies, university bid process officials, and mail house.
  • Partnered with Development Officer and Director in creating corporate sponsorship recruiting materials and assisted with current and potential corporate sponsors. Sponsors were a primary source of funding for the department. CEO worked in partnership with its sponsor companies to do research and develop useful knowledge for industry.


  • Managed short-term workshops/conferences, including logistics planning, hotel and vendor interface, speaker and participant correspondence, registration process, day-of-seminar logistics, and preparation and coordination of supporting materials (confirmation materials for participants, database registration, notebook materials & handouts, etc.). Managed events in Los Angeles, New York, Gothenburg (Sweden), and Como (Italy).

Getty Conservation Institute, The Getty, Los Angeles

Operated by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Conservation Institute is dedicated to the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

Senior Staff Assistant, 2003-2004

  • Project support for the Wall Paintings Conservation Program at Mogao Grottoes, China, and the Iraq Cultural Heritage Conservation Initiative.
  • Primary point of contact for Conservator/Principal Project Specialist, who was typically working in situ, frequently abroad, for several weeks at a time.
  • Edited manuscripts, articles, and other documents.
  • Managed Conservator’s email and calendars; submitted expense reports; arranged meetings, mailings, and other communications.

University Honors & Scholars Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus

The Ohio State University is one of the U.S.’s largest land-grant universities. The University Honors & Scholars Center is charged with the recruitment and retention of some of Ohio State’s most talented undergraduates. It oversees special courses, programming, housing, and other opportunities for its honors and scholars students.

Project Coordinator/Webmaster, 1990-2001
Advisor to undergraduate student arts and literature group, Mosaic, 1995-2001

  • Produced department’s first website; served as webmaster.
  • Conducted individual recruitment meetings with prospective students; assessed scholarship applications.
  • Partnered with Director to develop inaugural international study tour and class for incoming first-year honors students.
  • Advised Mosaic, an undergraduate student group that published annual art and literary journal
  • Supervised production of Honors marketing publications, including quarterly newsletter and brochures.
  • Coordinated semi-annual freshmen honoraries selection process.
  • Produced statistical reports on student populations served by department.\\



  • MS Office:Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Access, Visio
  • CMS:Moveable Type, WordPress
  • Graphics editing:Photoshop
  • Museum software: PastPerfect
  • Statistics:SPSS
  • Surveys:Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey
  • PDF creation and editing:Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Email marketing services: MyEmma, Mailchimp
  • Desktop publishing:InDesign, Quark
  • Customer relationship management:Microsoft CRM
  • Other:Blackboard, Audacity, Base Camp
  • Enthusiastic, casual MMO player (Star Wars the Old Republic, Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, SWGEmu)


  • Paris, France. Visited the Centre Georges Pompidou (modern/contemporary art), Notre Dame de Paris, Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and other historic/cultural sites. July 21-28, 2015.
  • As part of fashion/apparel student study tour, visited apparel and fashion companies in Shanghai and Beijing, China, to learn about current industry trends. Firms included Burberry, Even Penniless, CoBest/AsoBio, Aimer Intimates. In addition, visited DongHua University (Shanghai, China) and BIFT (Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China), May 11-27.
  • Co-managed international healthcare sustainability conference held in Como, Italy.  Post-conference travel to Florence and Rome. May 14-28, 2012.
  • Co-managed international healthcare sustainability conference held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Additional conference work in Stockholm. October 12-19, 2009.
  • Moscow, Russia. Solo trip to Moscow to study the Muzeon Art Park sculptures, the State Tretyakov Gallery, ВДНХ/VDNKh exhibits and pavilions, and the art of the Moscow subway system. August 18-25, 2009.
  • London, Bath, Cambridge, and Salisbury, UK. Staff supervisor on inaugural study tour for first-semester honors students. December 5-14, 1996.
  • Travel to several cities in the USSR, primarily focusing on culture and history of Central Asia: Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara, Uzbekistan; also visited Moscow, Leningrad, and Irkutsk (Siberia), RSFSR. July 1-22, 1989.
  • Studied at Государственный институт русского языка им. А.С. Пушкина – Обучение русскому языку как иностранному (Pushkin Institute of Russian Language –Program in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language), Moscow, Soviet Union. Also visited Helsinki, Finland; Yerevan, Armenia; Tbilisi, Georgia; Kiev, Ukraine; and Leningrad. Fall semester 1987.

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March 2, 2017