Laura E McAndrews

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Assistant Professor

200B Barrow Hall
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-6771

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

TXMI 4900 Special Topics "Product Design", TXMI 3530 Apparel Quality Analysis


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D Human Environmental Sciences University of Missouri May 2015
M.S. Textile and Apparel Management University of Missouri May 2012
B.S. Apparel Merchandising and Marketing Kansas State University August 2001
A.A.S. Fashion Design Parson's School of Design August 2002


Laura's reserach focus is in the global apparel supply chain and organizational dynamics. In addition, she has begun to research inclusive design for people living with disabilities, who struggle with clothing-related barriers.

Current Research

My current research program focuses on the supply chain members and how they work and relate to each other within an apparel organization. I believe in investigating the human dynamics of supply chain members working in the global apparel supply chain. The clothing and textile industry has been characterized a hyper-dynamic with high competition over scarce resource in a turbulent environment. This creates a very stressful and tense work environment for supply chain members. Because of the hyper-dynamic environment, organizations may lack the time or resources for offering career development and management training for employees. I believe in a mixed methods approach to research people and the apparel supply chain with linking quantifiable numbers to enriched statements, which have to potential to impact human resource departments and academic units. 


My teaching philosophy is to create a classroom environment that engages creative problem solving, fosters productive and meaningful group dynamics, and trains interpersonal and leadership skills. Regardless of the course topic, my goal is for students’ learning to go beyond content specific, and be ready to implement, manage, and resolve interpersonal challenges they may face in a work environment. Success in any situation is how we relate to people and manage conflict. I want to give my students the skills to thrive in difficult situations. I hope I can instill integrity, open communication, and the ability to questions themselves and others respectfully.                     


I believe strongly in community outreach and service. During my time at the University of Missouri, I have sought out organizations within my department, university, and community that I can make a difference with my time and expertise. By getting involved, I have had the opportunity to work with diverse people and learn from their experience, while at the same time accomplishing the group’s objectives and goals. 

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
University of Missouri - Textile and Apparel Management Graduate Instructor 3
University of Missouri - Textile and Apparel Management Teaching Assistant 2
Urban Outfitters - Anthropologie Division Product Development / Production Manager - women's knit tops 1
Gap Inc - Gap Division Product Development Manager - women's knits 5
Ralph Lauren Children's Wear Assistant Fabric and R&D Manager 1

Journal Articles

McAndrews, L.E. & Ha-Brookshire, J.E. (2015). Between the devil and the deep blue sea(m): A case study exploring the borders between work and life domains described by women in the U.S. apparel industry. AshEse Journal of Business Management, 1(2), 017-027.

McAndrews, L.E. & Ha-Brookshire, J.E. (2013). A (our) nitty, gritty reality: Meanings of success described by textile and apparel women educators. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 31, 195-209.