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 4280 Apparel Design Studio, TXMI 3530 Apparel Quality Analysis & TXMI 3530E Online Version, TXMI 2010 Creativity and the Design Process, TXMI 3210 Fundmentals in Fashion Merchandising


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 Georiga, I have been able to get involved at the department, college and univerity level. I am so lucky to be the faculty advisor for the student organization Fashion Design Student Association, who plan and execute two fashion shows a year. In addition, I love helping plan Fashion Week in the Spring with students. Also, working with the Office of Sustainability has trained and motivated me to infuse those values in all my endeavors. Finally, my greatest joy is to work with graduate and undergraduate students in both their research and career planning. By getting involved, I have the opportunity to work with diverse people and learn from others.

Areas of Expertise

Global Apparel Supply Chain; Product Development and Design; New York Fashion Industry 

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
University of Missouri - Textile and Apparel Management Graduate Instructor 2012-2015
University of Missouri - Textile and Apparel Management Teaching Assistant 2010-2012
Urban Outfitters - Anthropologie Division Product Development / Production Manager - women's knit tops 2009-2010
Gap Inc - Gap Division Product Development Manager - women's knits 2004-2009
Ralph Lauren Children's Wear Assistant Fabric and R&D Manager 2002-2004

Journal Articles

Ha-Brookshire, J., McAndrews, L., Kim, J., Freeman, C., Jin, B., Norum, P., LeHew, M., Karpova, E., Hassa, L., and Marcketti, S. (2017). Exploration of Morally Challenging Business Situations within the Context of Corporate Sustainability in the Global Textile and Apparel Industry. Sustainability, 9(9), 1641. doi:10.3390/su9091641.  

Meacham, S., McAndrews, L., and Medvedev, K. (In Review). Keep the Cycle Going:Understanding Vintage Consumers and their Clothing Consumption Process.

McAndrews, L.E. & Ha-Brookshire, J.E. (2nd Review). Let’s Work Together: Examining cross-functional teams in the global apparel supply chain through emotional intelligence, job satisfaction, career satisfaction.

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. 

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Reviewer Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 2015-present


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Fashion Design Student Association (FDSA) Faculty Advisor 2015-present


McAndrews, L. (2016). The Work-Family Balancing Act. In Paulins, A. & Hillery, J. (Ed.), Guide to Fashion Career Planning: Job Search, Resumes, and Strategies for Success (pp. 280-283). New York, NY: Bloomsbury.