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    Enhancing New Fashion Merchandising Faculty Expertise for Quality Curriculum Development


    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Taking into consideration the role of 1890 Institutions in preparing African American students for future careers in agricultural and food sciences, this project seeks to conduct curriculum enhancement by first providing faculty with the professional development necessary to facilitate this process.The main goal of this project is to increase faculty development and curriculum quality. It is therefore designed to enhance program quality to attract better quality students to the fashion merchandising program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

    In the Human Ecology Department, the fashion merchandising program continues to grow (39% since 2000) and is the highest enrolled program in the department. With the growing enrollment, it is the responsibility of the teaching staff to improve the quality of the fashion merchandising program to encourage steady enrollment in the program and produce quality learning for students. Faculty will be better equipped with increased knowledge to strengthen the fashion merchandising curriculum and enable the department to recruit higher caliber students into the program.

    In addition, this project will focus on enhancing the breadth of the fashion merchandising curriculum to provide students with a better understanding of clothing and textiles and a deeper, richer insight into what fashion merchandising entails. With the new knowledge gained through professional development, new fashion merchandising faculty will enhance and enrich the fashion merchandising program and create learning modules to share with Maryland FACS teachers for use in their classrooms.New faculty will complete all planning for courses, workshops, and conferences within the first quarter of being awarded the grant in Year 1. New faculty will complete knowledge acquisition by the end of Year 2. Course updates and draft module creation and evaluation will begin and end in Year 2.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Fund

    CONTACT:  Dr. Lombuso Khoza, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology, lskhoza@umes.edu