Melissa Abner

Ph.D. Student


  • B.S. in Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.S. Education, University of Central Missouri

Research Interests:

  • Sustainability
  • Consumer behavior
  • Educational technology/active learning
  • Small business strategies/small business internships

Honors and Awards:

  • Costume Society of America Midwest Region Student Travel Award (to present at the 2014 National Symposium) 
  • Helen Easter FCS Graduate Scholarship (Iowa State University)

Industry Experience:

  • Assistant Professor: Fashion and Apparel Merchandising, University of Central Missouri
  • Buyer/ Promotions Director: Family Shoe Store, Boonville, Missouri (family business)
  • Assistant Manager: Halls Department Store, Kansas City, Missouri; Maurices

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Textile and Apparel Association, ITAA
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, AAFCS

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Family time
  • Boating
  • 3D printing
  • Vinyl t-shirt designs