Associate Professor of Fashion
Phone: ext. 2360
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Academic Accomplishments

  • PhD, Kansas State University, 2011
  • MA, California State University in Los Angeles
  • AA, ICM School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BS, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea


Dr. Whang worked as a fashion designer for 6 years in South Korea prior to coming to the States. She received her PhD in Apparel and Textiles from Kansas State University, specializing in creative design. The title of her dissertation is “Nelly Don’s 1916 Pink Gingham Apron Frock: An Illustration of the Middle-class American Housewife’s Shifting Role from Producer to Consumer.” She joined Centenary as a faculty member in 2011 and teaches Fashion Sketching, Flat Patternmaking, Draping, History of Costume, Advanced Problems in Fashion, and Portfolio Development classes. Her goal is to become a proficient teacher/designer/researcher who can contribute to the field of apparel and textiles through innovative scholarly writing and creative designs, and she strives to be a mentor to students.


Dr. Whang’s research interests include creative and sustainable apparel design, history of fashion and the application of cultural and historical design elements into her designs. She completed various garments and designs, and received national recognitions for the aesthetical creativity and techniques of the designs. She received the “Best Graduate Student Award” at the AAFCS conference in 2009 for her design. She continually strives to create design pieces that are accepted to national/international juried exhibition.