Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) professor Marguerite Moore has been named a 2018-2019 NC State Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor in recognition of her outstanding teaching at the graduate level. She is known for her high-quality research as well as her exceptional graduate student mentoring.
According to Wilson College of Textiles dean David Hinks, Moore “is the consummate faculty member who is passionate about and excels in teaching, mentoring, research, service and engagement.”
He lists among her strengths a commitment to student success by helping them to find their passions, as well as to understand and navigate the complex world of graduate research.
Moore “challenges her students and provides a flexible, nurturing, highly supportive environment that ensures academic achievement as well as personal growth and fulfillment,” said TATM associate professor Lisa Chapman. “[She] has a rare ability to explain complex subject matter in a clear and authoritative way, and to do so with a level of excitement that maintains the attention of her students.”
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in textile marketing, Moore worked in the public and private sectors for several years. She returned to school to earn her Ph.D. in human ecology with a minor in statistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002; her first academic appointment was in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management at the University of South Carolina.
Moore joined the Wilson College of Textiles faculty as an associate professor in August of 2008. A frequent speaker at conferences and workshops, she is active in her research area: the applications of market research to the apparel and textile industries. She has co-authored nine peer-reviewed articles with graduate students in the past six years, with several more currently under review.
“Our college has witnessed the intellectual growth of our graduate students as Dr. Moore has mentored them,” said TATM associate professor Lori Rothenberg. “Many of her students begin our program reticent and unsure. By the end of our program they speak and write with confidence, and network with others inside and outside of the university with ease. Her students are successfully employed in academia and industry.”
Moore is challenging and supportive in the classroom and is an enthusiastic and thoughtful mentor. In her time at NC State, she has served on 28 doctoral committees –12 of which she chaired — and 21 master committees.
“[She] provides assistance to any graduate student who appears in her doorway,” said Rothenberg. “Her warm manner, respectful professionalism and quick wit have contributed to her being one of the most sought after mentors by graduate students during the past decade.”
Her students agree.
“Her deep insight into the complex global apparel industry, brand management and consumer behavior made her an asset for our graduate program,” said TATM doctoral candidate Rejaul Hasan. “Her natural ability to win the students’ confidence, listening to the students’ challenges and then supporting with an open heart are ideal qualities to provide a successful and memorable educational experience to any graduate student.”
In addition to her direct work with students, Moore has made extensive contributions to the graduate curriculum within the Wilson College of Textiles. She developed and taught several graduate-level courses, including a doctoral qualifier course in research methods for interdisciplinary doctoral students. Importantly, she worked with senior faculty to revise the requirements for the Textile Technology Management (TTM) doctoral program.
“She brought faculty together to develop a new core of four required graduate level classes, which is ensuring that all TTM students are receiving a solid grounding in advanced management and research methods,” said Hinks. “In addition, she is a lead mentor and educator in some of those classes. A part of her efforts in this redesign has resulted in a substantial increase in the application and enrollment growth of the TTM Ph.D. program. It is currently at record levels.”
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Written by Cameron Walker