Dr. Joanne Eicher (Regents Professor Emerita, DHA) will receive the Michigan State College of Social Science Alumni Association's 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award. The award is presented annually to a Michigan State graduate whose combination of credentials, experience, and achievements distinguishes them in their chosen field.
Dr. Eicher will receive the award during Michigan State's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5. Her other honors include:
- 2009 - Fellow, Costume Society of America
- 2009 - Darl Snyder Lecturer, African Studies Institute, University of Georgia
- 2007 - Ada Comstock Distinguished Woman Scholar Award and Lecture, University of Minnesota
- 2007 - Bill Blass Lecturer, Apparel, Merchandising, and Design, Indiana University
- 2004 - Leadership Award, Arts Council of African Studies Association
- 2003 - Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Humane Letters), Iowa State University
- 1995 - Regents Professor, University of Minnesota
An internationally renowned researcher and scholar on the cultural aspects of dress, Dr. Eicher joined the department of Textiles and Clothing in 1977 as department head, and served again as department head from 1983 to 1987. When the merged department of Design, Housing, and Apparel formed, she served as department head and director of the Goldstein Gallery (now Goldstein Museum). She was named Regents Professor in 1995.
She's the editor-in-chief of the World Encyclopedia of Dress and Fashion (Oxford University Press 2010), co-author of The Visible Self (3rd ed., Fairchild 2008), and editor for the Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (Scribners 2005). On February 28, she spoke at a luncheon hosted by the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) on the topic of creating an encyclopedia in the digital age.