Professor of Clothing and Textiles
B.S. North Carolina Central University
M.B.A. North Carolina Central University
Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Specialties: dress and behavior at festive events/environments, dress, identity, and personal success, cultural diffusion and global dress, and creative teaching strategies.
Office: Peterson 211
Dr. Copeland joined SPU faculty in 2010. She specializes in social, psychological, and merchandising areas of Clothing and Textiles. As a native of Trinidad and Tobago, she brings global experiences and vast cultural perspectives to the classroom. Her teaching experience expands beyond the classroom to conducting workshops locally and abroad. She has received many grants with which she has conducted workshops on the socio-economic impact of dress, the global and cultural impact of dress in distinguishing cultures, and individual and corporate branding. She has presented her research at the International Textiles and Apparel Association, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Washington Family and Consumer Sciences conferences, and has published in the Fashion Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. She is currently the Co-Vice President of Development and Implementation of the WAFCS – Washington Family and Consumer Science Organization. Dr. Copeland has corporate experience in sales, management, and marketing which she uses to add context to her merchandising courses and help develop students for their transition into the corporate world. She was recently honored with the North Carolina Central University Inaugural 40 under 40 award. At SPU, she has taught Appearance and Culture, Flat Pattern Design, History of Costume, Retail Merchandising, Retail Buying, Fashion Merchandising Seminar, and Seeing History Through Clothes.
Dr. Copeland is very passionate about developing her students into compassionate global partners and leaders. Her global travels and acculturation into the US society to pursue her tertiary education have given her lots of key experiences, wisdom, and tools for success. As a Trinidadian, Dr. Copeland brings a liveliness and Caribbean flavor to the classroom. Students constantly state that she is one of the most “unique” professors they have ever had – one that is able to connect with each and every student on an individual level. She believes in making learning fun and engaging, while challenging and comprehensive. She is really passionate about developing students for the corporate world and helping them market themselves effectively through appropriate dress and behavior.