Kathy Mullet was born and raised on the East Coast. But people often told her she was a “closet Pacific Northwesterner.” So when she arrived at Oregon State in 2004, it was no surprise she fit right in, enjoying the bicycling opportunities, curb-side recycling and close ties to the athletic and outdoor clothing industry.
Already an accomplished design instructor, Mullet developed a PhD program and thesis-based master’s degree in apparel design in her role as coordinator of the apparel design program. Expanding opportunities for students is one of her proudest accomplishments, along with watching former students succeed.
An award-winning educator and scholar in functional apparel design and design theory, Mullet has been a featured speaker at international conferences, and her designs have been selected for more than 10 juried shows.
Mullet is on the editorial board for Clothing and Textile Research Journal and Fashion Practices. She authored the textbook, Concepts of Grading, and is completing the sixth edition of Business of Fashion textbook co-authored with Oregon State Emerita professor Leslie Burns.
Mullet will continue her involvement with industry groups. Meanwhile, she has set her sights on biking across the United States and scuba diving in the Galapagos.