Marilyn Read

Associate Professor
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2520 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph. D.: 1996 Oregon State University, Human Behavior in the Near Environment Minor: Early Childhood Development and Education
M. A.: 1992 California State University, Long Beach Interiors: Environmental Factors
B. S.: 1988 California State University, Northridge Interior Design

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College of Business
Research/Career Interests: 

The focus of my research is on the design of children's environments. My specific interest is the impact that design elements such as color and form have on children's behavior. Children's reports of color and form preferences in the interior environment have been the focus of my most recent investigations.

Sponsored Research:

Oregon State University College of Health and Human Sciences Pilot Grant. The impact of environmental color on the cooperative behavior of children with sensory processing challenges. ($8,423)

Auburn University Competitive Research Grant. Alabama’s child care facilities: Are they designed to promote child safety and self esteem? ($5,333)

Interior Design Educators Council Special Project Award. Evaluation of physical environments of child care facilities in Alabama. ($3,990)

College of Human Sciences Faculty Development Grant. Presentation of multicultural design teaching approach at the World Congress on Environmental Design. ($2,000)

Beyond OSU

2005-present: Associate Professor, Interior Design Program, Department of Design and Human Environment, Oregon State University

2003-2005: Associate Professor and Coordinator, Interior Design Program, Auburn University, granted indefinite tenure 2003

1997–2002: Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Interior Design Program, Auburn University

2000-present: Interior Design Consultant, Design for Children,

1996-1997: Instructor, Interior Design Program, California State University, Northridge

1993-1996: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Apparel, Interiors, Housing and Merchandising Department, Oregon State University

1989-1993: Part-time Instructor, Interior Design Program, Mt. San Antonio College, California

1988-1993: Administrative and Fiscal Coordinator, California Department of Education Home Economics Education Grants, California State University, Northridge and California State University, Long Beach

1988-1993: Co-Owner, Simply Innovative Interior Design, Los Angeles, CA

1987: Interior Designer, Muffeny Architects, San Francisco, CA

1986, 1988: Interior Design Assistant, Sylvia Parker, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Honors and Awards: 
  • 2007    University Award: The Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award (DHE Department Faculty)
  • 2006    Participant in the College of Health and Human Sciences NIH Grant Writing Workshop
  • 2002    Auburn University Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2000    Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Member, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
  • 1999    New Achiever’s Award, Alabama Association of Family and Consumer Sciences     
  • 1998    Outstanding Professor, Auburn University Panhellenic Council
  • 1996    Member of Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1994    Distinguished Graduate Student, Home Economics Alumni Association, OSU
  • 1990    Member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
  • 1990    Outstanding Graduate Assistant, California State University, Long Beach
My Publications

Journal Articles

L. Fidzani and Read, M., Bedroom personalization by urban adolescents in Botswana., Children, Youth and Environments, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 66-92, 2012.

M. Read and Owens, N., Teaching residential design based on a multicultural education ideology., Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, vol. 103, no. 3, pp. 37-42, 2011.

M. Read and Upington, D., Young Children's Color Preferences in the Interior Environment, Early Childhood Education Journal, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 491-496, 2009.