Alumna Dr. Kathleen Rees named newest Regents Professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville
KINGSVILLE - September 23, 2013
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When the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System met at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently, one of the last orders of business was to approve the newest recipients of the Regents Professor designation. The honoree from Texas A&M-Kingsville is Dr. Kathleen Rees, professor and chair of human sciences in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.
The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university and to the people of Texas. To date, 166 A&M System faculty members have been named Regents Professors.
Rees has been at Texas A&M-Kingsville as a faculty member since 2005 and was named department chair in 2007. It was a return home for Rees, who earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics summa cum laude from Texas A&I University and was an instructor and assistant professor of home economics.
She went on to earn her master’s degree in home economics from Auburn University and her doctorate in human ecology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville in retail and consumer sciences.
Rees spent time on two different continents this past summer presenting papers at two prestigious international conferences. She is president of one of the international organizations and in the pipeline to be president of the second one in 2013. In late May, Rees traveled to Pisa, Italy for the International Trade and Finance Association (ITFA) meeting. She is currently president-elect of that group, taking over as president next year. In addition to her duties as officer, she presented, From Cloth to Couture: Economic Impact and Competitive Structure of the Italian Fashion Industry.
In July, Rees boarded a plane to Seoul, South Korea for the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) meeting. She is the current president of ITAA and presented a paper entitled, Does an Image Matter? Analysis of Advertisement Copy for a Controversial Product that she researched and wrote with Dr. Monica Santaella, assistant professor in management and marketing.
Prior to coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville, Rees was an associate professor of textiles, apparel design and merchandising at Louisiana State University, and associate and assistant professor of textiles, clothing and design at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
During her career, Rees has written hundreds of book chapters, referred papers and presentations; served on dozens of masters and doctoral committees; and served in leadership roles in several professional societies.
She currently holds membership in the International Trade and Finance Association; the International Textile and Apparel Association; the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences; Gamma Sigma Delta; Phi Beta Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; and Kappa Omicron Nu; Omicron Nu; Kappa Omicron Phi. In the past, she has been a member of the Korean Society of Marketing Scholars; the International Society for Intercommunications of New Ideas; the Association for Borderland Studies; and the International Federation of Family and Consumer Sciences, just to name a few.
Rees also has won numerous awards including Best Reviewer of the Year from the Journal of Global Fashion Marketing; Cambridge Who’s Who; the College of Agriculture Tiger Athletic Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; American Textile and Apparel Manufacturing Association Award of Excellence; Who’s Who of American Women; as well as nominations for Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
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