CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  

The University of Georgia,  Athens, GA

Ph.D., Polymer, Fiber, Textile Science, emphasis in International Merchandising, expected 2022

Graduate Certificate in African American Studies, expected 2021

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Teaching, expected 2021

  • Dissertation: The Revolution will be Embodied


Syracuse University,  Syracuse, NY

M.S., Communications, emphasis in Public Relations, 2018

  • Research capstone: “Fashnexus”: Blockchain, Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility


The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

B.S., Fashion Merchandising, 2011

Minor: Art History

OTHER TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS

  

Labor & Birth Doula Training

Cornerstone Doulas, Oakland, CA | 2020

100 HR Rocket Yoga Training

Carson School of Yoga | 2020

50 HR Prenatal Yoga Training

Black Orchid Seeds | 2020

20 HR Kids Yoga and Mindfulness

Black Orchid Seeds | 2020

RYT 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher | 2019-2021

Five Points Yoga, Athens GA | 2019

RESEARCH INTERESTS​

  • Racial representation within the fashion-industrial complex

  • Decolonization within the yoga-industrial complex

  • Blackness and media

  • Afro-Indigenous studies

  • Dance performance, politics, and identity

  • Black political/protest dress and efficacy

  • Fashion and aesthetics as political tools

  • Social justice pedagogy in fashion studies

  • Contemplative pedagogy

  • Race and decolonization pedagogy

  • Critical analysis of corporate social responsibility

EXPERIENCE

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, present, Instructor of record

Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (Fall 2019, Spring 2020), Dress, Society, and Culture (Fall 2021) 

The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2019-2021, Teaching Assistant

Apparel and Textile Economics (Spring 2019), Retailing Apparel and Textiles (Spring 2019), Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences (Spring 2019), Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising (Fall 2020, Spring 2021), Dress, Society, and Culture (Fall 2020, Spring 2021), Topics in Afro-Hispanic Identity (Spring 2021)

  • Assist faculty with course design, develop teaching materials, lead discussions, grade materials, and hold office hours 

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

The University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Athens, GA 2019-2021, Doctoral  Intern for African American Oral History Program

  • Create and support the oral history promotional and engagement activities including social media management, facilitate relationships between university and key community collaborators, and provide recommendations based on project progress and iterative goals to develop public engagement between the university and the African American community

  • Assist with best practices in archival processes, digitization, and metadata creation


INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE


Lululemon Athletica, Athens, GA 2020-2021, Contract Assistant Store Manager

  • Support guest experience on the floor through product education, lead visual merchandising for the store, develop and support team performance 

  • Champion and lead community diversity and inclusion efforts 


Kohl’s Department Stores, Metro Atlanta Market, GA, 2015-2018, Operations Manager

  • Lead and managed people management, customer engagement, merchandising presentation, store layout and floorplan analysis and planning, sales management and payroll expense in $11-$22 million volume stores

  • Represented the company during on-campus college recruiting events and career fairs as on-campus recreating representative and served as a mentor/coach for interns, managers in-training; and peer resource for newly hired managers

  • Served as the volunteer coordinator for Kohl’s Cares “Associates in Action” initiative to recruit and manage community volunteers, plan and oversee volunteer partnerships with non-profits, grow, promote, and advertise Kohl’s Cares initiative internally and externally through social media


Kohl’s Department Stores, Metro Atlanta Market, GA, 2011-2015, Merchandising Manager

  • Launched and promoted new brands and test merchandise introduced to the market in-store, lead the store in associate development, hiring and training of new associates, interns, and managers in training, coordinated with company buyers on merchandise sales and inventory needs, launched marketing strategy specific to store localization and produced visual merchandising directives for store execution 


Sears Holding Corporation, Atlanta, GA, 2010-2011, Store Management Intern

  • Created marketing strategy for the juniors, women’s, misses, and intimate apparel businesses in-store, launched improved processes for merchandising and visuals to impact low sales areas, and created in-store planograms for new products.  


PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

PUBLICATIONS

Covington, S., Medvedev, K. (2019). “Dressing for Freedom and Justice”. Clothing Cultures, 6(2), 215-235.

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

Weigle, B., & Covington, S. “The Role of Clothing and Textiles in Defining ‘Family’, a Study of the Narratives from the Former Slave Project”. [Fashion Studies]. 


Reed, J., Covington, S., Medvedev, K. “New Directions for Fashion Education: Centering Positionality and Social Justice Pedagogy”. [Fashion and Education]

Covington, S., Medvedev, K. “Woke” Brands?: An Analysis of Racial Consciousness and the Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Fashion-Industrial Complex. [CTRJ]

WORKING PAPERS

Covington, S., Medine, C. “Africana Yogi Personae: Black Yoga Practitioners’ Aesthetic Negotiations in Dress”. [Special issue of The Arrow Journal- Blackness, Afrikanness, and Meditation, Dharma, and Buddhism].

Covington, S. “James Baldwin and the Intersections of his Sartorial and Literary Style”. [Fashion Studies Journal]. 

PRESENTATIONS

Covington, S., Reed, J., & Medvedev, K. (October 2021). Diversity in Fashion Education: Centering Positionality and Social Justice Pedagogy. Fashion Education Multilogue, Paris, France (virtual)

Covington, S. & Adisa-Farrar, T. (May 2021). The History of Cotton. The Slow Factory Open Education Winter/Spring 2021 Semester, virtual. 


Covington, S. & Watts, C. (March 2021). BLM Book Club as Communal Care. SEWSA 2021 – Precarious Times: Embodying Disobedience, Crafting Affinities, virtual. 


Covington, S. & Watts, C. (March 2021). BLM Book Club as Communal Care. AAR/SBL Southeastern Regional Meeting 2021: “Religion, Health & Disease: An Online Conference Where Interdisciplinary Lines Intersect”, virtual.  

Covington, S. (November 2020). The Intersections of Systemic Racism and Sustainability within the Fashion-industrial Complex. Fibershed 2020 Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium, virtual. 

Covington, S., Lyu, J., & Han. J. (October 2020). A Preliminary Study: CSR Advertising, Mere Exposure, and Social Activism in the Fashion-Industrial Complex. ITAA, Denver, CO (virtual). 


Covington, S. & Weigle, B. (October 2020). The Refashioning of Blaxploitation: Identity, Fashion, and Mainstream Commercialization. Fashion at the Periphery, Chicago, IL (virtual).


Covington, S., Reed, J., & Medvedev, K. (September 2020). Diversity in the Fashion-Industrial Complex: Race and Fashion. Fashion Education Multilogue, Paris, France. 

Covington, S., & Medvedev, K. (February  2020). Woke brands? An Analysis of Racial Consciousness and the Limits of Corporates Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Fashion-industrial Complex. Critical Fashion Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Covington, S. (November 2019). Dressing for Freedom and Justice. Costume Society Association Southeastern Conference, Charlotte, NC.


Covington, S. (October, 2019). Workforce Management: Entrepreneurial Literacy in High School Students. Innovation in Teaching Conference, Athens, GA. 

WORKSHOPS FACILITATED

​Covington, S. & Watts, C. (September 2021). Hood Feminism Book Club. University of Georgia.

Covington, S. & Reed, J. (May 2021). Fashion and Disability. University of Georgia.

Covington, S. & Watts, C. (February 2021). BLM Book Club. University of Georgia.

Diversity in Fashion Series: Covington, S. & Reed, J. (November 2020). Fashion and Race. University of Georgia. 

GRANTS/AWARDS

RESEARCH GRANTS RECEIVED 

Willson Center for Humanities and Art Graduate Research Award             2021

Endsley Peifer Research Award, University of Georgia                                 2020

New Approaches for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Georgia           2019

 Jan Hathcote Social Science Award, University of Georgia                        2019

FACS Funds for Excellence, University of Georgia                                       2019

AWARDS RECEIVED 

SEC Emerging Scholar                                                                                                 2021

Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award                                                                    2021

Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship, University of Georgia        2020

Myron G. Burney Service Award, Black Faculty and Staff Organization                   2019

Leadership Development Award Recipient, Kohl’s Department Stores                  2017

Seasonal Results Achievement Winner, Kohl’s Department Stores                        2013



UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

 College of Family and Consumer Sciences DEI Committee                           2021

The Fashion Connection, Contributor and Editor                                           2021

Canadian Fashion Scholars Working Group- Fashion and Race                    2019

University of Georgia Graduate School xPD Advisory Board               2019-current

Graduate Student Association,  Representative                                     2019-current

Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors Graduate Association, President    2019-current

Chess and Community, Program Coordinator                                         2019-current 

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