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Sara M Stewart Stevens

Associate Professor of Practice, Director, Academic Program for Student and Industry Engagement / Student Life
Division of Textiles and Apparel, School of Human Ecology


Office Location
GEA 202

Postal Address
200 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Sara is a Assistant Professor of Practice for the Division of Textiles and Apparel.

M.S. in Textiles and Apparel Technology - University of Texas at Austin
B.A. in Geography - University of Oklahoma

The transformational power of sport and fitness is what drew Sara Stevens to Textiles and Apparel. Her journey to teaching began in the women's fitness apparel industry, where she fell in love with garments utilized for physical movement. In this industry, she was a buyer, wholesaler, visual display artist, store manager (and blossoming runner).

Sara completed her M.S. at UT. Since completing this graduate degree, she has been teaching at UT. It is her goal as an educator to continually provide unique learning opportunities and real-time industry collaboration for the TXA students, so as best to prepare them for this ever-morphing industry landscape. The parallel teaching interests of fitness apparel and brand spurred the to creation of Building An Omni-Channel Experience, a one-of-a-kind boutique course in collaboration with athletic apparel industry and brand icon, Nike.

Non UT work: Triple S Consulting - A consulting firm dedicated to supporting start-up apparel companies through all-stages of the product life-cycle.

Sara's current work includes raising the visibility of the rise in tongue cancers among young females. More about her personal experience with her 2016 cancer bout can be found at sarasjourney.com

Gender, consumer perception, consumer insights, community engagement, retail, e-commerce, apps, the shopping experience, seamless purchasing, user experience, conversion, brand, brand marketing, functional apparel, athletic apparel, agricultural education, organic fiber agriculture, the relationship of consumers with apparel past the point of purchase, experiential education, cotton, organic cotton, natural fibers.

Mourad Krifa, Sara Stewart Stevens (2016) Cotton Utilization in Conventional and Non-Conventional Textiles—A Statistical Review. Agricultural Sciences,  7: 747-758.

Sara Stewart Stevens, (2012) Cotton utilization in women’s apparel: gender, apparel purchase decisions, and fiber composition (M.S. thesis)   

2013 College of Natural Sciences Student Service Award

TXA 151  Pre-Internship Seminar
TXA 219/119  Applied Art in Visual Presentation (Visual Merchandising)
TXA 328  Research Methods for Textiles and Apparel
TXA 353  Field Experience (Retail Merchandising Internship Program)
TXA 365  Building An Omni-Channel Experience (Brand Marketing with Industry Collaborator Nike)
TXA 365  UT in NYC Seminar and Conference (with visiting professor Iris Apfel)