Faculty

Monica McMurry, Dean, School of Design 
Monica McMurry serves as the dean of the School of Fashion and Design and the curator of the Stephens College Costume Museum and Research Library. She has 30 years of teaching experience in the fashion field. McMurry graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from Stephens College. In 1993, she received her M.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the School of Textile and Apparel Management and is currently in the final phases of pursuing a Ph.D. in the same school. Her dissertation topic centers on the dress and historic influence of Jacqueline Kennedy toward women from 1959-63.

During her teaching career, McMurry has taught both studio and lecture courses in all three fashion programs. She is a member of ITAA (International Textile and Apparel Association), the Costume Society of America (CSA), Fashion Group International and Kappa Omicron Nu. She has presented both juried fashion designs and scholarly research for both ITAA and CSA. In Spring 2011, she was invited to present two of her fashion designs at the Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology.

Her work with the Costume Museum and Research Library has given her the opportunity to speak across the nation about historic dress. From 1983 to 1999, she ran her own custom sewing and design business. 

Kirsteen Buchanan, Associate Professor 
Kirsteen Buchanan, a Stephens alumna, has taught at Stephens since 1996. Her 13 years of professional experience in fashion design and product development include designing for major manufacturers such as I.B. Diffusion and Eddie Haggar, Ltd.; for the Chicago-area retailer Chas A. Stevens, and for Dallas-based Brookshire Knitting Mills, working with clients from Banana Republic to Eileen Fisher. She is the sponsor of Modeling Group at Stephens.

Her freelance clients have included Spyder Skiwear, Pappagallo Stores and Beverly Hills Polo Club. She has also designed costumes for Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and for dance company and community theatre productions in Dallas. Buchanan has a Master of Arts in Visual Communications from the Missouri School of Journalism. Buchanan's most recent designs were seen in the juried Surface Design Association show, “Fabricate.” She was a 2003 finalist in the GenArt/Florida Grapefruit Juice National Handbag Design Challenge, a 2002 finalist in the “Inspired By Threads” competition and a 2001 finalist in the Beefeater Bold Spirits Design Competition. Her involvement in business and fashion outside Stephens includes membership in the Surface Design Association, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and Fashion Group International. 

Courtney Cothren, Assistant Professor 
Courtney Cothren, a Stephens alumna, has taught at Stephens since 2006. She is on leave for the 2014-2015 academic year.

John Dailey, Assistant Professor 
Dr. John Dailey is assistant professor of communication design. He previously served on the faculties of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.; Southwest Missouri State University; the University of Kentucky; and Ball State University. Prior to that, he worked at CBS and NBC affiliates in Lexington, Ky. Dailey is a charter member of the Indiana Usability Professionals Association, a member of Interaction Design Association and a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Kentucky. 


Barbara Scott Dawdy, Assistant Professor
Barbara Scott Dawdy is a business consultant, working artist and, most recently, the VP, chief marketing and operations officer at Celadon Construction Management (DBA Joseph Kent Construction). Dawdy has also served as VP, chief marketing and communications officer at William Woods University; VP, sales and marketing at Midwest United Credit Union and director of client and business development for K Dunn & Associates. Dawdy holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in organizational management. She is a member of Zonta International and has served on the board of directors for Mid-MO Public Relations Society of America and The Little Theatre of Jefferson City. 


Tina Ehrhardt, Assistant Professor
Tina Ehrhardt joined the faculty as an assistant professor at Stephens in 2010 in the graduate business program. She oversees the graduate business programs in her role as program director and advises students. Ehrhardt received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa, her Master of Education from Washington State University, and her Master of Business Administration from Stephens College. Ehrhardt is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has been certified since 1993. Prior to joining the Stephens faculty, Ehrhardt was manager of human resources for a contract research organization and has 20 years of human resource management experience. She serves on the board of directors for the Heart of Missouri United Way and the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.

She is president of the Human Resources Association of Central Missouri. Ehrhardt presented “Onboarding! Moving from Orienting to Us to Onboarding for You” at the United States Distance Learning Association. She is passionate about learning and leadership development through volunteerism with a focus on women leaders. When she is not working, she enjoys running, outdoor activities, cooking, reading, and socializing with friends and family. She is usually training for a running race and an occasional triathlon.

Kate GrayAssistant Professor 
Kate Gray is an assistant professor of graphic design. She received her B.F.A. in Advertising Art and a minor in Marketing from the University of North Texas. Gray has more than 30 years of professional experience in all areas of the communication and design field. Her experience includes: owning her own award-winning design firm, Add Design; designing for the Intel Corporation; and managing a creative team as the assistant director of publications at the University of Missouri. 

In 2007, Gray joined the faculty of Stephens College. She is a Wakonse fellow and was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 2011. Gray is working on her M.F.A. in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also an award-winning professional fine artist and a member of the board of directors for the Missouri Watercolor Society.

Allie Grotts, Assistant Professor 
Dr. Allie Grotts holds a Ph.D. in Textile and Apparel Management from the University of Missouri, College of Human Environmental Sciences, an M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Illinois State University and a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She has been an instructor at Westminster College and a graduate instructor at MU and ISU. She previously worked as a brand logistics expert for GAP and a sales associate for Von Maur.

Cindy Hazelrigg, Assistant Professor 
Cindy Hazelrigg is assistant professor of Event and Convention Management. She taught the special event courses in the minor for more than five years before the program became a major. She completed her M.B.A. in 2013.

Prior to teaching, Hazelrigg was a conference coordinator with the University of Missouri Conference Office. In addition, she began her career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, working with groups to plan their conferences and events. This experience has given Hazelrigg a perspective from a variety of different viewpoints, lending to her wide range of industry knowledge and contemporary trends. Hazelrigg loves teaching and enjoys the fresh and vibrant youth, yet driven nature, of Stephens College students and is looking forward to further developing and growing the exciting Event and Convention Management major.

Personally, Hazelrigg loves to assist others, as well as organizations in planning their meetings and events. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, as well as her very large family. An avid sports fan, she loves cheering on her favorite teams and staying active herself.  

Lisa D. Lenoir, Assistant Professor 
Lisa D. Lenoir, an assistant professor of fashion communication, takes an interdisciplinary approach to her fashion communication instruction and research, drawing theories from communication and media; linguistics; and fashion business history and current issues. Recently, she presented research papers in New York and Chicago related to Global Englishes and fashion blogs and fashion in India and Cuba.

Lenoir graduated with distinction from DePaul University with an M.S. in International Public Service. She also received a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Graphic Design from Indiana University. Upon completion of her studies, she worked for numerous newspapers in the Midwest, covering everything from police/fire to fashion. Lenoir’s entry into fashion writing came organically through her early stories featuring boutique owners, who explained the business side of retail and partnered with her on editorial/advertising special sections. This knowledge fueled her interest in fashion and led her to reporting and editing positions in Indianapolis and eventually, Chicago, where she served as the Chicago Sun-Times’ reporter and then, its fashion editor. During her tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times, she covered Fashion Weeks in New York and Milan, as well as the fashion, travel, society and retail business scene in Chicago.

She has won individual and team journalism awards for commentary, travel and social issues. She is a member of the Costume Society of America.

Maureen Lowary, Assistant Professor 
Maureen Lowary has 16 years of teaching experience and eight plus years of fashion industry experience. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received the Alumni Association Award for the Outstanding Senior of 1980. In 1979, she received an award from the American Velvet Association for her Velvet Eveningwear design.

Lowary began her career on Seventh Avenue as an assistant designer to Liz Claiborne. She has also worked for Crazy Horse, Kathryn Conover and Rugged Wear Ltd. She has freelanced for Nicole Miller in New York and Big Smith in Missouri as well as a number of private individuals. Lowary has served as a guest critic for the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth apparel and textile design departments and has judged fashion shows for the local 4-H chapter here in central Missouri as well as the “Make It With Wool” competition.

Besides teaching and designing, Lowary runs her own internet business called China Memories. With China Memories, she hand makes silk brocade covered memory books for families who have adopted children from China. She hopes to introduce a memory book for families with Korean children in the near future.

Tina Marks, Assistant Professor 
Tina Marks graduated with a B.A. in French from the University of Missouri with a concentration in Studio Art and Art History. She attended the Sorbonne, in Paris, to study French language, culture and civilization. While in Paris, Marks discovered her true love was fashion. After graduation, she opened her own custom dressmaking boutique near Kansas City, Mo. A few years later, she opened an antique clothing and jewelry store in historic Hermann, Mo. While running this store, she decided to take classes at Stephens College in millinery, pattern-making and draping. During her time at Stephens, she earned the Jeannene Booher Award. Her senior collection, based on a 1912 theme, won the highest number of votes from the Jury of Selection.

After finishing her coursework at Stephens, she worked in apparel design, product development and sourcing for the J. Peterman Co., Lucia, Inc., and the Cato Corporation. Her overseas experience includes working in Hong Kong, France, Italy and Portugal.

Most recently, Marks ran her own jewelry design business. Her pieces have been sold in galleries, at shows and in retail shops in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Missouri. She is currently finishing her master's degree in textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri.

Laura Flacks Narrol, Assistant Professor
Laura Flacks Narrol joined Stephens in Fall 2010. She was born in Toronto, Canada, completing her undergraduate work at York University’s Schulick School of Business. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Missouri. Early in her career, she spent several years as a financial consultant and then spent two years back-packing through Europe and the Middle East learning language and gaining an appreciation for culture.

Flacks Narrol moved to Columbia in 1996 and began her work with both profit and nonprofit firms focusing on business management, organizational strategy, grant writing, finance, human resources and marketing. She has a passion for community service and is actively involved in several volunteer positions. She is an avid gardener writing a column for the suburban gardener published in Small Farm Today.

Pam Shackelford, Associate Professor
Pam Shackelford's area of expertise is in finance, accounting and management. She began teaching as an adjunct instructor in 1998 and committed to full-time teaching in 2004. She teaches both in the undergraduate residential program and our online graduate business programs.

Prior to embarking on a full-time teaching career, Shackelford was a financial analyst with Monsanto Corporation in St. Louis for 15 years. In addition to her general accounting responsibilities for Monsanto, she specialized in fixed asset management. Earlier in her career, she ran a nonprofit organization for disadvantaged children, and she and her husband created and operated a successful small business for many years.

Shackelford has an M.B.A. and is active in professional organizations, including the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), where she serves as a regional board of director. She serves as a judge for DECA and Doors to Diplomacy and is active in her community.

Irina Tevzadze, Assistant Professor
Irina Tevzadze has an M.F.A. and a B.F.A. from the Department of Fashion Design and Decorative and Applied Arts, Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia. She has been an artist, fashion designer and fashion and art instructor. Her work has been exhibited at The Fabulous Fox Theatre and TULA Art Center in Atlanta, TMS Art Gallery in Tbilisi, Georgia, and at galleries throughout Columbia. She has been featured in AMARTA Art Magazine and STUDIO magazine and was the subject of a 1993 documentary film, Irina.