Personal evaluation and reflection deepens my sense of consciousness towards the mission and vision of St. Catherine University and the realization that I have embodied this mission and vision. St. Catherine University has given me inspiration, the opportunity to work with wonderful people, and helped me grow and flourish as an individual, educator, researcher, and servant leader. This growth has enabled me to bring forth progressive influence on my students, colleagues, and community. It has brought me bliss, triumph, and an empowerment to continue the journey.
I have been teaching at St. Catherine University since 2005. I have found St. Kate’s to be an ideal place for life-long learning and personal growth where all individuals are rendered in a positive and supporting environment to become transformational leaders.
Sustainable fashion and apparel-design and product management; sustainability education within fashion and apparel; qualitative research; collaborative research; experiential learning; systems and design thinking.
Ph.D., Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Iowa State University
Master of Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Iowa State University
Master of Science, Textiles and Clothing
University of Delhi, New Delhi
Bachelor of Science, Home Science (Textiles and Clothing Concentration)
University of Delhi, New Delhi
Rutherford Teaching Challenge Winner, International Textiles and Apparel Association Conference, Cleveland, November 6-9, 2018
Included in Exhibition “Storied Lives: Women and their Wardrobes" for the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) at the University of Minnesota, Jan 27-May 13, 2018
Invited Featured Speaker on Sustainable Fashion, Fashion Week, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, October 24-25, 2017
11th Annual Bonnie Jean and Joan Kelly Award for Academic Excellence, St. Catherine University, September 6, 2017
Nominated for the 2017 Patricia O'Connor Myser Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. St. Catherine University, March 2017
Nominated to Board of Directors, Textile Center of Minnesota, March 2017
Invited to represent Textile Sector, India International Chamber of Commerce, 2017
Invited Panelist, The True Cost Movie Screening, Organized by KOKOON, Cult Collective, MN Social Impact Hub, and Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, September 14, 2015
Design Jury, International Textiles and Apparel Association, 2014-present
Invited to research and produce a mini exhibit highlighting some of the unique connections between Indian producers, designers and American consumers for Beyond Bollywood exhibit at Minnesota History Center, April 30-July 10, 2016
Invited to present a mini fashion show of original fashion with Indian textiles, at History Flirt: Flirting with Bollywood event, Beyond Bollywood exhibit at Minnesota History
Center, May 10, 2016
Star Innovator, Deep Collaboration and Concurrent Engineering: Directing Talent and Time Toward Good Ends, Sr. Andrea, President, St. Catherine University, September 1,
Interviewed and quoted for a graduate thesis @ School of Visual Arts in New York City, which is looking at the ways in which fashion design schools are incorporating ethics and sustainability in the curriculum, February, 2015
Collaborative work with University of Notre Dame Educational Outreach and Center for Social Concerns for creating teaching modules on social justice aspect of clothing production using Pastoral Cycle model. Requested by Sister Andrea to partner with colleagues at St. Mary’s Notre Dame. Summer 2014-present
Sustainability Outlook India. (2014). Sector Expert Evaluation Panelist, Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards 2014.
St. Catherine University. (2013). Faculty Development Seminar for India, May 23–June 1, 2013
Cotton Incorporated. (2013). Sustainable Cotton Supply Chain Workshop
Already Pretty.com. (2013). Featured on the social responsibility and body image website with a mission to show that body knowledge gained through explorations of personal style can foster self-love and self-respect.
Sol Inspirations. (2012). Invited judge for Eco Fashion Show
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. (2011). National New Achiever Award.
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. (2011). Featured on Spotlight
Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. (2010). Minnesota State New Achiever Award
St. Catherine University, Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grant, Upcycling of textiles waste, Summer 2018
SBPS Grant to invite a wearable technology fashion designer to campus, February 21-23, 2018
APDC Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant for research on design as an agent of change, 2015-16. Funded.
St. Catherine University, Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grant, 3D Printing in Fashion, Summer 2015
Collaborative Research funding for teaching and research using Digitizer technology, May 2014. Funded.
Pasricha, A. & Wilber, J. (2014). Better messaging, better marketing.
Pasricha, A., Hokkanen, M. & Stangler, N. (2011). Organic Apparel: Flourishing or Lacking in the Apparel Industry.
St. Catherine University Faculty Development Seminar to India (2013).
APDC Travel Grant (2013).
Sustainable Cotton Supply Chain (2013).
The Power in Story: A Content Analysis of Fair Trade Language (2013).
St. Catherine University Summer Scholar Grant (2012).
ACDC Travel Grant (2012).
St. Catherine University Summer Scholar Grant (2011).
ACDC Travel Grant (2011).
Associate Professor, St. Catherine University, 2005–Present
Department Chair, Apparel Merchandising and Design, St. Catherine University, 2012–Present
Executive Director, Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices, International Textiles and Apparel Association, January 2015–Present
Board of Directors, Textile Center of Minnesota, 2017–Present
Group Member, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 2013–Present
Co-Chair, Family, Consumer, and Nutritional Sciences, St. Catherine University, 2011–2012
Select Peer Reviewed Publications
Pasricha, A. & Greeninger, R. (December, 2018). Exploration of 3D Additive Printing to Create Sustainable Fashion Notions and Jewelry. Fashion and Textiles. (in process)
Pasricha, A., Sesma, A. & Sweeney, N. (2018). Self-objectification among women athletes and athletic apparel selection. Current Trends in Fashion Technology and Textile Engineering.
Pasricha, A. & Bhardwaj, M. (2016, June). Ritu Kumar And Rahul Mishra – Empowering Craftsman And Nurturing Cultural Legacy. Fibre2Fashion.
Wilber, J. & Pasricha, A. (2016). Content analysis of web-based narrative for Fair Trade apparel. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
Pasricha, A. (2014, November). Sari. In M. D. Strauss and A. Lynch (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Ethnic Clothing in the United States.
Wilber, J. & Pasricha, A. "The Power in Story: a Content Analysis of Fair Trade Language."
Landgren, T. & Pasricha, A. (2011). Transforming the fashion and apparel curriculum to incorporate sustainability, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
Pasricha A. & Kadolph, S. J. (2009). Millennial generation and fashion education: A discussion on agents of change, International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education.
Pasricha, A. Student expectations on content and pedagogy for sustainability within textiles and apparel curriculum. Walter Leal, Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons.
Sustainability Education: Inclusive Lens for Global Economy-an ESRAP Panel, Sustainability in Fashion, Regents University London and ITAA Joint Conference, July 30-August 1, 2019
Reimagining ITAA Meta Goals, Workshop facilitator, International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA), Re-imagine the Re-Newable, Cleveland, OH, November 8, 2018
ESRAP Building Partnerships Across Globe to Elevate Sustainability Focused Curriculum and Research, AASHE 2018, Pittsburg, October, 2018 (With Tara Konya, Southern New Hampshire University)
Life Cycle Analysis of a Garment, Invited Guest Speaker, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Undergraduate Course, Contemporary Issues in Sustainable Fashion funded by Cotton Inc., October 19, 2018
Cradle 2 Cradle, Waste=Food, Invited Honored Guest Speaker, Iowa State University Graduate Course, AMD 565, Sustainability-Theory & Practical Applications, October 11, 2018
Teaching Sustainability: A short-term study abroad to India, Fashion and the Future of Design Symposium, 100 Years of Design Graduate Education, University of Minnesota, September 28, 2018
Invited Speaker, Human rights and fast fashion, True cost Screening, Worn Wear Tour, University of Minnesota, April 5, 2017.
Sustainability infused curriculum- through the lens of Resilience, Resolve, and Renewal, Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, September 30, 2017
Invited Panelist, Fashion industry needs and sustainability, Post Graduate Orientation Program, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, India, August 1, 2017.
Triple Bottom Line - Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Ethical Practices as Integrated Concepts Within Curriculum-An ESRAP Panel, November 9, 2016, International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA): Blending Cultures, Vancouver, Canada
Embedding Socially Responsible Practices within and across the Curriculum: Where We Have Been and What's Next - An ESRAP Panel, November 11, 2015, International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) 2015: Celebrating The Unique, Santa Fe, NM
Using the ITAA Meta-goals for Outcomes Assessment and Program Improvement- Panel. November 13, 2015, International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) 2015: Celebrating The Unique, Santa Fe, NM
Invited as Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Fashion and Textiles, Jodhpur, India, March 12-13, 2015.
Invited panelist on digital session on Sustainable Fashion at Sustainable Fashion 2020, Institute of Apparel Management, India, February 21, 2015.
Pasricha, A. & Speath, C. (2014). "Advocating for diverse populations through internationalization." AAFCS 2014
Pasricha, A. (2014). "Safe Space and Well-Being: Knowledge and Skills for Sustainability." AAFCS 2014
Pasricha, A. & Wilber, J. (2014). "Better messaging, better marketing." 2014 Fair Trade Federation Conference
Pasricha, A. (2014). "Curriculum and Technology Trends in Fashion & Apparel." Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference
Pasricha, A., Sesma, A. & Sweeney, N. (2013). "Self-objectification among Women Athletes and Athletic Apparel Selection." Fashion and Social Responsibility Symposium, University of Minnesota
Pasricha, A. (2012). "The regal redesign trunk show: Employing collaborative learning to educate apparel design students on sustainability." International Textiles and Apparel Association Conference
Pasricha, A. (2012). "Student expectations on content and pedagogy for sustainability within textiles and apparel curriculum." World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities
Pasricha, A. & Landgren, T. (2012). "Transforming the fashion and apparel curriculum to incorporate sustainability." World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stangler, N., Hokannen, M. & Pasricha, A. (2012). "Organic Cotton Apparel: Flourishing or Lacking within the Apparel Industry." (Accepted) for NCUR. National Conference for Undergraduate Research
Pasricha, A. (2011). "Weaving Environmental Sustainability Competencies into Courses and Curriculum: A dialogue about successes and challenges" (Panelist). Celebrating Inclusivity and Innovation, Annual Conference of International Textiles and Apparel Association, Philadelphia
Pasricha, A. & Kadolph, S. (2011). "Synergy between students, academia and industry: Prospects for curriculum enhancement." Korea Academy of Marketing Science and International Textile & Apparel Association
Pasricha, A., Cheek, W., Davis, L., Frazier, B. & Ruppert-Stroescu, M. (2011). "Assessment and the ITAA Meta-goals: Strategies and Best Practices" (Special topics session). "Celebrating Inclusivity and Innovation," Annual Conference of International Textiles and Apparel Association, Philadelphia
Pasricha, A., Damhorst, M. & Kadolph, S. (2011). "Exploration of the Meaning of Sustainability in the Textiles and Apparel Discipline." Celebrating Inclusivity and Innovation, Annual Conference of International Textiles and Apparel Association, Philadelphia
Pasricha, A. & Malinski, M. (2011). "Multicultural competency through service learning," Educational Session. Conference of American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), Phoenix, AZ