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Mhango Named Chair of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, Hospitality Dept.
July 29, 2013
MACOMB, IL – Mary Mhango, formerly a professor in the College of Education at Marshall University (West Virginia), has been named chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality. She began serving in the chair position July 15.
Mhango formerly served as a program coordinator for family and consumer sciences at Marshall University (since 2006).
Mhango earned her Ph.D. in textiles and clothing from Iowa State University in 2006, her master's degree in home economics education from Mount Saint Vincent University (Nova Scotia, Canada) in 1985 and her bachelor's degree in clothing and textiles (apparel design) from the University of Missouri Columbia in 1974.
Mhango's research and work has been published in such academic journals as the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. She has authored and co-authored chapters in such books as "Innovative Teaching: Experiences and Insights from Eastern and Southern Africa Universities" and "Biotechnology: A Hope or a Threat."
During her academic career, she has received such scholarly honors and awards as the Women of Color Award from Marshall University (2010) and the Mainstream Living Academic Scholarship (Iowa State University, 2005).
From 1994-2002, Mhango served as the chair (founding) of the University of Botswana Department of Home Economics Education, and from 1990-94, she served as the chair of the University of Malawi Department of Home Economics.
Currently, Mhango serves as reviewer for the Journal of Career and Technical Education Research and has served as a reviewer for the Clothing and Textile Research Journal.
Learn more about the WIU Dept. of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality at wiu.edu/dfmh.