Wayne State College

Mary Elliott

Dr. Mary Elliott teaches the fashion merchandising courses in the family and consumer sciences area at Wayne State College. Before coming to WSC, Dr. Elliott taught fashion and FCS courses for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is a career educator with 18 years of experience teaching high school and holding state licensure in Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. She also has industry experience in retail management for Dillard’s, Inc., and Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., where she managed the number two store in the nation for sales.

She is a member of the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA). She has presented at both national and state conferences, given two keynote presentations, and recently published two case studies with the Bloomsbury Fashion Business Case digital database.


B.S. Clothing and Textiles, University of Missouri, 1984

M.Ed. Practical Arts and Vocational/Technical Education, University of Missouri, 1993

Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Tarleton State University, 2016

Academic Interests

Dr. Elliott’s research includes interests that are both academic and creative. She has conducted studies in the self-regulated learning strategies of college students. She is currently researching the historical development and evolution of needle arts related to current evolving fashion trends. Dr. Elliott holds a cognate specialty in educational technologies, which is the study of designing and developing educational environments using current technologies that enhance student learning and achievement. She continues to expand her experience and expertise by designing and teaching hybrid, flipped, and online courses.