Position: Professor of Clothing and Textiles and Director of Fashion Program

photo of Jaeil Lee

Ph. D. Ohio State University in Clothing and Textiles
Minors: Communication & History of Art
M.S. Ohio State University in Clothing and Textiles
M.S. Chungnam National University in Clothing and Textiles
B.S. Chungnam National University in Clothing and Textiles


Phone: 206-281-2196 | Email: leej@spu.edu | Office: Peterson Hall 211

Awards and Honors:

Teaching areas: Clothing and Textiles

Courses taught: Apparel Product Development, Technical Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Retailing, Retail Mathematics, Introduction to Fashion Industry, Fashion Merchandising Seminar, CAD-Apparel Design, CAD- Portfolio, Basic Sewing, Flat Pattern Design, Draping, History of Costume, Appearance and Culture, Internship, Practicum.

Research Interests: Dr. Lee's research interests are apparel product analysis and technical design, creative teaching and curriculum development, symbolism in postmodern advertising, acculturation and fashion consumerism, and global apparel market trends.

Experience: Dr. Lee joined SPU faculty in 2001. She has taught Clothing and Textiles, and directed the fashion program (Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising) since then. She has extensive teaching and industry experience in Fashion Merchandising, Apparel Design, and Product Development. Her experience includes teaching positions in colleges and technical designing position at Abercrombie and Fitch, one of the top clothing retailers in the nation. She has computer training and experience in industry apparel pattern design, product data management, and graphic design. She authored “Technical Sourcebook for Designers(2010)” with Fairchild Publication, a college-level Technical Design textbook for fashion students. She also  translated the textbook in Korean, “의류디자이너를 위한 테크니컬 디자인 지침서(2012)” with Sigma Press, Seoul, Korea. More recently, she team-worked to publish Clothing and Fashion for the “Why?”(2012) Book Series.  This is a best-selling educational book series for elementary students, which has sold over 40 million copies world-wide (record as of October 2011). 

She has presented her research in the United States and abroad. She has published in Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Journal of Fashion Information and Technology, International Journal of Costume and Culture, Korean Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, and many more. She maintains her active membership with several professional organizations. She was recently elected as Vice President of Education of International Textile and Apparel Association  (2013-2015).

Professional Memberships:
International Textiles and Apparel Association 

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 

Fashion Group International

On a lighter note:
Dr. Lee has a passion for helping young people to find their God given vision. She has served as a motivational speaker and mentor for many special retreats and community groups.

“She is a best seller writer in her native country, Korea. Her autobiography in Korean, telling the story of her 10-year- journey from South Korea to a design career in the United States, a doctorate from Ohio State University and a faculty position at Seattle Pacific University became one of the Korean best sellers in the Christian book market in Korea in 2006. Her book, I design dreams everyday propelled her into magazines, newspapers, radio, and popular TV programs in Seoul”
(Response Magazine, Autumn 2007, Seattle Pacific University, P.37).

 “I want my students to be the leaders in the industry, not the followers…
Leaders influence many people and can by their faith have a positive influence on a tough business. If you want to be a missionary, fashion is the perfect field”.
 Conventional missionaries, the designer-turned-professor tells her students, don’t have   the worldwide access they do.
(Response Magazine, Autumn 2007, Seattle Pacific University, P.37).

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