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Department of Plant Sciences

Donna M. Brown, PhD

Donna Brown

Interim Department Head, Plant Sciences

Department 3354
1000 E University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Office: Ag 160/3007
Phone: 307-766-4135


Associate Dean, 2012-present
Professor, University of Wyoming, 2004-present
Family and Consumer Sciences Department Head, 2010-2012
Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, 1993-2004
Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, 1987-1993


Ph.D.  Textile Technology - University of New South Wales, 1987.
B.S.  Honours Class I, Textile Technology - University of New South Wales, Australia 1983.


Professional Memberships

International Textile and Apparel Association
American Sewing Guild
International Quilt Association
Silk Painters International
American Quilt Association


Perspectives in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCSC 1010) 
Beginning Clothing Construction (FCSC 1170) 
Fashion Illustration (FCSC 2175)
Clothing Construction Techniques (FCSC 3170) 
Textile Testing and Product Analysis (FCSC 4175) 
Fiber Arts (FCSC 4178)

Research/Creative Endeavor

In the last several years, my scholarly focus has been more directed in the area of creative contributions where I have enjoyed considerable success/recognition at the national level, placing highly in many national/international juried shows and competitions.  Although I have competed through both academic and industry sectors, I have found that the type of creative work I do is more easily recognized/understood through industry competitions.  Each creative submission is usually the result of many intensive months to plan, develop techniques and then produce the actual work.

My creative endeavors are directly related to my teaching, with much of my teaching being involved in the areas of design and apparel construction.  My personal success has encouraged students to create and submit works to juried exhibits and competitions.  I have worked hard to establish this as a priority for students, partly by modeling such behavior, and creating opportunities for them to show their work.  An example would be the annual Coat Couture exhibit, which has become the featured summer exhibit at the University of Wyoming’s Centennial Complex American Heritage Center.

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