O’Neal is professor and chair of UNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS). She received a PhD in textiles and clothing from Ohio State in 1977.
Their Award of Distinction is presented to alumni who made a difference in the lives of others through outstanding professional, personal or community contributions. A nominator wrote, “She has never been afraid to move the discipline forward, such as addressing the gap in our knowledge of dress and aesthetics among African-Americans, as well as being among the first to employ interpretive research methods.”
The award copy notes that at a time when women of color faced resistance, O’Neal built a brilliant academic career. She was the first African American to be tenured in human ecology at Ohio State. See full story at http://bae.uncg.edu/2014/05/15/uncg-professor-chair-gwendolyn-oneal-receives-alumni-honor/