Karla Teel, Ph.D.
Wrangler Associate Professor & Apparel Design and Internship Coordinator
Karla Teel headshot

363 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849



Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2002, Apparel Technology
M.A., Auburn University, 1996, Apparel Manufacturing
B.S., Auburn University, 1992, Textile Engineering
Dr. Karla Teel’s academic interests include technical design, apparel CAD, and apparel production management. For her research interest, Dr. Teel is considered an expert in the field of 3D body scanning technology where her research has been presented internationally in England, Korea, Egypt, Australia, and Hong Kong. Recent research projects include scale development for tween girls and boys with reference to BMI and puberty in 3D, the Freshman 15 (a longitudinal study of body weight and shape patterns in college students using 3D body scanning), classification and fit preference of men’s body shapes, technical aspects of the different 3D body scanners on the market, body image and body size of tween girls and boys and using avatars with 4th & 5th grade children to see the influence on obesity. Prior to joining Auburn in 2005, Dr. Teel worked for two land grant institutions of North Carolina State and University of Missouri. She has co-authored 35 works with 27 of them being peer reviewed, had 76 conference presentations and 13 invited presentations nationally and internationally. She has also received over $1.5 million in grants for teaching and research.
Selected Publications
Michaelson, D., Gascon, S., & Teel, K.P. (2022, In-Revision). Interdisciplinary approach to designing female posture compression garment. Submitted to Fashion & Textiles.

Rolling, V., & Teel, K.P. (2021, November). Beholding: The neuroaesthetic experience of a synesthetic dress. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 1-11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17543266.2021.2011964

Rolling, V., & Teel, K.P. (2021). Perceptions of an Electronic Dress as Fashion, Art, and Costume. Dress, 47(2), 167-179. https://doi-org.spot.lib.auburn.edu/10.1080/03612112.2020.1799568

Michaelson, D., Gascon, S., & Teel, K.P. (2020, June). Investigating female athlete’s compression garment needs and satisfaction levels. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 13(3), 247-255. https://doi.org/10.1080/17543266.2020.1782481

Michaelson, D., Teel, K.P., & Chattaraman, V. (2018). Assessing Rock Climbers’ Functional Needs in Climbing Pants. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 36(4), pp. 235-250. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887302X187835800

Arsiwalla, D.D., Arnold, A.W., Teel, K.P., Ulrich, P.V. & Gropper, S.S. (2018, February). The interactive role of eating regulation and stress in the prediction of weight‐related outcomes among college students. Stress and Health, 34(1), 59-71. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2760

Koo, H., Teel, K.P., & Han, S. (2016). Explorations of design factors for developments of protective gardening gloves. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 34(4), 257-271. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887302X16653671

Koo, H., Michaelson, D., Teel, K.P., Park, H., & Park, M. (2016) Design preferences on wearable e-nose systems for diabetes. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 28(2), 216-232. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJCST-10-2015-0113/full/html
Honors and Awards
• The Fashion Event. Top 5 for the Most Entertaining Campus Event (2022)
• Awarded the Wrangler Professorship in CADS (2018)
• Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award Nominee (2018)
• University Intramural Grants Program. PI. (2016)
• Paper of Distinction, International Textile and Apparel Association (2015)