dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel

Faculty Profile: Sherri A. Gahring

Sherri A. Gahring

Specialties & Expertise

  • Sustainability for small retailers
  • Community Development and First Impressions
  • Protective clothing for sun exposure and pesticide use
  • Youth development through apparel

Course titles (resident and outreach teaching):

Resident Teaching
  • ADes 1221 Fundamentals of Garment Assembly
  • ADes 2214 Softlines Analysis
Outreach Teaching
  • Small Store Success Strategies
  • Designing the Future: Community Strategies
  • Sun Safety for Outdoor Workers

Selected Scholarship

  • Gahring, S., Bruin, M., Martinson, B., & Hannert, A. (2008). Integrating public engagement with community development at the University. Galaxy III National Extension Conference.
  • Lee, S., Johnson, K., Gahring, S., & Lee, S. (2008). Business strategies of successful rural retailers in competition with large discount retailers. Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles, 32(6), 969-979.
  • Lee, S., Johnson, K., Gahring, S. (2008). Small-town consumers’ disconfirmation of expectations and satisfaction with local independent retailers. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 36(2), 143-157.
  • Gahring, S., & Pesch, R. (2007). Using evaluation to improve retail analysis and development program. National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Gahring, S. (2007). Sun and heat stress protective clothing for outdoor workers. Midwest Green Expo., Minneapolis Convention Center.
  • LaBat, K., DeLong, M., Gahring, S., & Lee, P. (2005). A longitudinal study of sun protective attitudes and behaviors. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 33(3), 240-254.
  • Gahring, S. & LaBat, K. (2004). Evaluation of sun protective practices and attributes of outdoor transportation workers. International Textile and Apparel Association, Portland, Oregon. Available through: www.itaaonline.org.
  • DeLong, M., Gahring, S., Bye, E., & Johnson, K. (2002). Using the Internet to enhance business opportunities in rural areas. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 94(3), 33-38.

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Extension Community Vitality Honors and Awards Committee, 2008-09.
  • Extension Faculty Consultative Committee, 2007-08.
  • College of Design Honors and Awards Committee (Chair) 2007-08.
  • MN Textile Center, Education Outreach Chair, 2006-07.
  • Co-Program Leader for the Retail Analysis and Development Extension Program, 2004-09.


  • College of Design Outstanding Outreach Team Award, for Designing the Future: Community Strategies Project, 2008.
  • Extension Dean and Director’s Double Bottom Line Award for the Retail and Analysis and Development Program, 2006.
  • Extension Dean and Director’s Distinguished Team Award for the Retail and Analysis and Development Program, 2005.
  • Minnesota Association for Extension Educators’ Team Award for Retail Analysis and Development Program, 2005.
  • Excellence in Extension Community Vitality Programming award for the Retail Analysis and Development Extension Program, 2005.
  • Outstanding Support to Minnesota 4-H, 2002.
  • Outstanding Contributions to College and Community Award for the College of Human Ecology, 2000.


Professor Emerita

Apparel Design Program; Retail Merchandising Program

Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

240 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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