Texas Tech University

Sharran Parkinson, Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate Program Director, Department Chairperson
Interior Design

Email: Sharran.Parkinson@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7617

Office: HS 211A

Dr. Sharran Parkinson is Chair and Professor of the Department of Design, Texas Tech University. She has over twenty five years of experience teaching design at the university level. Previously she was Chair of Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University (2004-2014) and Associate Professor and Chair of Interior Architecture at Ohio University (1992-2004). She is a professional member of the International Interior Design Association and the Interior Design Educators Council. She served for several years as a site visitor for the Council of Interior Design Accreditation and currently serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design. Dr. Parkinson was selected by DesignIntelligence as a top design educator in the country, and she has earned several research and service awards from Interior Design Educator's Council and the Journal of Interior Design.

Dr. Parkinson teaches studio and design history courses and has published articles on design history and pedagogy. Recently she presented her research on the Women of the Roycroft Movement at Sapienza Universita di Roma; and she presented the Department of Design's outreach project (Design for Conjoined Twins) at Imperial College, London. She is both designer and artist and continues to exhibit her paintings and collages. Professional projects include residential, hospice, and assisted living designs. Her undergraduate degree is in Graphic Art from Stephens College. She earned an MS in Interior Design from Florida State University and PhD in Comparative Arts from Ohio University.

Dr. Parkinson is passionate about design. She welcomes and enjoys meeting perspective students to discuss their future possibilities at Texas Tech University.

Sharran Parkinson

Professional Membership & Service

International Interior Design Association Professional Member 1995- present
Interior Design Educators Council 1992- present
Journal of Interior Design Editorial Review Board 2006- present
NEWH, Hospitality Industry Network 2004- present
NASAD, Institutional Affiliation
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
The Arts in Society, 2006, 2014- 2016.
The Medici Circle, TTU School of Art and Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 2014- present
YWCA Lubbock, Board Member 2018- present
International Textile and Apparel Association, 2016 – present

Past Professional Service

Council for Interior Design Accreditation Site Visitor/ Chair 1994- 2013
Design Futures Council, VCU Institutional Member 2009- 2013; Texas Tech Institutional Member 2014- 2016

Current Research & Related Grants in Progress

Parkinson, S.,  “Eleanor LeMaire” (research in progress at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art & TTU) 2016 - present.

Parkinson, S. “Women Artists of the Roycroft” (paper in progress) 2017 - present. 

Peer Reviewed Publications & Proceedings (past 4 years at TTU)

Schambureck, E., Parkinson, S. (2018). Design for Sight: A Typology System for Low-Vision Design Factors. Journal of Interior Design, 43(2), 33-54.

Alansari, A. with Pati, D., Parkinson, S., Gaines, K., and Alnajadah, A. "Examining Preparedness of Interior Design Students in Kuwait from a Global Design Firm Perspective." Design Principles and Practices: An Journal. CG Publishers, 2016.

Mahdaly, A. with Pati, D., Parkinson, S., and Duemer, S. "The influence of the visual and direct physical accessibility on the sense of control of Saudi women in the home environment," The World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology Conference, London, UK, 2016. Conference proceedings.

Parkinson, S. "Clothing Design for Conjoined Twin Infants: Outreach and Design Bring Meaning to a Family", Tenth Conference of Arts in Society, Imperial College, London, 2015. Conference proceedings.

Parkinson, S. "The Women of the Roycroft", Ninth Conference of the Arts in Society, Sapienzia University of Rome, College of Architecture, 2014. Conference proceedings.

Charlton, E. (Presenter & Author), Shin, S., Parkinson, S., 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference, "Clothing for conjoined twins," Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. (March 31, 2015). Conference proceedings.

Peacock, N. (Presenter & Author), Charlton, E. (Presenter & Author), Shin, S. (Presenter & Author), Parkinson, S. (Presenter & Author), The 2nd annual TTU Research Conference, "Clothing Design for Conjoined Twins," Center for the Integration of STEM Education & Research (CISER), Lubbock, TX. (November 18, 2014). Conference proceedings


Parkinson, S. "Les sept princesses: the influence of Maurice Maeterlinck's dramatic symbols, as depicted in his play, upon the visual symbols of Margaret MacDonald". Dissertation 1994 v, 178 leaves: Illustrations English; Illustrations French. Held by Ohio University and Art Institute of Chicago.

Peer Reviewed Publications/ Presentations related to Dissertation

Parkinson, S. "Margaret Macdonald: Lost Works Discovered in Vienna Basement", Women Artists News.

Parkinson, S. "The Collaboration between Artist and Architect Achieves Aesthetic Organization", Environmental Design Research Association International Conference, San Francisco.

Parkinson, S. "Les Sept Princesses: A Vienna Discovery Renews Interest in the Art and Collaborative Interiors of Margaret Macdonald", Journal of Interior Design.

Parkinson, S. "Les Sept Princesses: The influence of Maurice Maeterlinck's dramatic symbols, as depicted in his play, upon the visual symbols of Margaret Macdonald." French XX Bibliography 53: Critical and Biographical References for the Study of French Literature since 1885. Susquehanna University Press.

Department of Design