Dr. Caroline Kobia
Dr. Caroline Kobia is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program at Mississippi State University (MSU), USA. She is a Kenyan native and earned her Ph.D. in Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. Additionally, she is certified in 1) Global Social Entrepreneurship through Philanthropy University, 2) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) through Apparel Information Management System (AIMS360), and 3) Online Instruction through MSU. Dr. Kobia is certified in rural education and policy leadership, works with small businesses to revitalize economic growth, and mentors veterans interested in starting or expanding a business through the Boots to Business program hosted by the College of Business at MSU. She is a recipient of four fellowships: 1) the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) offered by The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, 2) Community Engagement Fellowship through MSU, 3) the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow through MSU, and 4) the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship. Dr. Kobia has won several awards, including the Teacher of the Year in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at MSU. An advocate for global learning and diversity, Dr. Kobia has intentionally initiated programs that advance international education and engagement for all students through faculty-led study-abroad programs to Europe and Africa.