Debbie Welker Biography

Debbie Welker

Debbie Welker

Distinguished Instructor
223 Human Ecology Building

Areas of Expertise


Historic Costumes and Textiles


Select Honors and Awards

2008 BP Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award - Louisiana State University

2001 Integrative Graduate Education Research Training Fellowship - National Science Foundation

2000 HUEC Alumni Graduate Scholarship - Louisiana State University


MS, Historic Textile and Costume Collection Management - Louisiana State University, 1999

BS, Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising - Louisiana State University, 1994

Certification, Paralegal Studies Institute - Louisiana State University, 1989



  • Project TAM Coordinator, Agriculture Residential College, (Blake Hall), Louisiana State University
  • Sales Representative, Liz Claiborne, Baton Rouge and Hammond, Louisiana
  • Office Manager, W. M. Everhart & Son, Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Real Estate Abstractor, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips (law firm) and Counselor Title Company, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Assistant Branch Manager, Union Federal Savings & Loan Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Current Research

Cotton, Inc. Grant testing, evaluation and performance of cotton fibers and fabrics.

Courses Taught

  • TAM 2032 Introductory Apparel Design
  • TAM 2040 Textile Science
  • TAM 2041 Textile Science Laboratory
  • TAM 2045 The Fashion Industry
  • TAM 3030 Field Study in Textiles, Apparel and Retailing
  • TAM 3232 Apparel Design Studio
  • TAM 3040 International Field Study in Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising
  • TAM 4047 Internship in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising
  • TAM 3045 Visual Merchandising and Promotion Strategies
  • TAM 4071 History of Dress and Adornment Prior to 1800
  • TAM 4072 History of Dress and Adornment After 1800


Welker, D.L. & Kuttruff, J.T., A Black Silk Burial Gown from an 1853 Burial. The Costume Society of America, Symposium and 26th Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Welker, D.L., An 1853 Female Burial Gown from South Louisiana. Master’s thesis. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Kuttruff, J.T., Three Louisiana Acadian Cotonnade Quilts: Adding Pieces to a Puzzle. Uncoverings 1999 (pp. 63-86). American Quilt Group Study, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Kuttruff, J.T., Welker, D.L., Brantley, E., Despa, M.S., & Negulescu, I.I., Evaluation of Fiber Damage and Conservation Treatments of Mid-Nineteenth Century Burial Textiles.  American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, International Conference and Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia.

Kuttruff, C., Phase 1/11 Archaeological Survey and Data Recovery Investigations of the Proposed U.S. Postal Service Site (16SL177), Washington, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Report  to Crump Wilson and Associates, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.