Dr. Rick Cottle

Assistant Professor

Dr. Rick Cottle
Room 211, Ned McWherter Learning Resources Center (LRC)
MTSU Box 86, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Auburn University (2012)
  • M.B.A., University of Phoenix (2003)
  • B.S., Auburn University (1984)

Areas of Expertise

Textiles: Fiber to Fabric
Apparel Marketing
Apparel Sizing
3D Body Scanning

Credentials Pertinent to the Field
International Textile and Apparel Association Member
Preparing Future Faculty
Phi Psi Textile Honorary Fraternity Member
LEED Accredited Professional

Experience with external funding agencies


Dr. Cottle's research stream focuses on analysis of high dimensional data generated by Three Dimensional (3D) Body Scanning as it pertains to the fit of apparel items to the human body, human health and wellness, and measuring physical activity intervention methods. The contribution to the textile and apparel field is the development of a definition of human body form and classification of human body form with the intent to improve the sizing and fit of apparel items.