March 7, 2022
Plattner and Doty recipients of new Marler professorships
Faculty members in the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Health and Human Sciences are recipients of two new professorships established by former K-State College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Ronald Marler.
Brandon Plattner, associate professor of anatomic pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of the Ronald J. Marler Veterinary Pathology Professorship. Kelsie Doty, assistant professor of fashion studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is the inaugural recipient of the Verna Sullivan-Marler Professor in Fashion Studies.
Marler received his bachelor's degree in 1971 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1973, both from K-State. Marler joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as a captain and subsequently returned to K-State to complete a doctorate in veterinary pathology in 1978. Marler served as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1994 to 1997. Recognized for expertise in drug development and pharmaceutical pathology and toxicology, Marler is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American Board of Toxicology.
The recipient of the veterinary pathology professorship must be a professor in the diagnostic medicine/pathobiology department; be a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists; and be someone who has a high impact on veterinary students, pathology residents and/or graduate students through teaching veterinary pathology, mentoring and conducting diagnostic service.
Plattner earned a bachelor's degree in 2000 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002 from Kansas State University. He completed a doctorate in veterinary pathology at Iowa State University, and became certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2010. He provides service in diagnostic anatomic pathology for the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and teaches systemic pathology, and coordinates the fourth-year veterinary student diagnostic medicine rotation. Plattner also is heavily involved with training anatomic pathology residents, and serves as the residency coordinator.
"Dr. Plattner is committed to training veterinary students, graduate students and pathology residents," said Bonnie Rush, Hodes family dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "We thank Dr. Marler for his service to the college, profession and country. We are grateful for this thoughtful and generous gift to recognize an exceptional faculty member and congratulate Dr. Plattner on this prestigious honor."
The recipient of the fashion studies professorship should be an outstanding teacher in the interior design and fashion studies department whose predominate research efforts are in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The professorship honors Verna Sullivan-Marler, who earned a bachelor's degree in interior design at K-State in 1971. She died in March 2021.
Doty earned a bachelor's degree in apparel and textiles with a specialization in apparel design and production in 2013 and a master's degree in apparel and textiles with an emphasis in design in 2015, both from K-State. She completed a doctorate in apparel design from Cornell University in 2020. Doty teaches courses in textiles, fashion aesthetics, apparel production, textile evaluation and computer technologies for merchandising in the interior design and fashion studies department. Her research program considers the intersections of sustainability, fashion supply chains, and communities, approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. She uses qualitative research methods alongside creative design practice to explore sustainable approaches to fashion and textile design.
"Dr. Doty is a highly valued faculty member in our interior design and fashion studies department and is a worthy recipient of this professorship," said Craig Harms, interim Betty L. Tointon dean of the college. "She is a creative and innovative teacher who connects fashion industry learning to societal needs and relates well with her students. We are very appreciative of the generosity of Dr. Marler for the Verna Sullivan-Marler Professorship in Fashion Studies."