Teaching Excellence Award

Submission Deadline: October 19, 2018


The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes an individual’s or individuals’ success in the development and delivery of a specific educational experience that yields exceptional student learning. Any IDEC member in good standing can make a nomination for the IDEC Teaching Excellence Award. Individuals may not self-nominate.


  • IDEC member in good standing
  • IDEC member for at least two years
  • The educational experience must be associated with an established interior design program within higher education.
  • If a team is being nominated, then one team member must meet the above qualifications and have made significant contributions to the development and delivery of the educational experience.


  • Relevance of project to interior design.
  • Effective method/technique that yields exceptional student learning outcome
  • Specific teaching excellence documented by development and repetition of a teaching effort such as a project, assignment, exercise, field trip, etc.
  • Articulation of the purpose, methods, and outcomes of the project


Each nomination shall contain the following information:

  • Nomination Letter (from Nominator): The nominator must submit a nomination letter (not to exceed 750 words) that describes that addresses the criteria listed above.
  • Narrative (from Nominee): The nominee must submit a narrative (not to exceed 750 words) that clearly articulates the purpose, methods, and outcomes of the project.
  • Supporting Documentation: The nominee may provide up to 10 pages of supporting documentation that could include syllabi, handouts, examples of student work, student evaluations, etc.
  • Support References: Submit the names of three references. Please note that only references from the top 3 finalists will be contacted to submit letters of support.

The Awards Committee will review all submissions and present their final award nominees to the IDEC Board of Directors for approval and ratification. Award winners will be publicly celebrated at the annual conference and will be announced to the full international IDEC community in the spring of 2019.

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  • 2018 - Lindsey Far and The University of Kentucky School of Interiors, University of Kentucky School of Interiors
  • 2017 - Patrick Lee Lucas, Lindsey Fay, Christina Birkentall, Rebekah Radtke, University of Kentucky School of Interiors
  • 2016 - Miranda S. Anderson & Jay Pengilly, University of Idaho
  • 2015 - Jain Kwon, Ph.D., The University of Georgia
  • 2014 - Sandra Reicis, Villa Maria College
  • 2013 - Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, University of Florida
  • 2012 - Judy Theodorson, Washington State University
  • 2011 - Abimbola Asojo, University of Oklahoma