South Region Call For Abstracts 


Deadline: Monday, June 3 | Midnight (PST)

Acceptance Notification: Entrants will be notified by email whether or not the entry has been accepted for presentation at the regional conference no later than the second week in August.

Conference Dates: October 9-12
Conference Location: Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Conference Theme: Unpacking Systems –  The Fall 2019 South regional conference will unpack how we think, teach, study, and execute design. Together we will ask tough questions and make bold statements about the role of design and designed systems, products, and processes in response to the most critical challenges of our time.

Abstract Preparation Guidelines
Categories of Submission: IDEC conferences provide a forum for the formal presentation of scholarly work, such as pedagogy, history and theory, design practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, case studies, innovative teaching approaches or methods, and/or professional/creative work related to interior design.

Scholarship of Design Research (SoDR) – Explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Should identify the question or theory being explored, the framework of exploration, and conclusions drawn from the examination. This category is best suited for scholarship that has reached preliminary or final conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. Presentations are typically 20-25 minutes in length, followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion for a total time of approximately 30 minutes. Supplemental materials that reinforce the content of a SODR abstract may be submitted as an Appendix with a maximum of six images and/or graphs/tables submitted as a single PDF file

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – Emphasize teaching methods used in interior design courses. Should identify the problem being addressed, the method or strategy used to address the problem, and an analysis of the outcomes (e.g., student work or learning). Must include an Appendix of no more than five pages or images. Appendix must include project outline/statement and/or student handouts—please remove identifiers such as author name(s) and affiliation(s). Appendix should include supplemental materials, which may consist of (but is not limited to) project outlines, project statements, and examples of student outcomes if available. These materials will be submitted as a single PDF file. This category is best suited for scholarship that has reached preliminary or final conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. Presentations are typically 20-25 minutes in length, followed by 5-10 minutes of discussion for a total time of approximately 30 minutes.

Panel (P) – Discussion panel with three to five panel members focused on the conference theme. Panel presentations encourage open discussion and opinions. A moderator will submit the abstract proposal and invite three to five presenters to participate. (No names of any of the participants should appear in the abstract). The topic should be one that would benefit from diverse opinions and open discussion. Panel presentations are 55 minutes in length. Typically, panelists make their individual presentations in the first 35 minutes to be followed by 20 minutes of discussion with the audience.

Pecha Kucha (PK) – Each speaker will be given 6 minutes and 40 seconds to discuss 20 slides for 20 seconds each. These presentations should rely heavily on images instead of text. The 20 images advance automatically and speakers talk along to the images keeping the presentations concise and fast-paced. Pecha Kucha (Japanese: chit-chat) is a simple presentation format usually seen in a multiple-speaker event (8 – 10) called a Pecha Kucha Night.

Poster (PST) – Provide a forum for the presentation of material suitable to a graphic format and/or work that has not yet reached final conclusions. Posters will be presented in a shared setting, allowing the presenter to speak one on one with attendees. At least one author must be present with poster on display. Consider legibility of the poster from a six-foot distance.

Authorship and Ethics: Submissions may be completed by one or multiple authors. Scholarship submissions must be original work of the author or authors.  Existing precedent work of the author and/or of others that directly influenced the scholarship should be acknowledged in the submission.  Scholarship previously published or presented must be significantly built upon for consideration. Submissions found in violation of this policy will be disqualified from review.

Identifiers: The online submission form will include your name, and a coded identification will be assigned to your submission. To assure a blind review, please pay careful attention to not include your name, school affiliation, or any other form of identification in the title, summary, abstract, images, file names, or supplemental materials. Entries that do not adhere to all competition guidelines will be disqualified.


Abstract Text – Abstracts are limited to 500 words (do not include title and references in word count) for all categories. Do not use format commands such as bold, tab, or bullet points.

Images – All images (portrait or landscape) should be submitted with a maximum width of 3.25”, maximum height of 4.5”.  Graphs or tables cannot exceed a maximum of 6.75” wide and 4.5” high, and should be submitted in grayscale. You are responsible for the quality of your published images. Please include only those illustrations necessary for a complete understanding of the submission.

References – Must conform to current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or The Chicago Manual of Style. Abstracts are limited to only five references.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
All regional conference abstracts will be uploaded to the IDEC web site to complete the review process in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, IDEC will be working with IDCEC to obtain CEU credits for the presentations. Collect the following information before beginning the online submission process; you can copy and paste text you have prepared beforehand into the spaces provided in the submission system.

Authorship Information:

  • Contact information – official communications will be sent to the “contact author”
  • Abbreviated biography of contact author (100 word max) – required for CEU credits to be obtained through IDCEC and offered during the regional conference
  • Listing of authors – as you would like printed in the proceedings
  • Is the lead author a student? Students who are not members of IDEC must submit a PDF to the IDEC office including a signed statement on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status.

Abstract Information:

  • Presentation format – Presentation (SoDR/SoTL/PK), Panel, Poster
  • Presentation category – Scholarship of Design Research (SoDR), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Pecha Kucha (PK), Panel (P) or Poster (PS)
  • Primary Content Area – (Select one) History and Theory, Sustainability, Teaching and Pedagogy, Design Practice and Process, Technology, Globalism and Multi-Culturalism
  • Title – Do not include identifiers such as author(s) name(s) or school affiliation
  • Summary – 25-word summary of the abstract
  • Abstract – 500-word maximum; system will not accept any abstract exceeding 500 words
  • References – Five reference maximum; system will not accept a submission without at least one reference
  • Appendix(required for SoTL abstracts) will be submitted as a single PDF file.


  • Payment by credit card only. Payments by credit card will be made online through the online submission system. Submission fees are non-refundable.
  • IDEC members: First two submissions free; $40.00 for third submission
  • Non-members: $40.00 for each submission
  • Non-Member Graduate Students*: $15.00 for each submission
    *Students who are not members of IDEC must submit a PDF to the IDEC office including a signed statement on the school's letterhead verifying the student's status.

Access the online submission site here

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