2018 Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

IDEC Call for Abstracts
2018 Annual Conference
Boston, Massachusetts 

Deadline: Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) invites educators from around the globe to submit abstracts that explore the foundations of interior design, its teaching, and scholarship. Abstracts are double-blind reviewed by the IDEC Academy of Reviewers who will recommend acceptance for presentation at the IDEC 2018 Annual Conference to be held in Boston, MA, March 7-10, 2018.

Authors are encouraged to submit scholarly abstracts that celebrate the discipline of interior design in all its many facets: its pedagogy, history, theory, practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and any other topic of current and/or continuing relevance to interior design. Three different abstract formats will be considered for presentation, and many methods of inquiry are invited. All submissions are expected to be original research that has not been presented previously at other scholarly venues.

Conference Tracks

 Human-Centered Design speaks to the critical role interior spaces play in the well being of people in the made environment. Specific conference tracks joining design scholars, educators, and creators aim to coalesce a body of work significant in size and focus and to facilitate collaboration amongst these design thinkers. You must select one of the Conference Tracks below or select Open Track. All submissions will be scored using established criteria and there is NO penalty or advantage to selecting a track. These will be used for scheduling and so that conference presenters and attendees can identify areas of interest.

How do we create environments that celebrate culture and foster inclusion, identity, and safety? How do we understand the reciprocal relationship between designer and user?

How do we instill values of human respect and dignity in our students? How do we prepare future designers for the roles of advocate and change agent? What techniques and tools inform the learning environment? How do we balance high-tech with high-touch?

How are the concerns of humans addressed in the professional practice of design? How does the role of professional differ from that of student? What is the role of pro bono work in the design workplace?

Social Impact
How do we change human expectations about and demands of the made environment? How do designers listen and learn about marginalized individuals and groups? How can we use technology to understand humans and advance design solutions? How do designers create public awareness of design’s impact in the everyday experience?  

How can we transform our thinking with regard to humans and the made environment? These presentations are the place to share emerging ideas that challenge the status quo and foster innovative design thinking, making, and doing.

Open Track
Please select this track if you believe your work cannot be described by any of the tracks above. There is no penalty in your evaluation if you select this track

Deadlines and Schedule

  • October 12, 2017: Abstracts received no later than 11:59 Pacific Standard Time
  • November 17, 2017: Email notice of abstract acceptance/rejection with reviewer scores/comments.
  • January 5, 2018: Schedule of Presentations provided to participants
  • March 7-10, 2018: IDEC 2018 Annual Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois.

Please note that the abstract and appendix submitted for the review process are the ones that will be printed in the Published Abstracts document following the conference. There will be no opportunity for additional edits. Those who do not present at the conference will not be included in the conference proceedings.

Presentation Categories

All abstracts submitted for review must be identified by one of the following two presentation categories. Each category is outlined below.

Scholarship of Design Research: Scholarship of Design Research abstracts explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Scholarship of Design Research abstracts should identify the question or theory being explored, the framework of exploration and conclusions drawn from the examination. It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. Project/study is complete at time of abstract submission and is reflected in the abstract. Scholarship that is in process should be submitted as a poster.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) abstracts emphasize teaching methods used in interior design courses. SoTL abstracts 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). It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. Project/study is complete at time of abstract submission and is reflected in the abstract. Scholarship that is in process should be submitted as a poster.

SoTL submissions must include an Appendix of up to 5 pages or images. This 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. Submissions without an appendix will not be reviewed.

Presentation Formats

All abstracts submitted for review must identify which of the following three presentation formats is being proposed. Each presentation format has unique characteristics that support particular types of information or processes being presented. It is encouraged that these characteristics are considered when preparing abstracts for review. Each presentation format is described below.

Presentation: Presentations provide a forum for the formal presentation of scholarly work. This category is best suited for scholarship that has reached conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. This format provides an opportunity for work to be offered for question and comment. Presentations are 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. When preparing for your presentation please plan for the Q and A session.

Poster: Posters utilize a graphic format intended to foster one-on-one dialogue between the presenter and the conference attendees. This category is intended for scholarship that is preliminary, ongoing, or will benefit from this informal presentation and discussion format. Abstracts submitted in this category must include a description of or information concerning the graphic presentation being proposed (medium, format, etc). Poster presentations will be assigned an 8’ wide by 4’ tall vertical display area. Posters will be presented in an open forum at designated time(s) during the conference.

Panel: 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 60 minutes in length. Typically, panelists make their individual presentations in the first 40 minutes to be followed by 20 minutes of discussion with the audience.

Graduate Student Submissions

Graduate students are encouraged to submit within the poster category, although graduate students may submit individually or participate with a sponsoring faculty member in any of the above formats. IDEC encourages individuals who aspire to enter the academy to submit abstracts so that they may receive feedback and helpful suggestions. Additionally, top scoring graduate submissions will be evaluated for the Graduate Scholar Research Award.

Graduate students will identify their status on the online submission form. Presentations of the accepted abstract will follow the formats listed above.

Submission Limits

In order to support the increasing quality of scholarship being offered at Conference, a limit is imposed on the maximum quantity of abstract submissions. Authors serving in the role of primary, or lead contributor are limited to two (2) abstract submissions. No limit is imposed on a faculty member serving as coauthor for student submissions. However, an individual may only present one poster. If two are accepted, the presenter may choose which one will be presented at the conference or the presenter must designate co-author who will engage the audience during the poster session.

Submission Requirements

Submissions that do not satisfy all requirements will be disqualified from review.

Identification: To assure blind review, submissions must NOT include author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), course numbers, or any other forms of identification (including identifying photographs, curriculum vitae, or assignments in the appendix).

Submission: All submissions must be made through the online submission form. The online submission process will provide further instructions regarding contact information, how to submit an abstract, and other important information. Only those abstracts submitted through the online process will be accepted for review.

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission must include the following:

  • Presentation Format: Presentation, Poster, or Panel.
  • Presentation Category: Scholarship of Design Research or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Select a Conference Track: You must select one of the Conference Tracks or select Open Track.
  • Title of Abstract: Copy & paste the abstract title into the online submission form.
  • 4,000 Character Abstract: Author(s) must copy & paste a 4,000 character (maximum - including spaces) abstract that follows the requirements for the specific presentation category and format. The online submission does not support footnotes or endnotes.
  • References: One reference is required. Include up to five (maximum) references; Authors may utilize APA, MLA, Chicago Style, or any nationally recognized format that best represents the author’s style of scholarship.
  • Appendix: An Appendix of up to 5 pages or images including tables/charts and/or other appropriate supplemental material may be included. SoTL abstracts of any format must include an AppendixAppendix items must be submitted in jpg or doc format.

Additional information: The following information may be submitted with your abstract but is not part of the blind-review process. This information is required of all accepted abstracts.

  • Author(s): Use the online submission form to list author(s) and institution(s) in order.
  • 25-Word Summary: This summary will be published in the conference brochure exactly as submitted.
  • Author Bio & Photo: The primary author must include a bio and photo.


Submission requiring payment can be made online through the online submission system. Payment by credit card only is permitted. Submission fees are nonrefundable. Rates are as follows:

  • IDEC members (maximum of 2 as first author): Free
  • Non-members (maximum of 2 as first author): $40.00 for each submission
  • Non-member Students (maximum of 2 as first author): $15.00 for each submission

Each non-member student submitting as lead author must forward to the IDEC office a signed statement on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status. A photocopy of a current student ID with the Department Head’s signature will serve this purpose.

Original Work Statement

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 cited 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.

Schedule of Presentation

Every effort to avoid conflict in presentation times is made. Your provision of co-author/co-presenter and panelist names is necessary at the time of submission, even if their attendance has not yet been confirmed. Once the schedule is set, changes are not possible due to the pairing of paper topics and the many demands of conference scheduling. We appreciate your help and understanding very much. 

Submission site is now closed.


Contact the conference Abstract Review Coordinators with any questions.

Joan Dickinson, Professor
Radford University


Jennifer Webb
IDEC Director (Scholarship)
University of Arkansas

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