Call for Content: Exchange Spring 2018

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The Additive Power of Diversity in Design Education

The first 2018 issue of IDEC Exchange will continue dialogue about diversity and design education.

Jack Travis, a long-time design educator and practitioner, will address the IDEC annual conference in Boston. His presentation - INTERSECTIONS:  Black Culture + Design Culture - will speak to diversity in enrollment, atmospheres within design programs, and our commitment to challenge the current problem. Mr. Travis’ title emphasizes the additive power of cultures and people in relationship to each other.

The Exchange seeks submissions which will address how diversity strengthens enrollments, curricula and teaching methods, and student mentorship. Submissions might address any aspect of diversity broadly defined, including (but not limited to) identities through race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, national origin, ability, age, religion, viewpoint, or life experiences. Submissions should consider the additive power of diversity, rather than present comparisons.

Submissions might respond to questions such as:

  1. How are design educators supporting diversity with new educational practices and strategies for recruiting, curricular development, teaching, or student mentoring?
  2. How are interior design educators enhancing diversity and intercultural development within design leadership and the profession?
  3. What practical tools are educators using in the design classroom to build intercultural development, bias awareness, empathy, and related skills?  How do these tools fit with accreditation standards or ethical frameworks?
  4. What aspects of diversity in interior design have we been historically unwilling to address?  And how should we step forward now?

The IDEC Exchange seeks innovative and critically focused statements, design, and research that engage these questions through rich and rigorous investigation.

Submissions may be:

  • Letters responding to previous IDEC Exchange content or highlighting a timely and engaging topic;
  • Original essays addressing the issue theme;
  • Original images addressing the issue theme;
  • Interviews addressing the issue theme or a timely and engaging topic; or
  • Another format discussed in advance with the Editor-in-Chief.

Submissions must follow the guidelines below.  Submissions that do not following the guidelines will not be considered for publication.

  • Requirements:  Letters may be up to 350-words maximum without images. Other submissions may be up to 550-words maximum with one image OR 350-words maximum with three or more images. Use the following file naming guidelines:  lastname_title.doc (if more than one author please use one name only for the file). Submissions should be in Word (.doc, .docx) format. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • Images: 5x7, 220dpi, jpg format. Each image should be accompanied by a caption (including reference; original work should indicate creator credit). Captions should be provided in a separate document. Use the following naming guidelines: lastname_01.jpg, lastname_02.jpg, etc. Images should be in .jpg format. PDFs will not be accepted. Authors are responsible for securing copyright clearance from image creators.

Click here to complete the submission form.

Submissions due by Friday, March 2.

Questions should be directed to:

Bryan D. Orthel
Editor, IDEC Exchange
Assistant Professor
Kansas State University
orthel@k-state.edu