2020 Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

Deadline: Monday, September 23

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 qualified reviewers who provide recommendation for accepted presentations at the IDEC 2020 Annual Conference to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 5 - 7.

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

Deadlines and Schedule:

  • September 23: Abstracts received no later than 11:59 Pacific Standard Time
  • December 13: Email notice of abstract acceptance/rejection with reviewer scores/comments. You must confirm your presentation by January 8, 2020
  • January 8, 2020: Confirmation of Presentation
  • January 13: Schedule of Presentations provided to authors
  • February 5: Early Bird Conference Registration
  • March 5 - 7: IDEC 2020 Annual Conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Presentation Categories


All abstracts submitted for review must be identified by at least one of the presentation categories outlined below.

Creative Scholarship:

Design as Idea: Projects in this category explore the entire spectrum of design. Submissions can be conceptual in character and/or completed projects, furniture design, lighting, product design, stage/set design, textile design, exhibition design, etc. Conceptual works can range from diagrammatic visual explorations of a theoretical design idea to illustrative design works.

Design as Interior: Projects in this category explore the entire spectrum of built or fabricated design. Submissions should be built work including commercial, residential, entertainment, institutional, or hospitality design. These will specifically consider an exploration or design intimately related to the interior built environment.

Design as Art: Projects in this category would be any works of art; either created as individual pieces or composed as a series consisting of multiple parts. Works may be produced in any media, including but not limited to all traditionally based mediums, as well as digital, multi-media, or installation.

Each creative scholarship entry must include the following items submitted online:

  • Completed Creative Scholarship Entry Form
  • 2-10 images of your project, in a single PDF file (10 page maximum)
  • Design or artist statement for each submission, not to exceed 4000 characters including spaces
  • 25 word summary of abstract to be used in conference program
  • Bio of the primary designer/artist

To assure a blind review, please take careful attention not to include name, school affiliation, or other forms of identification in the image, file names, or statement files. Entries that do not adhere to all competition guidelines will be disqualified.

SODR and SOTL Scholarship:

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) abstracts emphasize relevant teaching methods used in interior design. SOTL abstracts should identify the teaching issue or problem, instructional methods used to address the problem, student outcomes, work, or learning, and advances to teaching/learning pedagogy. It is expected that the scholarship presented will have reached preliminary conclusions and/or implications that can be shared with the audience. Project(s) should be complete at the time of abstract submission and be reflected in the abstract. Scholarship that is in process or preliminary in nature should be submitted as a poster or roundtable discussion. Each SOTL entry must include an appendix of up to 5 pages or images submitted online. Submissions without an appendix will not be reviewed. Appendix should include supplemental materials, which may consist of (but not limited to) project outlines, project statements, and examples of student outcomes if available. Please save the appendix using the title of the abstract (e.g., titleofabstractsyllabus.pdf or titleofabstractproject.pdf).

To assure a blind review, please take careful attention to not include name, school affiliation, or other forms of identification in the image or file names. Entries that do not adhere to all competition guidelines will be disqualified.

Scholarship of Design Research: Scholarship of Design Research (SODR) abstracts explore theoretical, historical, or practical aspects of the interior design discipline in both practice and education. Scholarship of Design Research abstracts should define the question or problem explored, place the question in context, present the method of investigation, highlight study conclusions, and be significant and relevant to the discipline.

Presentation Formats for SOTL and SODR
All abstracts submitted for review must identify which of the following presentation formats is being proposed. Each presentation format has unique characteristics that support particular types of information or processes. 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 your presentation please plan for the Q and A session. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Panel: Panel presentations encourage open discussion and opinions. A moderator will submit the abstract proposal and invite up to five presenters to participate. No panelist names should appear in the abstract though their names should be listed as co-presenters at the time of submission (this facilitates conflict-free scheduling). 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 followed by 20 minutes of discussion with the audience. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

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.). The poster must be 36” H X 42” W. Posters will be presented in an open forum at designated time(s) during the conference. At least one presenter must be present during the designated time slot. Therefore, only one poster submission per person will be accepted. See rubrics for evaluation criteria.

Roundtable Discussion: New this year are Roundtable discussions that encourage extended conversation among a small group. Roundtables allow for giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions, and meeting colleagues with similar interests.

Roundtable discussions are 30 minutes in length and focus on preliminary scholarship. This format requires 3-5 questions that encourage attendee interaction. The roundtable presenter should make their individual talk in 5 to 10 minutes followed by 20 to 25 minutes of discussion with roundtable attendees. A roundtable typically consists of a table with approximately 8 to 10 chairs. The facilitator of the roundtable guides the discussion and brings materials (i.e., handouts, props) to enhance the discussion. Round tables are the perfect forum for presenting preliminary scholarship. Moderators may be present in the room during the discussion period.

Teaching & Learning (TL) in the Round 

Also new this year are Teaching & Learning (TL) in the Round sessions. Presenters are encouraged to submit projects, assignments or other planned learning activities, developed and facilitated by an Interior Design educator, that advance creativity and effectiveness in teaching and learning in Interior Design.  Accepted proposals will showcase innovative teaching methods and include examples of student work. Presentations are expected to be highly interactive between the presenter and participants.  A combination of digital and hard copy media is encouraged.  Presenters should anticipate that attendees will be attending the presentations with the intent of using the assignment/project in one of their courses.  Presenters should organize the presentation to make this adoption process as easy as possible for participants. Each TL in the Round session is one hour long and features 3 presenters who will facilitate three (3) 20-minute presentations and discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in each of the three presentations.

Abstract description of innovative teaching method or practice should clearly define how it applies to interior design education, and provide a description of how the presenter will engage educators attending your session.

Pecha Kucha:

Pecha Kucha (Japanese: chit-chat) is a simple presentation format in which speakers show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, usually seen in a multiple-speaker event (8 – 10) called a Pecha Kucha Night. The 20 images advance automatically and speakers talk along to the images keeping the presentations concise and fast-paced. This format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture as a way to showcase creative design work through quick informative presentations.

The Pecha Kucha Night @ IDEC focuses on creative teaching ideas presented as a series of images. Each speaker will be given 6 minutes and 40 seconds to discuss 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Presentations should focus on innovative teaching ideas, creative project processes, and/or developed project outcomes. These presentations should rely heavily on images instead of text. Pecha Kucha presentations will take place one evening at the annual conference and will last about an hour. 

In order to support diversity of presentations offered at Conference, there is a limit on the maximum number of Pecha Kucha submissions. Authors serving in the role of primary, or lead contributor are limited to two (2) Pecha Kucha submissions. There is no limit on a faculty member serving as coauthor.

Graduate Student Submissions


Graduate students are encouraged to submit within the poster or roundtable category as these are informal presentation styles, although graduate students may submit individually or participate with a sponsoring faculty member in any of the above formats.

Graduate students will identify their status on the online submission form. Presentations of the accepted abstract will follow the formats listed above. Note:  Each non-member student submitting as lead author must upload documentation proving current student status. Documentation can be either 1) unofficial transcript for the current semester or 2) a signed letter by a faculty member on the school’s letterhead verifying the student’s status

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 other forms of identification (including photographs, curriculum vitae, or assignments in the appendix). Please ensure that identifying information is not included in the appendix and save the appendix using the title of the abstract (e.g., titleofabstractsyllabus.pdf or titleofabstractproject.pdf).

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. Duplicate submissions to multiple presentation formats are not allowed (e.g., the same abstract cannot be submitted to the poster and presentation category; the same abstract cannot be submitted to the Creative Scholarship and SOTL category).

Abstract Submission

All abstract submissions must include the following:

  • Presentation category: Creative Scholarship, Scholarship of Design Research or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, TL in the Round, or Pecha Kucha.
  • Presentation format: Presentation, Poster, Panel, or Roundtable Discussion.
  • Select content areas from the following drop down (not applicable for TL in the Round and Pecha Kucha):
    • History & Theory
    • Globalism & Multiculturalism
    • Pedagogy
    • Practice
    • Social & Environmental Impact
    • Open Track
  • Title of abstract: Copy and paste the abstract title into the online submission form. Maximum 120 characters with spacing limit.
  • 4,000 character abstract including spaces: Author(s) must copy and paste a 4,000 (maximum, including spaces) character abstract that follows the requirements for the specific presentation category and format. Please note that this count includes in-text citations and headings. The online submission does not support footnotes or endnotes.
  • References: One reference is required for SODR and SOTL formats. 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. References for TL in the Round and Pecha Kucha are optional.
  • Appendix: An Appendix of up to 5 pages or images including tables/charts and/or other appropriate supplemental material may be included as a PDF. SOTL abstracts of any format, Creative Scholarship, TL in the Round, and Pecha Kucha must include an Appendix. No identifying information (author name, school name, author photo, etc.) is allowed in the appendix. SODR abstracts do not require an appendix but may be included.

Please note that the abstract and appendix submitted for the review process will be printed in the proceedings 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.

Additional information: The following information is required with your abstract but is not part of the blind-review process. This information is required of all submission categories and formats.

  • Author(s): Use the online submission form to list author(s) and institution(s) in order. All panel, presentation and poster primary authors and coauthors must be listed in order to facilitate accuracy in scheduling presentations.
  • 25-word summary: This summary will be published in the conference brochure exactly as submitted.
  • 40-word author bio and photo: The primary author must include a bio and headshot.

Creative Scholarship: All submissions must be in PDF format and submitted electronically using the IDEC online form by the deadline stated below. Single or multiple images per page are acceptable. Descriptive text or captions may accompany the images to add clarity.

  • Entries in the Design as Interior category are encouraged to include plan/sectional information as appropriate to works of interior, architecture, furniture, and/or product design.
  • Entries in the Design as Idea category are encouraged to include material appropriate to communicate the linkage between the proposed project and the ideas, notions, or concepts.
  • Entries in the Design as Art category where a single piece is submitted should include at least 5 images of the entire piece and at least 1 image of a representational detail.

The maximum file size for the PDF file is 10 MB. Larger files required for movies, animation, or films may be burned to a CD and mailed if received by the deadline. Contact the Creative Scholarship Coordinators (listed below) two weeks in advance of the deadline to arrange an alternate format of submission.

Checkboxes (Please check the following prior to submitting)

  1. My submitted abstract and appendices (if included) have no identifying information.
  2. I have only submitted my abstract to one presentation format.
  3. I have not submitted my abstract to another conference or venue, nor has my abstract been published or presented previously.
  4. Does your abstract promote health, safety, and wellness? If yes, please check the box.

Fees

Submission/s 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 are free to IDEC members across any presentation format or category. Member must supply membership number.
  • Non-members or additional submissions: $50.00 for each submission.
  • Non-member Students: $15.00 for each submission

Original Work Statement

Scholarship and Pecha Kucha 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 (e.g., same abstract accepted to regional conference, submitted to annual conference).

Please note that TL in the Round and Pecha Kucha presentations are intended to share classroom experiences, spark ideas and conversation.  They are not considered IDEC Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, as these presentations do not necessarily assess outcomes of teaching interventions.  Those submitting proposals should consult their institution's guidelines for citation and relevance to tenure & promotion. 

Schedule of Presentation

Every effort to avoid conflict in presentation times is made. Your provision of coauthor/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.

Questions

For technical questions or difficulties submitting your abstract, contact Kirsten Lew at IDEC at: klew@idec.org

For SOTL or SODR abstract content questions, please contact the conference Abstract Review Coordinator and/or Coordinator and/or Director for the Scholarship Collaborative. Please copy all below on correspondence.

Helen Turner, Assistant Professor
IDEC Abstract Review Coordinator
University of Kentucky
helen.turner@uky.edu

Kristin Maki, Assistant Professor
IDEC Abstract Review Co-coordinator
University of Alabama
kmaki@ches.ua.edu

Amanda Gale, Assistant Professor
IDEC Coordinator, Scholarship Collaborative
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
ajgale@uncg.edu

For Creative Scholarship content questions, please contact the Creative Scholarship Coordinators. Please copy all below on correspondence.

Jihyun Song, Associate Professor
Creative Scholarship Coordinator
Marymount University
jsong@marymount.edu

John Humphries, Associate Professor
Creative Scholarship Co-coordinator
Miami University
humphrjm@miamioh.edu

For content questions TL in the Round OR Pecha Kucha, please contact the Teaching Collaborative Coordinator.

Steven Webber, Associate Professor
Teaching Collaborative Coordinator
Florida State University
swebber@fsu.edu

Click here to review the rubrics.

Access the online submission site here.

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