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  1. From the internets... this collection of resources "Teaching in context of COVID-19" is being shared by Jacque Wernimont (Dartmouth College). The resources are very relevant for design educators. Access can be requested via this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjwkKjPQLGpLwd7ZlT3AN9h0e0EVPsbVRSi71HlfKNZX8eQg/viewform
  2. Dear colleagues, Below please find the call for participation for our CAA Annual Conference 2020 session, Designing Scholarship: Communication Design and Academic Journal Publishing Practices • Submission deadline: July 23, 2019. • Email submissions to co-chairs Amy Papaelias (papaelia@newpaltz.edu) and Jessica Barness (jbarness@kent.edu) • Use the submission template available at https://caa.confex.com/caa/f/tnxbicijhcpp. • Submission accept
  3. @Dan Wong Yes, this would be a great panel discussion. Industry is moving far more rapidly than academia; we should be leading the way, but given the nature of academia in general, we're somewhat stuck. I'm currently working with a colleague on a project related to this, and one of the things we're looking at are the shortcomings of traditional academic research methods. This likely comes down to faculty time/energy/interest as well as insitutional investment. Currently, design students are learning flexible processes and frameworks so that they can address any new problem, but the gap between
  4. Thanks, RJ, and you've raised a good point – the results of sophomore review could certainly impact upper-level courses. In our program, it was also a mechanism for determining BA vs BFA degree paths in visual communication design.
  5. PhD and MFA/MDes degrees are both valuable and yes, each track of study has a different goal. Some PhD programs are more practice-based than others. MFA programs also exist in extremes and everywhere in between. Some MFA programs are heavily geared toward design research, and others follow the fine arts model of graduate study in design. When we run a faculty search, we just require that applicants have a terminal degree. There is no reason a faculty member holding an MFA/MDes degree can't pursue publication in a peer-reviewed journal, or that a PhD scholar can't practice design and "make stu
  6. hi Mitch, we did sophomore (and junior!) reviews for many years and recently decided to end that practice. Instead, we're implementing minimum grade benchmarks throughout the foundation-level courses (i.e., B or B- to continue in the program) starting AY 2018-19. I don't know if one way is better than the other – I think it depends on the program, degree paths, and culture within the program.
  7. @Mitchell Eismont Yes, workload hours translate to teaching contact hours – will email you!
  8. Kent State also has a strong AAUP faculty union and each dept/school has a handbook that outlines workload for that unit (subject to approval from deans and provost). Tenure-track and tenured faculty in our School of VCD are assigned 12 workload hours per semester and these hours are allocated through discussion between a faculty member and our school director. The workload is generally assigned to teaching but can also be distributed to research, administrative roles, curriculum development, certain service roles, or other responsibilities. For example, my workload hours this spring are dist
  9. Peer-reviewed academic journals typically have a clear process for submissions, etc., However, I've noticed that this is not the norm for non-academic publications (i.e., Eye magazine or similar). Do any of you have experience with this? If so, how have you navigated article or essay submissions to those venues?
  10. @Brian Lucid Yes, definitely – as you mentioned earlier, it's influenced by career choice. If job postings specify IxD, that's what students will want to major in, and vice versa. Everything has a label. I'd like to change a degree program name to "Thing Design" just to see what happens, ha ha!
  11. We're somewhere between an R1/R2 and it varies based on college and department. In my program, we have very high research expectations and a lot of freedom. Our expectations for dissemination are broadly defined to include publishing, presenting, commissions, exhibiting, marketplace-driven products, and so forth. For tenure and promotion, our activities are evaluated in terms of metrics related to, for example, acceptance rates, level of recognition, and audience (international, national, etc).
  12. Should IxD be its own major? Maybe... I'm inclined to say yes (for all the reasons already stated), but at that same time, designers should be using the methods/technologies best suited to address a given problem. For this reason, a fluid and hybrid approach design education is important. The nature of visual communication design is shifting, and perhaps this is about reworking what we have rather than developing new programs?
  13. Hi RJ, I've found it difficult to get university-wide research grants at my university too. Part of the problem is our infrastructure, and the other part is probably me. Ha! At KSU, our university research council seed grants are offered in five "buckets" (i.e., reviewed by committees composed of faculty in these areas): social sciences, nursing, humanities, fine arts, and business. Guess what's missing? A design-oriented application could fit into any of those areas... but likely not really undestood well by any of them. It would be so helpful to learn more about grant writing for
  14. Thanks for mentioning us, Dan! Here's my lengthy response – happy to answer more questions, too: In our School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State, design research is integrated throughout our curricula. We have courses specific to design research, one within each of our degree programs (so, three total): MFA, MA, and BFA/BA. This started in our graduate program, and is now required for undergrads too. There are some differences among the courses, but generally they follow a similar model. First, various research methods are covered, and later in the semester, students tack
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