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Design educators and graduate students—you are invited and encouraged to participate in the 13th annual National UCDA Design Education Summit.



This national conference for design educators, chairs, and students will include general session speakers, panel discussions, and paper and poster presentations selected from abstracts submitted through a peer-reviewed process. Proposals on any design-related topics are welcome.



This conference is open to UCDA members and non-members, design educators and practitioners, and students. More details and registration information will be posted soon.



The following formats of presentations will be accepted:

TYPE DURATION DESCRIPTION
     
Presentation 30-minute 20-minute presentation followed by 10-minute discussion/Q&A
     
Panel Discussion 60-minute 40-minute engaged and structured discussion followed by 20-minute discussion/Q&A
     
Workshop 60-minute 60-minute engaged and creative hands-on type workshop
     
Poster 1-2 hours display session


Note: The Design Education Summit will not be able to cover expenses for any presenters. Selected presenters are encouraged to seek the financial sponsorship of their respective institutions for registration fees, travel and related expenses.

Proceedings from past UCDA Design Education Summits

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Deadline January 15
The National UCDA Design Education Summit is seeking proposals from design educators or practitioners that address issues in design education and research for 30 minute presentations as breakout sessions to be held during the conference. 

Papers for the accepted presentations will also be included online in the conference proceedings.

Presentation Abstract Submission Procedure

  • Paper/Presentation abstracts (a maximum of 300 words) must be submitted in PDF format only.
  • Your name and name of institution (if any) should NOT appear on the abstract as we wish for the judging to be blind.
  • Include your status (grad student, tenure track faculty, tenured faculty, visiting faculty, practicing designer, other) on the PDF file.
  • Clearly indicate this is for a PRESENTATION.
  • Title your PDF file as an abbreviation of your paper title and use the file extension .pdf (example: titlename.pdf).
  • Include in your email your name, institution, institution type (2-year, 4-year, public, private, art school, etc.)
  • Notification of acceptance will be made via email by February 28.
  • If selected, the complete paper will be requested for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
  • Send Paper/Presentation Abstract directly to the UCDA Home Office at: abstract@ucda.com

CALL FOR POSTERS


Deadline January 15
The national UCDA Design Educators Summit is seeking posters from design educators or practitioners that address issues in design education for roundtable presentations to be held during the conference.



Poster Sessions

The UCDA Poster Sessions provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results or for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work. Posters are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work. 



The posters will provide information that address issues in design education. Posters that present work in progress and draw important conclusions from practical experience are also welcome. 



What is a poster? 
A poster is an opportunity to publish a short article and discuss it with your peers. It may be an overview of research-in-progress of a technical topic, problem, question, product, or case study. 



The typical poster is not just a shortened version of a conference talk (although those are acceptable); posters are less formal, more interactive, and may provoke argument. Your poster will be on view during a reception during the conference. 



Why posters?

  • Increase the variety of points of view aired at the conference
  • Encourage two-way communication
  • Allow detailed and esoteric presentations
  • Provide a forum for small presentations

Poster Submission Procedure

  • Posters (a maximum of 300 words) must be submitted in PDF format only.
  • Your name and name of institution (if any) should NOT appear on the abstract as we wish for the judging to be blind.
  • Clearly indicate this is for a POSTER.
  • Title your PDF file as an abbreviation of your poster title and use the file extension .pdf (example: postertitlename.pdf).
  • Include your status (grad student, tenure track faculty, tenured faculty, visiting faculty, practicing designer, other) on the PDF file.
  • Include in your email your name, institution, institution type (2-year, 4-year, public, private, art school, etc.)
  • Notification of acceptance will be made via email by February 28.
  • Send Poster directly to the UCDA Home Office at: abstract@ucda.com

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS


Deadline January 15
This format is designed to provide a hands-on experience for those in attendance. Workshops could include a software tutorial, project-based, or creative outlet (e.g. typography project; printmaking; etc.)



Workshop Submission Procedure

Workshop abstracts (a maximum of 300 words) must be submitted in PDF format only.

Please include the following on your submission: 


  • Workshop leader (1), required; the organizer and leader of the workshop.

  • Description of the workshop, and what it will address.

  • Criteria on what materials will be needed or provided, or what the participant would need to bring (e.g. laptop with particular software, drawings, markers or other supplies, apron, etc.)
  • Clearly indicate this is for a WORKSHOP.
  • Title your PDF file as an abbreviation of your workshop title and use the file extension .pdf (example: titlename.pdf).
  • Include in your email your name, institution, institution type (2-year, 4-year, public, private, art school, etc.)
  • Notification of acceptance will be made via email by February 28.
    Submissions are reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Significance to design education and research.
  • Range of viewpoints expressed
  • Send Workshop proposals directly to the UCDA Home Office at: abstract@ucda.com

CALL FOR PANEL DISCUSSIONS


Deadline January 15
This format is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas, methods, and/or experiences among an intellectually diverse group of scholars around significant questions related to a central topic. The purpose is to encourage contact among individuals or groups who may benefit from shared experiences, or to air different views on a controversial topic.



The panel chair will introduce the topic and panelists will respond to questions chosen by the chair. The audience should be given an opportunity to respond and to introduce additional questions and comments for the panel. Sessions will last one hour, with 40-minutes of panel discussion and at least 20-minutes for audience questions and comments.



Panel Discussion Submission Procedure

Panel discussion abstracts (a maximum of 300 words) must be submitted in PDF format only.

Please include the following on your submission: 


  • Chair (1), required; the organizer and moderator of the panel discussion.
  • Panelists (2-4). These are presenters.
  • The total number of participants must not exceed five.
  • Please include the names and institutional affiliations of the chair and panelists, a description of the topic, and a brief list of questions the panel will address.
  • The names of the chair and panelists should appear on the abstract.
  • Title your PDF file as an abbreviation of your discussion title and use the file extension .pdf (example: titlename.pdf).
  • Include in your email your name, institution, institution type (2-year, 4-year, public, private, art school, etc.)
  • Notification of acceptance will be made via email by February 28.
    Submissions are reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Significance to design education and research.
  • Range of viewpoints expressed
  • Send Panel Discussions directly to the UCDA Home Office at: abstract@ucda.com