The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) seeks to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice, design theory and design writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels while supporting the fundamental mission of AIGA.

AIGA’s purpose is to further excellence in design as a broadly defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force. AIGA is a professional association committed to stimulating thinking about design through the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research and the advancement of education and ethical practice.


AIGA DEC was established in 2004 to support the unique activities and responsibilities of the design educator at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in a wide variety of institutional settings. The goals of this community are to: facilitate communication among design educators; create, foster and promote dialogue; produce design education events such as conferences and competitions; present current research and teaching methods; establish standards for design education; differentiate between design’s various subdisciplines; raise the level of design-driven thinking in schools across the country; and communicate the value of design education to the larger profession.

Subjects of interest to this community span teaching, research and service. They include curriculum and program development, design theory and history, methodology, typography, usability research, and the social roles of designers, as well as tenure, promotion, teaching standards and school accreditation.

Steering Committee Membership

The DEC Steering Committee is comprised of 13 dedicated educators providing service and leadership to the Community. A Call for Nominations is announced annually in March. New members are selected by the current Steering Committee to represent a range of experience, interests, types of programs, and regions. Membership term is 3 years (formerly 2 years) with an option to extend for 2 additional years.

Minimum qualifications for consideration to the DEC Steering Committee are experience in teaching visual communication, graphic design or a related field of study at the college or university level. All applicants must be current AIGA members with some experience with local chapter board leadership or committee service.

Committee members meet once a month for a conference call and annually for a retreat. Members are expected to lead an initiative that will benefit the Design Educators Community.

Current Steering Committee Members

Meaghan A. Dee
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Chair of Graphic Design
Virginia Tech
joined 2016

Amy Fidler
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Professor of Teaching
Bowling Green State University, Ohio
joined 2013

David Hisaya Asari
Sr Adjunct Professor
California College of the Arts, San Francisco + Oakland
joined 2018

Kareem Collie
Clinical Professor, Director of Design and Creativity
​The Claremont Colleges
joined 2019

Gaby Hernandez
Assistant Professor
University of Florida
joined 2017

Meena Khalili
Assistant Professor of Design
University of South Carolina
joined 2018

Ali Place
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
University of Arkansas
joined 2019

Natacha Poggio
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
University of Houston Downtown
joined 2017

Alberto Rigau
Estudio Interlínea
joined 2018

Kaleena Sales
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
​Tennessee State University
joined 2019

Lee-Sean Huang
Design Education Manager
AIGA National
joined 2018

Rebecca Tegtmeyer
Associate Professor
​Michigan State University
joined 2019

Brad Tober
Associate Director of Product Design, Publicis Media
Lecturer, Graduate Program in Digital Media, Northeastern University
joined 2016

Kelly Walters
Assistant Professor of Communication Design
The New School, Parsons School of Design
joined 2018

Liese Zahabi
Assistant Professor of Design
University of New Hampshire
joined 2019

Past Steering Committee Members

Name; affiliation(s) at time of Membership; (committee role if applicable); Membership period served

Troy Abel, Virginia Tech. 2012–2014
Frank Armstrong, California State University-Chico. 2011–2014
Helen Armstrong, Miami University. Committee Chairperson, 2013–2015. Served 2011–2015.
Frank Baseman, Philadelphia University. Founding Committee Chairperson. 2004–2006
Leslie Becker, California College of the Arts, San Francisco. 2004–2006
Eric Benson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013–2017
Erik Brandt, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 2015–2016
Heather Corcoran, Washington University in St. Louis. 2005–2007
Laurie Churchman, University of Pennsylvania. 
Committee Chairperson 2006–2009; Committee Vice-Chairperson 2004–2006
Meredith Davis, AIGA Medalist and North Carolina State University
. 2004–2006
Ned Drew, Rutgers-Newark. 2014-2017
Carolina de Bartolo, Academy of Art University, San Francisco. 2006–2008
Kenneth FitzGerald, Old Dominion University. 2013–2018.
Mara Jevera Fulmer, C.S. Mott Community College. 2008–2012
Aaron Ganci, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana. 2016-2019
Michael R. Gibson, University of North Texas. 2013–2018.
Annabelle Gould, University of Washington. 2012–2018.
Matt Greenwell
, University of Tennessee Chattanooga. 2006-2007
Steven Heller, AIGA Medalist and School of Visual Arts, New York. 2004–2006
Brocket Horne, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2007–2011
Scott Hutchinson, UCLA Extension2008–2013
Marcia Lausen, AIGA Board and University of Illinois at Chicago
. 2004–2006
Sarah Lowe, University of Tennessee. 2008–2012
Brian Lucid, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 2005–2007
Daniela Marx, Loyola University. 2006–2007
Marty Maxwell Lane, University of Arkansas, Steering Committee Co-Chair, 2018-2019. Served 2015-2019
Kathy McCoy, AIGA Medalist and Kansas City Art Institute. 2004–2006
Jen McKnight, University of Missouri St. Louis. 2005-2007
Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt, University of Michigan. 2016-2019
Fred Murrell, AIGA Board, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. 2007–2008
Paul J. Nini, The Ohio State University. 2008–2012
Keith M. Owens, University of North Texas. 2018-2019
Santiago Piedrafita, North Carolina State University. 2010–2012
Doug Powell, Secretary/Treasurer AIGA Board. 2004–2006
Allison Puff, Farmindale State College. 2014–2018
Joseph Quackenbush
, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 2006–2008
Rukmini Ravikumar, University of Central Oklahoma. 2008–2012; Committee Chairperson 2010–2012
Liz Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 2004–2006
Stacie Rohrbach, Carnegie Mellon University. 2007–2011
Louise Sandhaus, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). 2007–2012; Committee Chairperson 2008–2011
Patrick Schreiber, University of Cincinnati. 2015–2018
Robert P. Sedlack, Jr., University of Notre Dame. 2006–2008
Deborah Shmerler, The University of Tennessee School of Art. Committee Secretary. 2005–2008
Julie Spivey, University of Georgia, 2010–2015
Barbara Sudick, California State University, Chico, 2006–2011
Dori Tunstall, University of Chicago, Swinburne University
 Melbourne, Australia. 2007–2010
Lee Vander Kooi, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. 2011–2013
Christopher Vice, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. 2005–2007
Jenn Visocky-O’Grady, Cleveland State University. 2005–2007
Ken Visocky-O’Grady, Kent State University. 2005–2007
Holly Willis, University of Southern California. 2008–2013
Karen Zimmermann, University of Arizona. 2012–2015