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Blunt Conference Call for Readers

June 15, 2012 / By AIGA EDUCATOR

AIGA Design Educators Conference 2013:
Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now
April 12—April 14, 2013
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

In an effort to make the Blunt conference as inclusive as possible, and to provide opportunities for faculty to gain valuable experience, the conference committee is initiating a call for readers. Because the application goes through a peer review process, most post secondary institutions recognize the responsibilities of a conference reader as valuable contribution towards credit for tenure.

Conference readers will be involved in the process of evaluating abstract proposals prior to acceptance of final papers. Readers should have some interest in design criticism, whether by means of written form or critical practice. Being a reader is an interesting experience because one is exposed to the discipline at its most ‘raw’ and quite often, most current concerns. The reader is involved in vetting a one-page anonymous synopsis using a template provided by the conference organizers.

Reader Criteria

  • should have a minimum of two presentations or publications in the area
    or specialization in which they are applying to serve as a reviewer.
  • must be engaged in full time teaching.
  • must have a rank of Assistant Professor level or higher.

Reader Responsibilities

  • must be available to review 5–7 300-word (one-page) proposals within the publication deadlines.
  • must be willing to provide constructive feedback for abstracts in July/August 2012 for both accepted and rejected submissions.

To express interest in serving as a reader by email:

  • email subject line should read “Blunt Reader”.
  • in the body of your email, provide the following: full name, title, affiliation, phone numbers, and specify your discourse area(s) of expertise. The four presentation sessions are: Practice and Theory, History, Writing and Education.
  • include an attachment of a PDF document of your current bio and CV. Please name this file: CV_Yourlastname.pdf. (ex: CV_Smith.pdf).

If you are interested in serving as a Conference Abstract Reader, please send the above information to Jason Tselentis (at Deadline for consideration is July 1, 2012.

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