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
Associate Professor, Chair of Graphic Design
Virginia Tech
joined 2016

Meena Khalili
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Assistant Professor of Design
University of South Carolina
joined 2018

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

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

Alberto Rigau
Principal
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
Publicis Media
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