Design Educators Community

Research Grant Call for Proposals

May 20, 2010 / By admin

The AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its third annual design research grant.

Through a competitive, peer-review process, one grant of $5000 will be awarded annually to provide support for design research. This includes scholarship that generates new knowledge, integrates design knowledge into other disciplines as an influential force, or explores new pedagogies through the teaching of design and evaluation of learning outcomes. Deadline: July 1, 2010

May 1, 2010, a sub-committee of the Design Educators Community Steering Committee will begin collecting and reviewing grant applications and will continue accepting submissions through July 1, 2010. Once the submission deadline has been reached, the sub-committee will distribute each proposal to two external individuals whose expertise match the proposal topic. The experts will read the proposals and provide the sub-committee with feedback. The information gathered from the peer review process will help the sub-committee choose the recipient of the grant. If you are interested in serving as an expert reader please contact Stacie Rohrbach at stacie [at] cmu [dot] edu. Your participation is much appreciated.

Each recipient of the grant will present his/her design research at an upcoming AIGA Design Education Conference. The recipient will also submit to the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee a paper that describes his/her findings in greater detail. The paper will be published on the AIGA Design Educators Community website.

In 2009, Meredith Davis, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at NC State University, and research assistant and phD candidate, Deborah Littlejohn, received the second annual offering of the grant. Currently, they are conducting the project they proposed–Pedagogy, Culture and Change in Graphic Design Education. You can learn about their project through the updates published on the Design Educators website, which Meredith and Deborah will provide throughout 2010. At the close of the year, they will publish the outcomes of their work on this site and present their research at an upcoming AIGA Design Educators conference. Please check back often for more information! In addition, Meredith Davis’ and Deborah Littlejohn’s proposal, which they submitted in 2009, is also accessible for your reference.

In 2008, Maria Rogal, who is an associate professor of design at the University of Florida, received the first annual offering of the grant. Throughout 2009, she conducted the project she proposed. Recently, Maria has published design for development: A Case Study in Empowerment on the AIGA Design Educators Community website. It describes the research she conducted throughout 2009 and the outcomes of her study. Maria welcomes your comments on her work. In addition, she plans to present her research at the upcoming AIGA Design Education Conference in Raleigh, NC in fall 2010. Maria Rogal’s proposal, which she submitted in 2008, is also accessible for your reference.

Those interested in applying for a grant should review the 2010 guidelines and download, complete, and submit the required proposal form to Stacie Rohrbach at stacie [at] cmu [dot] edu.

Lastly, following are few documents that may prove helpful in your proposal writing:
Practice-based Doctorates and Questions of Academic Legitimacy
About: Academic Design Research
The Language of Reflective Practice in Art and Design

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