IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2018: Call for Education Papers


We’re very excited to announce that this year’s IDSA Eastman Education Symposium 2018 is set for Sat., Sept. 22, 2018 at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans—on the heels of the International Design Conference (IDC) 2018.

I’m confident that holding IDC and the symposium in September will encourage more educators to participate in these annual events of intellectual engagement. Along with paper presentations, we’re adding lively discussions and IDSA Student Merit Award (SMA) presentations to attract a broad range of attendees.

Help us enrich content by submitting a paper with the theme of Design for _____.  As part of an effort to rejuvenate the spectrum of this year’s symposium, we’re asking you to articulate your thoughts and fill in the blank with what best reflects your philosophy/interest. Design educators have a great impact on future generations of designers and it’s very likely your distinctive knowledge is shaping a pathway for many pursuing a career in a design discipline. We’re interested about your mindset; your objectives; and how your vision is transitioning future talent. It’s a broad theme, but we’re convinced many of you have an intriguing story to tell and can’t wait for you to share it with the design community!

The IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2018 is open to design educators and thought leaders in fields ranging from design school curricula to K-12; from corporate education to the education of the general public. Please review the criteria for the paper review process:

  • Full papers are to be submitted to help ensure the papers are of the highest quality.
  • A Symposium Proceeding (consisting of 1-page executive summaries of the full papers) will be published and distributed at the IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium and at International Design Conference.

We hope you choose to be part of this dynamic event—drawing experts in industrial design education from around the world—and enrich us with your papers and talks. I look forward to your participation as educators, designers of education and post graduate students from all over the world.


Scott Shim, IDSA
Education VP, IDSA Board of Directors
Professor of Industrial Design, University of Notre Dame

Paper Submission Protocol:

  • You must submit a full paper online. Click Here to Submit
  • The body of the paper should be blind without any reference to your name, company or school. The length of the paper should be between four and eight pages, including an abstract and references.
  • The paper should match the template.
  • The paper should be written in the third person.
  • Once your paper is selected, we will request a well-designed, visual version of the paper for presentation at the symposium.


  • Submitted papers will be considered by a review board.
  • Once the acceptance announcement is made, the author(s) is/are required to submit the following:
    • A “camera ready” paper.
    • An image to be included on in the Education Paper Gallery.
    • An executive summary. Summaries will be published and distributed at the Education Symposium and International Design Conference. 
    • Specs to come in with acceptance letter.
    • The review board reserves the right to recommend that a paper be presented in an oral session or IDC education track session, at the board’s discretion.
    • A number of slots are being reserved at the IDC for an “Education Track.” There will be an opportunity to submit a pitch on your topic as part of the celebratory events leading up to the conference. More details will be announced in the spring, so keep an eye out!


All papers on the topic of designing the education of the future are welcome. We are looking specifically for design relevant topics in the following areas:

  • Scholarly Research
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Innovative Collaborations
  • Metaphor of Design Education
  • Thinking v Making
  • Design Curriculum
  • Student Mentorship
  • Social Design/Service Design

Review Criteria for Papers:
Each paper will be reviewed carefully by multiple peer review board members. The review process will assess if the paper is:


  • The paper has intellectual merit and impact and is thought provoking and provocative. The conclusions are important, clearly stated and consistent with the observations and the implications for design education and the profession.


  • The paper shows observations; techniques and vision that are fresh and forward thinking, challenge existing norms and advance the profession.


  • The subject is relevant to industrial design education and practice, both nationally and internationally.


  • The objective is well-defined.
  • Findings and data are stated clearly; logically reported; and build to a sound and relevant conclusion.
  • Methodology and references are cited; research protocol is defensible.


  • The paper is succinct, well-written and proofread; interesting and easy to understand.

Key Deadlines:
Papers must be submitted via an online submission form by Mon., April 30, 2018.
Notification of Acceptance of Papers will occur no later than Mon., May 28, 2018.
Additional important dates and information will follow.

For questions about submission, email Katie Fleger,
For general questions about the IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2018, contact Chair Scott Shim at