IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2017: Call for Education Papers

Welcome to Emergent Pedagogy in Design! 

With expanding opportunities, often, educators are challenged to cultivate and deliver emerging content/materials without diluting the traditional attributes of design education. Connect and share your insight as we dive deep into the future of design pedagogy at the IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2017 on Aug. 16 in Atlanta, GA Submit your education paper to Emergent Pedagogy in Design, which will kick off the IDSA International Design Conference 2017, chaired by Jeevak Badve, IDSA, who notes, “The world’s most innovative companies are declaring solidarity with design—reserving a seat on the board for a chief design officer; assimilating design strategy; or making room for design to influence business strategy significantly.” It’s a testament to the progression of design discipline and reflects the expanding potential for designers in the future.
However, growth of design discipline comes with drawbacks in education. Scholarly interests are quickly evolving and instructors are asked to deliver more—in less time. We’re curious about how you integrate emerging content/materials in your class and/or research. It’s not easy, but we’re confident many of you have a successful story to tell. We want to hear your story; your experience; your vision of design education in the future. Share your exploration with the design community!

The IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2017 is open to design educators and thought leaders in fields ranging from design school curricula to K-12 and 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 the IDSA International Design Conference.

We hope you choose to be part of this dynamic, unique 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 design educators, designers of education and post graduate students from all over the world. 

Scott Shim, IDSA
Chair, IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2017 
Education VP, IDSA Board of Directors
Professor of Industrial Design, University of Notre Dame


 to submit the required, full paper online.

  • Please include your name, company or school only at the top of the paper. The review will be blind and any mention of your name or school in the body of the paper should be removed.  The length of the paper should be between four and eight pages, including 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:
    1. A “camera ready” paper.
    2. An image to be included on in the Education Paper Gallery.
    3. An executive summary. Summaries will be published and distributed at the Education Symposium and International Design Conference.  
    4. 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 International Design Conference education track session, at the board’s discretion.
  • A number of slots are being reserved at the International Design Conference 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:

  • Cross Disciplinary Collaborations
  • Design Education: Inclusive vs Exclusive
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Design
  • Scholarly Research beyond "Making"
  • Design Thinking - What is it?
  • Future Design Skills and Methodologies 

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.

Well written

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

Key Deadlines:
Papers must be submitted via an online submission form by Friday, March 24, 2017.
Notification of Acceptance of Papers will occur no later than Monday, May 15, 2017.
Additional important dates and information will follow.

For questions about submission, email Katie Fleger.
For general questions about the IDSA/Eastman Education Symposium 2017, contact Chair Scott Shim.