Carly Hagins, IDSA


Carly Hagins, IDSA
Assistant Professor of Product Design at Western Michigan University

Carly Hagins is a designer and educator with experience in the toy industry, craft beer industry, and higher education. After receiving 2019’s Midwest District Graduate Student Merit Award, she earned her MFA at the University of Notre Dame in May 2020. 

While at Notre Dame, her research focused on well-being for undergraduate students, culminating in a thesis that reimagines how colleges can approach well-being from a systems design perspective. Carly now works as an Assistant Professor of Product Design at Western Michigan University.



Statement of Candidacy (Education Council - Central | 2022-2023 term)

As a professor at Western Michigan University, where we recently graduated our first-ever class of product design seniors, I am constantly contributing to establishing norms in our still-very-young program. This process is its own sort of design opportunity: we consider possibilities, choose a path forward, test that path, refine it, and then start again.

As a member of the IDSA Education Council, I will bring that same iterative perspective to the many ways in which IDSA supports industrial design education across the country. For years, the Student Merit Awards have recognized promising young design students and offered an important platform for forging early career connections. I’m interested in reevaluating the evaluation process and clarifying the rubric in an effort to give students from different programs an equal opportunity to achieve the distinction of being a Student Merit Award winner.

The IDC Education Symposium has the potential to be a keystone event for the annual sharing of teaching and learning practices. I am interested in separating the Education Symposium from the larger IDC conference, lending the event more gravitas and avoiding conference fatigue. There is also a tremendous opportunity to incorporate learning that happens outside of the classroom and beyond the bounds of undergraduate education.

Finally, serving as a member of the Education Council offers the privilege of working side-by-side with an outstanding group of passionate and accomplished professionals. I am hugely thankful to IDSA as well as its members for affording me this opportunity.