The IDEC Best Presentation: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Award acknowledges quality scholarship and presentation in the SOTL at the Annual Conference. The IDEC Director of Regions coordinate with the Conference Abstract Review coordinator to determine the top five abstracts accepted for presentation at conference. The five abstract presentations are then scored by selected IDEC members at the Annual Conference.


  • Abstracts must score among the top five SOTL submissions for annual conference. Abstracts must also be presented by the author(s) at conference.

Submission Requirements

Abstracts must meet the SOTL requirements for the Annual Conference call for scholarship.


The regional chairs select individuals from each region to jury the top five SOTL abstracts to determine the best presentation. Presentations are scored using a rubric.

Past Recipients

  • 2023 Can the Interior Design Studio be a Catalyst for Activism? Tina Patel, Kent State University & Jennifer Meakins, Kent State University
  • 2022The Intersection of Racism and Interior Design, Andrew Baque, Louisiana State University
  • 2021 Long Distance Relationship: The Virtual Studio and the Remote Maker Space, Marlo Ransdell and Chasen Bloch
  • 2020 – Empathetic Design Studio: Projects + Strategies + Reflection, Tina Patel and Bridget Tipton, Kent State University
  • 2019 – Developing an Effective Statement of Philosophy Slowly, Carefully and Authentically, Jill Pable, Florida State University
  • 2018 – Living systems >> Adaptive Boundaries, Rana Abudayyeh, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2017 – Come Together: Introducing Collaborative Skills in the Design Studio, Roberto Ventura, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2016 –  Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV/drone) to Improve Student Engagement with Building Construction, Systems, and Codes, Nathan Bicak, Radford University
  • 2015 – Graphic Language in the Classroom: Integrating Graphic Design with Interior Design Studio and Graphics Coursework, Roberto Ventura, Virginia Commonwealth University, Susie Tibbitts, Utah State University