IDEC Exchange Fall 2022 Call: RE-fresh and Plug-in

Interior designers are a resilient group of individuals. As we successfully navigated through the pandemic, we learned new ways to teach, new ways to connect, and recalibrated many areas of our lives, both personally and professionally.  In the most recent issue of the Exchange, responses from IDEC members revealed a strong community of individuals who see their work as more than a job and are seeking to make a difference.

As we look to RE-fresh and Plug-in, the fall 2022 issue of the Exchange is a dialogue about community. How does the community of IDEC encourage educators and build the profession? We are particularly interested in content on how interior designers are contributing to a sense of community in the realms in which they engage and how they are building community as educators and professionals in the classroom, in the boardroom, and in our larger community. This includes but is not limited to:

  • How do we as interior designers make connections? Impact our communities?
  • How do we build community at various scales from classrooms to organizations to cities?
  • How does community help to build resilience?
  • How do soft skills and emotional intelligence contribute to the community of positive work environments, relationships with colleagues, and those we care about?
  • What role does mentoring serve in building the field?
  • How are we encouraging and mentoring emerging professionals? Other educators?
  • How do internships encourage students in building community relationships and knowledge?
  • What areas of research are recent graduates are bringing to the professional community?
  • How are new areas of knowledge building community connections in the field?
  • What are highlights of original undergraduate student research (visual essays welcome) that contribute to community needs and inspire a collegial community?

The IDEC Exchange seeks innovative and critically focused statements, design, and research that engage these questions through rich and rigorous investigation. The Exchange also seeks letters responding to previous IDEC Exchange content or highlighting a timely and engaging topic.

Each submission should make a clear claim about how the community in interior design—as a profession or an academic field—has impacted or has the potential to impact the field. The claim should be linked to an equally clear example from research scholarship, teaching or practice.

Submissions may be:

  • Letters
  • Original essays addressing the issue theme
  • Original images or creative works addressing the issue theme
  • Interviews addressing the issue theme or a timely and engaging topic; or
  • Another format discussed in advance with the Editor-in-Chief.

Please note the intended category of your submission in your word document (i.e., letter, essay, visual essay, creative work, etc.…). Submissions must follow the guidelines below. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered for publication. (Note: word count does not include references.)

  • Requirements: Letters may be up to 350-words maximum without images. Essay submissions may be up to 550-words maximum with one image OR 350-words maximum with three or more images. Use the following file naming guidelines: lastname_title.doc (if more than one author, please use one name only for the file). Submissions should be in Word (.doc, .docx) format. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • Images: 5×7, 300dpi, jpg format. Each image should be accompanied by a caption (including reference; original work should indicate creator credit). Captions should be provided in a separate document. Use the following naming guidelines: lastname_01.jpg, lastname_02.jpg, etc. Images should be in .jpg format. PDFs will not be accepted. Authors are responsible for securing copyright clearance from image creators.

Questions should be directed to:

Dana E. Vaux, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, IDEC Exchange
University of Nebraska – Kearney

Deadline: September 7th, 11:59pm Pacific Time