IDEC is using the online tool, Slack, for members to engage and share resources amongst peers through our Networks. Slack is a messaging application where members can chat, share files, and brainstorm solutions.

Join Slack and engage in an IDEC Network today!
There is a Network for everyone! Scroll down to see our IDEC network list

IDEC members are able to join as many Networks as they want. IDEC hopes that by creating dedicated Slack channels for each network, the IDEC community can exchange ideas and support one another year-round.

If you are interested in participating the IDEC Slack Community, please follow the directions below to get started.

  1. Join the IDEC Workspace on Slack.
  2. If you do not already have a slack account, create a username and password. If already a “Slacker”, please add and sign into the IDEC Workspace.
  3. Join an IDEC channel! Click Channels to browse all of the available IDEC Network Channels
  4. Click “Join Channel” at the bottom of the discussion page to save it to your workspace. Don’t worry, you can always come back and add more channels later!

Remember that you can do more than just chat messages back and forth, you can also upload files by attaching them to a message. Want a network not listed? Interested in leading a network? Email Laura Kimball, IDEC Service Collaborative Coordinator at

2 & 3 Year Programs
Chair: Heidi Plumb, LDS Business College
Co-Chair: Emilie Spencer 
Discuss the current state of interior design legislation, including successes, and where barriers to successful interior design legislation exist.
Chair: Brenda Smith, IDC
Co-chair: Jennifer Yeo
Co-chair: Lucie Gagne   
Community Engaged Scholarship
Chair: Tonya Miller, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Program Chairs and Coordinators 
Co-Chair: Rula Awwad-Rafferty
Co-chair: Heidi Plumb
Creative Scholarship
Chair: Needed
Co-chairs: Ahna Packard,  University of Nebraska Kearney
Credential Advocacy
Chair: Needed
co-chairs: Vacant
Distance Learning
Chair: Laura Morthland, Southern Illinois University
Emerging Faculty
The Emerging Faculty Network was formally established in February 2009 to open a dialogue among current graduate students and recently appointed faculty members regarding the transition from student to teacher. The network serves as a support group and resource for issues common to graduate students and new faculty: research (including thesis work), scholarship, and teaching. It also aims to attract and retain new IDEC members by informing graduate students of the benefits of membership and collaboration within IDEC.
Chair: Steve Webber, Florida State University
Co-Chair: Vacant
Emerging Technology
Digital electronic instruction is the focus of the Computer network. Digital drawing, modeling and rendering are discussed as well as new software releases, and continuing education in software. Use of BIM software in interior design education and its effects on pedagogy have been topics for discussion in previous meetings of this network.
Chair: Rick Feines, CAD Training Online
Co-Chair: Danielle Barron
Chair: Migette Kaup, Kansas State University
Graduate Education
This network focuses on issues related to graduate education in interior design. Plans include verifying graduate programs in a spreadsheet, and discussion related to a graduate education paper by Wiegand & Harwood.
Chair: Mihyun Kang, Oklahoma State University
Co-chair: Crandon Gustafson
Co-chair: Lily Robinson 
The mission of this group is to connect educators who teach theory and history of interiors, share resources and pedagogical practices, discuss curricula, support interiors-related scholarship, and promote the dissemination of faculty and student research.
Chair: Yelena McLane, Florida State University
Co-Chair: Lisa Tucker, Virginia Tech University
Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (IDE)
Chair: Taneshia West Albert, Auburn University & Roberto Ventura, Virginia Commonwealth University
International Member Assistance
Chair: Susie Tibbitts 
(Network connection for the K-12 Design Education Committee)
Chair: Ellen Fisher, NYSID
The Lighting network was established as a forum for discussion of course content for lighting instruction. Topics include textbooks, workshops, website, and scholarship/competitions. The network is also interested in an overview of both lighting related software and a course content overview. View the Lighting Network’s resources here.
Chair: Stephanie McGoldrick, U Mass Dartmouth
Program Chairs & Coordinators
Department chairs, program coordinators, and related administrative leaders will find a place for open discussion in the Program Chairs & Coordinators network.
Chair: Laura C. Kimball, Radford University
Residential Design
Chair: Needed
Co-Chair: Laura Kimball 
Co-Chair: Danielle Barron
The Sustainability Network is intended as a forum for discussion and repository of resources around topics in sustainability such as wellness, equity, materials, adaptive-reuse, net/zero and passive design and design for disassembly. In addition, the network will focus on methods and models of teaching sustainable interior design and incorporating it across the design school curriculum.
Chair: Barbara Weinreich, New York School of Interior Design 
Co-Chair: Lisa Tucker


What are networks?

Networks, are special interest groups within IDEC; they are formed and disbanded at the will of the membership.

What is the purpose of a network?

The purpose of a network is to share information, resources, connect, inquire and discuss topics and issues with other interested members. With Slack, networks can chat, upload files, share opportunities and resources. The networks are meant to be fluid and ever-changing to truly reflect interests and concerns of the membership.

Who leads a network?

A Chair or Co-Chair can be elected or appointed by members of the network to coordinate activities and conduct network meetings.

Can I join and participate in more than one network?

Members can belong to as many networks as desired.

When do networks meet?

Networks physically meet at the IDEC annual meeting networking event and now year-round through Slack. Networks can request financial support through Projects and Grants Program or the IDEC Foundation.

What is the process to form a network?

No formal process needs to be followed to form a network. As few as three members can advocate and create a network. A network can be disbanded by a simple majority vote (with a quorum present of network members) at an Annual Conference, or if several years go by without any activity or participation. To start a network contact the IDEC Service Collaborative Coordinator.

Want more information?

Additional Questions about networks? Want a network not listed? Interested in leading a network? Contact Laura Kimball, IDEC Service Collaborative Coordinator at