Best Presentation: SoTL


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

2023Tina Patel, Kent State University & Jennifer Meakins, Kent State University, Can the Interior Design Studio be a Catalyst for Activism? 

2022Andrew Baque, Louisiana State University, The Intersection of Racism and Interior Design

2021Marlo Ransdell and Chasen Bloch, Long Distance Relationship: The Virtual Studio and the Remote Maker Space

2020Tina Patel and Bridget Tipton, Kent State University, Empathetic Design Studio: Projects + Strategies + Reflection

2019Jill Pable, Florida State University, Developing an Effective Statement of Philosophy Slowly, Carefully and Authentically

2018Rana Abudayyeh, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Living systems >> Adaptive Boundaries

2017 Roberto Ventura, Virginia Commonwealth University, Come Together: Introducing Collaborative Skills in the Design Studio 

2016Nathan Bicak, Radford University, Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV/drone) to Improve Student Engagement with Building Construction, Systems, and Codes

2015Roberto Ventura, Virginia Commonwealth University; Susie Tibbitts, Utah State University, Graphic Language in the Classroom: Integrating Graphic Design with Interior Design Studio and Graphics Coursework

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