Design Educators Conference Call for Proposals

RGD is pleased to announce it will hold our 5th Design Educators Conference, the first to be held completely virtually, on Wednesday, October 21 to Friday, October 23.


RGD welcomes submissions from educators and industry professionals from around the world. Selected presenters will receive a complimentary pass to the Conference.


Deadline for submissions (extended): 11:59 p.m. PST on September 7, 2020

Submit your Abstract here


The Conference has 5 themes:

  • Empower [the learners] 
    How do you empower students to become active learners? How do we train and create an ecosystem of resilience? 

  • Embrace [the classroom] 
    What does the future classroom look like? What are the methodologies, technology and/or practices we need to embrace to move forward? 
  • Expand [the experience] 
    How do we decide who and what to include in the experience of design education?
  • Engage [with external participation] 
    How does design education engage with society, with our student’s lives, with the industry at large?
  • Equity [within all spaces]
    How can we better integrate inclusion, accessibility, and equal opportunities for all students and participants in education?

We invite proposals that address any of these themes from a variety of perspectives.


The Conference will consist of:

  • 2-3 Keynote Presentations (30 to 45 minutes each with 15-20 minutes for Q&A)
  • 5 Themed Sessions (60 minutes each with 3 20-minute Traditional Paper Presentations)
  • 6-12 Roundtable Sessions (60 minutes of discussion each, some with 1 presentation of 5 to 20 minutes with facilitated discussion)


Abstracts will be reviewed by an Abstract Review Panel. Selected presenters will be notified by October 1 if their proposals are selected for inclusion in the Conference.


Following the Conference, select presenters will be asked to contribute to a PDF publication of the Conference proceedings. See the 2015 publication here.


Please send questions to