The RGD recognizes design faculty who have made outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research. Stay tuned for our announcement of the winner of 2021 Design Educators Award for Eastern Canada on August 4.
We are thrilled to announce that the RGD 2021 Design Educator Award of Excellence for Western Canada is presented to Dr. Bonne Zabolotney.
"Bonne’s approach to pedagogy focuses on creating communities of practice. She empowers students to be active contributors to the discipline, and to prototype through course work their own ways of practicing, of researching and reflecting on design. She actively challenges the individualistic and competitive frameworks of design education and education in general, in favour of relational and collaborative collectives. She is a caring, humble, generous and supportive educator, committed to a design education that bravely engages with the challenges of our time and practices/prototypes possible futures." — Celeste Martin, Dean, Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, Emily Carr University
"Bonne shares her methods and resources openly and has inspired me to change how I will teach my studio class in the coming semester. She offers this generosity to all her colleagues, whether she is sharing her insights from her PhD from RMIT in Melbourne, or the considerable political experience she gained as Provost." — Louise St. Pierre, PhD, Associate Professor, DESIS Lab coordinator, Emily Carr University
Karin joined the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in 2012 to launch its graphic and digital design programs, and, more recently, the new Graphic and Digital Design Major in the BFA. Karin integrates contextual learning into the classroom informed by her robust professional network built through her work in corporate communications and social design.
With over 15 years experience in teaching typography and information design, Constanza is an Associate Professor in the Bachelor of Design Program at MacEwan University. In her program, she plays an active role in curriculum planning and development. Her research is focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the use of experiential learning as a tool to enhance student engagement.
Ashlea Spitz RGD
Ashlea is a Digital Graphic Design Instructor at Vancouver Community College. She was integral in helping the design department develop and grow into a new two-year Diploma which is based on applied theory, design thinking, and entrepreneurial skills.