Nominate a Design Educator for RGD's 2023 Design Educator Awards
Deadline for entries: June 23, 2023


The RGD's Design Educator Awards of Excellence celebrate the dedication of Canadian design educators at both university and college levels. Nominations can come from both faculty and students to highlight the breadth and significance of faculty influence. Nominees should have a proven history of teaching effectiveness. Nominees may nominate themselves.


We invite all to honour educators from across Canada who have made outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research.



Two educators (one from Eastern and one from Western Canada) will receive:
  • Free Membership in the RGD for three years (Affiliate or Certified)
  • Free ticket to any and all RGD Conferences (including DesignThinkers) for three years
  • Printed Award Certificate
  • Recognition across RGD channels, including at DesignThinkers reaching over 70,000
Up to four additional educators will receive “Honourable Mention” and:
  • Free Membership for one year
  • Free ticket to DesignThinkers (to be used between 2023–2025)
  • Printed Certificate


Submission Criteria

  • Nominator Statement (identify three ways that the Nominee has significantly impacted design education with reference to:
    • Pedagogy (books, methodology, publications)
    • Curriculum
    • Research
    • Innovation in Program Development
    • Contributions to the Discipline (curation/organization of exhibitions, conferences, events, creative projects)

  • Curriculum Vitae
 of Nominee
  • Three Support Statement/Letters from any combination of Former Students and/or Colleagues


Evaluation Criteria

Focus: The Nominee demonstrates a focus in one or more areas of specialization including critical pedagogy, curriculum development, student support and collaboration.

Community and collaboration: The Nominee demonstrates active contribution to the building of a more cohesive design community — collaborating institutionally, locally or on a broader scale.

Contribution: The Nominee demonstrates active contribution to the advancement of design pedagogy and/or practice.

Support: The Nominee demonstrates exceptional support for students and/or colleagues.

Curriculum: The Nominee demonstrates dedication to the development / enhancement of curriculum that is inclusive and relevant to a quickly evolving program of study.


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