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.
- Free Membership in the RGD for 3 years (Affiliate or Certified)
- Free ticket to any and all RGD Conferences (including DesignThinkers) for 3 years
- Printed Award Certificate
- Recognition across RGD channels including at DesignThinkers reaching over 70,000
- Free Membership for 1 year
- Free ticket to DesignThinkers (to be used between 2023-2025)
- Printed Certificate
- Nominator Statement (identify 3 ways that the Nominee has significantly impacted design education with reference to:
- Pedagogy (books, methodology, publications)
- Innovation in Program Development
- Contributions to the Discipline (curation/organization of exhibitions, conferences, events, creative projects)
- Curriculum Vitae of Nominee
- 3 Support Statement/Letters from any combination of Former Students and/or Colleagues
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.