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2021 Educator of the Year
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2021 Educator of the Year
Recognizing and celebrating an full-time design educator for outstanding accomplishments and commitment to interior design education.
Important Dates
Applications for the IIDA Educator of the Year award open annually.
Submission Open
Dec 09, 2020
Submission Closed
Feb 16, 2021

There is no cost to apply to the IIDA Member of the Year Award

Competition Guidelines
Application Requirements

All applications must be completed electronically. No hard copy applications will be accepted. If any of the following items are missing, your application will not be reviewed. Any additional materials will be removed and not considered. To apply you need to prepare and submit the following:

Written Component

Candidate Statement: 500-700 words, referencing career achievements including:

  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  • Innovation in teaching techniques or projects/course development
  • Student mentorship
  • Contributions to the profession of interior design and professional organizations
  • Contributions to the field through creative scholarships or the publication of scholarly research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in interior design education and the community-at-large

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume

Visual Component

Headshot in JPG or JPEG format with a minimum size of 1000px by 1000px

Letters of Recommendation

Four letters of recommendation:

  • One (1) letter from the candidate’s design school chair or program coordinator
  • One (1) letter from an educator who has worked directly with the candidate
  • Two (2) letters from two students either currently enrolled in the candidate’s program or recently graduated

The IIDA Educator of the Year will receive:

$10,000 cash award sponsored by KI and a free IIDA membership for 2021

Award presentation during the 2021 IIDA Annual Meeting

The winner will be featured on IIDA.org, and in Design Matters, IIDA's flagship newsletter. They will also receive official digital assets for self-promotion, coverage and mention on IIDA’s social media accounts, and in an official press release distributed to leading industry outlets and media partners.