2019 DIG Outstanding Educator Award

Rande Blank Honored as DIG’s 2019 
Outstanding Design Educator!

The Design Interest Group is delighted to announce that this year's Outstanding Educator's Award goes to our incredible 2017-2019 Past-Chair, Rande Blank! Rande serves as Associate Professor and Director of the MAT in Visual Arts Education program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Over the last 20 years, Rande has provided professional development for PK-16 teachers, teaches preservice students about design thinking in the art classroom, and provides insights into strategies and accommodations for students with special needs and curriculum writing. 

She served as the director of the Higher Education Division of PAEA from 2015-2018; is on the planning board of NAEA Summer Studio Design Thinking Institute; Advisory Board member of Design-ED; and regularly presents at NAEA, PAEA, and AENJ conferences. Blank served as Adjunct Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia where she taught in the Art Education programs. 

Blank earned her M.Ed. from Arcadia University, B.S. in Design at the University of Maryland, and completed a Post Bach at Moore College of Art & Design. She is a practicing artist and trained graphic designer; her 2D and 3D work includes mixed media, mosaics, found object sculptures, and acrylic painting.

Thinking Ahead to Next Year's Award Winner...
Please do consider who you might nominate as a deserving candidate for DIG's 2020 Outstanding Design Educator Award! 

>  The DIG Outstanding Educator Candidate Selection Rubric will be posted in the fall of 2019.

Recipient must be an active DIG member who has exhibited exemplary contributions to our community; preferably with NAEA members as well. 

A complete nomination packet must include:
  1. A letter of nomination from a current DIG member who speaks to the candidate’s service to DIG (plus NAEA if possible); clearly addresses the criteria specified in the Outstanding Educator Candidate Selection Rubric

  2. At least two letters of support from DIG members

  3. Candidate’s curriculum vitae/resume

  4. Candidate's contact information, including telephone number, email address, and mailing address
It is the responsibility of the member nominating the candidate to ensure that the nomination packet is complete. Nominations and support materials must be submitted by Friday, February 7, 2020

Send all nomination materials to Doris Wells-Papank, DIG Chair at doris@designlearning.us 

Doris Wells-Papanek
Director, Design Learning Network

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