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Neeta Verma, Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design at Notre Dame University, has been awarded the 2021 Design Teaching Award given by Design Incubation. Neeta also serves on the 2021-2022 SEGD’s Academic Task Force.
The 2021 Design Incubation Educators Awards competition in 4 categories: Creative Work, Published Research, Teaching, Service. Neeta’s work “Social Design: Bridging Two Continents Through Collaboration and Innovation” is recognized in the teaching category.
Excerpt from the winning entry:
Social Design: Bridging Two Continents Through Collaboration and Innovation
Students understand their role as designers/co-creators/catalysts within a global context to explore the problem of sustainability
The aim of this advanced-level course in Social Design was for students to understand their role as designers/co-creators/catalysts within a global context to explore the problem of sustainability. This multi-disciplinary partnership brought together students from the University of Notre Dame (UND) and the National Institute of Design(NID) in India. The cohort of 14 students traveled approximately 17,000 miles, with 19 weeks of working together (3 weeks in India, 2 weeks in the US, and 14 weeks of working virtually). With an emphasis on problem solving and innovation, the learning goal was to examine the problem of sustainability through a cross-cultural prism, in India and the United States— two very divergent socio-economic constructs.
Read more about this award winning class and download the results of her class here.