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This Week in the College of Design

This weekly e-newsletter is sent to all College of Design faculty and staff via e-mail on Mondays (except holidays) during the academic year. To have information included in the weekly update, please forward all materials to Heather Sauer ( by noon on Friday for inclusion in the following Monday’s e-blast. Announcements will be updated here and on the Announcements webpage.

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This Week in the College of Design


COACHE Workshop on Faculty Experiences

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost will host a faculty development workshop, "Moving Forward, Together: COACHE Data Highlights about the ISU Faculty Experience," from 10 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. Tera Jordan, associate provost for faculty development; Karen Zunkel, institutional research executive director; and Susan Ray, institutional research data analyst, will share highlights from the 2021 COACHE survey and action items moving forward. Register in advance to attend the in-person workshop. More information on the survey is available on a newly redesigned webpage. Iowa State faculty take part in the COACHE (Collaborative on Academic Careers in Education) survey every few years.

Student Scholarship Recognition Ceremony

We will celebrate our 2022-2023 student scholarship recipients in a ceremony from 5–7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Sukup Atrium of the Biorenewables Complex next door to the College of Design. The event will begin with a buffet-style dinner. The dean will then give remarks and honor donors and their scholarship recipients. Faculty and staff are invited to participate; RSVP online by Friday, Sept. 30.

CEAH Research & Symposium Grants

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for CEAH Research Grants (three different types of support for research and creative activity) and CEAH Symposium Grants of $2,000–$10,000 offered by the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. Proposals for both must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Visit the Grants Hub Internal Funding page for information on these and other internal funding opportunities.

Rome Show Extended

The Spring '22 Rome Show exhibition has been extended through Friday, Oct. 14, in Gallery 181. The show features work by 48 architecture and landscape architecture students who studied in Italy in spring 2022 with the College of Design Rome Program.

U.S Diversity Course Review

Faculty Senate has created a U.S. Diversity Course Requirement Committee to review all courses – new, modified and unchanged – to ensure they meet three of four learning outcomes and can be included in the 2023-24 catalog. Courses that have not gone through this review process will not be included in the U.S. Diversity course list. Jane Rongerude, associate professor of community and regional planning, is the College of Design representative on this committee. All College of Design faculty are asked to submit your courses for review online.

Reminder: Office Signage Templates

Templates for the new 8x8 signs installed beside faculty and staff office doors can be found online at These will include the name and email address of each person in the office. Please download the appropriate template for the number of people in your office, fill in the details and save it with your office number as the title. Then upload the file at As new files are uploaded, the college will print them on heavy paper and send student workers and staff members around to install them.

Reminder: Bailey Research Award

Open to full-time, tenured faculty members, the Bailey Research Career Development Award fosters research that is innovative (outside of an established research program) and not only increases knowledge but also has practical applications. One or two awards of $50,000 per year for two or three years will be made competitively each fiscal year. Submit an application to the Dean’s Office for internal review by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. The college may forward no more than one application to the university award committee for consideration.

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Architecture Public Program

"Ways of Working," Heinrich and Ilze Wolff, 5:30 p.m. today, Sept. 26, Kocimski Auditorium. Read more

University Museums Art Walk

"Art Walk: The Arts and Crafts Movement on Campus," noon–2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, beginning at University Library front lobby. Registration encouraged but not required. Read more

University Library Workshop

"DIgital Humanities 101: Intro to Text Analysis," 2:10–3:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, The Catalyst, 199 Parks Library. Read more and register

IDRO Friday Seminar Series

"From Rail Town to Trail Town: Examining Inherited Space & Place Along Midwestern Rail-Trails," Austin Dunn, assistant professor, landscape architecture, 12:10–1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, via Zoom. Read more

Architecture Lecture

"Art & the City," Sharon Johnston, FAIA, founder and partner, Johnston Marklee & Associates, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Iowa Events Center. Read more

Charles E. "Chick" Herbert Lecture in Architecture

"The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947-1985," Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Kocimski Auditorium. Read more

Retirement Reception

"Chris Martin Retirement Party," for Chris Martin, professor emeritus, art and visual culture, 4–7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, Hickory Shelter, Brookside Park. Brief program at 5:15 p.m. Read more

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Honors, Awards & Publications

Biswa Das, Christopher Seeger, Julie Robison, Bailey Hanson, Rakesh Shaw & Erin Mullenix

The IGFI Annual Fiscal Conditions Reports for Cities, FYE 2021, and the IGFI Annual Fiscal Conditions Reports for Counties, FYE 2021, are now available on the Iowa Government Finance Initiative's website. Biswa Das, associate professor of community and regional planning and extension community development specialist; Christopher Seeger, professor of landscape architecture and extension landscape architect; and Julie Robison, interim associate director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach and extension community and economic development specialist, along with ISU Extension and Outreach GIS systems analysts Bailey Hanson and Rakesh Shaw and data analyst Erin Mullenix, who holds a joint role as the research director for the Iowa League of Cities, are co-authors of the reports. Read more

Shelby Doyle

Shelby Doyle, associate professor of architecture and the Stan G. Thurston Professor in Design Build, was interviewed for a story in The Architect’s Newspaper titled "Dream Worlds: Three experts discuss Midjourney’s promise and pitfalls."

Raluca Iancu

Raluca Iancu, assistant professor of art and visual culture, presented "#PandemicFridge: Collaboration at a Distance" as part of a Reflective Practice Panels Session at the International Multidisciplinary Printmaking, Artists, Concepts and Techniques Conference (IMPACT 12) Sept. 21–25 in Bristol, England. Her work was also included in three international juried exhibitions in Bristol – Split Practices, Hybrids and Optical Impermanence 2 – held concurrently with the IMPACT 12 conference. She was the co-curator for Optical Impermanence 2.

Doug Spencer

Doug Spencer, Pickard Chilton Professor and director of graduate education in the Department of Architecture, has an essay in the latest issue of the New York Review of Architecture. In “Big Names Back the Bartlett,” Spencer looks into the recent revelations of abuse of students at the London school of architecture, and questions those now siding with the institution. The essay appears only in the print edition.

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This Week in the College of Design is published Monday mornings by the Office of the Dean, College of Design. Send news to Heather Sauer, by noon on Friday for inclusion in the following Monday's e-blast, or submit your information online. You can also submit awards and publication information online. Announcements and honors will be posted as they are received and may be viewed anytime via the College of Design Dashboard.