Design Scholarship: What is it and How Does it Count (for Tenure)?
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The first national meeting of textile and clothing professors took place in Madison, Wisconsin in June 1959. With a mission to advance excellence in education, scholarship and innovation, and their global applications, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) is a professional and educational association of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.
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Design, craft, art wear, functional design, technical design, and creative design - these are a few of the ways in which ITAA members describe the focus of their design/creative work. Obviously design, as it is practiced by our diverse membership, is multi-faceted. Bye (2010) argued that a â€œdifferent context is needed for creative scholarship, and it should be one that both adds to our knowledge base and moves us toward building theory. Where we are as a discipline regarding defining and presenting design as research, for whom it is intended, and how it should be situated within the academy is still in flux. Additionally, in today's academic climate there is an increasing demand for accountability in higher education. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to examine design scholarship, as it is currently perceived, measured, and disseminated in our field.