Leading collaborative teams
to co-design meaningful experiences
with (and for) real people

Kelly currently teaches courses in web, interaction and user experience design in the Graphic Design Program at Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Design.

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Runner up, Teaching category: Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Awards

Intercultural Design Collaborations in Sustainability


Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt & Denielle Emans

"The teaching award is for innovation in education, instruction, content delivery, and student learning outcomes. Visionary curricular development, outstanding instructional quality, novel teaching methods, successful assignments and projects, and impact on student and alumni success are germane to this distinction."

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Kelly Murdoch-Kitt is an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design program Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. She teaches and works primarily in the areas of interaction and user experience design. Her recent pedagogic research collaborations explore methods, tools, and benefits of effective intercultural design collaboration. She is also exploring the impacts of integrating sustainability challenges into project-based design courses. She recently presented research at Spaces of Learning: AIGA Design Educators Conference and the 2015 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference and Expo, “Transforming Sustainability Education.” Recent journal publications include “Design Nexus: integrating cross-cultural learning experiences into graphic design education” in Studies in Material Thinking 11: Re/materialising Design Education Futures (co-authored with Prof. Denielle Emans, 2014) and “Sustainability at the forefront: educating students through complex challenges in visual communication and design” in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (co-authored with Kelly Norris Martin & Denielle Emans, 2015). Kelly and Denielle Emans were also recognized in 2016 by the Design Incubation Teaching Awards, earning a runner-up award for their ongoing pedagogic research, “Intercultural Design Collaborations in Sustainability.” Kelly serves on the national steering committee for the AIGA Design Educator's Community. She holds a Master’s degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s School of Design.