Design Innovation Announces Faculty Fellows Program

Starting in the 2022-2023 Academic Year, Design Innovation will begin hosting two to three Design Innovation (DI) Faculty Fellows annually. This fellowship, based in the DI HUB, creates space and time for existing faculty members from ANY field to devote some of their teaching, research and scholarly focus to collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects and DI co-teaching experiences.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Design Innovation Faculty Fellows Program are now open to all full-time faculty members of any rank.

DI Faculty Fellows may provide lectures/workshops in support of intersectional innovation strategies, incorporating design thinking and methodologies to cultivate and curate inclusive team communication, visualization, thinking and doing.  In this way, we can cultivate a vastly increased local to national awareness of Design Innovation at Kent State that will help to facilitate a cultural change towards a university-wide innovation mindset.

DI will support our faculty fellows to disseminate their work in peer-reviewed venues as a means to add critical contributions to the field and advance human-centered-design approaches and/or technology-led collaborative innovation strategies in partnership with any discipline well beyond the boundaries of Kent State. 

Faculty members engaged in the DI Faculty Fellow roles will participate in leadership and decision-making activities in support of the initiative, including teaching, providing insight on grant research and writing and/or through direct engagement with external/community partners.  DI Faculty Fellows may also help with advising DI collaborators on project support, makerspace use and innovations, and mentorship in idea generation and implementation.

If selected, DI Faculty Fellows will receive a 3-6 workload hour equivalency in both Fall and Spring semesters to work in the DI HUB and with the larger initiative. The faculty member’s unit will receive funds to cover costs associated with workload reallocation; a letter of support from your administrator is required.
For more information or to discuss your application, please contact J.R. Campbell, Executive Director for the Design Innovation Initiative, at You may also contact us at 330-672-0192 or

The application deadline is 5:00 pm, Friday, April 22, 2022. To apply, visit:

POSTED: Monday, March 21, 2022 - 10:45am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 1:48pm