Shared Faculty Studio

The John and Fonda Elliot Designer in Residence program is an opportunity for the Design Innovation Initiative to bring a leading designer/practitioner to the University each year for the purpose of sparking innovation through selective engagement in teaching and collaboration in design innovation initiatives.

The Designer in Residence’s [DIR’s] role includes maximizing substantial exposure to faculty and students through selective engagement in teaching and/or workshops, collaboration with faculty, and execution of a project during their residency that is associated with the Kent State University Design Innovation enterprise.

The Designer in Residence & Faculty Shared Studio serves as an open and reconfigurable studio space to meet the project needs of the DIR, as well as to host cross-disciplinary faculty-led projects. The total space in the studio is approximately 1200 square feet. It is situated close to a seminar-style meeting space, kitchenette area, casual gathering area and the “Blank_Lab.”

Faculty teams can apply for timeslots to host their collaborative projects in the studio as a means to showcase their intersectional ideas and support a meaningful and accessible space for coming together to work in ways that take advantage of the scope of resources provided throughout the DI HUB.

Current Resident

The Department of Psychological Sciences is conducting their "Kent State Student Life Study" in the Shared Faculty Studio for the next two years (2023-2025). This study proposes to enroll 10,000 KSU students into a population-based research project using smartphone-based remote assessments and interventions for a broad range of outcomes, including mental health, physical health, substance use, academic success, equity/inclusion, among others.

Faculty researchers from multiple departments and across campuses have expressed interest in contributing to this project. The Shared Faculty Studio will host 15 study carrels for students to complete computer-based interventions, surveys, and studies. Additionally, there will be a space to collect biometric and health data from participants.