Carly Hagins, IDSA

Assistant Professor, Product Design, Western Michigan University

Carly Hagins, IDSA

Carly Hagins is an Assistant Professor of Product Design at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art. 

Carly is a multidisciplinary designer and educator. She has worked in industries ranging from children's toys to craft breweries and is especially interested in the intersection of product and graphic design. Carly has been teaching a range of courses at the college level since 2012.

As a faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA), she established the student design club (the Wentworth Design Collaborative), helped overhaul the first-year curriculum, and has advised fifty senior thesis projects. As a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, Carly was awarded the 2019 IDSA Graduate Student Merit Award for the Midwest District for her work that is focused on undergraduate well-being and behavior change.

Intro to Education Symposium w/ Aziza Cyamani, Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, and Bryan Howell

Main Stage

Track 2

Wed - Sept. 22

4:00 pm EDT

Welcome to the IDSA Education Symposium!

As we navigate the end of a pandemic, we are rediscovering our nature for resilience, courage, and adaptability while being confronted by limitations in our personal, professional, and technological capabilities. In the new normal, we are also revisiting old and new conversations addressing long overdue issues and turning them into actions.

On the positive side, barriers that seemed insurmountable before are breaking down. More importantly, as the world becomes smaller due to the shift to virtual connectivity, more opportunities are evolving to foster collaborations across disciplines and reach far corners of the globe.

Designers now have more tools to become change-makers within the academic and professional realms through initiating, engaging, and collaborating in practices that create positive experiences. In this spirit, we are inviting contributions addressing overarching considerations in design education and practice that embrace sustainability in its broadest sense.