Professor of Graphic Design, Dir. of Graduate Programs in Graphic Design, North Carolina State University

Learning by Design

Thursday, 08 December, 2011

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Meredith Davis taught for 13 years at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been at NC State since 1989. She served 10 years as chair of the Department of Graphic Design (now the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design) and four years as head of the interdisciplinary PhD in Design program. She currently serves on the AIGA Visionary Design Council to define “The Designer of 2015.” She has received numerous teaching awards for graduate education, including four university awards as Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and nominee for the Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. She is also listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who in American Art.

Meredith was principal in the graphic design firm Communication Design from 1979-1989. She is the recipient of more than 50 national and international design awards and her work has appeared in Graphis, ID Magazine, Print, Graphic Design USA, ACD 100, Creativity, Typography, and other professional publications.  Meredith is a former president of the American Center for Design and the founding president of the Graphic Design Education Association. She served on the national board of directors of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and as a frequent member of its various committees. She was the AIGA representative to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and a member of the NASAD accreditation commission. In this position, Meredith led the authoring of six briefing papers on graphic design education and negotiated new standards for the accreditation of college-level graphic design programs. She has delivered more than 140 lectures nationally, conducted more than 30 academic program reviews and 50 external tenure reviews, and is among the speakers on the AIGA national speaker’s bureau list.

Meredith also consults with colleges and universities on curriculum development and assessment.  Meredith’s research explores the use of design in achieving the goals of educational reform in K-12 schools and the relationship between design and cognition. She has served as a member of the development team for the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts and participated in the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership for the U.S. Department of Education. She has taught for Performance Assessment Collaboratives with Education, a research unit of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and served as a consultant to the departments of education in Wisconsin and Michigan.