Dr. Cindy Todd is the Art Education Program Chair at Kendall College of Art & Design of FSU in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Cindy is a co-creator and key designer of the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, a design thinking / place-based secondary school that is a proud recipient of a $10,000,000 XQ Super School Grant. Cindy hs been the Co-Facilitator for SummerStudio: Design Thinking, StudioChat, and the upcoming StudioChallenge.
Before becoming a professor, Cindy taught K-12 art for over 14 years, teaching at all levels, elementary, middle, and high school.
She was named the NAEA’s 2019 Art Educator of the Year and has served as Michigan’s Art Education Association President and the NAEA Western Region Vice President. Dr. Todd has helped Michigan’s State Board of Education revise its art education standards and presents keynote addresses to conferences across the country.
Doris Wells-Papanek, MEd, has a lifetime of experience as a practicing UX designer with tech companies such as Apple, Intuit, and Xerox.
As the Founder and Director of the Design Learning Network (DLN), Doris collaborates with diverse sets of partners within education and business. Together we co-construct learning experiences, design challenges, and research projects anchored in the learning sciences using an action research approach.
Doris has served as DIG's Chair-Elect, Chair, and now Past-Chair. Additional roles include DIG Grants Coordinator, StudioChat Co-Facilitator, and Communications Outreach.
She holds a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction Design, focused on Action Research from National Louis University. Doris has a Bachelor's degree in Product and Environmental Design from the Kansas City Art Institute.
We hope to announce our next Chair-Elect sometime soon!
Rande Blank, 2017-2019
Dr. Janis Norman, 2014-2017
Dr. Robin Vande Zande, 2006-2014
Dr. Martin Rayala, 2002-2006 (Co-Founder)