Connecting diverse collaborative teams
through design and visual thinking

Kelly is an assistant professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan and the project lead of ORBIT: Online Resource for Building Intercultural Teams.

Please visit to learn more about Kelly's new book, Intercultural Collaboration by Design, and her current research in cultivating diverse teams.

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Runner up, Service category: Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Awards

Decipher 2018 Design Educators Research Conference


Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt & Omar Sosa-Tzec

"The award recognizes service to the discipline of design in many areas — anything that serves the discipline of communication design within an educational environment in a positive way."

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Runner up, Teaching category: Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Awards

Intercultural Design Collaborations in Sustainability


Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt & Denielle Emans

"The teaching award is for innovation in education, instruction, content delivery, and student learning outcomes. Visionary curricular development, outstanding instructional quality, novel teaching methods, successful assignments and projects, and impact on student and alumni success are germane to this distinction."

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Kelly Murdoch-Kitt is an Assistant Professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where she weaves her background in interaction and user experience design into the Foundations curriculum. Her recent pedagogic research collaborations explore methods, tools, and benefits of effective intercultural design collaboration. She is also exploring the impacts of integrating sustainability challenges into project-based design courses. She recently presented research at the 2017 MODE Motion Design Education Summit and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference and Expo, “Transforming Sustainability Education.” Recent journal publications include “Design Nexus: integrating cross-cultural learning experiences into graphic design education” in Studies in Material Thinking 11: Re/materialising Design Education Futures (co-authored with Prof. Denielle Emans, 2014) and “Sustainability at the forefront: educating students through complex challenges in visual communication and design” in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (co-authored with Kelly Norris Martin & Denielle Emans, 2015). Kelly and Denielle Emans were also recognized in 2016 by the Design Incubation Teaching Awards, earning a runner-up award for their ongoing pedagogic research, “Intercultural Design Collaborations in Sustainability.” Kelly serves on the national steering committee for the AIGA Design Educator's Community. She holds a Master’s degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s School of Design.