Four ISU College of Design faculty awarded promotions, tenure


AMES,  Iowa — At its April 23 meeting in Council Bluffs, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved promotion and tenure awards for four Iowa State University College of Design faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year.

Nadia Anderson, architecture and urban design, and Seda Yilmaz, industrial design, were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure. Julia Badenhope, landscape architecture, and Brenda Jones, art and visual culture, were promoted to professor (already tenured). Promotions take effect Aug. 16, 2015.

Nadia Anderson

Nadia Anderson
Anderson joined the Iowa State architecture faculty as a lecturer in 2005 and moved into a tenure-track position in 2009. She was appointed an extension architect with ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development in 2010 and became an affiliate faculty member in the Master of Urban Design graduate program, which she helped develop, in 2013. Since 2012 she has been co-director of the ISU Community Design Lab, which was established with funding from the ISU Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost's Strategic Initiative for Interdisciplinary Education, Research and Engagement. In 2015 she was elected to serve a three-year term as director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s West Central Region.

Anderson regularly teaches an urbanism theory and methods graduate seminar and the Bridge Studio, an interdisciplinary option studio she developed that engages graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with communities and nonprofit organizations to identify issues, articulate potential projects and develop project designs in partnership with local residents. She advises graduate students on thesis research and supervises undergraduate and graduate independent study projects.

Anderson received a 2012 Community Stewardship Merit Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, 2011 Live Green Award for Excellence in Sustainability from Iowa State, 2009 US Green Building Council Excellence in Green Building Education Award and 2009 Grand Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, all in recognition of the Bridge Studio. She also received the 2011 Faculty/Staff Outreach/Public Service Award from the ISU College of Design.

Anderson and Community Design Lab colleagues were awarded a competitive research grant in 2014 and 2015 from the ISU Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Marketing and Food Systems Initiative for development of an "agricultural urbanism toolkit." They also received funding in 2014 from the Wellmark Foundation’s Matching Assets to Community Health Grant Program for projects to promote healthy lifestyles through complete streets design in Ames and to develop a comprehensive trail system for Centerville. Anderson is the author of a chapter on "Finding and Reassembling Community Amidst Disaster" in Community Matters: Service-Learning and Engaged Design and Planning (Routledge, 2014).

Anderson holds a bachelor of arts in architecture from Yale University and a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Association of Community Designers, Environmental Design Research Association, Iowa Women in Architecture and the Social, Economic, Environmental Design (SEED) Network.

Seda Yilmaz

Seda Yilmaz
Yilmaz joined the industrial design faculty as an assistant professor when the undergraduate program was first approved in 2010. She became the department's director of undergraduate education and the ISU site director for the Center for e-Design in 2014. She also is an affiliate faculty member in the human computer interaction graduate program.

Yilmaz has taught introduction to industrial design, creative thinking for industrial designers, design research methods, junior studio, vertical sponsored studio, and an intensive studio for graduate students who enter the program without an industrial design background. She serves on a number of master's thesis and doctoral dissertation committees, advises undergraduate research assistants and has mentored first-year honors students.

Yilmaz leads a multidisciplinary research team of colleagues from the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University on a National Science Foundation Research in Engineering Education grant-funded project to investigate the impact of different factors on ideation (idea generation) by engineering and design students. She leads another research team from Iowa State and Michigan on an NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM grant, developing instructional materials for disseminating evidence-based pedagogy in engineering and design education. She also is part of a team developing a series of design thinking and creativity workshops to introduce design thinking to broad populations who do not have design backgrounds.

Yilmaz has contributed to four book chapters, six journal articles and more than 40 conference publications on creativity, ideation, innovation and design feedback. She holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and a Master of Fine Arts in industrial design and a doctorate in design science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a founding member of the North American Chapter of the Design Society and a member of the Art and Design Review editorial board, Engineering and Product Design Education Conference Review Board and International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition Advisory Board.

Julia Badenhope

Julia Badenhope
Badenhope joined the landscape architecture faculty as an adjunct assistant professor in 1992 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1999. She served as an extension landscape architecture specialist from 1993 to 2001.

Since 1996 Badenhope has directed Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program, an award-winning transportation planning program she established that brings local leaders and volunteers together with the design community to create visionary approaches to community enhancement. The program has been recognized with the 2006 Outstanding Planning Award for a Program by the American Planning Association; 2006 Honor Award for Planning by the Central States Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and 2003 Environmental Excellence Award for Excellence in Livable Communities by the Federal Highway Administration.

In 2012 Badenhope was elected a Fellow of the ASLA. In 2013 she received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Badenhope's research and outreach focus on facilitating local decision making on landscape issues and designing livable communities by creating a sense of space through landscape design. She develops projects rooted in participatory action research to inform decisions about disaster recovery, mobility and health while advancing knowledge. As a teaching faculty member, she leads students in capstone studio projects designed to challenge the imagination and engage communities in solving "wicked" problems. She has presented her work at countless professional conferences, symposia, workshops and exhibitions.

Badenhope holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with honors from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones
Jones joined the art faculty at Iowa State as a temporary assistant professor in 1986 and moved into a tenure-track assistant professor position in 1989. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1993. She has served as the College of Design Rome Program studio arts coordinator since 1999 and regularly teaches at the college's facilities in Rome.

Jones has taught all levels of undergraduate and graduate drawing, painting and mixed media and served as the co-coordinator for the studio art foundations courses prior to the establishment of the college's Core Design Program. She also served as the interim coordinator of Design Studies 130 for the first years of the Core Program. She has served on dozens of master's thesis committees for graduate students throughout the college and across campus and frequently advises on undergraduate honors projects.

Jones received the inaugural Brenda Jones Change Agent Award, named in her honor, at the 2012 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE); the award is now given to outstanding student participants in the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and ISCORE. She also has received the 2008 ISU Learning Abroad Service Award, 2006 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, 2004 ISU Dr. Thomas Thielen University Award for Service and ISU Award for International Service, 2003 ISU Service Award from the Office of the Vice President and 2002 NAACP Award for Education, among many others.

Jones has exhibited her artwork in more than 80 exhibitions throughout Iowa, the US, China, Italy and South Korea. Her work is in numerous private collections throughout the US and Italy as well as public collections at Callahan Middle School and 200 Carriers Building in Des Moines, Drake University, Iowa State University, University of Oklahoma and Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo.

Jones holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Drake University, Des Moines.

Nadia Anderson, Architecture, (515) 294-0339,
Seda Yilmaz, Industrial Design, (515) 294-7416,
Julia Badenhope, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-3007,
Brenda Jones, Art and Visual Culture, (515) 294-7641,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,