Featured Scholar: Pamela Napier, MFA
Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design
Research Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIaFr9zou1M
IU Herron School of Art and Design
Promoting people-centered design research and community engagement
Professor Pamela Napier’s research focuses on how to enable people to solve challenges facing them in their everyday lives by facilitating cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication and collaboration throughout the design process. Founded on the belief that all people have the potential to identify challenges, create innovative solutions, and bring about meaningful change, Napier’s approach is people-centered. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses utilizing a service-learning pedagogy, where students engage people in various communities, organizations, and institutions to help them do those very things. The frameworks and models she developed to practice and teach people-centered design research and facilitation are not only being used in other classes—but by educators in other universities across the country. Organizations and institutions for which she has provided design research, strategy, and facilitation services have implemented new products and services as a result of that work, and have adopted her approach and methods in their own practices. Professor Napier’s work to solve challenges with people and organizations is another example of how IUPUI faculty are TRANSLATING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.
Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks
With several research works contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Professor Napier has made translational research knowledge available to professionals, researchers, students, and communities around the world.
Terri Wada, Adjunct Faculty, Visual Communication Design, Pamela Napier, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, J. Brian Crain, Design Strategist, Collabo Creative LLC., Julie LaMothe CPNP, MSN,RN, Sue Hendricks EdD., RN, CNE, Kellie Stull MSN, RN, Jennifer Sweeney MSN, RN, and Zaidi, Syed-Adeel H. MD. 2016, April 8. A People-Centered Approach to Improving Interprofessional Communication in Health Care. Poster session presented at IUPUI Research Day 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/10523
Pamela Napier. 2015 April 17. Design for Social Change: A Pedagogical Approach to Prepare Students for Human-centered Design Practice. Poster session presented at IUPUI Research Day 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/9334