Michelle R. Brown, M.A., IIDA, IDEC, NCIDQ

Michelle R. Brown, M.A., IIDA, IDEC, NCIDQ
Sr. Lecturer in Human Sciences and Design
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Sr. Lecturer in Family and Consumer Sciences

Program Coordinator for Interior Design

Interior Design Technology Coordinator

Introduction/Background:

Having come from a family of educators, I said that I was not going to teach, but I found working as a teaching assistant with students in the studio setting to be enjoyable and rewarding during graduate school. My first job out of graduate school was teaching Interior Design at West Virginia University.  I learned quickly not to say ‘Never’ to an opportunity because God has His own much better plans for you. My career has also included extensive practice in both residential and commercial design, focusing mostly on education, corporate office, government, and healthcare design.  In 2002 my husband’s job brought us to Texas.   Through an article in Baylor’s Lariat newspaper, I discovered that an opportunity to teach at Baylor was available. Through such a small circulation newspaper, God brought my career back to Education full-circle. 

Education:

  • M. A. – Interior Design – University of Kentucky
  • B. S. – Interior Design – Tennessee Technological University

Certifications:

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) # 10269

Associations:

  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

Area(s) of Teaching:

  • Space Planning
  • Rendering
  • Computer Graphics
  • Commercial Studios
  • Building Codes and Structures

Area(s) of Research:

  • Digital rendering
  • Presentation techniques
  • Relationship of strength quest strengths to Interior Design student's success in their major and that relationship of strengths to the success of designers in the field of interior design
  • The "Millennial Student" & How do they process and learn information? Looking at the type of learner they are and how they are studying.

Selected Publications/Honors:

  • West Virginia University Division of Family Resources - Outstanding Teacher Award
  • PA West Chapter American Society of Interior Designers - Chapter Presidential Citation

What teaching at Baylor means to me:

Teaching at Baylor gives me the opportunity to work with young people who are interested in Interior Design and to help educate and mold our future designers.  Several years ago, StrengthsQuest coaches at Baylor helped the students and faculty alike to embrace their strengths from the test.   One of my top strengths is Individualization, which though I didn’t immediately see it myself, the coaches recognized it as being connected to my dedication in facilitating an understanding by my students of their unique strengths as a way to foster their future success. Since that time, I have embraced my strength of Individualization, because I do care about each student as an individual and their ability to succeed in their chosen path.