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Kelly Murdoch-Kitt

Kelly Murdoch-Kitt

Assistant Professor

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Curriculum Vitae

MGD, North Carolina State University
BA (Fine Art & Theatre), Wake Forest Universit

Biography

Kelly Murdoch-Kitt is drawn to design through her keen interest in people, systems, and interpersonal interactions. She strives to create effective, socially responsible, and delightful concepts and solutions through her engagement in multi-phase investigation, aesthetic sensibility, and linguistic facility.

Her work and teaching integrate visual communication, interaction, user experience, and service design with behavior change and social engagement, drawing on her professional experience as a UX strategist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Murdoch-Kitt’s recent research examines and develops methods and tools to promote effective intercultural design collaboration. She enjoys bringing these topics to life for her students through virtual interactions with Professor Denielle Emans’ design classes at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. In addition to co-authoring chapters for the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design and the forthcoming Springer Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research, Murdoch-Kitt and Emans were recently jointly recognized by the Design Incubation Teaching Awards for their ongoing intercultural design collaborations in sustainability.

Murdoch-Kitt completed her Master of Graphic Design degree at North Carolina State University's College of Design in 2009. Her thesis research explores theories of situated learning and experiential elements of virtual communities, as well as their impact on public-interest issues. Prior to joining the Stamps School of Art & Design faculty, Murdoch-Kitt served as an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology. She also created and taught a variety of courses in the Graphic Design Programs at University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts. She is an active member of the national Steering Committee for the AIGA Design Educators Community, an organization that aims to support and foster professional development for design educators.

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