East Tennessee State University Engineering Technology, Surveying & Digital Media

Interior Design Educator of the Year


Dean Isham named Tennessee Interior Design Educator of the Year  

Dean Isham, coordinator for the East Tennessee State University interior design program, has been named Interior Design Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Given to recognize a design educator who has made significant contributions to interior design education in Tennessee, the award was announced at the annual ASID state conference in Nashville this fall.

Founded in 1975, ASID is “the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers.” The 28,000 members of the organization are designers, industry representatives, educators and students.

Isham, an assistant professor in the ETSU Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media, came to ETSU more than 2 years ago after 16 years of teaching interior design at South Dakota State University. His courses focus on visualization skills and the beginning design student, and his creative activities have produced award-winning designs in architecture 2D and 3D categories. During the past 10 years, he has been researching and constructing energy efficient straw bale buildings.