Renee Seward

Renee Seward

Associate Professor; Communication Design Coordinator

Aronoff Center

6438

DAAP School of Design - 0016

Professional Summary

Renee Seward is an Associate Professor of Communication Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Reneé teaches a range of courses but primarily teaches typography. Her current research involves designing digital tools and mulit-sensory typography to help young children learn to read. She is the principle investigator of the See Word Reading Project and is the creator of the See Word Reading tool, which teaches children sound/symbol correspondence.

Education

Master of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina, 2007 (Thesis: Addresses a national problem by developing interactive tools for teaching 9-11 year old children with dyslexia to read.)

Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002

High School Diploma, Winton Woods High School Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997

Research Support

2015 -2016 Cincinnati Innovates See Word Reading iOS Applications

2015 -2016 UC Accelerator Grant See Word Reading

2013 -2014 CECH Instructional Research + Technology Grant Undergraduate Teaching and Research in Reading

2013 -2015 NIE - Education Research Funding Programme Early bilingual experience and English literacy acquisition: Comparing approaches to phonics instruction.

2012 -2014 URC Interdisciplinary Grant See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for At-Risk Students

2011 Verizon Foundation

2011 -2014 21st Century Funding Support See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for At-Risk Students

Grant: #OSU 60059751 - C14 sub ODHE I-Corps Investigators:Seward, Renee 04-22-2017 -03-16-2018 Ohio Department of Higher Education See Word Reading iCorps Role:PI $15,000.00 Active Level:State of Ohio

Grant: #R01 DC017301 Investigators:Boyce, Suzanne; Hamilton, Sarah; Mast, T. Douglas; Riley, Michael; Seward, Renee; Silbert, Noah 08-10-2018 -07-31-2023 National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disor Simplified Ultrasound Biofeedback for Speech Remediation Role:Collaborator $509,304.00 Active Level:Federal

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Reneé Seward, Ben Meyer. (2009. )Intersecting Static and Dynamic Methodology .Future History 3 American Institute of Graphic Arts Educator’s Conference Proceedings, ,http://www.futurehistory3.com/papers.html

Reneé Seward. (2010. )Reading By Design: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for Dyslexic Readers 9-11 Years Old. International Technology, Education and Development Conference Proceedings., ,http://www.iated.org/ concrete2/paper_detail.php?paper_id=8655

Reneé Seward. (2010. )Changing Conditions: Emerging Practices. New Context/New Practices American Institute of Graphic Arts Educator’s Design Conference Final Report Paper, ,

Reneé Seward. (2011. )Using Digital Tools to Visualize Phonemic Sound. Early Education and Technology for Children Conference Proceedings., ,

Renee Seward, Beth O’Brien, Allison Breit-Smith, Pamela Williamson, Ben Meyer. (2012. )Teaching phoneme-grapheme correspondence with digital interactive text and dynamic graphic cues. Society for Scientific Study of Reading Conference Proceedings, ,

Reneé Seward, Beth O’Brien, Allison Breit-Smith, Ben Meyer. (2014. )Linking Design Principles to Educational Research Theories To Teaching Sound to Symbol Reading correspondence with Multi Sensory Type. Visible Language Journal, ,

Reneé Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Beth O’Brien, Ben Meyer. (2014. )Design Innovations Through Collaborative Research Methods. Communication + Place (Research Journal of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design),, ,(1 ),

Beth O’Brien, Reneé Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Ben Meyer. (2013. )Using a Digital Text Tool for Assessing Early Reading Skills. Society for Scientific Study of Reading Conference Proceedings., ,

Reneé Seward, Emily Verba, Todd Timmey (2016. )Eco-System of Typography in Design Education. .Visible Language Journal, ,

Beth O’Brien, Reneé Seward, Ben Meyer, Dongbo Zhang. (2015. ) Teaching English Phonics to Bilingual Chinese-English Children With A Digital Text App. .Society for Scientific Study of Reading Conference Proceedings, ,

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Reneé Seward. (06-2014. )Design Innovations Through Collaborative Research Methods .SEGD Education Summit, Atlanta, Georgia.

Renee Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Pamela Williamson, Ben Meyer. (04-2011. )See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phoenmic Sounds for At-Risk Students .McGraw-Hill Publishing, Columbus, Ohio.

Reneé Seward. (03-2011. )See Word Reading Tool: Visualizing Phoenmic Sounds for At-Risk Students .Early Education and Technology for Children Conference Proceedings., Salt Lake City, Utah.

Reneé Seward. (10-2010. )Changing Condition: Emerging Practices .AIGA New Contexts/ New Practices, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Reneé Seward. (06-2010. )Reading By Design .Icograda 4th International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, Cyprus, Greece.

Renee Seward, Allison Breit-Smith, Pamela Williamson, Ben Meyer. (03-2010. )Reading By Design: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for Dyslexic Reader 9-11 Years Old .INTED, Valencia, Spain.

Reneé Seward. (02-2010. )Reading By Design: Digital Tools that Explore New Approaches to Enhancing Reading .Seattle, Washington.

Reneé Seward. (02-2010. )Multi-Sensory Digital Interactive Learning Environments .International Reading Association 33rd Southwest Regional Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Reneé Seward, Ben Meyer. (03-07-2009. )Intersecting Static and Dynamic Methodology .Future History 3 American Institute of Graphic Arts Educator’s Conference Proceedings, Chicago, Illinois.

Reneé Seward, Yanling Wang. (04-05-2009. )Design Systems .AIGA Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education In The Age of Dynamic Media, Boston, Massachusetts.

Reneé Seward. (03-2008. )Reading by Design: Visualizing Phonemic Sounds for Dyslexic Readers .North Carolina International Dyslexia Association Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Renee Seward, Beth O’Brien, Allison Breit-Smith, Ben Meyer. (07-2013. )Teaching Phoneme-Grapheme Correspondence with Digital Interactive Text and Dynamic Graphic Cues .ociety for the Scientific Study of Reading, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Reneé Seward (07-2015. )Teaching English Phonics to Bilingual Chinese-English Children with a Digital Text App .Society for Scientific Study of Reading, Hawaii.

Poster Presentations

Reneé Seward, Beth O’Brien, Allison Breit-Smith. (BAD DATE. )Teaching Phoneme-Grapheme correspondence with Digital Interactive Text and Dynamic Graphic Cues .Montreal, Canada. .

Colloquium

Reneé Seward.(10-2012).Research Methods to Solve Practical Problems . Design Research Methods Graduate Colloquium, Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Reneé Seward.(10-2014).Layering Problem Solving and Collaborative Methods . Design Research Methods Graduate Colloquium, Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Lecture

Reneé Seward. (01-2014. )User Empathy & User-Centered Design Methods .Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Reneé Seward. (11-2014. )User-Centered Design Methods .Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Reneé Seward. (04-2013. )Design That Can Impact a Community .Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Reneé Seward. (12-2012. )See Word Reading Research Outcomes .Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Reneé Seward. (01-2012. )Design That Engages Community .Cincinnati, OH. UC.

Honors and Awards

09-2015 Cincinnati Innovates I won one of seven awards given from the Cincinnati Innovates competition. There were over 200 applicants.

05-2015 AIGA My Favorite Metalist Ellen Par, a second year student, was awarded Merit in for her Kyle Cooper typographic composition from Typography 2.

04-2015 Dean's Special Award Received due to my efforts in securing a $1.5 million grant from Monotype. This was the second largest gift in kind to the College

04-2015 Horizon Student Design Competition Breanna Beckmeyer received the “Best in Category” in the Horizons Interactive Awards for her 1st year project in Typography 1.

03-2015 Graphis Student Design Competition Sara Thompson, Bryant Nichols, and Chole Rethman, all second year students, received Merit Status in the international competition for their Typography 2 posters.

02-2013 Ohio Board of Education 21st CCLC Summit Award Excellence in the category of Academics There were 29 submissions state wide in 5 categories and See Word Reading won for the category of Academic excellence and was awarded a trophy.

2010 -2014 Merit Pay Recipient Awarded additional pay for accomplishments in research and teaching.

2007 Turner Scholars Breakfast of Champions Awarded a teacher appreciation metal. Patience Woolridge, a Digital Design student, nomination was given to a teacher who deserves to be acknowledge for hard work and dedication.

2007 Association for the Concerns of African American Graduate Students Awarded the College of Design Academic Achievement Award for the most academically outstanding graduate student at North Carolina State University.

2006 -2007 AIGA Worldstudio Scholarship: Larson Design Scholar, New York, New York One of 17 winners nationally. Award for thesis work which demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the larger community through design research.

Service

College DAAP Search Committee Type:University/College Service 2015

School of Design RPT Committee Type:University/College Service 2015 -To Present

School of Design Search Committee Type:University/College Service 2012 -2015

NASAD Exhibition Installation 2014

End of Semester Show Coordinator Level:University 2009 -2013

End of Semester Review Coordinator Type:University/College Service 2011 -2013

Alumni Event Presentation Type:University/College Service 2013

DAAPCamp Daily Coordinator Type:University/College Service 2013

DAAPCamp Champion Type:University/College Service 2011 -2012

Member of the DAAP Library Committee Type:University/College Service 2010 -2011

Member of School of Design Search Committee Type:University/College Service 2012 -To Present

Faculy Advisor Type:University/College Service 2007 -2011

DAAP Search Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2010

DAAP Lecture Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2010

College of DAAP Search Committee Member Type:University/College Service 2010

Digital Design 4 Course Overload Type:University/College Service 2010 -2011

Faculty Advisor for Cincy 4 Christ Student Organization Type:University/College Service 2010 -2012

Freshman Orientations Helper Type:University/College Service 2009

Visiting Faculty Mentor Type:University/College Service 2009 -2010

Chair of Social Events Committee for AIGA: Connecting Dots Conference Type:Service to Professional Associations 2014

Moderator of a Paper presentation for AIGA: Connecting Dots Conference Type:Service to Professional Associations 2014

Clifton Church of Christ Church Signage Project Type:Other 2012

Thompsosn Baby Shower Invitations Type:Other 2013

STEER Identitiy Project Type:Other 2011

Sharing Table Identity Project Type:Other 2011

Conference on Family and Marriage Identity Project Type:Other 2011

Worthy Women Newsletter Publication Type:Other 2011

Clifton Church of Christ Campus Ministry Identity Project Type:Other 2009

Clifton Church of Christ Identity Project Type:Other 2009

Midnight Gourmet Identity Project Type:Other 2008

Sharing Day Clothing Drive Poster Type:Community Service 2014

Cincinnati Public School After-School Program Volunteer Type:Community Service 2011 -2014

Design Thinking Community Empowerment Workshops Type:Community Service 2012

High School Digital Art Show Juror Type:Community Service 2009

Hablamos Juntos Panel Reviewer Type:Community Service 2009

Positions and Work Experience

2001 -2005 Graphic Designer, Worked as a designer for the award-winning graphic design studio Responsibilities: Designed print and packaging material for such clients as Bath & Body Works, Target, and Nickelodeon. Designed logo concepts for several companies. Handled client meetings. Designed licensed art., OLIKA, Cincinnati, Ohio

2001 - Junior Designer, Worked as a junior designer for this prestigious graphic design studio. Responsibilities: Designed a wildlife exhibition. Assisted designers in production of projects. Designed logo concepts for several companies, Clifford Stolze Design, Boston, Massachusetts

2000 - Junior Designer, Worked as a junior designer in the largest architectural firm in Boston. Responsibilities: Constructed models for the architects. Assisted in the development of signage projects. Designed icons and environmental signage., Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, Massachusetts

1999 -2000 Junior Designer, Worked as a junior designer for a leading international electronic design studio chat houses both industrial and graphic designers. Responsibilities: Designed merchandising print materials. Assisted designers on environmental, print and package design projects., Philips Design Atlanta , Atlanta, Georgia

2009 -To Present Assistant Professor of Digital Design, Responsibilities: Teaching three 3 credit hour classes a quarter/semester while conducting research and doing service for the University, community, and professional., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2007 -2009 Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Design, Responsibilities: Teaching three 3 credit hour classes a quarter, and conducting research., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2006 -2007 Graphic Design Camp Coordinator, Developed and taught graphic design projects to high school juniors and seniors in a summer camp program, Nolrth Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

2007 - First-year Graduate Student Mentor, Taught several of the first year graduate students After Effects and counseled them on adjusting to graduate school., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Research and Practice Interests

Areas of Expertise: Typography, Publication Design, Identity Design, Packaging Design,  Interaction Design, Aesthetics Design, Exhibition Design

Professional Affiliation

2007 -To Present: AIGA - Associate Profession Member

2014: SEGD - Member

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Contact Information

Phone: 513-556-5886