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Emeritus Professor Lisa Waxman honored with prestigious Volunteer Excellence Award

Published January 5, 2024
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Lisa Waxman

Lisa Waxman, emeritus professor and former department chair of Florida State University’s Department of Interior Architecture and Design, has been honored with the 2023 Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and interior design education.

“We’re very proud that Dr. Waxman has been recognized with this prestigious national award,” said Jim Dawkins, Chair of the Department. “Throughout her career, she has expended a great amount of time, energy, and expertise in advancing our profession and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of such an honor.”

Dr. Waxman began her service with CIDA in 2015 on the Board of Directors and served as Secretary Treasurer in 2015 and Chair-Elect/Board Chair in 2016-2017.  During her service on the Board, Dr. Waxman also contributed extensively to CIDA standards development as Board liaison to the Standards Committee. Her affinity for this work was so strong that Dr. Waxman accepted a position on the CIDA Standards Committee after her Board service was complete, and she presently serves as Chair during her second and final term on the Standards Committee.

In addition to the above CIDA leadership roles, Dr. Waxman has been a regular presenter about CIDA Professional Standards at international conferences and events. She often serves as a panelist at CIDA’s Accreditation Workshops, offering other educators a wealth of knowledge from her perspective as an interior design faculty member (emerita) and a CIDA standards development expert. Dr. Waxman has received many honors across the professional community as an educator, scholar, advocate, and mentor, and CIDA is only one among a plethora of organizations and causes to which Dr. Waxman has leant her volunteer time and professional expertise.

CIDA established the Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award as a legacy to former Director Keith Hooks whose 20+ years of volunteer leadership immeasurably impacted thousands of students in CIDA-accredited programs.

“The CIDA Board gives a standing ovation to the many accomplishments of Dr. Lisa Waxman,” states Felice Silverman, FIIDA, CIDA Board Chair. “Her exceptional leadership both at CIDA and in the profession at large has culminated in a truly outstanding legacy of achievement and positive impact. The Board is honored to join the profession in recognizing Dr. Waxman with the Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award. We congratulate her on CIDA’s highest honor.”

Over 100 interior design educators and practitioners currently volunteer for CIDA. Only one Keith Hooks Volunteer Excellence Award is presented annually. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs. Learn more at