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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Graduate School Collaborative Leadership Development Series

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its latest workshop to this year’s Collaborative Leadership Development Series, “Developing Successful Interdisciplinary Teams and Proposals”, will be held in Coffman Memorial Union on February 23, 2009 from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm.

***Monday, February 23, 2009, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
***Rooms A&B, Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union
Discovering and developing solutions to the complex problems facing the world in the 21st century requires joining forces across disciplinary boundaries. More and more funding agencies and external sponsors are requiring that grant proposals take an interdisciplinary approach. Working in teams outside your familiar disciplinary field requires new skills and approaches and begins with the way research and scholarly questions are posed and projects are conceptualized.
This workshop, intended for faculty, will explore various stages of team and project development, from formulating your vision and recruiting your team to successfully meeting the challenges of interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Through dialogue with faculty who have expertise in interdisciplinary work, this workshop will explore a number of questions: What is unique about interdisciplinary work? How can complementary expertise outside your discipline be identified and located when building an interdisciplinary team? How can grant proposals be expanded to include the potential intellectual contributions that diverse disciplines offer?
Panel discussion featuring:
• Linda Bearinger, PhD, MS, FAAN, Professor and Director, Center for Adolescent Nursing, School of Nursing, and Professor, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School
• Arthur Erdman, P.E., Richard C. Jordan Professor and a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Medical Devices Center
• David Feinberg, Adjunct Associate Professor, Art Department, CCE Personal Enrichment Programs
• Kristen C. Nelson, Professor, Department of Forest Resources and Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
• Claudia Neuhauser, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Learning Innovation, University of Minnesota, Rochester; HHMI and Distinguished McKnight University Professor ; Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor; Director of Graduate Studies, Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology
• Scott Selleck, MD, PhD. Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development; Director, Developmental Biology Center; Director, University of Minnesota Autism Initiative
The workshop is free, but registration is required at:
Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Please circulate this announcement to other interested parties within your unit.
This workshop is offered as part of the Collaborative Leadership
Development Series, a professional development program begun in 2007-08
for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professional
staff to build skills in the collaborative leadership of
interdisciplinary initiatives. The program represents a partnership
among the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for
Research, the Office of Human Resources, and the Provost’s
Interdisciplinary Team. The series provides participants with
opportunities to gain the leadership skills needed to successfully
navigate the challenges of working in interdisciplinary teams; to launch
and manage cross-disciplinary collaborations; and to advocate for the
institutional changes needed to foster all forms of interdisciplinary
inquiry at the University of Minnesota.