Leading and Growing Interdisciplinary Research

Leading and Growing Interdisciplinary Research

June 9 – 11, 2020 | Eastern Time

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

All of our 2020 virtual conferences are now included for free as part of your membership.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Conference Experience

Our virtual conferences go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these new programs are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. As higher education strives to adapt rapidly to the shifting crisis, connecting with your peers who are experiencing similar challenges can be the best use of your professional development time.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions
  • Access to an online conference hub — one-stop shop for presentation materials, attendee introductions, worksheets, supplemental reading, videos, and other resources

Interdisciplinary research yields more significant results. Do you have the essential skills to effectively lead these projects on your campus?

Overview

Interdisciplinary research (IDR) is the future of academic research; it builds bridges between diverse ideas and methodologies, provides a competitive edge for external funding, and delivers high-impact findings. However, differences in expectations and cultures across disciplines and team members can lead to conflict and misunderstanding.

As a research developer, you are a leader and a coach for interdisciplinary teams; you need extensive communication, leadership, and teamwork skills to work across disciplines and achieve mutually agreeable outcomes.

Join us for this unique learning experience to expand your leadership skill set and learn how to build, facilitate, and fund interdisciplinary research at your institution. Through a series of practical and interactive sessions you’ll dive deep into how to:

  • Adopt effective communication strategies to break down silos
  • Use seed funding to propel IDR
  • Coach faculty to write strategic grant proposals
  • Gather metrics, evaluate projects, and celebrate successes

This workshop will provide ample time to network with your peers from across the country who are engaged in the same work. You will leave the program with increased confidence to facilitate successful interdisciplinary research teams at your institution.

 

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for those who currently, or would like to, lead or facilitate interdisciplinary research teams and others interested in starting interdisciplinary research programming at their institutions.

AGENDA

Day One | June 9, 2020

12:30 - 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Tech Check and Meet and Greet

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

 


 

Conference Welcome and Introductory Remarks

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

 


 

The Landscape of Interdisciplinary Research: Challenges, Benefits, and Considerations

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
What is the current state of interdisciplinary research (IDR) in higher education? What challenges and benefits accompany interdisciplinary research? Where does it have the most potential? This session will help ground us in the current state of IDR in higher education and explore examples of IDR research projects that have had far reaching success.

Whiteboard Activity: What are you looking to implement on your campus to promote IDR?

 


 

Break

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

 


 

Building Interdisciplinary Communication Across Your Institution

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Getting the word out and igniting interest in interdisciplinary research opportunities is a beneficial place to start but breaking down silos and communicating across disciplines can be challenging. During our discussion, you will explore your role as communicator and connector. This session will also include programming and event-planning strategies.

Reflection Activity with Speaker: You will identify information gaps within your network and develop a list of individuals to build connections with on campus.

 


 

Wrap-Up Day One

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

 


 

Virtual Reception: Networking and Q&A

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grab your favorite beverage, if desired, and use this hour to network with your peers and enjoy some one-on-one time with the speakers. Don’t be surprised if your furry friends are asked to make an appearance!

 


Day Two | June 10, 2020

10:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. EST

 

Tech Check and Meet and Greet

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

 


 

Day Two Opening Activity

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

 


 

Using Different Levels of Seed Funding to Accelerate Interdisciplinary Research

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
One way to advance interdisciplinary research is to use seed funding mechanisms. We will discuss a variety of ways you can use any budget to foster interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty. We will also cover strategies for sustaining teams once they have secured seed funding.

INTERACTIVE POLL AND DISCUSSION: What is the current level of funding support for interdisciplinary research on your campus?

 


 

Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 


 

Interdisciplinary Competencies

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Before starting an interdisciplinary research project, your team must be aware of key differences in discipline norms, how research is conducted and how success is measured. Due to the way higher education is structured, people do not get regular exposure to other departments and disciplines unless they actively seek them out. We will dive into interdisciplinary competency and home in on ways to share a common language and goals across disciplines.

CHATROOM DISCUSSION: What are the key skills needed to conduct high-quality interdisciplinary research?

 


 

Break

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

 


 

Leadership Principles for Cultivating Interdisciplinary Research: Collaboration and Communication

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Research developers often act as leaders and coaches to groups of faculty. This interactive leadership session will include working time to practice creating a shared vision, removing barriers, setting up collaborative spaces, and building consensus and trust.

REFLECTION WITH SPEAKER AND WEBCAM CHAT: Practice sharing your project management approach, offering ideas to support research, and saying no when it is appropriate.

 


 

Break

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

 


 

Leadership Principles for Cultivating Interdisciplinary Research: Managing and Removing Barriers

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
This second interactive session will explore more specific components of coaching and leadership including project management, conflict management, change management, and coaching faculty to be principal investigators.

INTERACTIVE POLL AND DISCUSSION: Which barriers most commonly interrupt research among teams on campus?

 


 

Day Two Wrap-Up

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.

 


Day Three | June 11, 2020

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

 

Tech Prep, Warmup

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

 


 

Day Three Opening Activity

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

 


 

Securing Funding: How to Write Strategic Grant Proposals

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
How can we coach faculty to write strategic grant proposals that highlight the core purpose of their research? This is not your average grant proposal writing session; our speakers will help you coach faculty to describe their goals and secure funding for their interdisciplinary projects.

POLISH YOUR PITCH: You will use marketing strategies to refine, polish, and share your grant proposal ideas to stakeholders.

 


 

Break

12:30 - 12:45 p.m.

 


 

Evaluating Research Outcomes and Celebrating Successes

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Many times, evaluation and celebration is a forgotten stage of any major project. Closing the loop is another leadership skill that is easily forgotten. After this closing session, you’ll better understand how to gather metrics, evaluate the project, and celebrate successes, further bolstering interdisciplinary research interest at your institution.

WEBCAM DISCUSSION: What kinds of organizing are you doing to promote a culture of IDR?

 


 

Wrap-Up Conference and Q&A

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

SPEAKERS

Blouin Nathan

Nathan Blouin

Director, Office of Research Development, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Nathan has over 10 years of experience in Research Development and pre-award Sponsored Research Administration. In his current role, he constantly looks for new ways to support the research mission of the university. Nathan has also supported dozens of successful large scale proposal efforts, across a number of federal, state, and private grant-making agencies.

Read Nathan's Full Bio.

Sabine K. Dhir

Sabine K. Dhir

Manager of the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program, The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

The BRaIN Program is composed of over 120 scientists and 350 graduate students and postdocs across six research sites. In her role, Sabine coordinates multiple neuroscience initiatives and facilitates all aspects of the program including financial, scientific, training, and administrative.

Read Sabine's Full Bio.

Melissa Edwards

Melissa Edwards

Executive Director of Strategic Research Communications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

In her current role, Melissa leads strategic communications activities for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. She works to connect the scholarly community with resources to conduct research, find collaborators, identify funding opportunities, develop and submit proposals, publicize awards, and share the impact of their discoveries.

Read Melissa's Full Bio.

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