June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Cross College Faculty Collaboration for the development of a new major in Design and Construction Integration
In recent years, there have been efforts to bring together architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) disciplines within the academic environment through undergraduate interdisciplinary courses or experiences (Herrmann, Gregory, Miller, & Powney, 2016; Holley & Dagg, 2006; Leathem, McGlohn, Gregory, Herrmann & Carson, 2015). This effort reflects the desire of industry for increased collaboration. This need is also mentioned by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), which is the accrediting body for construction management programs in the United States. In sight of this need for increase collaboration among AEC professionals, a large Midwestern research university is developing a new undergraduate major in Design and Construction Integration (DCI), within a college of technology. The major has the goal of providing professionals with competencies to manage this collaborative process. Although the major will be hosted within a construction technology program, a portion of the curriculum (24 credits, from a total of 120 credits) for the DCI program will focus on design education and appreciation in order to expose DCI students to design within the built-environment. To accomplish this, we have reached out to other units across campus to help in the endeavor. The planned DCI curriculum has sought contributions from a group of faculty coming from four different departments (Construction Technology, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Mechanical Engineering Technology), which are located within three different colleges (Liberal Arts, Agriculture, and Technology) of the same institution. These faculty have collaborated to define existing courses within their departments that could be taken by DCI students to provide the expected learning outcomes related to built environment design. Through this collaboration, students would be able to choose a design concentration they prefer: Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP), or a combined experience from multiple design disciplines. This paper presents a case study of our experience in developing the design portion of the DCI curriculum, and the accommodations necessary to meet the needs and concerns of the different disciplines involved. Past research indicates that even though faculty acknowledge the need for a more collaborative environment, challenges in managing the needs and expectations across a diverse academic body need to be addressed (Hatipkarasulu, Canizaro, & Murphy Jr, 2012; Leathem, McGlohn, Gregory, Herrmann & Carson, 2015). Our methodology for this study includes collecting individual reflections and faculty interviews regarding their expectations about this collaborative process and experiences during the early planning process. Analysis of the transcribed and written documents will focus on reporting perceived opportunities for faculty members individually and as a part of their program. Challenges that needed to be discussed by the group in order to establish this collaboration will also be presented. Even though this case study is very specific to our experience, the challenges and opportunities may be similar to other programs and could inform future initiatives that require faculty collaboration across several colleges.
References Hatipkarasulu, Y., Canizaro, V. B., & Murphy Jr, J. D. (2012). Multi-disciplinary Integration for design and construction freshman: Structual organization and challenges. In American Society for Engineering Education (p. 25.954.1-25.954.15). Herrmann, M. M., Gregory, A. D., Miller, B., & Powney, S. (2016). A Retrospective of Five Years of a Collaborative Student Design Competition. In 52nd ASC Annual International Conference Proceedings (pp. 1–8). Holley, P. W., & Dagg, C. (2006). Development of expanded multidisciplinary collaborative experiences across construction and design curricula. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 2(2), 91-111. Leathem, T., McGlohn, E. M., Gregory, A., Herrmann, H., & Carson, L. (2015). A Case Study in Pedagogy for a Cross-Disciplinary Architecture/Construction Program. 51st ASC Annual International Conference Proceedings. College Station, TX.
de Cresce El Debs, L., & Shaurette, M., & Hynes, W., & Kwon, H. J., & Hutzel, B., & Barbarash, D. (2017, June), Cross College Faculty Collaboration for the development of a new major in Design and Construction Integration Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28089
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