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De-risking Transdisciplinary Research by Creating Shared Values

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Faculty Development Work-in-Progress Poster Session

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Faculty Development Constituency Committee

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Donna C. Llewellyn Boise State University

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Donna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. After 30 years at Georgia Tech in a variety of roles, Donna became the Executive Director of the new Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State University in January 2015. Donna's current interests center around education issues in general, and in particular on increasing access and success of those traditionally under-represented and/or under-served in STEM higher education.

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William L. Hughes Boise State University

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William L. Hughes is an Associate Professor of the Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University. He also serves as the cofounder and Associate Dean of the College of Innovation + Design, as well as the Head of the Vertically Integrated Projects program at Boise State. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Prior to his current appointments, he was a National Academy of Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, as well as an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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This Lessons Learned Paper describes a year-long faculty development pilot program that was designed to help a team of faculty to engage in collaborative and potentially risky (in terms of funding and publishing) research. The group of eleven faculty from six different academic units included all ranks from a brand new assistant professor to several full professors. The initial event in our program was an off-site two and a half day retreat that began with an exploration of the groups members’ personal and professional values. This activity served as the core for the remainder of the academic year – these values were repeatedly revisited when discussing the implications of the team working together on wicked research problems. This paper will discuss the background and implementation of our program, along with key lessons learned and how we are building on those lessons.

Llewellyn, D. C., & Hughes, W. L. (2018, June), De-risking Transdisciplinary Research by Creating Shared Values Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30253

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