At the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), team science is a basic tenet of all of our training programs. We are adapting our well-established competency-based education model, which emphasizes the learner’s demonstration of concrete, measurable skills, in order to integrate comprehensive team science training across our research training programs. With this solid methodological foundation, we hope to produce outcomes that may contribute to and strengthen this vital field.
- A Team Science Symposium, featuring Dr. Anita Woolley and Dr. Eduardo Salas (bios below), and a panel of early-career investigators who will talk about their experiences with establishing and conducting their science teams. (More details about the Symposium will be announced soon.)
- Faculty team science training, so that all our instructors will be well-versed in the principles that foster the practice of effective team science.
- A new Team Science Fundamentals course, which will be offered to all our trainees.
- Team science simulation-based training, to be incorporated into our training programs.
- A proposal to be submitted to university administrators recommending that team contributions be taken into account in the tenure and promotion process.
- An Author Agreement to facilitate publication productivity among teams.
- A set of team science competencies.
- And the establishment of a Team Science Leaders Circle, which will serve as a resource for young team scientists.
The Team Science Symposium, which will be held on March 17, 2017, will feature Anita Woolley and Eduardo Salas, two thought-leaders in team science. More details about the Symposium are to come.
Anita Williams Woolley, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Woolley earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. Her research focuses on collaborative analysis and problem-solving in teams, online collaboration and collective intelligence, and managing multiple team memberships. Her research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Office, as well as private corporations, has been published in Science, Organization Science, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, among others.
Eduardo Salas, PhD, holds the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair and is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Rice University. He earned his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University, and was previously a Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida where he was the Program Director for the Human Systems Integration Department at the Institute for Simulation and Training. His research focuses on uncovering what facilitates teamwork and team effectiveness in organizations; how and why team training works; how to optimize simulation-based training; how to design, implement and evaluate training & development systems; and how to generate evidence-based guidance for those in practice. He has authored or co-authored over 300 journal articles and book chapters.