March 2, 8 am - 5 pm, Jackson Lounge, Wharton Center
*Informed Consent Form: Our morning discussions may be used for a research projects by the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity. You will have the option to opt out of the research and still participate in all planned activities.
*Please bring mobile devices to participate in interactive sessions.
- Morning session (8 am - noon) for IM PhD faculty only
- Afternoon session (noon - 5 pm) for all ComArtSci PhD faculty in the college
- Happiness hour (5 - 7 pm) at Pizza House
Light Breakfast (8 - 8:30 AM)
Overview and Introduction (8:30 - 9 AM)
Goal: An overview of the activities planned for the day, including a discussion on expectations, processes and seating assignments.
Activity: Joint session with comments from Prabu and Michael O'Rourke.
TOOLBOX Dialogue (9 - 10:30 AM)
Goal: Toolbox Dialogue -- an evidence-based discussion method -- to discuss theory, method and a shared vision for the IM PhD program.
Activity: Roundtable discussion in groups of eight using the toolbox dialogue instrument with a discussion facilitator and online voting.
Break (10:30 - 10:45 am)
Co-creation Activity (10:45 - Noon)
Goal: To create a written product as a team that could be used to foster further discussion on the IM PhD program.
Activity: Roundtable co-creation activity. Participants at a table will contribute to a shared document then discuss their contributions with others. Each group will synthesize the discussion and the written product into a 3-minute presentation to be presented to the group in the afternoon.
Lunch (12:15 - 1:30 PM)
Goal: To engage in discussions about individual faculty research to help facilitate potential synergies and to introduce new and not so new faculty research to the larger college community.
Activity: We will assign faculty from different departments to lunch tables. Each faculty member should come prepared to talk about their research for two minutes with their lunch companions.
IM session report-out (1:30 - 2:00 PM)
Goal: To share key outcomes from the morning session, including next steps. Moderated by Scott Yaruss.
Activity: Four to five individuals from the morning session will each give a three-minute summary. A Q&A/Discussion session will follow the reports.
Thematic areas introduction (2:00 - 3:30 PM)
Goal: To provide an opportunity for individual thematic areas to present an informal description of the area, including the impetus for it, current faculty involved, and research questions central to it; AND to obtain faculty input about the area as a research strength in the college.
Activity: A leader or representative from each thematic area will present for 3 to 4 minutes. If you have a few slides (limit to 3), please email them to Julie Fusi by noon on Thursday, March 1. After each presentation about the area, faculty will be asked to vote (using technology) about their own connection to each respective thematic research area and the perceived strength ComArtSci has in that area. We will gain feedback on how the college can connect, integrate, and represent the thematic areas as most are not distinct from each other.
Break (3:30 - 3:45 PM)
Thematic areas co-creation activity (3:45 - 4:45 PM)
Goal: To update the content of thematic areas so that we can best represent the areas on the ComArtSci website.
Activity: Faculty associated with thematic areas will gather into small groups. Using a template provided to the group, the objective is to collect content such as publications, funded grants, research projects, new labs, or other key efforts representative of that area. The goal is to feature this content on our new website.
Happiness hour (5 - 7 PM)
Join us at Pizza House.