SciTS 2011 Conference: Sessions

Practical and Theoretical Challenges to Studying Team Science (Panel)

Tuesday, April 12  •  3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Central to the Science of Team Science is (a) understanding and managing the circumstances that facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of collaborative science, and (b) evaluating the outcomes of collaborative science. This interactive panel focuses on the logistical and theoretical/methodological issues in conducting social and behavioral research studies of science teams. The panelists will articulate potential challenges and how they've learned to overcome those challenges. Using the input and wisdom of audience members and the experience of panel members, the goal of this session is to identify ways to optimize both studies of team science and team science itself.

  • Maura Borrego, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University, Associate Professor, College of Engineering
  • Paul Goodman, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Organizational Psychology
  • Joann Keyton, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Professor, Communication


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Maura Borrego
Maura Borrego

Maura Borrego, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where she has worked since December 2004. Her research interests focus on interdisciplinary faculty members and graduate students in engineering and science. Specifically, she has studied how engineering faculty members learn about and apply educational research methods to improve teaching. Her ongoing work focuses on learning in interdisciplinary graduate education programs. Dr. Borrego received both a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award for her engineering education research. She has been an investigator on over $3 million in engineering education-related research, being personally responsible for $1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation. Her results are published in 18 articles in journals such as Journal of Engineering Education, Review of Higher Education, European Journal of Engineering Education, and Higher Education. One of these articles was selected as best research paper published in 2007 by Division I of the American Education Research Association. Dr. Borrego was instrumental in getting Virginia Tech’s Ph.D. in Engineering Education approved at the state level in 2007.

Paul Goodman
Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman, Ph.D., holds the Richard M. Cyert Professorship and is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He was educated at Trinity College (BA), the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (MBA), and has a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Organizational Psychology. Professor Goodman’s research interests focus on designing effective work groups, learning in distributed work groups, and organizational change and effectiveness. Current research work examines new forms of workgroups, knowledge exchange in weak-tie work environments, organizational errors, and organizational linkages. Professor Goodman published eight books and around 100 professional articles and chapters. Professor Goodman is a Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, in the American Psychological Society, and the Academy of Management. He won the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Educator Award (2001). Professor Goodman is director of the Institute for Strategic Development at Carnegie Mellon. This Institute establishes strategic global alliances with universities, governments, and industry. There are ongoing projects in Mexico, Latin America, Israel, India, Singapore, and South Africa. Many of the projects focus on using technology to provide better access and to enhance learning. Professor Goodman is a documentary filmmaker. He has produced around 20 educational films about work and workers. In addition, he has produced two TV level documentaries on India and Brazil, which appeared nationally on PBS, have been distributed internationally, and have appeared in selected film festivals.

Joann Keyton
Joann Keyton

Joann Keyton, Ph.D., is the Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. Her current research examines the process and relational aspects of interdisciplinary teams, the role of training and influence of culture in organizational interventions, and how messages are manipulated in sexual harassment. In addition to publications in scholarly journals and edited collections, she has published three textbooks for courses in group communication, research methods, and organizational culture in addition to co-editing an organizational communication case book. Keyton was editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Volumes 31-33. Currently she is Editor of Communication Currents and Editor of Small Group Research. She is a founder of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research.