Event Title

Interdisciplinary Faculty: Demystify the Interdisciplinary Graduate Silos

Location

Auditorium B

Format

Podium Presentation

Start Date

15-1-2011 2:40 PM

End Date

15-1-2011 3:10 PM

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Propose a successful, novel program with interdisciplinary faculty members, administrators, and students with collaboration that leads to best practices in graduate education. PURPOSE: To analyze a successful interdisciplinary program; faculty and administrative collaboration leading to best practices in academic education.

METHODOLOGY: An interdisciplinary team of administrators and faculty developed an educational model to serve Ph.D. students with an enriched curriculum that focuses on the strengths and highlights four health care professions: nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and health science. Members meet to determine common academic courses set within the NSU College of Allied Health and Nursing and developed a curriculum that is taught in an interdisciplinary format. Online and hybrid courses are offered in a lock-step or unlocked format depending on the needs of the programs.

RESULTS: This symbiotic curriculum enhances the sharing of research, courses, and literature across disciplines, assists in establishing research partnerships to meet the future needs of health care, and supports fiscal responsibility. Multidisciplinary curriculum reviews occur each term that focus on current trends and specific needs of each discipline. The HPD courses provide students and faculty members open dialogue that values contributions from each discipline.

CONCLUSIONS: This model meets the academic rigor of university accrediting bodies while providing effective financial stewardship.

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Jan 15th, 2:40 PM Jan 15th, 3:10 PM

Interdisciplinary Faculty: Demystify the Interdisciplinary Graduate Silos

Auditorium B

INTRODUCTION: Propose a successful, novel program with interdisciplinary faculty members, administrators, and students with collaboration that leads to best practices in graduate education. PURPOSE: To analyze a successful interdisciplinary program; faculty and administrative collaboration leading to best practices in academic education.

METHODOLOGY: An interdisciplinary team of administrators and faculty developed an educational model to serve Ph.D. students with an enriched curriculum that focuses on the strengths and highlights four health care professions: nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and health science. Members meet to determine common academic courses set within the NSU College of Allied Health and Nursing and developed a curriculum that is taught in an interdisciplinary format. Online and hybrid courses are offered in a lock-step or unlocked format depending on the needs of the programs.

RESULTS: This symbiotic curriculum enhances the sharing of research, courses, and literature across disciplines, assists in establishing research partnerships to meet the future needs of health care, and supports fiscal responsibility. Multidisciplinary curriculum reviews occur each term that focus on current trends and specific needs of each discipline. The HPD courses provide students and faculty members open dialogue that values contributions from each discipline.

CONCLUSIONS: This model meets the academic rigor of university accrediting bodies while providing effective financial stewardship.