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NUTN Network 2013 Translational Scholars

  1. 1. Christine Geith, Ph.D. Assistant Provost & Executive Director of MSUglobal Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan USA NUTN Network 31st Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 17, 2013 Student Translational Scholars
  2. 2. About MSU • U.S. Land-Grant University • Research 1 • Top 100 World Ranking • Research - $477 million in 2012–13 • 49,000 students (10,000 graduate) • 5,000 faculty/academic staff • 17 colleges
  3. 3. • Launched in 2000 • MSUglobal is an academic unit in the Office of the Provost reporting to the Graduate School We co-create with academic units to: • increase off-campus revenue through business models and products that use technology and innovative learning concepts • enhance their research agenda through use of knowledge networks and other tools • establish their reputation as the “go-to” place in their field About
  4. 4. Michigan State University of Nebraska Iowa State University of Minnesota My Horse University
  5. 5. Alumni Association Knowledge Network
  6. 6. Food Safety Knowledge Network
  7. 7. Detroit Food Plus & Innoversity
  8. 8. Open Resources Programs Research Product Suite Model KnowledgeCollections
  9. 9. Scholarship Learning & Teaching Impact on Challenges Translational Scholar Model Student Action Research and Knowledge Outputs
  10. 10. Open Resources Programs Research Integrating the two models KnowledgeCollections Scholarship Learning & Teaching Impact on Challenges Student Action Research and Knowledge Outputs
  11. 11. Translational Scholars 10 September 2013 11 • change agents • conduct research • create open knowledge A New Role for Students in Research at MSU
  12. 12. Open Knowledge 10 September 2013 12 • facilitate OER adoption • create open data and open research • create OER Integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) into Research
  13. 13. Knowledge Products 10 September 2013 13 • publishable research (thesis or contribution to a paper) • teaching case or example, including open data, in print or video designed for use in a specific curriculum • training or information materials for the community or setting in which they are doing their research Outputs of Research Project/Internship
  14. 14. • Offer support to students throughout process – Training for creation and dissemination of OER – Curation tools and processes – Speakers series – Technology support at MSU • Competency development • Knowledge platform MSUglobal Support
  15. 15. • The AgShare project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working to scale up the AgShare Method of Translational Scholars by embedding the model in their participatory action research teams. September 17, 2013 15 The AgShare Method
  16. 16. • AgShare Phase I was piloted during 2010-2012 at four African universities in three countries: • Makerere University, Uganda • Haramaya University, Ethiopia • Moi University, Kenya • United States International University, Kenya • AgShare Phase II is embedding the AgShare Translational Scholar method into RUFORUM shared degree programs and research teams. September 17, 2013 16 The AgShare Method
  17. 17. • Students’ capacity to conduct meaningful, high quality independent research in the research component of the master’s degree • More relevant and effective student learning in the coursework component of the master’s degree September 17, 2013 17 The AgShare Method Impact
  18. 18. • The way in which academic university staff now conceptualize their role as teachers and researchers • Farmers’ practices that lead to improved quality and productivity, and that position them to begin moving away from subsistence farming September 17, 2013 18 The AgShare Method Impact
  19. 19. Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
  20. 20. Translational Scholar Competencies • Knowledge • Communication • Entrepreneurial Skills • Communication & Relationship Management • Leadership • Career & Professional Development • Open Educational Resources • Research Development & Integrity
  21. 21. • Background in domains • Knowledge of the local contexts and conditions • Ability to identify best practices and unmet needs • Basic research skills i.e. to define an issue, build hypothesis, state questions, implement a study, analyze data, and interpret findings • Ability and skills to work in cross-disciplinary, multicultural and multigenerational teams. • Access to Internet and technology literacy including capability to use cell phones to collect data • Comfortable working in rural communities abroad • Well versed in participatory research methods to ensure ownership of solutions by local communities and sustainability of solutions • To find mentors and others who may help connect with partners • Interpersonal skills to communicate with other researchers, faculty members, students, farmers, communities and policymakers. Knowledge
  22. 22. • Basic audio/video/ graphic visualization/ writing, and editing skills • Utilize technology and media to network, connect, and spread the work of the GCFSI • Identify and create materials for a specific target audience • Awareness of cultural differences impacting effective communication • Use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher or similar software products • Good verbal and written communication skills across all levels • Journalistic skills such as the ability to tell a good story • Ability to curate content • Good interview skills • Ability to use social media, such as Facebook, twitter, and other forums to connect with the larger community • Ability to simplify the faculty language and develop straightforward message Communication
  23. 23. • Identifies and takes action to address problems and opportunities • Demonstrates resilience when faced with challenges and obstacles • Generates commitment and enthusiasm from others to set and achieve challenging objectives • Demonstrates the ability to complete even unfamiliar tasks by adapting and utilizing previously gained knowledge Entrepreneurial Skills
  24. 24. • Provides necessary information and resources for TSC to accomplish their goals • Actively listens and asks questions to confirm understanding and avoid miscommunication • Provides psychological support as needed • Notices and shows appreciation when expected results and behaviors are realized • Shows enthusiasm for mission, goals, and objectives • Effective verbal and written communication skills • Adapts message, style, tone to accommodate a variety of audiences • Encourages an open exchange of ideas and different points of view • Openly addresses conflicts as they arise to ensure other team members are able to meet commitments successfully and maintain strong relationships • Takes a problem-solving approach to conflict and generates multiple practical solutions to problems, focuses on the needs of all parties and generally reaches agreements with win-win outcomes Communication & Relationship Management
  25. 25. • Directing group activities towards accomplishment of stated mission/goals • Mentoring others by providing guidance on a variety of issues, • situations, and work processes • Empowering others by being open to ideas and suggestions from all team members and supportive of their efforts • Effective project management by focusing attention on the critical few priorities; executing against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements • Leading by example by walking the talk and exemplifying the TSC core values • Embraces ambiguity by modeling flexibility, adaptability, and patience because not everything goes as planned and the course of action is not always clear • Develops effective and viable solutions to problems • Generates support for change initiatives and consistently gains active involvement of relevant stakeholders • Fosters an environment of continuous improvement by exploring opportunities for enhancing, revising or modifying existing standards and processes • Establishes metrics for measuring and tracking outcomes • Humility – when something goes wrong and there is blame to be placed, the leader must be the first to accept it; when accolades are appropriate, they should be spread among the team Leadership Skills
  26. 26. • Routinely provides meaningful performance feedback to TSCs • Actively coaches individuals and teams to strengthen performance • Openly shares knowledge with peers • Engages in learning opportunities to further develop skills and abilities and encourages others to do the same Career & Professional Development
  27. 27. September 17, 2013 31 Examples • AgShare • Global Center for Food Systems Innovation • Human Resources • One-Health
  28. 28. September 17, 2013 32 Thank You! Christine Geith, Ph.D. Assistant Provost & Executive Director, MSUglobal Email: @christinegeith