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Team Science

ITHS Team Science education and training is offered through a collaboration with the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIE). Team Science was launched in 2017 to support the development, performance, and recognition of high functioning interdisciplinary research teams through education, training and institutional policies. The work we do is informed by the concept of individual and team competencies (read more here: Our ultimate goal is to build diverse, agile teams that can address challenges and opportunities in clinical and translational research.

Services & Offerings

Team Science provides a number of offerings and services to help research teams become more efficient and effective by building stronger team dynamics and processes. Our services include a variety of offerings to improve you and your team’s skills in enhancing communication, building trust, managing research, providing supportive leadership and demonstrating problem-solving communications.

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Team Science Workshop
Team Science Workshop

Interactive workshop attended by research teams. The objective of this training is to enhance team functionality and effectiveness. This multi-day training is designed to be both highly interactive and accessible to teams from across the WWAMI region. This workshop may be offered in person or virtually.

Topics include:

  • Teamwork & team processes
  • Awareness and adaptability of working styles and modes
  • Addressing conflict
  • Lean Project Management (e.g., project organization, goal setting, planning)
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Meeting management
  • Communication
  • Leadership skills

Cost: No cost

Team Science Seminar Series for Individuals
Team Science Seminar Series for Individuals

This 10-part series is hosted at 12pm Pacific the first Thursday of every month from October through June (plus one extra session in June). The seminars are designed to develop individual team science competencies to prepare for effective collaborative research. Sessions focus on topics such as building and leading teams, handling conflict, multi-PI grants and designing research for health equity. Participants can attend live virtual sessions or watch online when their schedules allow.  There is a certificate offered each year for those attending 8 of the 10 sessions. Each year builds on the prior year’s content, adding to and diving deeper into topics.

Read an interview with Team Science Co-Director Brenda Zierler on the Team Science Seminar Series here.

Team Science Seminar Series 2023–2024
(Please note that certificates of completion for this series are available to individuals who complete 8 of the 10 sessions and evaluations between 6/30/2024 and 9/30/2024.) More information about the 2023–2024 series here.

Session Title (subject to change) DateEvent Page Link
Introduction to the Team Science Seminar Series 2023–2024: Teamwork and CollaborationOctober 5, 2023Watch event video
Kicking Off a New TeamNovember 2, 2023Watch event video
Team-Based WritingDecember 7, 2023Watch event video
Tools for CollaborationJanuary 4, 2024Watch event video
Promoting Psychological Safety at WorkplacesFebruary 1, 2024Watch event video
Engaging the CommunityMarch 7, 2024Watch event video
Getting Promoted as a Team ScientistApril 4, 2024Watch event video
Writing Team Plans for GrantsMay 2, 2024Watch event video
Leadership/DelegationMay 23, 2024Watch event video
Biases, Microagressions and Specific ChallengesJune 6, 2024Register here

Team Science Seminar Series 2022–2023
(Please note that a certificate of completion is no longer available for these recorded sessions. Certificates were available from 6/30/2023 – 9/30/2023.) More information about the 2022–2023 series here.

Session Title Event Page Link
Introduction to the Team Science Seminar Series 2022-2023: Why is Team Science Important?Watch event video here
Building Self-Awareness and Leadership Traits for Team Effectiveness Watch event video here
Successful Meeting Management: Setting the FoundationWatch event video here
Building and Sustaining Your Interdisciplinary Research TeamWatch event video here
Growth Mindset & Giving and Receiving FeedbackWatch event video here
Leading with Intention: Foundational Skills for Handling Interpersonal ConflictWatch event video here
Creating Engagement: Facilitation from Chaos to ConstructWatch event video here
What Does a Successful Multiple-PI/Collaborative Grant Application Look Like: An Academic Community PanelWatch event video here
Designing and Conducting Research for Health EquityWatch event video here
Engaging Communities in Interdisciplinary ResearchWatch event video here
Team Writing Resources
Team Writing Resources

Explore our Interprofessional Team Writing Toolkit. This toolkit is designed for researchers of all levels interested in improving how they collaborate to conduct scholarly writing across professions, disciplines, and institutions. The toolkit includes instructions and team writing tools including tracking forms and authorship agreement forms.

Learn more:

Cost: No cost

Online Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Resources
Online Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Resources

An online toolkit designed to aid those involved in the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) process to recognize, support, and reward interdisciplinary research and collaboration. The APT Toolkit provides strategies, template and exemplars for early-career faculty, department chairs, and APT committees.

Please note related faculty code changes: “BE IT RESOLVED, that the UW Faculty Senate recommends that all departments, units, and schools develop policies, definitions, and rubrics that include metrics for assessment (e.g., categories of expectations, examples of indicators of impact) to standardize and communicate their values and norms for community-engaged scholarship as an activity distinct from service. This process should accomplish the following: 1. Include a review of promotion and tenure criteria for recognition of community-engaged scholarship and removal of obstacles to valuing community-engaged scholarship (e.g., expectation for a certain number of publications in a certain amount of time, expectation for solo publications, expectation for publication outlet [academic versus other media]). These rubrics and criteria, in considering community-engaged scholarship, should maintain or enhance acknowledgement of diversity, inclusion, and equity-focused scholarship. 2. Ensure that all departments, units, and schools intentionally “onboard” new faculty and train evaluators (e.g., voting faculty, chairs, deans, etc.) with the goal of introducing policies and rubrics related to community-engaged scholarship and other relevant expectations for promotion and tenure. 3. Implement parallel processes and acknowledgement of community-engaged activities, as appropriate, for individuals in non-tenure-track roles, such as research faculty, research scientists, and other professional staff. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UW Faculty Senate recommends establishment of a universitywide resource or office for strengthening support of collaborative, community-engaged, and interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UW Faculty Senate supports drafting of Class A legislation to amend the existing faculty code in Chapter 24 – Section 32 which addresses the scholarly qualifications of faculty, to include community-engaged research.”

Learn more:

Cost: No cost

ITHS Career Development Series (CDS)
ITHS Career Development Series (CDS)

Access recorded sessions focused on skills for Team Engagement. Each session is 60-90 minutes long and can be accessed on demand via the ITHS website.

Team science topics include:

Cost: No cost

Lean Project Management Training
Lean Project Management Training for Research Teams

Live or virtual trainings for 6-40 individuals, ranging from 5-20 contact hours. These sessions provide tools and techniques to better manage and execute projects.

Service includes planning, customizing, communicating, delivering on objectives, and following-up.

Cost: training fees apply

Facilitation and Consultation
Facilitation and Consultation for Research Teams or Centers

Live or virtual trainings for new or established research teams or centers. This service is a great way to kick-off a new grant or for established research teams having challenges in meeting goals.

This service includes strategic planning, developing team agreements, working on a team project, or working through a specific issue.

In addition, this service can also include surveys, focus groups, or 1:1 interviews to gain team input prior to determining training objectives and approach.

Cost: Training fees apply

Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching

1:1 coaching by a certified trainer to support client needs.

Examples of topics include:

  • Career planning
  • Life balance
  • Working within a male-dominated culture
  • Working with various cultural biases
  • Leadership progression (sometimes focused on application for an open position)
  • Dealing with challenging interpersonal relationships
  • Building a team (i.e. research, education, clinical, etc.)
  • Becoming more comfortable with public speaking
  • Leading a department
  • Meetings within a department

Cost: training fees apply

Contact Us

To learn more about Team Science and how we can help your research team, please email Laurel Barchet.