Building Inclusive, Collegial, and Productive Interdisciplinary Project and Research Teams

Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm E Building 104
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Anne Egger, Central Washington University

Geoscience education projects often require teams that are made up of K-12 and higher education faculty, researchers, students, and staff from multiple disciplines and institutions. This complex, interdisciplinary composition can enable teams to tackle projects that an individual might not be able to accomplish. These teams can be rewarding to work on and can foster long-term collegial collaborations. However, these teams can also result in unclear roles and responsibilities, interpersonal conflict, and hostile work environments; all of which can affect team success and productivity. Additionally, there is a need to ensure that teams have inclusive, just, and equitable team environments. Team leadership and membership skills are not taught in formal education, in the workplace, or by our professional organizations. This workshop serves an introduction to creating inclusive, collegial, and productive teams.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Assess your own role as a member and/or leader in teams
  2. Analyze scenarios and apply effective team strategies
  3. Identify specific strategies you will use to improve your team's effectiveness


Times are approximate.

Workshop slides

1:30 Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Workshop (Activity 1)

1:45 What is an effective team? (Goal 2: Analyze scenarios and apply effective team strategies)

  • Link to Vignettes
  • Characteristics of effective teams (Activity 2)
  • Stages of team development (Activity 3)

2:45 Break

2:55 Plan for moving forward (Goal 1: Assess your own role as a member and/or leader in teams and Goal 3: Identify specific strategies you will use to improve your team's effectiveness)

  • Characteristics of effective team members and leaders (Activity 4)
  • Planning for your own team (Activity 5)

3:30 Share and Final Considerations

3:45 Wrap Up and Evaluation


Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders by Susan A. Wheelan, Maria Åkerlund, and Christian Jacobsson

Facilitating Change in Higher Education and the Departmental Action Team Project Digital Toolbox from that book

Implicit Bias Resource Guide from the Society for Human Resource Management