Community Management in Scientific Teams and Communities: An Emerging Discipline to Effect Collaboration
Davison J, Leidolf A, Woodley L, Wood-Charlson E, Sandstrom M. Community Management in Scientific Teams and Communities: An Emerging Discipline to Effect Collaboration. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 14, 2017. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
Community management in science is an emerging role that provides critical support for research teams as well
as scientific communities looking to engage their members. However, the role has yet to be formally defined by its
practitioners and stakeholders.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s inaugural Community Engagement Fellowship
Program (CEFP) is working to develop a conceptual framework that could help define key characteristics of this
nascent profession. The goals of this panel--composed of CEFP participants and leaders--are to 1) provide an
overview of science community management as an emerging discipline and introduce CEFP as a mechanism
for supporting and enhancing its development; 2) share examples of science community management by
showcasing the diversity and commonalities of the roles and contexts within which members of the CEFP cohort
work; and 3) explore the challenges and next steps required for functional validation of what we believe is a key
role in team science and science communities broadly.
Panelists will share the results of a AAAS survey of scientific community managers, as well as preliminary observations from follow-up research conducted on the CEFP cohort itself, through examination of job
descriptions, organizational charts, network maps, time budgets, skills self-assessment, and needs analyses.
Following the presentations we will further explore with attendees issues around the community manager role,
including required skill sets, common challenges, and emerging best practices to support team science and
community goals. We will also examine points of connection and synergy with other efforts, including those
within the Science of Team Science’s Intereach community and the Integration and Implementation Science
community. Framing questions include:
• Where is the profession of Science Community Manager headed over the course of the next 2-5 years? Does
this role need formalization, for example in the form of an accredited profession? How do we demonstrate and
measure value? How can we support each other in performing our multiple roles and collectively grow in our
• How does the Science Community Manager role overlap or complement that of the Interdisciplinary Integrative
Specialist, or other nascent roles? What are commonalities and differences in underlying foundation, vision, scope,
approach, and methodologies?
Type of Publication:
scits 2017 conference, presentation, community health, management, community management
Addresses these goal(s):
- Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
- Conduct research on/evaluate team science
Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/5/2017 3:36:09 PM.