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Community Management in Scientific Teams and Communities: An Emerging Discipline to Effect Collaboration

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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:

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 professional development? • 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?



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Oral presentation


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

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/5/2017 3:36:09 PM.

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