The challenge for doctoral education, however, is to successfully prepare the next generation of social work researchers to address complex societal challenges within a transdisciplinary context, while retaining the unique scientific methods, conceptualizations, and values of social work. A common challenge for doctoral students is to augment their leadership role in these teams when interacting with researchers from other disciplines. In addition, training in transdisciplinary science raises critical issues for mentorship, particularly around publication, research funding, obtaining faculty positions, and successfully meeting promotion and tenure expectations. As scientific technologies and capabilities change, social work doctoral education is also challenged to align structure and curriculum in a way that will nurture studentsâ€™ skills and competencies to not only function and lead in a transdisciplinary context, but also adapt flexibly and dynamically to social change.
This roundtable aims to generate a dialogue on how to successfully prepare our doctoral students for transdisciplinary team science across various stages of their career trajectory by convening featured panelists and audience members to explore the following topics:
â€¢ Identify skills and competencies needed to engage in transdisciplinary team science in alignment with social work values; â€¢ Educational structure, curriculum, and training strategies for strengthening social work researchersâ€™ involvement and leadership role in transdisciplinary teams; â€¢ Effective mentoring strategies that expand studentsâ€™ capacity to engage in and lead transdisciplinary teams; â€¢ Institutional efforts and/or practices that support the development of transdisciplinary team science expertise and leadership among students and faculty.