Faculty and staff members recently traveled to Ulster University in Northern Ireland to deliver a one-day workshop highlighting teaching and thinking strategies (e.g., design thinking, systems modeling and business models) exemplified in the award-winning DEC core curriculum at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).
The Jefferson team included Michael Leonard, dean of the School of Design and Engineering in Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, and the David and Lillian Rea Chair of Design and Engineering; Jeff Klemens, assistant professor of biology and Nardiello-Flick Term Chair in Biology and Design; Jeff Ashley, director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning; and Jack Klett, director of recruitment, enrollment management.
Faculty and staff from Ulster University—where Chancellor Stephen Spinelli Jr. received his Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters last year—were engaged in three sessions that lead them through the collaborative design process across multiple disciplines. They hope to incorporate these pedagogies and strategies into their business school and other programs.
The Jefferson team also visited W5, an interactive science center that promotes engagement with STEM in communities within Belfast and Northern Ireland in general. They met with board of trustee and staff members who were inspired by Dr. Spinelli’s book “Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate.”