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Interprofessional Collaboration within Faculty Roles: Teaching, Service, and Research

Author(s): June Alberto | Kaye Herth

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 14;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: collaboration | faculty roles | interdisciplinary | interprofessional | multidisciplinary | teaching | research | service | teamwork | transdisciplinary

Interprofessional collaboration in education and practice has been promoted for over three decades by educational panels, professional/educational organizations, and grant funding agencies. Despite this long-standing focus on collaboration and the need for faculty to be highly productive in their teaching, service, and research roles, the literature remains sparse regarding the potential benefits and challenges of interprofessional collaborative efforts associated with each role. In this article, the authors review the literature by exploring terms associated with interprofessional collaboration, describing the collaboration imperative within healthcare, and presenting collaborative efforts within the academic setting. They also discuss interprofessional collaboration within faculty teaching, service, and research roles, sharing examples of their own collaborative experiences and some of the benefits and challenges of collaboration in each of these roles. The collaborating experiences they share illustrate how faculty, regardless of setting or nation, can themselves be successful both in collaborating activities and in integrating the three roles of teaching, service, and research, for the benefit of students, community, and professional practice.
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