Michigan State University

The MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity will serve as an international hub for interdisciplinary research and research on interdisciplinarity, leveraging MSU’s excellence in inter- and transdisciplinary research. Located in the College of Arts & Letters, the Center will build on the commitment to interdisciplinary research and to the philosophical investigation of interdisciplinarity. This commitment is reflected in the following examples of engaged work:

The MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) is a research center in two senses. First, it serves as a resource for interdisciplinary researchers at MSU and beyond. Through various mechanisms, such as Toolbox dialogue workshops and the Transdisciplinary Graduate Fellows Program, C4I provides support for researchers and others engaged in the difficult business of crossing disciplinary boundaries in search of complex responses to complex problems. See the “Resources” and “Graduate Fellows Program” pages of this website for more information on our resources for interdisciplinary researchers.Second, C4I conducts original research on interdisciplinarity understood as activity (e.g., research, education) that integrates disciplinary inputs into mutually dependent combinations. Our research concerns various aspects of interdisciplinary process, including integration, communication, and collaboration. This original resource is a source of new ideas that are folded into the resources we make available to interdisciplinary researchers, creating an evidence-based feedback loop that forms the central dynamic of our research efforts. These research products include those linked below.

Relevant Publications

Cardenas, E. (in press). The Role of Natural Aesthetics in Addressing Sustainability Challenges. Ann Arbor, MI: Maize Books

Cardenas, E., Rodegher, S., Hamilton K. (forthcoming) Collaborative Practice in Arts Integrative Work: Mechanisms for Advancing and Expanding the Field.

O’Rourke, M., Crowley, S., Laursen, B., Robinson, B., Vasko, S. E.(forthcoming). Disciplinary diversity in teams, integrative approaches from unidisciplinarity to transdisciplinarity. In K. L. Hall, A. L. Vogel, and R. T. Croyle (Eds.), Advancing Social and Behavioral Health Research through Cross-Disciplinary Team Science: Principles for Success. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.

Berling, E., McLeskey, C., O’Rourke, M., Pennock, R. (2018). A virtue-based responsible conduct of research curriculum: Pilot test results. Science and Engineering Ethics.Available online: < https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11948-017-9991-2>. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-017-9991-2

Cardenas, E. (2018) Using the arts and design to build student creative collaboration capacity. Integration and Implementation Insights Blog. URL: https://i2insights.org/2018/05/15/student-creative-collaboration-capacity/

Hall, T. E., Piso, Z., Engebretson, J., O’Rourke, M.(2018). Evaluating a dialogue-based approach to teaching about values and policy in graduate transdisciplinary environmental science programs. PLoS ONE. 13(9): e0202948. 

Kjellberg, P., O’Rourke, M., O’Connor-Gomez, D. (2018). Interdisciplinarity and the Undisciplined Student: Lessons from the Whittier Scholars Program. Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. Forthcoming.

Klein, J. T., O’Rourke, M. (2018). Review of Interdisciplinary Discourse: Communicating across Disciplines, by S. Choi and K. Richards (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Integrative Pathways. 40(3): 6-11.

O’Rourke, M. (2018). Review of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Organization, by R. Szostak, C. Gnoli, and M. López-Huertas (Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer, 2016). Integrative Pathways. 40(2): 7-15.

O’Rourke, M., Crowley, S., Laursen, B., Robinson, B., Vasko, S. E. (2018). Disciplinary diversity in teams, integrative approaches from unidisciplinarity to transdisciplinarity. In K. L. Hall, A. L. Vogel, and R. T. Croyle (Eds.), Advancing Social and Behavioral Health Research through Cross-Disciplinary Team Science: Principles for Success. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. Forthcoming.

O’Rourke, M., Eigenbrode, S. D. (2018). Woody Weeds communication survey #3 report. 1 January. Prepared for the Woody Weeds Project, http://woodyweeds.org/.

O’Rourke, M., Hall, T. E., Boll, J., Cosens, B., Dietz, T., Engebretson, J., Goralnik, L., Piso, Z., Valles, S., Whyte, K. (2018). Values and Policy in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science: A Dialogue-based Framework for Ethics Education. Online Ethics Center for Engineering. 8/16/2018 OEC. Accessed: Wednesday, November 28, 2018. www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Values-and-Policy-Environmental-Science-Framework.aspx

O’Rourke, M., Hall, T. E., Boll, J., Cosens, B., Dietz, T., Engebretson, J., Goralnik, L., Piso, Z., Valles, S., Whyte, K. (2018). Values and responsibility in interdisciplinary environmental science: A dialogue-based curriculum for ethics education – Student kit. Online curriculum available at <http://eese.msu.edu/>.

O’Rourke, M., Hall, T. E., Boll, J., Cosens, B., Dietz, T., Engebretson, J., Goralnik, L., Piso, Z., Valles, S., Whyte, K. (2018). Values and responsibility in interdisciplinary environmental science: A dialogue-based curriculum for ethics education – Instructor kit. Online curriculum available at <http://eese.msu.edu/>.

Rinkus, M. A., Kelly, J. R., Wright, W., Dobson, T., Medina, L. Gendered considerations for conservation fieldwork. Society and Natural Resources, 31(12): 1419–1426. 

Robinson, B., Gonnerman, C., O’Rourke, M. (2018) Experimental philosophy of science and philosophical differences across the sciences. [Preprint] URL: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15025 (accessed 2019-01-18).

Valles, S., Piso, Z., O’Rourke, M. (2018). Coupled ethical-epistemic analysis as a tool for environmental science. Ethics, Policy & Environment. Forthcoming.

Hall, T. E., Engebretson, J., O’Rourke, M., Piso, Z., Whyte, K., Valles, S. (2017). The need for social ethics in interdisciplinary environmental science graduate programs: Results from a nation-wide survey in the United States. Science and Engineering Ethics. 23(2): 565–588. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-016-9775-0

O’Rourke, M. (2017). Comparing methods for cross-disciplinary research. In R. Frodeman, J. T. Klein, and R. Pacheco (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 2nded. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 276-290.

Pennock, R. T., O’Rourke, M. (2017). Developing a scientific virtue-based approach to science ethics training. Science and Engineering Ethics23(1): 243–262. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-016-9757-2Steel, D., Gonnerman, C.,

O’Rourke, M. (2017). Scientists’ attitudes on science and values: Case studies and survey methods in philosophy of science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A63: 22–30. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsa.2017.04.002.

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