Interdisciplinary Research and Education (IDRE)
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The Interdisciplinary Research and Education (IDRE) community is made up of individuals from diverse academic disciplines and institutional positions involved in IDRE. We engage with each other to improve the knowledge, ability, and capacity for enabling, leading, evaluating, and participating more effectively in IDRE. We welcome you to explore our community pages and attend our next event!.


We aspire to be a vibrant, supportive community focused on expanding our knowledge base and skills for effectively leading IDRE and providing access to best practices, methods and tools that facilitate successful IDRE.


  1. Collaboration
  2. IDR
  3. Interdisciplinary
  4. Team science


Boyer, Eric
Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Political Science and Public Administration
Public Management, Public-Private Partnerships, Transportation Policy, Knowledge Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Involvement, Disaster Management, Covid-19

Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts - Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Race/Ethnicity and Criminal Justice, Police-Citizen Relations, Risk and Protective Factors for Violence, Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, Quantitative Methods
Featured: Awards

Associate Professor
Education - Teacher Education
Community engaged scholarship, Power, Place, Identity
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
Science - Chemistry and Biochemistry
science education research, green and sustainable chemistry, systems thinking, curriculum development and assessment, feminist pedagogy, feminist ethnography,
Featured: Awards

Engineering - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
robotics, automation, machine design, control, embedded controllers, PLC, programming, sensor applications
Featured: Awards

Related Efforts

UTEP Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Contact: Andrea Tirres

The UTEP Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Symposium seeks to build on the momentum of campus IDR activities that have included connection-building events & increased interest in interdisciplinary research funds. The symposium typically includes an opening reception with poster presentations followed the next day with various sessions exploring the symposium’s theme. The 2014 theme was Rewarding and Recognizing Interdisciplinary Research. Contact idrutep@utep.edu to help plan the next symposium.

IDR Enhancement Program
Funding: Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) & Office of the Provost.
Contact: Andrea Tirres

The Provost and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects issue a Request for Proposals for interdisciplinary research enhancement on an annual and/or biannual basis. Awards to interdisciplinary teams are typically in the amount of $20,000 per team. Eligibility requirements, authorized use of funds, proposal structure, review processes and criteria, & requirements of awardees are described in the RFP. Term of the award is typically one year. To date, there have been four rounds of funding.

Team building exercises
Effective Practice

This is a supplement to the article below, which provides examples of team building activities.

Cheruvelil, K. S., Soranno, P. A., Weathers, K. C., Hanson, P. C., Goring, S. J., Filstrup, C. T., & Read, E. K. (2014). Creating and maintaining high-performing collaborative research
teams: the importance of diversity and interpersonal skills. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(1), 31–38. doi:10.1890/130001

Wayne State tools for IDR
Effective Practice

A new site with practical information about IDR.

Team Science Toolkit
Effective Practice

This is a website that provides a wealth of resources about leading, supporting, and conducting team science.

Bob William's website
Effective Practice

Bob Williams is an evaluator with lots of experience facilitating group work. His website provides a good selection of methods for a variety of purposes.


I3 Move Communities provide a way to share expertise, resources, and community information to the general public. There are numerous tools available, both open source and proprietary, for engaging in dialog and sharing information and knowledge within a closed group.

This community engages in dialog as follows:

None specified to date.