“Two First Authors”: Defining and Evaluating Collaborative Partnership Models of academic collaboration typically assume roles dictated by experience or seniority. Our experience as two new faculty members engaged in a long-term curriculum revision project led us to a partnership-type of collaboration, the “two first authors” model. This model required us to assume flexible roles with regard to workload ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2008
“Two First Authors”: Defining and Evaluating Collaborative Partnership
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  • Catherine Jackson
    California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
  • Patricia J. Seymour
    California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
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Article   |   June 01, 2008
“Two First Authors”: Defining and Evaluating Collaborative Partnership
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2008, Vol. 11, 21-27. doi:10.1044/ihe11.1.21
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2008, Vol. 11, 21-27. doi:10.1044/ihe11.1.21
Abstract

Models of academic collaboration typically assume roles dictated by experience or seniority. Our experience as two new faculty members engaged in a long-term curriculum revision project led us to a partnership-type of collaboration, the “two first authors” model. This model required us to assume flexible roles with regard to workload and participation at various points in the project. Although this model of collaboration does not meet traditional expectations for evaluating faculty roles in academic projects, the intellectual and practical benefits became clear throughout the progress of our work. We encourage instructors, researchers and reviewers to explicitly identify their assumptions and expectations regarding collaboration, and to explore options related to establishing fluid roles for members of a collaborative team.

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