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Past Projects

Syracuse University - Capacity Building to Review PhD in Science Teaching (2017)

Hezel Associates facilitated three discussions to help Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences revise their PhD program in College Science Teaching. Integral to our approach was guiding discussions to help illuminate the PhD program’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT).SyracuseUniversity

SWOT methodology was simply used as a framing for us to guide a discussion with Department staff. In part, the SWOT methodology was selected as it aligns with Hezel’s approach, that is, our jobs as consultants is to help guide – not dictate – how to clarify needs. Therefore, use of a series of facilitated discussions based on SWOT methodology positioned the Department to (a) showcase how the PhD program aligns with institutional-wide goals at the University and (b) suggest prospective solutions to improve collaborations across colleges.

Findings were presented in a 2x2 SWOT matrix and an informal, memo-style report. In addition, facilitators provided an in-person presentation of findings, which was action-oriented, and provided a review of collected data and materials discussed in the memo-style report.