Consortia Continue to Offer Professional Development Opportunities at Annual Conference

Very early on, Board members of the American Institute for Decision Sciences, now the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), knew offering professional development opportunities at the annual conferences was important to add value to its program. Today, workshops, panel discussions and consortia continue that tradition. 

Four consortia are once again offered at the 2019 DSI Annual Conference.  All consortia require an email request to participate. Email must be received no later than October 1.  All participants must be registered for the Annual Conference, however there is no additional charge for participation in the consortia. Some schools may provide monetary support to attend, so it is recommended to investigate these opportunities. Details specific to each consortia offered are included in the summaries below.

Pre-Proposal Ph.D. Consortium

The Doctoral Student Consortium for Pre-Proposal Defense Students is designed specifically for doctoral students in the early stages of their Ph.D. program. The Consortium provides an environment in which doctoral students can learn more about succeeding in their doctoral program, managing time successfully, finding a dissertation topic, finding an advisor, entering the academic profession, and participating in and getting the most out of the Decision Sciences Institute and its activities. The Consortium will include interactive discussion sessions aimed at these goals. The mission is to help candidates make the most of their doctoral program and establish professional networks with colleagues who share similar research interests. 

How and By When to Apply?

Please send an email, by October 1, 2019, to conference@decisionsciences.org to be considered for participation in the Consortium. Your email should: 1) Indicate your interest in participating in the Consortium and the approval of your department faculty advisor or chairperson, and 2) include a list of questions with the challenges you have had or anticipate in the first two years of your program.

Consortia Coordinator
Cindy Wallin, Brigham Young University

Post-Proposal Ph.D. Consortium

The PhD Students Consortium Post-Proposal Defense Stage is offered to individuals who are well into their doctoral studies (normally within 1-2 years from graduation). Students pursuing their doctorates in decision sciences, operations management, management information systems, management science, and related business fields are all welcome. The Consortium will include participative and interactive sessions focusing on career goals, research strategies and publishing, job search issues, placement services, manuscript reviewing, and promotion and tenure.

How and By When to Apply?

To participate in the Doctoral Consortium for Post-Proposal Defense Students, please send an email to conference@decisionsciences.org by October 1, 2019. The email may come from the student applicant or, preferably, from the faculty advisor. More importantly, the email should:

Introduce the student applicant and explicitly indicate the student’s:

Progress within the doctoral program
Major field of study
Title of dissertation proposal
Anticipated graduation date
Contact email information
Attach the current curriculum vita of the student

Because seating is limited, interested students should apply early. Applications received after October 1, 2019 will be considered only if space is available.

Consortia Coordinator
Yan Dong, University of South Carolina

New Faculty Development Consortium

The New Faculty Development Consortium (NFDC) is a program intended for faculty who are in the initial stages of their academic careers defined as faculty who received their doctorate degrees in the years 2017 to 2019. Participate in the NFDC in order to gain insights into how to launch and sustain a successful professional career in academe. 

The tentative program will include:
Presentations by senior faculty on publication strategies in OM/SCM journals
Panel discussion from newly tenured associate professors on surviving the tenure process
Panel discussion about career paths regarding research and administration
Roundtable discussions
Networking opportunities

How and By When to Apply?

To be considered for participation in the NFDC, please send an e-mail to conference@decisionsciences.org. Your email should be received by October 1, 2019 and should:

1) Indicate why you wish to be selected for participation (less than double spaced one page), 2) include your current CV, and 3) list five questions that you would like answered in order to advance your professional career.

Participation in the NFDC is limited, applications received after October 1, 2019 will receive consideration on a space-available basis.

Consortia Coordinator
Yi-Su Chen, University of Michigan

Mid-Career Faculty Development Consortium

The Mid-Career Faculty Development Consortium (MCFDC) is a program intended to provide a forum for faculty who have received tenure within the last three years and are contemplating what types of changes are appropriate for them to achieve their goals and career aspirations.

Once tenured, faculty are presented with new opportunities to enhance their career and contribute to their institutions and the profession. The main objective of the Mid-Career Faculty Development Consortium (MCFDC) is to assist faculty who have recently passed one of the most important milestones, tenure, to plan a fulfilling and rewarding career. This consortium will discuss opportunities and help participants figure out which directions are best for them.

How and By When to Apply?

To be considered for participation in the MCFDC, please send an e-mail to conference@decisionsciences.org.  Your email should be received by October 1, 2019 and include the following:  1) Why you wish to be selected for participation in the MCFDC, 2) your current CV, and 3) a list of five questions that you would like answered in order to advance your professional career.

Participation in the MCFDC is limited. Priority will be given to applications received by October 1, 2019. Applications received afterwards will be considered on a space-available basis.

Consortia Coordinator
Amit Eynan, Richmond University

Updated: August 20, 2019 — 2:49 pm

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