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INFORMS Combined Colloquia 2012

Matthew Drake, Patrick Noonan, Maga Khachatryan, and Andrew Johnson

The 2012 INFORMS Combined Colloquia will be held on October 12-13, the Friday and Saturday preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. This Combined Colloquia will feature the:

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium (TEC)
Future Academician Colloquium (FAC)
Future Practitioner Colloquium (FPC)

All three colloquia are sponsored by INFORMS, INFORM-ED, the INFORMS Student Affairs Committee and Omega Rho, and are designed to provide the attendees with technical material, career experiences from senior and junior OR/MS professionals, and an environment for networking.

Overview
The 2012 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium will address several aspects of incorporating and assessing effective teaching techniques in any undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The colloquium will be beneficial to both seasoned and new faculty members at all levels and in all disciplines of operations research and management science. Planned sessions include topics such as understanding what the best college teachers do, exposure to a variety of teaching strategies for engaging students in the classroom and extending learning outside the classroom, and an overview of possible pedagogical scholarship in OR/MS.

The 2012 Future Academician Colloquium is organized with current doctoral students in mind. It will include sessions dedicated to navigating the job hunt, developing a successful research program, becoming an effective teacher, and dealing with work-life balance issues.

The 2012 Future Practitioners Colloquium has been organized with current doctoral student participation in mind; however, applications will be accepted for new practitioners (those within three years of starting their first practice job) as well. This colloquium will feature sessions focusing on career paths for OR/MS professionals, challenges that new practitioners experience, discussions concerning choosing between an academic and a practice career, what managers seek when hiring new employees, and suggestions concerning how to find a job as well as how to become a successful OR/MS practitioner.

Combined Colloquia Activities
The colloquia will begin at 6:00pm, Friday, with a welcome dinner for all participants. Terry Harrison, President of INFORMS, will address the participants on the future of INFORMS and its position at the center of teaching, research and practice. The colloquia will continue on Saturday all day with several sessions. Following the conclusion of the colloquia, all participants will be invited to an evening dinner. Participants will also have opportunities to interact with each other and with the colloquia speakers during breakfast, lunch and several refreshment breaks.

Participant Nomination
Because of increased demand and limited capacity, consideration for participation in the colloquia is by nomination only. A department can nominate more than one eligible individual to each colloquium, but only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. However, nominations of one person to multiple colloquia are not permitted and will not receive consideration. Companies can nominate eligible practitioners to just the Future Practitioner Colloquium.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for each of the Colloquia is $300. However, the fee will be waived for one participant from a department nominated to the Combined Colloquia. A second participant from a department to the combined colloquia pays $150, and each additional participant pays $300. NOTE: nomination is by department, not individual professors within the department. Also note that the Combined Colloquia is considered as one activity for invoicing purposes. For example, if a department nominates three students (one each to TEC, FAC and FPC), the department would be invoiced for $450 (first is no charge, second is $150 and the third is $300). All Future Practitioner Colloquium attendees nominated by a company must pay $300. Invoices for the total amount will be sent directly to the sponsor units (department or company). No invoice will be sent to individual participants.


All colloquia participants are required to register for the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2012 in Phoenix, AZ. The registration fee for the colloquia does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Click here for registration for INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Combined Colloquia Chair:
Matthew Drake
Palumbo-Donahue School of Business
Duquesne University
925 Rockwell Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-1959
drake987@duq.edu

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium

Friday, October 12
6:00pm-8:00pm - dinner
Saturday, October 13
7:30am-4:30pm; dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm

All academic units that regularly offer courses in operations research, management science and related fields are invited to nominate faculty members and advanced doctoral students intending to pursue a career in academia for participation in the Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium.

To be eligible for consideration, an individual must be a:

  • member of INFORMS or have applied for membership at the time of the nomination;
  • tenured or tenure-track faculty member in one of INFORMS' constituent disciplines or be within one year of completing all degree requirements for a PhD in one of INFORMS' constituent disciplines. All tenured and tenure-track faculty members can be nominated but preference will be given to first-time nominees should there be a capacity constraint.


Complete nomination packages must be received by July 30. A complete nomination by the department will include:

  • letter of recommendation from the department chair;
  • list of OR/MS courses taught or expected to be taught by the nominee;
  • list of INFORMS teaching effectiveness colloquia and workshops that the nominee has attended in the last two years;
  • mailing address, e-mail address and phone number of the nominee;
  • departmental contact information for invoicing (needed for more than one nominated participant, or if nominees also accepted for FAC or FPC).

Send Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium packages (electronic submissions preferred) and requests for more information to:
Patrick Noonan
Goizueta Business School
Emory University
1300 Clifton Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-0549
patrick_noonan@bus.emory.edu  


Future Academician Colloquium

Friday, October 12
6:00pm-8:00pm - dinner
Saturday, October 13
7:30am-4:30pm; dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm

All PhD-granting programs in operations research, management science and related fields are invited to nominate students for participation in the Future Academician Colloquium. In an effort to promote diversity and a broad representation of academic institutions, preference will be given first to representing as many schools as possible, second to the quality of applicants from schools already represented.

Further, to be eligible for nomination, an individual must:

  • be a member of INFORMS or have applied for membership at the time of the nomination;
  • have completed basic coursework and initiated research;
  • be within one year from completing all degree requirements;
  • have excellent potential for contributing to the fields of operations research, management science or a related field;
  • have good communication skills;
  • have never attended an INFORMS Future Academician Colloquium.

Complete nomination packages must be received by July 30. A complete nomination by the department will include:

  • student's transcript at the nominating institution;
  • letter of recommendation from the department chair or supervisor;
  • one-page statement of purpose from the nominee including description of research and career interests and dissertation topic;
  • mailing address, e-mail address and phone number of the nominee;
  • departmental contact information for invoicing (needed for more than one nominated participant, or if nominees also accepted for TEC or FPC).

Send Future Academician nomination packages (electronic submissions preferred) and requests for more information to:
Andrew Johnson
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Texas A&M University
4033 ETED
3131 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 458-2356
ajohnson@tamu.edu


Future Practitioner Colloquium

Friday, October 12
6:00pm-8:00pm - dinner
Saturday, October 13
7:30am-4:30pm; dinner 6:30pm-8:30pm

All PhD-granting programs in operations research, management science and related fields are invited to nominate students for participation in the Future Practitioners Colloquium. Companies involved in the application of operations research, management science and related fields are also invited to nominate new practitioners (those within three years of starting their first practice job) for participation in the Future Practitioner Colloquium. Preference will be given to doctoral students who are within one year of completion of their degree and who have never attended either an INFORMS Future Academician or Future Practitioner Colloquium.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual must:

  • be a member of INFORMS or have applied for membership at the time of the nomination;
  • have completed basic coursework and initiated research (for students);
  • be within one year from completing all degree requirements (for students);
  • have completed his or her PhD and be within three years of starting their first practice job (for current practitioners);
  • have excellent potential for contributing to the fields of operations research, management science or a related field;
  • have good communication skills.

Complete nomination packages must be received by July 30. A complete nomination will include:

  • student's transcript at the nominating institution (for students);
  • current practitioner’s transcript from the institution he or she received a PhD (for current practitioners);
  • letter of recommendation from the department chair or supervisor;
  • one-page statement of purpose from the nominee including description of research and career interests and dissertation topic;
  • mailing address, e-mail address and phone number of the nominee; and
  • departmental contact information for invoicing (for current practitioners; needed for more than one nominated academic participant, or if nominees also accepted for TEC or FAC).

Send Future Practitioner nomination packages (electronic submissions preferred) and requests for more information to:
Maga Khachatryan
Anheuser-Busch InBev
1 Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
mkhachatryan@gatech.edu