INFORMS Combined Colloquia

The 2017 INFORMS Combined Colloquia will be held on October 20-21, the Friday and Saturday preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston, TX. This Combined Colloquia will feature the:

All three colloquia are designed to provide the attendees with technical material, career experiences from senior and junior OR/MS professionals, and an environment for networking.

Registration Fee

The colloquium costs are $215 for non-students and $85 for students.

All colloquia participants are required to register for the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston. The registration fee for the colloquia does NOT include the registration fee for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Click here for registration for the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston. 

Deadline has been extended

For full consideration, the nominations should be sent via the appropriate links below by September 11, 2017. Any inquiries regarding the application or nomination process can be sent via e-mail to the chair of the appropriate colloquium (see below).

 

Friday Hotel Availability

There are limited hotel rooms for Friday evening, October 20. All group rates will expire on September 21, 2017. We anticipate the rooms will sell quickly and advise you to make reservations early, well before the cut-off date of September 21. After that date, reservations will be accepted at prevailing rates based on room availability. Please visit the hotel page for information on contracted hotels.

Intended Colloquia Participants

The 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium is designed to address the needs of graduate students about to enter the academic job market as well as faculty looking to stay abreast of the “best practices” regarding O.R./MS/Analytics pedagogy. The colloquium features a wide variety of speakers from business and engineering schools who will address different aspects of incorporating and assessing effective teaching techniques in any undergraduate or graduate curriculum. Sessions are organized around topics such as teaching fundamental topics like optimization, successful methods for implementing acting and experiential learning methods, leveraging the use of blogs and social media in the classroom, the use of cases in the classroom, and using OR/MS tools to generate managerial insight.

The 2017 Doctoral Student Colloquium is intended for doctoral students who need guidance choosing their future path. The colloquium suits the needs of doctoral students who are deciding between a career as an academic or as a practitioner. It will include sessions dedicated to examining both career options and comparing/choosing between the two. It also addresses topics like navigating the job hunt, dealing with work-life balance issues, and suggestions concerning job market preparation and positioning. It has been organized with current doctoral students 2-3 years from graduation in mind; however, nominations will be accepted from students in their final year of a doctoral program as well.

The 2017 New Faculty Colloquium – introduced for the first time in 2014 – is specially tailored to meet the needs of academics at the beginning of their career. It gives faculty in their first two years insight into successfully navigating the tenure process, including how to build and maintain a research program, advise students, balance research and teaching and service, write successful proposals, and more. Nominations of faculty in their first or second year are preferred.

Combined Colloquia Activities

The  colloquia will begin on Friday at 6:00pm with a welcome dinner and continue all day Saturday. Participants will also have opportunities to interact with each other and with the colloquia speakers during breakfast, lunch, and several refreshment breaks.

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Participant Nomination

Because of increased demand and limited capacity, consideration for participation in the colloquia is by departmental nomination only. A department can nominate more than one eligible individual to each colloquium, but only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. A department may nominate a maximum of 4 students for The Doctoral Student  Colloquium. In addition, nominations of one person to multiple colloquia are not permitted and will not receive consideration.

Burcu B. Keskin chairs the Combined Colloquia committee. All colloquia related questions should be addressed to Dr. Keskin via bkeskin@cba.ua.edu

She is joined by the individual colloquia chairs listed below:

Combined Colloquia Committee Chair
Burcu B. Keskin
University of Alabama
Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science
300 Alston Hall
361 Stadium Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0226
Phone : +1 (205) 348-8442
E-mail: bkeskin@cba.ua.edu

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium Chair
Mihai Banciu
School of Management
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: +1 (570) 577-1766
Email: mihai.banciu@bucknell.edu

 

Doctoral Student Colloquium Chair
Sandra Eksioglu
Clemson University
Department of Industrial Engineering
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
277C Freeman Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0901
seksiog@clemson.edu  |
Phone: +1 (864) 656-7889
E-mail: seksiog@clemson.edu

New Faculty Colloquium Co-Chair
Aurelie Thiele, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Engineering Management, Information, and Systems
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750123 Dallas, TX 75275-0123
Phone: +1 (214) 768-3019
E-mail: athiele@smu.edu

New Faculty Colloquium Co-Chair
Julie Simmons Ivy, Ph.D.
Professor
Fitts Faculty Fellow in Health Systems Engineering
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University
Phone: +1- (919) 513-1683
E-mail: jsivy@ncsu.edu

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21

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;
  • faculty member or instructor 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.

Faculty members who have attended a previous year’s TEC may be nominated again, but preference will be given to first-time nominees should there be a capacity constraint. A complete nomination by the department will include:

  1. letter of recommendation from the department chair;
  2. list of OR/MS courses taught or expected to be taught by the nominee;
  3. list of INFORMS teaching effectiveness colloquia and workshops that the nominee has attended in the past;
  4. mailing address, e-mail address and phone number of the nominee.

Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium Nomination forms can be completed here.  

The 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium is chaired by Mihai Banciu. All TEC questions should be directed to Dr. Banciu via mihai.banciu@bucknell.edu.

Doctoral Student Colloquium

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21

All PhD-granting programs in operations research, management science and related fields are invited to nominate students for participation in the Doctoral Student 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;
  • be within three years of completing all degree requirements;
  • have excellent potential for contributing to theory and/or practice in the fields of operations research, management science or a related field;
  • have good communication skills;
  • have never attended an INFORMS Doctoral Student, Future Academician, or Future Practitioner 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. Nominees two or three years from completion will be given preference over those in their final year.

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.
  • Women in OR/MS(WORMS) will sponsor one student member to attend the Doctoral Student Colloquium. The award includes registration to the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting, the Doctoral Student Colloquium, and a year membership to WORMS. To be considered, please include the following additional items in the nomination package and indicate: Whether the student is interested in applying for the Women in OR/MS (WORMS) Travel Award (open to both male and female students). A brief paragraph from the nominee describing their interest in supporting women in OR/MS (50-150 words).
  • Minority Issues Forum(MIF) will sponsor one student member to attend the Doctoral Student Colloquium at the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston from October 22-25, 2017. The award includes registration to the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting, the Doctoral Student Colloquium, a year membership to MIF and up to $500 in travel reimbursement. To be considered, please include the following additional items in the nomination package and indicate whether the student is interested in the MIF travel award: A brief paragraph from the nominee describing their interest and past efforts in supporting minorities in OR/MS (50-150 words). All applicants must be U.S. citizens and a minority.

Doctoral Student nomination forms can be completed here.

The 2017 Doctoral Student Colloquium is chaired by Sandra Eksioglu. All DSC questions should be directed to Dr. Eksioglu via seksiog@clemson.edu.

New Faculty Colloquium

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21

All academic units granting degrees and undertaking research in operations research, management science and related fields are invited to nominate faculty members who are in their first three years of being a faculty member at the time of colloquium.

Nomination package should include, in this order: (i) a letter from the department chair of the nominee, (ii) a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and (iii) a statement by the nominee outlining expectations from the colloquium including a set of up to ten questions that they would like to be addressed in a single PDF file. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Sponsored Research – Grants
  2. Building a Research Program and Publishing
  3. Collaborative Research and Working with PhD Students
  4. Effective Teaching
  5. Professional Service
  6. Tenure Process and Reappointment
  7. Time Management and Work-Life Balance
  8. Soft Skills

The colloquium will also include tips on what not to do, difference between business and engineering schools, opportunities to interact with panelists, and more.

 

New Faculty nomination forms can be completed here.

The 2017 New Faculty Colloquium is co-chaired by Dr. Aurelie Thiele and Dr. Julie Simmons Ivy. All NFC questions should be directed to Dr. Thiele (athiele@smu.edu) or Dr. Ivy (jsivy@ncsu.edu).