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Academic Leadership Workshop

October 21, 2017
Houston, TX

Call for Nominations

 Nominations Due: July 28, 2017

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) requests nominations for the Academic Leadership Workshop on Saturday October 21, 2017, held in conjunction with and prior to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.

This all-day event is designed for faculty of all ranks with an interest in all levels of academic leadership. The workshop provides information that can be useful for becoming efficient and effective leaders. Panel speakers are highly visible world-class current and former academic administrators. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and network with peers in academic leadership positions.

Topics tentatively scheduled for presentation include:

  • How to become a Successful Leader
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution

In addition, panels will discuss various levels of academic leadership:

  • President/Provost
  • College Dean
  • Department Chair/Head
  • Undergraduate/Graduate Programs
  • Research Centers

Meals (continental breakfast, lunch, and a reception) are provided during the program. There is a $99 fee per person for this event. All other expenses incurred (including registration for the INFORMS Annual Meeting) are the responsibility of the nominee. Attendees must register separately for the INFORMS Annual Meeting. More details on the event can be found at:

All nominations must be made by department heads/chairs or college deans and should be submitted as an email to both Organizers:

  • The nomination email should specify the name of the nominee and their contact information (this email does not need to serve as a nomination letter but only needs to specify the name and contact information for the nominee); and
  • Attach a current CV for the nominee in MS Word or PDF.

E-mail nominations to  and  with the subject line “Academic Leadership Workshop Nomination.” Nominations must be received by July 14, 2017. Early nominations are encouraged since space is limited. Nominees will be notified whether they are accepted for this colloquium no later than 2 weeks from the deadline to allow time to make travel arrangements.

To request more information, please contact the Workshop organizers:

Gino J. Lim, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Houston

Scott E. Grasman, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology


TimeSession (Academic)
7:30–8amRegistration & Continental Breakfast
8:10 –8:20am*Address from INFORMS President-Brian Denton
8:20–8:30am*Introduction to the Speakers- Scott Grasman
8:30–9:15amHow to become a Successful Leader?- John White
9:15–10amTime Management- Farrokh Mistree
10–10:45am*Conflict Resolution- Penny Cortez
10:45–11:00amCoffee Break
11:00am–11:45amProvost/President Level- James C. Bean
11:45–1pmLunch Break
1–1:45pmDean’s level- Joe Hartman
1:45–2:30pmDepartment Chair/Head- Janis Terpenny
2:30–2:45pmCoffee Break
2:45 –3:15pm*Graduate/Undergraduate Program Directorship- Jayant Rajgopal & Scott Grasman
3:15–3:45pm*Research Center Directorate- Paul Griffin & Russell Barton
3:45–4pmAssessment, Summary, and Open Discussion
4–5pmReception- Hilton, 329, Level 3