AMCIS 2020 Mid-Career Meetup

Workshop Overview
August 13, 2020

Theme: Looking Back, Looking Forward

When beginning a career in academia, the stated goal is demanding, but straightforward, “Achieve tenure and/or promotion to associate professor”. After reaching the milestone of Associate Professor, identifying a vision for the future is less straightforward. Many different paths and goals now become available (e.g., administrative roles, service to the university, service to the discipline, research focus, teaching focus) and new opportunities present themselves (e.g., editorial responsibilities). Defining a vision in this more ambiguous landscape can be exciting, yet challenging.

The purpose of the AMCIS Mid-Career Meetup is to provide support to mid-career faculty, through an event that is led and organized by mid-career faculty. Participants will have an opportunity to network with fellow mid-career faculty, learn from their peers, and interact with panelists.

This year’s workshop will have the theme, “Looking Back, Looking Forward”, keeping with the overall conference theme of “A Vision for the Future”. The workshop will consist of two panels and opportunities for group networking and interaction.

The first panel, What I Wish I Knew about being an Editor, is comprised of individuals that serve or have served in a range of editorial roles including, associate editor, senior editor, and editor-in-chief. In Panelists will share their lessons learned and best practices for those who are aspiring editorial board members, new editorial board members, or existing editorial board members. The panelists for this session include: Manju Ahuja, Likoebe Maruping, Lionel Robert, Suprateek Sarker, and Xinlin Tang.

The second panel, Tenured and Untethered: Finding Opportunities for Mid-Career Growth, is a discussion of different types of academic pathways that associate professors may pursue. We have panelists with a range of experiences, such as serving as program directors, department chairs, AIS Council members, and research center directors. This discussion will enable participants to consider the various pathways available as they consider this mid-stage of their career. Panelists for this session include: Rob Crossler, Sherae Daniel, Adriane Randolph, and Ryan Wright.

All faculty who have reached the stage of Associate Professor are encouraged to attend, even if the faculty member has participated in a prior mid-career workshop. Since the primary purpose of the workshop is to create networking opportunities, we encourage previous and new mid-career participants to join us in this engaging workshop.

Schedule (tentative)

8:00 – 8:15Introduction to the Workshop
8:00 – 8:15Panel 1: What I Wish I Knew about being an Editor
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Networking
10:00 – 10:30Panel 2: Tenured and Untethered: Finding Opportunities for Mid-Career Growth
11:45 – NoonWorkshop Wrap-Up

Workshop Organizers

Allen Johnston

University of Alabama

Stacie Petter

Baylor University

Jaime Windeler

University of Cincinnati