The AIS Mid-career Mentoring Workshop at ICIS 2013
Monday, February 3, 2014
At ICIS 2013, the Association for Information Systems
introduced a new pre-ICIS workshop for mid-career faculty. The workshop, which was co-chaired by Georgia Tech Professor Sandra Slaughter and Clemson University Professor Jason Thatcher, provided advice and information for
are at a mid-point in their academic careers and are seeking advice and information
about different career options after tenure.
Mentoring at mid-career is valuable as
there are many viable career paths that faculty can pursue after obtaining
tenure. Identifying possible career paths, describing the paths, and understanding
the advantages and disadvantages of each path are important, but not well communicated in the IS community.
The workshop design included two panels in which
distinguished panelists described their career choices and reflections. Panelists on the first panel discussed "internal” roles they took
on within their university (such as department chair, associate dean or research center director), why they decided to take on the role, the nature
of the role and skills required, and the benefits and limitations of
undertaking the role for their careers. Panelists on the second panel discussed
"external” roles they undertook in the larger academic community or
practitioner community (such as significant editorial roles, leadership roles
in a professional association, or serving as a company board member), why
they decided to take on the role, the nature of the role and the skills
required, and the benefits and limitations of undertaking the role for their
careers. Each panel was followed by facilitated discussions with the panelists.
Panelists for the inaugural workshop included: Susan Brown, University of Arizona,
U.S.A; Wynne Chin, University of
Houston, U.S.A.; Brian Fitzgerald,
University of Limerick, Ireland; Shirley
Gregor, Australian National University, Australia; Laurie Kirsch, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.; Eldon Li, National Chengchi University,
Taiwan; V. Sambamurthy, Michigan State University, U.S.A.; Christina Soh, Nanyang Technological
University, Singapore; and Edgar Whitley,
London School of Economics, U.K. The panelists are high profile members of the
AIS community representing all three regions who have followed various careers
as senior scholars (e.g., as administrators, editors, directors of research
centers, etc.). Understanding their career paths, the choices they have made,
and their reflections on the advantages and disadvantages of those choices,
provided valuable insights to workshop attendees.
The workshop concluded with reflections on "lessons learned”
by the participants. More than 60 individuals (including the organizers and
panelists) registered for the inaugural workshop. Plans are to continue to hold
the workshop at future ICIS conferences.