Mid-Career Faculty Consortium

Creating Your Destiny

Congratulations, you have achieved the rank of associate professor and the opportunity to create your destiny in academia.  The purpose of this workshop is to help you set long-term career goals and to think about how you can best serve your institution and society.  We have selected a panel of well-respected faculty to help you evaluate what path to take your career.  What type of role would you like to assume:  research, editorial roles, leadership or administrative.  These are all possibilities.  This workshop will help you set meaningful personal goals, create your own opportunities, and learn to thrive no matter what the climate

We invite any faculty member that has received tenure and/or promotion to Associate Professor to attend this workshop.  Individuals at all stages of associate professor may find this workshop useful, from newly tenured faculty members to those that have settled into their role as an associate professor.  Those that have attended other mid-career workshops are welcome to come, participate, share, and learn from other associate professors.


This workshop will take place on August 16, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Bolden 2, prior to the start of AMCIS 2018.

We expect that you’ll make some new friends at the workshop and we can all experience New Orleans.  If you want to know what to do in New Orleans, here’s our co-chairs’ Ken Walsh’s tips (kenwalsh.com/NOA.html)

Registration Information

To allow for maximum participation among the participants, there is a limit of 40 participants.  If you would like to attend, simply select this workshop when you register for AMCIS 2018.

About the Wokshop

8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Introductions
8:45 – 9:45 Interactive Panel Session:  Career Paths for Associate Professors

We will hear the pros and cons of pursuing different career paths such as a research professor, center chair, department head and associate dean.

  • Robin Poston:  Papasan Family Professorship for Exemplary Leadership Professor, Chair of Business Information & Technology, Fogelman College of Business Director Systems Testing Excellence Program, FedEx Institute of Technology Interim Associate Dean of The Graduate School, University of Memphis
  • Joey George:  John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business at the Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business
  • Ramesh Sharda:  Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Oklahoma State University
  • Edward Fisk Watson III:  Professor, Institute Director and Department Chair, Louisiana State University
9:45-10:00 Networking Break
10:00-10:45 Breakout Session 1 – Identifying Career Goals and Strategies

This is a time of rapid change for higher education, research, and individual universities.  Many of the traditional approaches to post-tenure careers may not hold over time.  When considering “life after tenure” and defining individual career goals, what are some of the potential changes to consider going forward.  The intent of this panel is to engage in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities that Associate Professors face as they develop their individual career plans.

10:45-11:30 Breakout Session 2 – Putting Your Plan into Action

Now we will work individually to identify specific goals and share those with another member of the consortium.

11:30-12:30 Closing Remarks
12:30-2:00 Optional lunch as a group at a restaurant within walking distance.  Everyone will pay for their own meal.



  • Hope Koch, Associate Professor & Godfrey Sullivan Professorship in Information Systems, Baylor University
  • Ken Walsh, Associate Professor, University of New Orleans