Submissions / Mid-Career Workshop
- 31 January 2023 • Applications due
- Mid-March 2023 • Notifications of acceptance
- 10–15 June 2023 • ISLS Annual Meeting
What is the Mid-Career Workshop and who is it for?
The Mid-Career Workshop is an opportunity for learning sciences researchers to reflect on their existing work and strategically plan for the next phase of their careers. Ideally, participants should be 6–10 years post doctorate (for example, in an academic role having recently obtained tenure or planning to go up for tenure soon; in an industry role often having advanced to managing others or hoping to do so soon; in R&D positions in governmental or private organizations or NGOs). By this stage, researchers have produced a substantial body of impactful research to build on, and yet, they may feel a need to re-orientate and advance their work. Researchers who are more advanced in their career but considering a shift in their work are welcome to apply as well.
What is special about the Mid-Career Stage?
The mid-career stage generally occurs after a researcher has accomplished the initial efforts to establish themselves in the field and is considering with a longer view the shape of the professional contribution(s) they want to make. It may be experienced as a new opportunity for risk taking towards more ambitious research agendas, or broadening their scope of work, with the promise of greater impact. Yet, with this newfound freedom often comes greater administrative responsibility and increased frequency of invitations for external professional involvement. These new demands can become overwhelming and cause mid-career professionals to wonder “How does one navigate this new landscape without becoming over-committed?”, and “How does one achieve a healthy balance of pursuing one’s research agenda and providing service to the community?” It is also a time when many researchers need to decide what kinds of leadership roles they wish to pursue.
What will happen at the Mid-Career Workshop?
The Mid-Career Workshop at ISLS 2023 will be an interactive event. We will discuss what is known about the mid-career research stage and look at varying conditions and challenges for mid-career researchers across countries and contexts (e.g. academy, industry, government). The workshop will feature break-out groups to create, reflect on, and promote individual career plans, workshop-wide discussion with mentors to learn from each other about leadership roles and supervising junior researchers, and sessions dedicated to effective ways to self-organize and manage the competing demands of research, teaching, and service. Workshop participants will share experiences among themselves, develop and collect feedback on their own research agendas and plans for a satisfying and successful mid-career, and interactively learn to apply effective knowledge management strategies. Discussions will focus around issues relevant to mid-career professionals, such as:
- Creating (or re-creating) one’s narrative to have desired impacts;
- Fostering engagement with local or global communities;
- Dealing with ambivalence, dissatisfaction, boredom or other inner demons;
- Conceptualizing and achieving for BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals).
How to apply?
Applicants should submit one PDF document, named according to the applicant’s last name, i.e., “Garcia_MCWS.pdf”. Your document should include the following five sections:
- A cover sheet with your name, institution, email address.
- A one-page summary (using conference formatting) of your research program, including theoretical framework(s), methods you are using and how these have developed throughout your career, knowledge contributions you have made and next planned steps.
- A half-page narrative description of your current position including the type of institution that you work in, and your responsibilities (e.g., teaching, research, mentoring, and committee work).
- A half-page statement describing how the Mid-Career Workshop can be useful for you, and what you would like to see discussed in the workshop. You may include topics of panels or mini-classes that you would find helpful.
- A current curriculum vita.
Please submit all papers in one file in PDF format. The application should be submitted via EasyChair at easychair.org/conferences/?conf=isls2023 by 31 January 2023, 23:59 PST.
Participation is limited and competitive. Selection criteria include eligibility requirements, scientific quality of the proposal, potential benefit of the participation to the applicant and the Learning Sciences community, and the assembly of a productive and diverse cohort regarding institutions, topics, disciplines, and nationalities.