Mid-Career Faculty Consortium

AMCIS 2019 – Cancun

Are you an associate and or/tenured professor now facing the challenge of developing a successful and meaningful academic career? Are you wondering how you will achieve a life-work balance? Are you interested in learning about other academics’ successes (and failures)? This is just the place to be! Join the MIS Mid-Career Camp at AMCIS 2019, in Cancun.

The MIS Mid-Career Camp has a number of objectives:

  • to explore the joys and challenges of balancing one’s teaching, research, service, and personal life in order to achieve a successful academic career.
  • to discuss the opportunities and threats of a turbulent environment.
  • to allow for experience sharing, and advice offering, by others who are going through the same experiences and challenges.

The primary goal is for participants to leave the workshop with a better understanding of what they can do to make themselves more valuable and marketable to their universities and the community, while fulfilling their own personal goals and objectives.

The theme of the MIS Mid-Career Camp is “You Can Do It All, but Should You?” Breakout sessions will offer participants an opportunity to discuss career and life goals, their university’s expectations, barriers to success, and unexpected challenges and strategies to meet expectations, overtaking barriers, and dealing with unexpected challenges.

The MIS Mid-Career Camp will be developed over three sessions in which participants will discuss topics of interest at this stage of their professional careers:

  • Planning/Replanning Your Career Balancing Work and Personal Life. This session will address balancing the demands of a successful professional career with those of a human being with a social life.
  • The Importance and Visibility of Community Service. This session will show that there is much more that an academic can do to be relevant as a professional than just research and teaching.
  • Staying Current in a Turbulent Environment (Technology, Research, Teaching). This session will address challenges related to new educational paradigms that are changing the way educators are expected to do their jobs, with a special emphasis on how distance learning may be affecting the education business in years to come and how we should plan for it.

After each of those sessions, time will be given to participants to reflect and discuss these issues in groups, thinking about strategies to deal with them. Then, in a wrap up session, reports from those groups will be shared with the other participants and discussed by the larger group. We expect workshop leaders and participants alike to share their “tricks” and practices to make the most of their careers without negatively affecting their personal lives.

Registration Information


Attendance is limited to 25 mid-career scholars.  We particularly invite registrations from those facing immediate touch decisions regarding their career and those planning for long term achievements and contributions. This is an AIS sponsored event and therefore all participants must be registered for the conference.

In order to participate in the MIS Mid-Career Camp, please:

  1. Apply by filling in this form, which will be available to the Camp organizers, and
  2. Register for MIS Camp when registering for the AMCIS Conference. The priority deadline for applying is May 31st, 2019.


Consortium Co-Chairs

Alexandre Graeml, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Brazil (alexandre.graeml@gmail.com)

Fred Niederman, Saint Louis University, USA (fred.niederman@slu.edu)

Faculty Advisors

Ann-Frances Cameron, HEC Montreal, Canada (ann-frances.cameron@hec.ca)

Macedonio Alanis, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico (alanis@tec.mx)


  AMCIS 2019 MIS Mid-Career Camp Agenda
7:15 – 7:45 am Continental breakfast and registration
7:45 – 8:00 am Opening Session – Introductions and preparations for the day – round robin – introduce all participants
8:00 – 08:15 am Planning/Replanning Your Career Balancing Work and Personal Life  – What can you leave behind, what can you catch up, how to recalibrate
8:15 – 9:00 am Small group discussions and reporting
9:00 – 9:15 am Building a service portfolio – developing a service portfolio between department, school, community, discipline – adjusting to the local environment while choosing alternatives that reinforce larger goals
9:15 – 10:00 am Small group discussions and reporting
10:00 – 10:30 am Networking break
10:30 – 10:45 pm Staying Current in a Turbulent Environment (Technology, Research, Teaching) – Staying up with changes in the field – incremental and possibly disruptive – to not become a fossil!
10:45 – 11:30 Small group discussions and reporting
11:30 – 12:00 Wrap up