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2017 Early Career Symposium

AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2017 Early Career Symposium this year sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held as a half day online conference October 28th and at the annual AECT International Convention on Tuesday, November 7 (half day 1-6 PM starting with lunch) and Wednesday, November 8 (half day, 7:30AM – noon, ending with lunch together with the AECT Board), 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. The symposium will thus engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.

The symposium will reimburse Early Career faculty and Advanced Graduate Students with the conference fee ($395 for Early Career Faculty and $240 for Advanced Graduate Students). Reimbursements are pending submission of receipts after the symposium.

The intended outcomes of the Early Career Symposium include:

  • Mentoring of doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in ideation, prototyping, idea execution, and knowledge curation;
  • Supporting early-career faculty and doctoral students in developing viable short- and long-term cyberlearning research agendas;
  • Providing specific feedback and guidance to early-career faculty and doctoral students about their research agendas (e.g. how to build a research agenda, pursue funding, and maintain successful collaborations);
  • Creating a community of researchers committed to designing the next generation of learning technologies and increasing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments.

Pre-Symposium Activities
Prior to the conference, mentees and their assigned primary mentors will share information, such as affiliations, research interests, and so on. In addition, every mentee will be asked to share with the mentor (a) his/her research statement, and (b) a manuscript or grant proposal that he/she is currently working on. Mentors will review the mentees’ work and be prepared to provide specific, in-depth feedback on their work throughout the symposium.
Symposium Events
The Symposium will occur over a day and a half as part of the 2017 AECT Annual Conference on October 28th, November 7 and 8. On the first day, October 28th, in an online session, Dr. Tandra Tyler-Wood, from University of North Texas, with longtime experience from grant writing and as an NSF proposal reviewer, will present to the group on the topic of “Differences between NSF, NIH, and the Department of Education Grants.” After the presentation, mentors will work with their primary team of participants (2 participants per mentor) to follow up on the themes addressed in the panel discussion and further get to know their mentees and their goals in preparation for meeting in person at AECT. The 2 half-days at AECT, November 7 and 8, will further include presentations and mentor/mentee discussions. The goal is to allow each participant the opportunity to benefit from all of the mentors and speakers experiences. .
Early Career Faculty Participants
Five early career faculty applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. The symposium is focused on faculty members who have received their terminal degree in the last five years. Preference will be given to those faculty members who are not at research-intensive schools as they typically have fewer opportunities for mentoring at their home institutions than faculty in research-intensive positions. The applicants agree to attend the entire symposium (October 28 online and November 7-8 onsite in Jacksonville).

Doctoral Graduate Students
Five advanced doctoral student applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. Preference will be given to students who are nearing completion and whose research agendas align with the focus of the Symposium: Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies. Although this program is geared toward doctoral students nearing completion of their degree, all graduate students are encouraged to apply. The applicants agree to attend the entire symposium (October 28 online and November 7-8 onsite in Jacksonville).

  • Applicants must be AECT Members in good standing
  • Applicants must have not participated in a previous Early Career Symposia
  • Applicants must be current faculty (within first five years of career) or doctoral graduate students
  • Applicants will be selected based upon their strength of argument for participation. Additionally, the Review Panel seeks to accept a diverse group of scholars representing the entirety of the membership of AECT.
  • The applicant's agreement to attend the entire symposium (October 28 online and November 7-8 onsite in Jacksonville).

All applicants are due on August 1 (Monday), 2017. All materials must be submitted electronically through email to Dr. Jenny S Wakefield at jwakefield@dcccd.edu. All applicants will be notified of the selection decision by August 22nd (Monday), 2017.

Early Career Faculty applicants should submit: 
  • Cover letter providing a career statement as well as discussing why they would like to attend the Early Career Symposium, how they are qualified and how it would benefit their careers (letter should be limited to a single page).
  • Updated Curriculum Vita
Doctoral Graduate Student applicants should submit:
  • Cover Letter discussing career goals, including description of dissertation and progress toward completion. The cover letter should also discuss how they are qualified for the Early Career Symposium and how it would benefit their careers (letter should be limited to a single page)
  • Updated Curriculum Vita
  • Statement supporting participation from dissertation advisor (limit to one paragraph)