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2018 AECT Early Career Symposium


Research & Theory Division Professional Development Program
2018 AECT Early Career Symposium

What is it?
AECT’s Research and Theory Division will be hosting the 2018 Early Career Symposium, generously sponsored by AECT. The symposium will be held at the annual AECT International Convention on Tuesday, October 23 (half day) and Wednesday, October 24 (half day), 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri. The symposium will engage participants in two half days of focused career mentoring and networking. 

Selected attendees will be assigned with one mentor and network with other attendees. Participants can attend all sessions of the symposium for free, including two lunches.
The symposium will reimburse each participant convention registration fee ($240 for graduate students, $395 for faculty).

The intended outcomes of the Early Career Symposium include:
  • mentoring of early career faculty and advanced doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in idea-making,
  • supporting early career faculty and advanced doctoral students in developing viable technology-oriented 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);
  • Expanding and strengthening the cyberlearning community by 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.
The Symposium includes a pre-symposium webinar focused on funding and proposal writing followed by two half-days as part of the AECT Annual Meeting. On the first day, the mentors will work with their primary team of participants (3 participants per mentor) for much of the day. Participants in the symposium will be asked to identify a project to work on in consultation with their mentors over the following year. Participants will put together a proposal for the 2019 AECT Convention about their experiences at the Early Career Symposium and subsequent mentoring activities. 

Our model for the Early Career Symposium relies on five groups of people working together to create a supportive community. Participants will be assigned to one of five mentors. Each of these mentors is a mid-career faculty member who has a strong record of scholarship and grant activity. 


Early Career Faculty Participants
Ten 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. Two early career faculty will be assigned to each mentor. 

Advanced Doctoral Students
Five advanced doctoral student applicants will be selected through a competitive application process. Students should be in the final stages of completing their degree. Preference will be given to students who are nearing completion and whose research agendas align to the technology in teaching and learning focus of the Symposium. Each doctoral student will be assigned to a mentor. 

Lunch for both days will be provided as part of the Symposium to offer an opportunity for unstructured conversation among all participants. Given that one of our desired outcomes is the development of a community of researchers, providing opportunities for that community to develop is a critical aspect of the experience. 


Expectation
Participants will be expected to:
  • Attend an online pre-symposium webinar
  • Attend AECT 2018 Early Career Symposium and Annual Meeting
  • Submit a proposal for the 2019 AECT Convention about their experiences at the Early Career Symposium and subsequent mentoring activities.
Eligibility
  • Applicants must be AECT Members in good standing
  • Applicants must have not participated in a previous year’s symposium
  • Applicants must be current faculty (within first five years of career) or graduate students (within one year of finishing doctoral degree)
  • Applicants will be selected based upon their strength of argument for participation. Additionally, the Symposium board seeks to accept a diverse group of scholars representing the entirety of the membership of AECT.
Application
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 and AECT community as a whole (letter should be limited to a single page).
  • Updated Curriculum Vita
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 and AECT community as a whole (letter should be limited to a single page)
  • Updated Curriculum Vita 
  • Statement supporting participation from dissertation advisor (limit to one paragraph)
Deadline:
All applicants are due July 31, 2018. The cover letter and vita must be emailed as an attachment to Feng-Ru Sheu (fsheu@kent.edu) All materials must be submitted electronically.

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