INFORMS’ educational committees once again provide students and faculty with a special set of programs geared to improving your skills and planning the first step in your postdoctoral career. This year, after receiving valuable feedback from past participants, INFORMS redesigned the colloquia to provide better programs for doctoral students and new faculty.

The 2014 INFORMS Combined Colloquia will be held on Nov. 7-8, the Friday and Saturday preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This Combined Colloquia will feature the newly improved:

  • Doctoral Student Colloquium (DSC)
  • New Faculty Colloquium (FPC)
  • Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium (TEC)

All the colloquia are sponsored by INFORMS, INFORM-ED, the INFORMS Student Affairs Committee and Omega Rho, and are designed to provide the attendees with technical material, career experiences from senior and junior OR/MS professionals, and an environment for networking.

The 2014 Doctoral Student Colloquium is organized for current doctoral students who are two to three years from graduation and want to determine their next career steps, choose between an academic and a practitioner job path, and seek information on a successful career in the academy, industry or government. This merged colloquium replaces the earlier Future Academician and Future Practitioner Colloquia. They were merged because most attendees were interested in learning about both topics and finding out about them earlier than their last year of Ph.D. study.

Just introduced, the 2014 New Faculty Colloquium has been created to guide faculty who are in their first or second year and want guidance about what’s needed to become a successful academic.

The 2014 Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium will help new and seasoned faculty assess and apply effective teaching techniques in undergraduate and graduate curricula. 

The colloquia begin at 6 p.m., Nov. 7 with a welcome dinner for all participants and continue all day Saturday with several sessions. 

Improved colloquia application and pricing systems make it easier than before to apply.

The deadline for all nomination packages is July 30. Make sure to view information about nomination requirements, registration and fees at

Matthew Bailey ( chairs the Combined Colloquia Committee, joined by Eric Huggins, Archis Gate and Halit Uster.