INFORMS Combined Colloquia 2015

The 2015 INFORMS Combined Colloquia will be held Oct. 29-30, the Friday and Saturday preceding the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The Combined Colloquia will feature the newly improved:

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

As in the past, INFORMS’ educational committees will provide students and faculty with a special set of programs geared to improving their skills and planning the first step in a post-doctoral career. After receiving valuable feedback from past participants, INFORMS redesigned the colloquia to provide better programs for doctoral students and new faculty.

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

The 2015 Doctoral Student Colloquium, aimed at doctoral students who are two to three years from graduation, is designed to help students: (1) determine their next career steps, (2) choose between an academic and a practitioner job path, and (3) provide information on a successful career in the academy, industry or government. The merged colloquium replaces the earlier Future Academician and Future Practitioner Colloquia. They were merged to provide doctoral candidates with future career choices earlier than their last year of Ph.D. study.

Introduced last year, the New Faculty Colloquium was 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 2015 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. Oct. 29 with a welcome dinner for all participants, and continue all day Oct. 30 with several sessions.

Last year’s improved colloquia application and pricing systems made it easier than before to apply.

The deadline for all nomination packages is July 30. For information about nomination requirements, registration and fees, visit:

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