PDW Call for Proposals

2014 CAR Division Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals

We invite proposals for fun, dynamic, and engaging Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) at the 2014 annual meeting in Philadelphia. The PDW sessions will be held on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 between 8 AM and 8 PM. As the division that represents the AOM's center of career expertise, the CAR Division encourages proposals intended to support the career development and success of Academy members at all career stages, within and outside of the CAR division, and in traditional academic career paths as well as non-traditional career pursuits outside of academia. PDW submissions that focus on building the human and/or social capital of attendees are particularly encouraged.


Suggested topics for PDWs include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Strategies for developing research and getting published
  • Incorporating career concepts into teaching; interactive demonstration of career tools
  • Applying career development and coaching concepts (e.g., mindfulness, self-leadership, personal marketing, establishing research collaborations, adaptability, managing diversity, work-life integration strategies)
  • Cutting edge research and/or teaching methods
  • Research incubators
  • Making career changes, navigating international careers, and crafting nontraditional career paths
  • Mentoring and networking
  • Success strategies in career transitions (e.g., related to aging and retirement, economic adversity, unexpected events, multiple career changes).


We encourage PDW proposals that feature:

  • Meeting people: high quality networking & discussion opportunities
  • Expert speakers with valuable knowledge to share
  • Real world applications, including actionable advice
  • Feedback on research papers / assistance with personal research challenges
  • Personal experiences: stories of dealing with career challenges
  • Fun!


For 2014, submissions that relate to the conference theme "The Power of Words" are especially welcome. For example: What are the roles of digital media in shaping careers at various stages of the life course? How may social media help define or re-define career success in general or for specific types of careers? What are the processes through which various word-carrying technologies may exacerbate or alleviate inequalities in career success? How may digital media enhance or detract the effectiveness of career enhancing strategies (e.g. mentoring, networking)? What is the role of management educators and scholars in helping our graduates to become savvy communicators? These are just some career-related questions that can serve as inspiration for PDW submissions.


While the conference theme and suggestions provided above offer some guidelines, we would like to create a range of PDWs that are innovative, inspirational and provide meaningful connections among workshop participants. Proposals that pioneer new or alternative themes and formats are therefore also welcome.


If you would like further information, want to discuss a potential submission, or would like to be put in touch with other potential contributors, please contact Corinne Post, the PDW chair for the Careers Division. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM ET, NY Time, (earlier submissions are strongly encouraged; the submission system opens in early November. All submissions must be sent via the AOM submissions system, http://aom.org/annualmeeting/submission/

We look forward to receiving your exciting ideas for the Careers Division PDW program of 2014!

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