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Early Career Teachers’ Network Workshop

November 6-7, 2020

Deadline to apply: August 21

Introducing the INFORMS Early Career Teachers’ Network (ECTN) Master Teacher Mentoring Program

The INFORMS Committee on Teaching and Learning (CTL) is proud to announce the INFORMS Early Career Teachers’ Network (ECTN) Master Teacher Mentoring Program. The goal of ECTN is to develop master OR/MS/Analytics teachers. There are two components to the ECTN:

  1. ECTN Workshop
    The ECTN Workshop is a pre-conference workshop prior to the INFORMS Annual Meeting. This year’s ECTN Workshop will be held virtually on Friday evening and Saturday, November 6-7, 2020. During the ECTN Workshop participants will meet their fellow ECTN participants to begin forming an ECTN community and learn the basics of constructing high-quality learning experiences for students. Workshop participants will also be introduced to their ECTN mentors to kickstart the mentoring process.
  2. ECTN
    Each ECTN participant will be paired with an INFORMS member mentor that has spent considerable time in a teaching-stream position. For the purposes of the ECTN program, a “teaching-stream position” will be either of the following:
    • A teaching-focused position at a research university
    • A position at a university that has historically focused on teaching

    The ECTN participant will work with his/her ECTN mentor on one or more teaching projects (creating a new course, publishing an OR/MS/Analytics case study, etc.) while the mentor provides the participant with feedback and suggestions to improve the participant’s teaching. ECTN participants and mentors will meet virtually as a group one or possibly several times a year. By applying to the ECTN program, potential ECTN participants, if selected for the program, are committing to assist in the organization of and attend next year’s (2021) ECTN Workshop.

ECTN is currently accepting applications from potential participants (mentees) and mentors. ECTN participants, as part of the selection process, will be paired with an ECTN INFORMS member mentee from a different institution.

ECTN Program Goals

  1. Produce master OR/MS/Analytics teachers
  2. Increase the chance that ECTN participants in tenure track teaching-stream roles achieve tenure

Program Requirements


  1. Currently in the last two years of PhD program and plans to focus on a teaching stream career or received a PhD within the last three years and has accepted or holds a teaching stream position
  2. Nominated by department
  3. CV
  4. Teaching statement
  5. Letter of interest
  6. Commitment to attend ECTN Workshop for a minimum of two years
  7. Commitment to help organize ECTN Workshop in Year 2
  8. Propose a project (case study, development of a new course, etc.) on which the participant would like to focus during his/her participation in the ECTN mentoring program as a mentee


  1. 5+ years in a OR/MS/Analytics teaching-stream role
  2. Demonstrated commitment to OR/MS/Analytics teaching
  3. Demonstrated commitment to INFORMS
  4. Commitment to serve as an ECTN mentor for a minimum of 3 years
  5. Commitment to attend ECTN Workshop for those three years

Questions? Want to apply?

Email Neil Desnoyers, CTL Chair, by August 21, 2020.