Saunders’ Get Published! Workshop Accomplishes Its Mission

Posted: Saturday, July 29th 2017 at 2:46 PM

Changes in AACSB guidelines place greater emphasis on non-tenure track faculty producing scholarly contributions. FCB Dean Craig Van Slyke and research mentor, Dr. Carol Saunders decided to proactively make a difference in this arena. Saunders structured a workshop called Get Published!, presented July 17–21, 2017, focused on helping faculty shift from Instructional Practitioner to Scholarly Practitioner and put them on the road to making impactful scholarly contributions.

Twenty-one faculty, both tenured and non-tenured, from eight institutions participated in the 4 and ½ day workshop. Publications explored included discussion (teaching) cases as well as publications in pedagogical and practitioner journals. The workshop was highly interactive and drew from the rich experiences of the participants such as Len Hostetter who shared his publication journey since his arrival at the FCB two years ago. Time was allocated for individual coaching sessions with the workshop facilitators, Saunders, Van Slyke, and Dr. Janis Gogan.

Saunders served as lead instructor. She has been recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Information Systems and Management disciplines, was the editor-in-chief of the top-ranked Information Systems journal, has published in premier Information Systems, Management, Communication, and Computer Science journals, and is the vice president of Publications for the Association of Information Systems.

Gogan taught the case component. She has conducted case research on strategic IT management in healthcare, InfoSec preparation and response, and other topics. Gogan is past president of NACRA (North American Case Research Association; www.nacra.net); co-chaired the ICIS 2016 Practice-Based Research Track; and is AMCIS 2017 Conference co-chair (https://amcis2017.aisnet.org).

Van Slyke served as a facilitator and brought a strong background in publishing to the workshop discourse. He has co-authored three textbooks and has published prolifically in pedagogical, practitioner and academic journals. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Information Systems Education and held leadership positions in AIS SIG:ED and the Southern Association for Information Systems.

The workshop also covered the publishing cycle of journal papers with especial emphasis on planning the research projects, preparing manuscripts, finding homes for the manuscripts, working with co-authors, and navigating manuscripts through the revision (editorial) process.

Even though the workshop was brief, the feedback was strong.

“…let me thank you for a wonderful week. I really enjoyed both the content of the workshop but just as important, the opportunity to further develop my academic network. AND I had fun during the process.  I left really energized about my future in teaching and research. It was also very apparent that both of you have a real passion for mentoring newer faculty in their publishing efforts.” –Fred Farley, Alfred University, New York

“Thank you very much for an excellent workshop, your excellent hospitality and a most wonderful week, taking the time to speak with me about my background and interests and figuring out how to mentor me and guide me to a good path forward! I learned a great deal, and am very excited about diving into the literature you recommend.” –David Lanter, Temple University

“Breaking down more tacit knowledge on topics such as how to find literature and to structure research (e.g., the introduction) into more explicit knowledge, is a very helpful timesaver, especially in the context that those of us with full teaching loads often have to scrounge for 30 minute blocks of time to work on our research.”

“I came with some minor successes at publishing, and some understanding of how to publish. I’m leaving with a much better idea of how to structure my time and leverage my research to greater effect. Mission accomplished!” –Bryan Hudgens, Naval Postgraduate School

Saunders also offered value beyond the workshop with advice to be delivered in a Skype-style interchange with faculty. Farley is taking her up on the offer.

“I think it would be great to have you join our discussion with the faculty. There are several others who need to increase their publications,” said Farley.

While Saunders felt the workshop was a success based on feedback, she also knows the true test of accomplishing her mission will come in the year ahead to see if her attendees do, indeed, get published!



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