The early career development program will be launched in Spring 2020, incorporating a capstone event held annually, linked closely to established Special Interest Groups (SIGs), is a cornerstone of the IAM strategy. The program is chaired by the Vice-Chair of the IAM.
The Strategy, Work Employment and Organisation (WEO) and Teaching & Learning (T&L) SIGs are embedded in a Professional Development Network (PDN) with a wider remit that includes professional network and early career development.
The capstone ‘Professional Development Networking Event’ held in the spring of each year, in complement to the autumn Annual Conference has a strong regional and outward-facing dimension. These network events reflect the strategic priorities of the IAM and are significantly supported by the IAM, while also seeking support from HEIs.
The goal is to hold this network event in an alternate HEI location to where that year’s annual conference is held to encourage all Island engagement with the academy.
Network events have a different focus to the Annual Conference and an extended target audience and group of contributors. An underlying objective is to enhance engagement with the Technological University/ Institute of Technology sector. The following features are offered as best geared to defining the focus of network events and aligning these with the strategic priorities of the IAM:
- Focus on major national & societal issues and adopt an explicitly ‘outward-facing’ posture.
- Engage core academic research and knowledge around these issues.
- Seek to promote public engagement, dialogue and salience through the involvement of contributions from business journalists and the policy community, as well as academics.
- Target contributions from mid-career academics and scholars not currently active in the IAM.
- Include an early-career session or focus to build interest in significant national challenges and the contribution that scholarly research can make to these.