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Call for PNP Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Proposals

  • 1.  Call for PNP Professional Development Workshop (PDW) Proposals

    Posted 12-07-2021 14:05
    Hi PNP members,

    The Public and Nonprofit Division (PNP) invites creative Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposals that are interactive, innovative, and which enhance the skills of public and nonprofit scholars and practitioners. Submitters may want to develop workshops that relate to the 2022 conference theme of "Creating A Better World Together." See the call and below.

    Both PDW and Scholarly sessions may take place any day during the Annual Meeting, Friday, August 5 – Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

    We are particularly interested in PDW proposals focused on any of the following aims:
    • Succeeding in the retention, promotion, and tenure process
    • Publishing research
    • Developing research technical skills
    • Collaborating with practitioners on research projects
    • Writing grants and pursuing funding
    • Communicating research findings to the practitioner community
    • Innovating the practice of teaching
    • Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

    We especially welcome PDW workshops that leverage the unique nature of the Academy of Management meetings to enhance communication between Public and Nonprofit Division researchers and the broader community of management scholars. Proposals that are likely to engage scholars from other divisions in topics of interest to public and nonprofit scholars and create the capacity for multi or interdisciplinary methods or understandings will be given priority.

    The preferences notwithstanding, we will duly consider all proposals that seek to enhance the professional development of the Public and Nonprofit Division's members.

    PDWs provide the opportunity to experiment with new models and ideas for sessions that do not fit within the confines of the regular program. However, submitters should take care not to create proposals for PDWs that would be more appropriate in other conference formats such as panel sessions, symposia, and caucuses. If the primary purpose of your proposal is to gather scholars for a discussion or to present theories, ideas, or concepts, a PDW is probably not the appropriate forum.

    Below are some questions to consider in proposing a PDW:
    • Does the workshop offer a high quality and high-level learning experience that has a significant positive impact on the professional development of the participants?
    • Does the workshop provide participants with a clear "take away"? (e.g. learn new skill; develop a new research plan)
    • Does the workshop have a theme and a group of participants that will draw a strong audience regardless of competing sessions or scheduling restrictions?
    • Does the workshop encourage multi-way conversation and interaction among participants from multiple divisions, disciplines, regions, career stages, or demographic backgrounds?
    • Is the workshop creative and innovative?

    Proposal Guidelines

    In your PDW proposal, please include the following sections:
    1. Professional development objective: What skill, work product, or actionable plan will participants develop during the workshop?
    2. Relevance or importance: Why is development of this skill, work product, or plan important to PNP scholars/teachers? Why do you believe this workshop will draw a strong audience regardless of competing sessions or scheduling restrictions? Will it draw participants from outside the division?
    3. Relationship to Conference Theme (if applicable): If relevant, please indicate how your proposal relates to this year's Academy theme.
    4. Structure and Audience Engagement: How will the audience engage in interactive activity during this workshop? Please demonstrate why you believe this approach is pedagogically sound. In what ways will the proposed workshop encourage participation from a broad audience (or why is it appropriate to focus on a narrower audience, if applicable)? How much time is needed and how will it be used?
    5. Key Biographies: Provide short biographies (~125 words) of organizers and presenters.
    The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 17:00 (5pm) ET (NY Time). Please submit your PDW proposals through the electronic system. Only those submitted through the AOM's Submission Center will be accepted.

    The Submission Center is open and proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. There is limited space on the PDW program, so acceptance of proposals is competitive.

    Please contact PNP's PDW Chair, Jaclyn Piatak at if you have any questions.

    Jaclyn Piatak
    Associate Professor
    UNC Charlotte
    Charlotte NC