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Managing the Academic Career for Women Faculty in Undergraduate Computing Programs


Sponsored by
Computing Research Association Committee
on the Status of Women in
Computing Research (CRA-W)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Co-located with SIGCSE 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri

Agenda: CMW-E Career Mentoring Workshop



 Women in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) face particular challenges in pursuing and maintaining academic careers at primarily undergraduate academic institutions.  Women academicians in CSE typically have few female colleagues to provide critical information about the culture and content required for successful academic careers.

Women are significantly underrepresented at all levels of the academic Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) pipeline.  This scarcity of senior women, who provide the role models, teachers, and mentors that female students need if they are to see careers in CSE as viable and that male students need if they are to develop appropriately balanced views of female colleagues is of particular concern.  As computing technology becomes increasingly pervasive, the under-representation of women translates a loss of opportunity for individuals, a loss of talent to the Information Technology (IT) workforce, and a devastating loss of creativity in shaping the future of society.

To help this situation, the Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) will sponsor a career/mentoring workshop titled “Managing the Academic Career for Women Faculty in Undergraduate Computing Programs”.  The day-long workshop, to be held on Wednesday, March 4 will be co-located with the SIGCSE 2015 conference in Kansas City.

The goal of the workshop is to provide critical mentoring information for women at all career levels in undergraduate teaching.  The target audiences of the workshop are pre-tenure faculty and graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering who are interested in an academic career.

Tentative topics will include:  Mentoring, Teaching Strategies, Getting Started with Research / Finding Funding / Research with Undergraduates, Promotion and Tenure, Time Management, Balancing strategies for coordinating teaching, research, service activities.

Workshop participants must commit to attending the complete workshop on March 4 from 8am-5pm, and are encouraged to attend all of the SIGCSE 2015 conference.

For more information about the workshop, contact Susan Rodger ( or Sheila Castaneda (

The workshop is by invitation only

after completing and submitting the following application. 

Application to Attend Workshop


Applicants should fill out the online application form that will ask questions about the following:

  1. Name
  2. Position (instructor, assistant professor, graduate student, etc.)
  3. Academic institution, address
  4. Email address
  5. Dates of any previous CRA-sponsored workshops on Academic Careers for Women
  6. To apply for financial support include detailed information about:

·   Estimated cost of attending the Workshop

·   Estimated cost of also attending the SIGCSE 2015 conference

·   Maximum funding support you will be able to receive from your home institution or other grants to attend the workshop and/or the SIGCSE conference

  1. Number of days that you will stay and attend the SIGCSE 2015 conference
  2. Two to three paragraphs explaining what you see as the benefits of attending this workshop for both yourself and your institution.  In particular, please address the workshop's goal of advancing career development for women in academics, specifically related to undergraduate education.



Selection Criteria to Attend Workshop

The three main criteria used to determine who will be awarded financial support to attend the workshop are:

1.      Applicant's contribution to the workshop's goal of advancing career development for women in academics, specifically related to undergraduate education.

2.      Financial need of applicant.

3.      Maximizing the number of participants at the workshop.

Two secondary criteria include

4.      Applicant has not attended one of these kinds of workshops in the past five years.

5.      Applicant would be able to stay and attend all of SIGCSE 2015.

Financial support will cover expenses, up to a maximum of $1000 for faculty and $800 for graduate students related to

·         travel (airfare and ground transportation)

·         Managing the Academic Career workshop registration

·         hotel accommodations

·         SIGCSE 2015 registration

·         NOTE:  other SIGCSE workshops will NOT be funded


NOTE:  To maximize the number of participants, graduate students are strongly encouraged to receive free SIGCSE registration by volunteering to help with the conference.  Additionally, participants are encouraged to use the roommate finding tool to help defray accommodation expenses.  More information about these opportunities will be available on the SIGCSE website.


Previous CMW-E workshops were:


  • 2013: March 6, 2013 in Denver, Colorado in association with SIGCSE 2013. Click here for slides.
  • 2011: March 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas in association with SIGCSE 2011. Click here for the slides.
  • 2009: March 4, 2009 in Chattanooga, TN in association with SIGCSE 2009. Click here for the slides. 
  • 2007: March 7, 2007 in Covington, Kentucky in association with SIGCSE 2007.
  • 2005: Februrary 23, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri in association with SIGCSE 2005.
  • 2002: February 25, 2002 in Covington, Kentucky in association with SIGCSE 2002.