Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year; we hope you are energized to begin another year with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance (AA). Please peruse this NCWIT AA newsletter to get updates on opportunities available to you and other news you will want to know.
While membership in the AA is free for non-profit institutions, it requires the participation of individuals. If you have been wondering how you can be more involved in our community, simply click the unique survey link that was sent to you on August 17, 2018 (with a reminder sent September 6, 2018) from Kimberly.Kalahar@colorado.edu to see what opportunities might best suit your skills. Thank you in advance for your help, and we look forward to your response by September 17, 2018!
We hope that you find your membership in NCWIT beneficial to both you and your institution. NCWIT has several award opportunities currently open to our members. Consider submitting a short nomination or proposal for at least one of these opportunities or passing along the information to the relevant person(s) or groups.
Extension Services (ES) Learning Circles are a new approach to consulting with computing departments as they develop and implement systemic initiatives for increasing the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in their programs. Learning Circles, composed of departmental Change Leader teams, meet via online conferences with the goal of each department creating its own customized strategic recruitment and retention plan. Each Learning Circle works with an ES consultant, former ES clients who serve as guides, and ES Core Team members throughout a 12-month period. Learning Circles are based on the successful ES intervention model and utilizes ES evidence-based strategies and resources.
In addition to the community created through Learning Circles, participating departments receive:
a $10,000 gift to support recruitment and retention initiatives
travel funds for two team representatives to attend the annual NCWIT Summit
eligibility to apply for the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards
If you are interested in learning more about Extension Services Learning Circles, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, October 12, 2018. New Learning Circles will kick off in early 2019.
This year, for 2018-19 applications, there are three Seed Fund tracks that are each available in one application, in hopes of making the submission process easier for our members. All Seed Fund proposals are due October 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
1) Surging Enrollments
The “Surging Enrollments” Track must use research-based approaches, but specifically focus on strategies to recruit and retain women in computing during conditions of enrollment surges. Both you and your U.S. institution need to be a member, as listed here, no later than October 28, 2018. Not a member? Membership is free and can be accomplished by completing this simple form.
2) Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
The “Microsoft Research Faculty Summit” Track must also use research-based approaches, but is for those who attended the 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit (MRFS) and are focusing their efforts around broadening participation in the 2018 MRFS theme: systems and networking research. You do not need to be a member of NCWIT to apply (although, we would love to have you join), nor do you not need to be U.S.-based to apply to this track.
The “General” Track focuses on broadening participation in computing via research- and evidence-based approaches. Both you and your U.S. institution need to be a member, as listed here, no later than October 28, 2018. Not a member? Membership is free and can be accomplished by completing this simple form.
Read about previous recipients online, including those from 2018 (who are also included in this newsletter). To date, these 59 member organizations have received a total of $665,450 to grow their technology-related outreach programs. A huge thanks to Microsoft Research and other generous sponsors for their support of the Seed Fund.
The 2018-2019 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (sponsored by AT&T) recognizes representatives of non-profit, U.S. institutions of the AA for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields. Any faculty member of an AA non-profit U.S. institution is eligible. Each recipient’s institution receives a $5,000 gift to support the recipient’s research.
Submit a short nomination form at www.ncwit.org/19URM_application by 11:59 p.m. MDT on October 28, 2018. You can nominate a colleague or yourself (a self-nomination is perfectly acceptable), and you can nominate more than one person. Recipients will be notified in March 2019. To learn more about this award, visit www.ncwit.org/urmaward. And, read about previous recipients online, including the 2018 recipients (who are also listed in this newsletter).
The NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring (sponsored by the NCWIT Board of Directors) recognizes an Academic Alliance member at a non-profit, U.S. institution who combines outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields. The recipient’s institution will receive a $5,000 gift from NCWIT, and the recipient will be reimbursed for his or here travel to the May 2019 NCWIT Summit.
The process for 2018-2019 has changed and now requires the nominator to complete all of the nomination materials for the nominee. Find out more information at www.ncwit.org/harroldnotkin, and submit all materials by December 2, 2018 at www.ncwit.org/19HN_application. Learn about previous recipients online, including the 2018 recipient (who is also listed in this newsletter).
Once again, we are running a membership “Thank You” campaign to acknowledge your time and efforts, and to express our appreciation for your work towards the NCWIT mission. The best part? We will send your boss some of our resources and a letter of appreciation, thereby encouraging your boss to continue seeing the value of your extracurricular participation with NCWIT. Without passionate, change-leading member representatives, our efforts toward making the tech field more inclusive for all would not have nearly the same impact. Stay tuned for an email invitation to participate in the “Thank You” campaign in early October 2018.
Submit your Intro CS Course Materials NCWIT EngageCSEdu is a growing collection of high quality materials for introductory undergraduate computer science courses created by faculty across the country, and we would love to see your contributions! If you submit materials before January 15, 2019, and your materials are accepted, you will also be eligible for the NCWIT EngageCSEdu Engagement Excellence Award.
Join Our Reviewer Pool
The submission and review process works pretty much like a peer-reviewed journal: you can accept or decline any invitation to review. Both computer science educators and social/learning scientists are needed.
Find Inspiration for Your Introductory CS0, CS1, and CS2 Courses
While preparing your courses this fall, check out EngageCSEdu: a comprehensive, open source collection of introductory computer science course materials. All materials are peer-reviewed for quality and effective use of one or more Engagement Practices — proven teaching techniques that both improve instruction and retain students who have traditionally been underrepresented in computing.
NCWIT AspireIT connects high school and college women of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community with K-12 girls to teach programming and computational thinking fundamentals in fun, creative environments. Since 2013, NCWIT has gifted more than $800,000 to 300 programs, providing an estimated 240,000 instruction hours to nearly 8,000 girls in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can find out more at www.ncwit.org/aspireit.
The next round of grant applications open in February 2019, and key opportunities for you include:
Become an AspireIT Program Partner who works with Program Leaders (high school or college women of the AiC Community). This requires the non-profit entity to serve as the fiscal agent for the funds and provide mentoring to help the Program Leader be successful.
Review applications. We are always looking for folks to help us review the applications that are submitted for funding. It typically takes two to three hours of time, and you will be asked for your input on how the Program Leaders can strengthen their implementations.
If you are interested in either of the above opportunities, please email us at email@example.com. We will make sure you are added to the list to get all the details when those opportunities open.
New this year, we are adding NCWIT Communities of Practice (COP) to the Academic Alliance — a forum for you to communicate directly with and receive communications from peers who have also joined the COP. Once you have joined, you can opt out at any time. Currently, we have three communities available. If you are a member of the NCWIT AA, and this type of direct communication interests you, please sign up for each COP that you would like to join:
NCWIT Academic Alliance Group: This group provides a forum for all NCWIT Academic Alliance members to communicate directly with each other. Please opt in here to join this group.
NCWIT Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): This group allows AA MSI members and allies to communicate directly with each other. Please opt in here to join this group.
NCWIT Community College: This group allows AA Community College members and allies to communicate directly with each other. Please opt in here to join this group.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides technical girls and women with ongoing engagement, visibility, and encouragement for their computing-related interests and achievements from high school through college and into the workforce.
AiC offers opportunities for recognition and connection to women computing students at Academic Alliance member institutions. Here are six ways that YOU can attract and retain students in computing, leveraging NCWIT AiC:
Encourage your women students to join the AiC Community of more than 11,500 technical women, an expansive network of peers and volunteers who mitigate isolation and provide access to hundreds of opportunities. ALL of your undergraduate or graduate women students majoring and minoring in computing-related fields are eligible!
Promote the NCWIT Collegiate Award. ALL of your undergraduate and graduate women students majoring or minoring in computing-related fields are eligible to apply, and applications for 2019 are now open! Recipients receive up to $10,000 in cash, a trip to the NCWIT Summit and other great prizes!
Volunteer to review applications. You can be inspired by today’s women in technology and their educators by reviewing applications for the awards described above. Your knowledge and expertise are greatly needed and valued!
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, with additional support from Bloomberg, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
NCWIT Co-Founder and CEO Lucy Sanders, NCWIT Director of Research Catherine Ashcraft, and representatives from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) and the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) will present “Avoid Common Pitfalls and Make Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Count!” — on Wednesday, September 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the MMQ Texan Ballroom G.
We will also staff Booth #8204 at the Career Fair. Please stop by to say hello, pick up some resources and swag, and to hear about NCWIT opportunities to support your change-leading efforts.
The NCWIT Academic Alliance now has more than 500 member organizations with more than 2,000 individuals representing them. You can find them all listed alphabetically here. Take a look at your listing, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any updates made.
See a map of where AA member organization can be found here, and find your neighbors!
Have you ever achieved a goal you didn’t set first? Do you want to see what other members are doing and share cool things you have done with your peers? Do you want to collaborate with them on papers and at conferences? We created the Activity and Change Tracker (ACT tool) to help with all that and more, and now all we need to do is have you use it! NCWIT has committed to NSF that our members will state their goals, so please submit and/or update yours.
Interested in evaluating your recruitment and retention efforts? Want to see how your data compares to IPEDS, Taulbee, and other AA members in longitudinal trend charts? Submit your data to the NCWIT Tracking Tool, and you will be able to visualize all this — and, you will help NCWIT at the same time!
NCWIT needs all Academic Alliance members to enter or update their enrollment data in the NCWIT Tracking Tool. This data is essential for NCWIT reporting to NSF, for our continuation of funding, and for evaluating our support of your efforts. Please take a few moments today to check out our information sheet and webpage, and make a plan for collecting this data with the help of your department staff or Institutional Research unit on campus. Thank you for your assistance with this important process; we deeply value your commitment toward our mission of increasing the meaningful participation of women in technology.
NCWIT social scientists are currently forming an Academic Alliance project team focused on creating relevant NCWIT resources specifically for the AA. If you are interested in helping on this team, be sure to respond to the AA survey that was sent on August 17, 2018.
Working on projects of your own? We know you do not have the bandwidth to research diversity issues, yet you want to include them in your papers. Luckily, our social scientists have done a lot of this work already, and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Do not hesitate to use NCWIT resources to support your writing, and please give us credit when possible. We track all mentions in academic publications, and it helps us with future funding requests.
We are seeking AA members who are interested in working in a collaborative way to explore the following topics, generate ideas, and produce new materials with the support of NCWIT and its member organizations. If you are interested in joining a working group around one or more of these themes, please complete this form:
cultivating best practices for professional development
resources for PK-8
All AA members who are interested in learning what our K-12 Alliance member organizations are doing (and how to connect and collaborate with K-12 members) are invited to join quarterly NCWIT K-12 Huddles. If you would like to receive an invite, please RSVP here.
Thanks to many of you for your timely feedback on the 2018 NCWIT Summit evaluation. We are already using it for our 2019 NCWIT Summit planning! If you would like to help plan the 2019 Summit AA meeting be sure to respond to the AA survey sent on August 17, 2018.
We enjoyed seeing more than 200 of our members at the NCWIT Summit AA meeting; we missed those of you who were not able to join and hope to see you at the 2019 Summit. Below is a wrap-up of what we covered.
The Summit kicked off with Alliance meetings, so members were able to catch up with peers they had not seen in a while, and new members were sure to meet others in our networking session. Members had lively discussions on recruiting, retention, surging enrollments, administration, diversity, and, of course, NCWIT.
The following morning, we started our day with Lightning Talks focused on intersectionality. We thank Brenda J. Allen (University of Colorado – Denver), April Browne (Butte College), Jason Black (Florida A&M), Phillip Conrad (University of California – Santa Barbara), and Sheila Tejada (University of Southern California) for their insightful and inspiring talks that sparked many stimulating discussions.
We then split off into nearly 20 birds-of-a-feather (BOF) discussions led by nearly 40 of our members. We talked about everything from community colleges to male allies to gender-inclusive software. Our members are certainly involved in more than just computing, and it is always interesting to hear different perspectives.
To view information from the entire 2018 NCWIT Summit (and stay tuned for 2019 NCWIT Summit updates), go here.
This year, Leen-Kiat Soh (University of Nebraska – Lincoln) joined Cheryl Calhoun (Santa Fe College) and Maureen Doyle (Northern Kentucky University) as a Co-chair of the AA. Robert Beck (Villanova University) rotated off as AA Co-chair. We thank Bob for all his help, and we are excited that he will continue to participate in the AA leadership through the AA Advisory Committee, which includes all previous AA Co-chairs. We look forward to working with Leen-Kiat in his new leadership role in the AA.
Left to right: Kim Kalahar, Leen-Kiat Soh, Cheryl Calhoun, Robert (Bob) Beck, Maureen Doyle
After we receive the AA Member Survey responses, we’ll have some new project teams and new faces on some of them. You should have received your unique survey link on August 17, and if you did not complete it, a reminder on September 6. We really count on our members to help us put ideas into action, so please look for the survey link from Kimberly.Kalahar@colorado.edu, and volunteer in one of the many areas where we need your assistance!
For the first time, we convened all current and former Academic Alliance Co-chairs who were able to attend the Summit, and we had a very productive three-hour working dinner focused on NCWIT strategies going forward. We are very fortunate to have these leaders working for you and us!
NCWIT Academic Alliance Advisory Board (AAAB) left to right: Cheryl Calhoun, Maureen Doyle, Margaret Burnett, Christine Alvarado, Kim Kalahar, Charlie McDowell, Bob Beck, Andrew Williams, Maureen Biggers, Leen-Kiat Soh
2017-2018 Co-chairs: Robert Beck (Villanova University), Cheryl Calhoun (Santa Fe College), Maureen Doyle (Northern Kentucky University)
2018 “General” Track Seed Fund recipients were notified in March 2018 and honored at the NCWIT Summit. (Get inspired, and submit your proposal for the 2019 awards by October 28, 2018; view details here.)
Johnson County Community College will establish a yearly training program to equip faculty, counselors, and college recruiters with effective practices for recruiting and retaining women and underrepresented minorities in computer science classes, with the goal of increasing women’s participation in the Computer Information Systems department by 10 percent over three years. Project Principal Investigator: Perla Weaver.
Oklahoma State University will create a two-week summer program to introduce middle school girls in the Native American community to STEM through engaging and relevant spatial design projects that incorporate Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 3D Printing applications. Recognizing that Native American women are among the most underrepresented groups in the tech industry, university faculty will partner with tribal representatives to create and model culturally responsive pedagogical practices. Project Principal Investigators: Tilanka Chandrasekera and Gina Peek.
University of New Hampshire will host a two-week residential “counselor-in-training” program to recruit and prepare high school women to become counselors in a program that introduces elementary school students to computing projects. This initiative supports ongoing efforts to increase girls’ participation in the elementary program by including more women role models with skills and interests in technology. Project Principal Investigator: Karen Jin.
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will develop a summer enrichment program in which mothers, daughters, and high school teachers work together to program a NAO robot. Since parents and teachers are often influential in young women’s college and career planning process, this program aims to empower both parents and teachers to support and encourage high school women’s interest in AP computer science offerings. Project Principal Investigators: Giti Javidi, Ehsan Sheybani, and Lila Rajabion.
2018 “Surging Enrollments” Track recipients were notified in February 2018 and honored at the NCWIT Summit. (You can submit your proposal to the “Surging Enrollments” Track of the 2019 AA Seed Fund by October 28, 2018; view details here.)
Colorado School of Mines will create a new program called Undergraduate Computing Leaders Invested in Mentoring Beginners (U-CLIMB), which will ease the burden on faculty by training intermediate-level undergraduates as near-peer mentors for students in first-year computing classes. Project Principal Investigators: Tracy Camp and Sharon Naylor.
Michigan Technological University will establish a new near-peer mentorship program in which enrolled students connect with accepted women applicants during their senior year of high school, answering their questions and giving them a sense of the campus community, so that they can feel more comfortable attending a college that is likely to be far from their home. Project Principal Investigators: Linda Ott and Allison Carter.
University of Central Florida will use a “four-pronged” approach to recruit and retain women students in computer science and information technology majors, including: expanding existing efforts to recruit women into the department by funding high school women to attend pre-college activities; offering peer mentoring for all first-year women students; redesigning several first-year classes that are commonly seen as “roadblocks”; and revamping minor offerings to provide additional pathways for women in other majors to become involved in computing and information technology. Project Principal Investigators: Melissa Dagley, Gary Leavens, and Damla Turgut.
University of Minnesota will develop an extracurricular Emerging Scholars program for women enrolled in CS1. The program will use a peer-led team learning approach, where students work in teams of six to eight to build problem-solving skills, while more advanced undergraduates provide support and guidance. Project Principal Investigators: Maria Gini and Shana Watters.
2017-2018 Project Co-Leaders: Carla Brodley (Northeastern University) and Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University)
2017-2018 Project Team Members: Rick Adrion (University of Massachusetts – Amherst), Nancy Amato (Texas A&M University – College Station), Elizabeth Belding (University of California – Santa Barbara), Duncan Buell (University of South Carolina – Columbia) and William Griswold (University of California – San Diego)
The 2018 Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award recipient is Maria Gini, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Gini is the fifth recipient of this award. She was honored at the 2018 NCWIT Summit, and you can read more about her in this NCWIT blog.
The Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award recognizes faculty members who have outstanding research accomplishments along with excellence in graduate mentoring, and who have served as advocates for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields. Recipients of this award have made an impact in diversity at both at the local and national levels.
(Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for this award? Be sure to complete the nomination information for a peer! The deadline to submit the nomination packet for the 2019 award is December 12, 2018; details can be found here.)
NCWIT Co-Founder Robert Schnabel presents the 2018 Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award to Maria Gini at the 2018 NCWIT Summit.
2017-2018 Project Co-Leaders: Anne Ngu (Texas State University – San Marcos); Fay Cobb Payton (North Carolina State University)
2017-2018 Co-Chair Liaison: Robert Beck (Villanova University)
Congratulations to the 2018 NCWIT URM Award recipients:
Dr. J. Jenny Li (Junior Faculty member at a BS or MS granting university): Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, Kean University. Dr. Li’s undergraduate research mentoring has led to the publication of 20 co-authored papers, and several of her women mentees transferred into a computer science major as a result of working with her. Dr. Li has mentored more than 70 students, of whom 40 percent are women and 60 percent belong to minority groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Dr. Gabriela Marcu (Junior Faculty member at a PhD granting university): Assistant Professor of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University. With Dr. Marcu’s encouragement, undergraduate research teams with little prior experience have designed technological interventions to help breast cancer survivors and people living with HIV take advantage of best practices for improved health. She actively facilitates undergraduate women’s participation at national and international conferences through poster presentations. Of her more than 30 mentees, 40 percent have gone on to graduate study in computing fields.
Dr. Zoë Wood (Senior Faculty member at a BS or MS granting university): Professor of Computer Science & Software Engineering in the College of Engineering, California Polytechnic State University. Dr. Wood’s passion for mentorship leads her not only to support teams of undergraduates in conducting original research, but also to mentor undergraduate computer science students in developing curricula to introduce computing topics to elementary, middle and high school girls in fun and creative ways. She has mentored more than 80 students and advised more than 10 individual women on their senior research projects.
Dr. Lori Pollock (Senior Faculty member at a PhD granting university): Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Pollock’s approach to mentoring undergraduate researchers begins with training them in the process and mindset of research, then coaching them toward refining their projects and publishing their results. She has mentored 55 undergraduates, 50 percent of whom are women, and her students have collectively earned more than 35 coauthor credits on software engineering research publications.
Once again we received many nominations, and we were happy to award four outstanding individuals at the NCWIT Summit.
(Be sure to nominate yourself or a peer for this award no later than October 28, 2018. Nomination details can be found here.)
2018 URM Award recipients from left to right: Lori Pollack, Gabriela Marcu, J. Jenny Li (not pictured: Zoë Wood)
This is another plea and a reminder that we need volunteers to run the NCWIT AA, and completing the AA Member Survey no later than Monday, September 17 at midnight MDT will help us match volunteers with opportunities to continue our programs and keep the alliance fresh. You should have received a unique link via an email from Kimberly.Kalahar@colorado.edu on August 17 and a reminder September 6.